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Literacy matters portal

The Literacy Matters! portal is for teachers, librarians and researchers to use advocacy and research purposes on the importance of literacy and reading. It is collated and maintained by the Western Australian School Library Association (WASLA). The links and resources are here for anyone to use and all care will be taken to keep them up-to-date.


SQA Digital Learning Guides  

SQA Digital Learning Guides  

SQA has developed a suite of Digital Learning Guides. The guides help people who don’t have the digital skills and confidence to carry out every day online activities. The guides are free to use. There is no log-in or registration required. Learners simply click on the guide of choice and work through it following the step-by-step visual and audio instructions. 

The wide range of learning guides are designed in short segments, a demo followed by an interactive section. This way learners build skills and confidence by undertaking hands-on activity. They are particularly useful as support for volunteers, carers and other community workers who encourage people to explore and develop their digital skills. 

SQA strive to keep the guides as relevant as possible. Thus, they welcome feedback through their online feedback form or by contacting Liz Sinclair. 


Get Digital’s new heatmap highlights large areas of digital exclusion across the UK

The Tech Partnership’s new Get Digital Heatmap, published today in association with Lloyds Banking Group, shows that large areas of the UK continue to suffer from high levels of digital exclusion, even though over one million more adults have gained basic digital skills since the heatmap was last published in 2015.

Common causes of digital exclusion are lack of skills or the confidence to use them; lack of access to infrastructure and fast broadband; the cost of devices and fees for broadband subscription and mobile data; and a lack of personal motivation to value the gaining digital skills as relevant and important.


The Road to Copyright Literacy: it's a journey not a destination 


CILIP launch #FactsMatter infographic

CILIP and the Information Literacy Group have today launched a fantastic new infographic on making informed political decisions, as part of the #FactsMatter campaign. Please share it widely!

CILIP’s #FactsMatter campaign for the General Election asks political parties and candidates to endorse the vital role of facts and evidence in public life. We all share a responsibility to be good consumers of news and information in political discussion, and as citizens we can take steps to be better informed before we go out to vote.

Please share this infographic widely on your own social media channels and play your part in making the campaign a great success!

#FactsMatter infographic


About the campaign

The General Election is the biggest decision the UK will make this year. Previous public votes have clearly shown the urgent need for reliable facts in political debate and the importance of reliable information and evidence for democratic decision-making.

CILIP‘s Facts matter campaign for the General Election asks political parties and candidates to endorse the vital role of facts and evidence in public life. We’re calling on parties and candidates and to take a public pledge that ‘Facts matter’ and to declare their commitment to running an evidence-based election campaign.

There is a growing movement to fight for evidence and facts in public life, which CILIP is proud to be part of. Facts Matter is a vital opportunity to strengthen public trust in our political system and institutions.

The CILIP Information Literacy Group is delighted to be involved in this campaign as part of its information literacy advocacy work.

Jane Secker #FactsMatterJane Secker, Chair of the CILIP IL Group

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the infographic and the #FactsMatter campaign; please leave your comments below!

Find out more about the CILIP Facts matter campaign

Find out more about the work of the CILIP Information Literacy Group