Information literate staff: a response to the challenge

Highton, M and Newton, A (2005) Information literate staff: a response to the challenge. JeLit 2(2).

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At a time when University staff are under increasing pressure from many different directions, it is vital that they are given the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to be as effective in the workplace as possible. Creating and sustaining the development of an information literate staff, is a major challenge to large institutions of higher education. In response to this challenge, the University of Leeds has created the Information Literacy Group for Staff, a cross-university group made up of the major on-campus training providers. The group has the remit of co-ordinating and developing staff training across the university. In the recent past the group has developed a portal through which staff may book training courses and events, and produced a promotional CD including a set of self-diagnostic tests, which enable staff to identify their own developmental needs. In the near future, the group will need to respond to external and internal drivers, including the JISC i-Skills initiative, and the introduction of student fees in 2006, which will undoubtedly have major repercussions for the training needs of University staff.