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Gateways to learning - developing information skills in South East Wales. Bader

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Gateways to learning - developing information skills in South East Wales. Bader

  1. 1. Developing information skills in South East Wales
  2. 2. Introduction Aims of Gateways to Learning Barriers to learning Information skills in libraries Why libraries? Opportunities
  3. 3. Aims Widen participation in learning Help people become confident & critical information users Promote libraries as community information sources
  4. 4. Information skills Prerequisite for:  Social inclusion  Creation of new knowledge  Personal empowerment  Learning for life Bundy 2004
  5. 5. Barriers to learning Psychological  Motivation  Lack of confidence  Low esteem  Prior experience  Recognition of need Practical  Access  Transport  Childcare  Cost  Time
  6. 6. Information skills in libraries Taster sessions One-to-one support Open College Network (OCN) Based on individual learner interests or needs
  7. 7. 5 steps model 1 2 3 4 5 Need Locate Search Evaluate Use
  8. 8. Sophie Job searching Learning new skills
  9. 9. Caerphilly Unemployed Egyptology Alan
  10. 10. Why libraries?  Informal  Inclusive  Friendly  Individual interest  One-to-one support  Community locations  Public transport access  Outreach services  Opening hours  Free
  11. 11. The role of library staff  Engagement  Recruiting  Information literacy support  Careers advice & guidance
  12. 12. Successes to date • 4000 cardholders • 1500 learners • 250 qualifications
  13. 13. Opportunities  Consolidate & extend staff engagement  Outreach work  Broaden client groups  Integral to ‘Citizen Entitlements’
  14. 14. Questions? www.gatewaystolearning.com

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