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EduLib: Educational Development for Higher Education Library Staff

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Programme area
Training and Awareness

Contact details
Prof. David McNamara, Director, EduLib Project,
University of Hull, Hull, HU6 7RX
Phone: 01482 465566 Fax: 01482 466840

Ms Jane Core, Associate Director, EduLib Project,
University of Abertay Information Services, Bell Street, Dundee, DD1 3HG
Phone: 01382 308851 Fax: 01382 308880

Ms Susan Douglas, Project Co-ordinator,
University of Hull,
Phone: 01482 466842 Fax: 01482 466840

Project description

as of May 9th 1997


The Follett Report places great stress on the increasingly important role which libraries and other support staff must play in turning the use of networked information resources into an everyday part of teaching, learning and research. Libraries are identified as key agents in the provision of training in the use of these resources.

EduLib complements many of the information other projects under this initiative. It will provide a national programme of educational development for library and information services staff. EduLib participants will possess both the networked information skills, and the teaching skills needed to work as training and support staff in the Electronic Library.

EduLib will develop and support regionally based consortia throughout the UK. Those consortia will represent the diversity of the higher education community. A team of Development Officers will establish those consortia in conjunction with the Core Team.


Building the consensus The EduLib Development Team will sample current opinion and practice concerning the teaching and learning role of library and support staff. They will use this to develop a national consensus regarding the nature of the information skills we are attempting to develop.

Training the trainers

On the basis of the consensus, individual elements of the teaching skills training will be developed into the EduLib programme as training packages. The following elements are likely to be included:
  • selection and evaluation of teaching methods relevant to network training,
  • use of networked learning environments to deliver training and support,
  • focusing on diagnostic skills to ensure that learners receive appropriate support and advice,
  • obtaining and using feedback from client groups about their satisfaction,
and, most significantly for the future -
  • developing the community of library and support professionals to take on staff development roles within and beyond their own institutions.

Developing practice

The EduLib programme will be launched on a national scale with the Development Team assisting in the dissemination of the materials and advising on their use.

Embedding the EduLib approach within staff development

The EduLib model will be established via the network of practitioners seconded to work with development teams. The EduLib model will be embedded into staff development in institutions of higher education. The University of Hull will maintain and update the training materials for a period of three years (in the first instance) after completion of the project.


EduLib is a collaboration between the University of Hull, the University of Abertay Dundee and SEDA (The Staff and Educational Development Association). The Development Teams will be the major participants in the project and will shape and guide the development of the programme to ensure relevance to librarians developing new roles in preparing for and promoting effective use of the electronic library.

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