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Dundee College's Literacy Information Skills Project

At the recent CoP meeting, I gave a short presentation on the Literacy Skills Project run at Dundee College. Library staff work with the Special Programmes* Curriculum Manager to devise a 12 week course improving basic literacy and numeracy skills. The focus was on improving these basic skills for learning, life and work - pillars of Scotland's new Curriculum for Excellence which is currently being implemented for all age groups.

The activities include:

  • QR code treasure hunt using iPads (incorporating library induction)
  • How to stay safe online
  • Ways to find out information - online and hard copy - and how to judge if it's trustworthy and relevant
  • Google Maps session
  • Simulated shop where students select the best offers and practice using money
  • Working on a joint project like a book of poems or recipes to improve computer skills (particularly in Microsoft Office), team working and interpersonal skills
  • Creating comic strip library user guide, available in all our libraries

At present the course is College certificated, though the bank of materials exists for all students of the College. The material is held on the Dundee College virtual learning environment (VLE) Moodle which promotes inclusion within the College, as all learning and teaching materials are held here.

Click here to see the comic strip user guide, please feel free to contact me with any questions.

*The Special Programmes groups are learners with additional learning and behaviour difficulties. These students will often have a carer or support worker and will normally display below average social and intellectual development for their age group. This makes them some of the most challenging and rewarding groups to work with, and they are some of the College's best library users.


Public Library - health information literacy activities 

I'm looking for examples of health information literacy activities in Public Libraries for a book chapter that I'm writing.

Much of the reported public library activities however seem to center on the provision of health information in the form of books, leaflets and bookmarked reliable health websites (such as NHS Choices and NHS Informs, and schemes such as Books on Prescription.

There may be information literacy activities within the provision offered but it seems to be implicit rather than explicit.

Does anyone offer or know of any activities that offer explicit information literacy activities either with a health element or as part of the health information service?


Christine Irving


Minutes of meeting of January 30th 2013 and next meeting

Dear all,

At Christine's suggestion I have posted the minutes on the discussion board which I compiled with a little help from Christine and Jenny.

We will need to plan the next meeting well in advance probably second half of June so will be discussing with you all. Judging by January meeting, two hours may not be enough.



SMILE - a free information literacy resource

Hi again,

Just a note about SMILE. SMILE is an online information literacy and employability skills training package. It is freely available under a creative commons license for use and modification. It is made up of web pages and multimedia content which can be easily edited using any HTML editor.

I've just put a new edition up on JORUM - it is called SMILE 3.0 and you can find it here

If you don't have access to JORUM, get in touch with me directly and I can send you a version as a zip file or stick it on a pen drive for you.

The new edition has loads of extra content which was created after talking to our lecturers, so you are sure to find something useful there!

It is aimed at undergraduate students, but a lot of the content is pretty generic and could be used in a school, FE or public library situation.

An older version is available on our open access site at

I have just sent in the new version to our IT team, so I hope that it will be available soon.

Happy to talk further about SMILE, feel free to contact me at



Hello everyone

Hi everyone,

My name is Marion Kelt and I'm the Senior Librarian for Information Literacy and Digital Development at Glasgow Caledonian University. The job title is a bit of a giveaway to tell you that I'm also interested in information literacy and how it can be used to support students at any point in their lifelong learning journey.

Over the years I have worked in schools, FE and even in consultancy, so I have a well rounded view of the uses of information literacy.

At present I'm working on SMILE, a free information literacy and employability skills package which you can download and edit for your own needs. I'm also working on a companion package called PILOT.

Recently I joined the coPILOT (no relation!) committee which aims to promote the use of open educational resources in information literacy training. Have a look at the post that I put up if you are interested in knowing more.

Hoping to hear more from you all soon!