Following a visit to Dundee College by Catherine Kearney, Sam Stirling, Learning Resources Manager at Dundee College contacted me about a Literacy Skills Project they are currently running for their Special Education Needs students at the College.
It is an amazing project which arose out of “a library service review which identified that they had limlited resources that were specifically aimed at Special Programme students. To ensure that they provided the necessary material to meet their special needs, a partnership project between the Library and Special programmes was established”.
The project has been running successfully for a few years and includes various external trips (Waterstones and DC Thomson) class based literacy sessions and project work. Last session the students created next year’s SEN Library Guide using Comic Life software.
The learners have taken ownership of the environment, as they have actively participated in the selection of the resources. Their voice has been heard and changes made that help develop their core skills and promote independent learning.
There has been much information literacy (IL) activity in Aberdeenshire lately as Sue Cromar firstname.lastname@example.org their Information Literacy Officer outlines:
draft IL Strategy, which includes reference to the Curriculum for Excellence
paper drawn up for Aberdeenshire’s Literacy Steering Group on Supporting Literacies Across Learning, which includes elements of both IL and reader development.
working on a CPD powerpoint for teaching staff on: What is IL? the skills, integrating IL, partnership opportunities etc.
working with one of the local academies to get an IL course for S1s up on GLOW – including workbook, powerpoints and teachers notes for each lesson
about to start working with Portlethen Academy to organise a shire-wide IL ‘competition’, based on a webquest they have been using for the past couple of years – core topic is geography
got funding from SLIC to develop an advocacy programme for school libraries, focusing on IL across the curriculum – outcomes will include staff development, and a DVD highlighting the vital role of IL skills within learning, leisure and working life . This will be created under a creative commons license and shared with other Scottish libraries/schools – hopefully in time for the start of the 2010/11 academic year. See Libraries R 4 Learning: supporting the Curriculum for Excellence in Aberdeenshire article by Sue Cromar (February 2010) and subsequent postings.
doing some work on setting Dewey to rap
working on linking the library resources / IL to CfE outcomes and experiences.
I’m sure I am not the only one who will be interested in seeing this work come to fruition.
In May 2008 Anne Mathews a school librarian at Benton Park High School in Leeds contacted the project to say that she was chairing a working party where they were starting to put together a whole school information literacy policy. However she had been unable to find school policy for Information Literacy; a problem we had encountered ourselves although a few of our project partners had just started to look at this issue themselves.
Some six months later I contacted Anne to check on her progress and found that they had produced a School Information Literacy Policy . Hopefully this will spur others to create an information literacy policy for their school.
My thanks to Anne and her colleagues for their willingness to share their policy with us.
expand the lifelong learning section as a result of research and developement work carried out in the workplace and adult literacies.
The idea of using a weblog to facilitate the above emerged as experience with the project blog grew and the potential of what could be done with blogs apart from blogging. The static pages contain the framework details whilst the blog postings will facilitate the communication of any news, activities and developments plus enable interested parties to comment on any of the postings or on the framework pages.
This is very much a work in progress as there is a lot going on in the world of education and skills.
Our thanks go to:
for funding to restructure the framework / add the exemplars of good practice/case studies
for provided funding for the draft framework and the piloting exercise.