Library and Information Literacy Programme  

The Library and Information Literacy Programme is designed to help students, researchers and staff to learn information literacy skills, develop a critical approach to dealing with information and to make the best use of the physical and digital library.

Information Literacy incorporates a range of knowledge, skills and abilities across a wide spectrum of activity including how to identify, search for, collect, organise, evaluate, analyse, present and communicate information. There are practical but also critical elements to the programme and students will be asked to question their ethical and political approach to information alongside developing and practising more formal skills and abilities.

Tab Content: Programme objectives

Students and researchers who engage successfully with this programme will be able to: 

  • Identify their information needs and plan how they fulfil those needs (IL2) 
  • Search for and collect the information they require (IL3) 
  • Manage and organise their information and data efficiently and effectively (IL4) 
  • Evaluate, analyse and make critical judgements about information (IL5) 
  • Present, communicate and disseminate information clearly and coherently (IL6) 
  • Use and share information in an ethical way and with integrity (IL7) 

These objectives closely align with the Library and Learning Development's Information Literacy Vision, Model and Framework and can be mapped against the Vitae Researcher Development Framework

Tab Content: Programme Format 

The programme is taught in a series of workshops, seminars and lectures where students will have time to discuss critical theories about information literacy and develop practical skills.

Each session on the Library and Information Literacy programme has a unique set of learning outcomes and can be taught or experienced as a standalone session.

Each session is also part of a pathway and students can elect to follow a pathway, or series of pathways, to gain a more holistic understanding of Information Literacy.

Tab Content: Assessment

The programme is not formally assessed but students will be carrying out activities and reflecting on critical approaches to information during each session which directly relate to the learning outcomes of that session and the broad programme objectives.  

All sessions can be used to build points in the workshops category on the Lancaster Award.

Tab Content: Pathways

The Library and Information Literacy Pathways on offer are:

Getting Started Pathway

This pathway will equip you with core library and information literacy skills and encourage you to take a critical approach to information. Good for new undergraduates just starting out.

  • Introduction to the academic information landscape
  • Introduction to searching for information
  • Introduction to evaluating information
  • Introduction to referencing
  • Introduction to Endnote Online (reference software)
  • Introduction to Endnote Desktop (reference software)

Advanced Information Literacy Programme

This pathway will help you acquire advanced information literacy skills and is suitable for 3rd year undergraduates and postgraduate students working on dissertations and theses

  • Planning and identifying information for research
  • Advanced search techniques
  • Exploring grey literature
  • Finding statistics and raw data
  • Managing and organising information
  • Information ethics and integrity

Researcher Development Pathway

This pathway will help early career researchers and staff develop the information literacy skills they need to progress in their research and careers

  • Introduction to Research Data Management
  • How to write a Data Management Plan