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Digital and Information Literacy

What is digital and information Literacy?

Information literacy is knowing how to find, evaluate, use and manage information. It is part of lifelong learning and an important skill for all students. Digital literacy is how to find, organise, evaluate and create information using digital technology. LSE recognise that both digital and information literacy are of paramount importance in learning, teaching and research and essential skills for students and staff.

The Digital Literacy Programme: workshops for staff and researchers

These hands-on workshops are aimed at staff and PhD students to help them use technology to support their teaching and research. They run each term and scheduled courses are listed in the training system. The workshops cover topics such as:

We also run workshops for researchers on copyright, data protection and bibliometrics and citation analysis in the Researcher Development Programme.


New Projects

Projects at LSE:

SADL (Student Ambassadors for Digital Literacy) is a project funded by the Higher Education Academy to explore the concept of students as ambassadors for digital literacy. Working with colleagues in the Library and Teaching and Learning Centre, this project will run from October 2013 - June 2014. Find out more from the SADL project website.

A New Curriculum for Information Literacy (ANCIL) was developed in 2011 as part of the Arcadia Programme at the University of Cambridge: LSE carried out an audit of digital and information literacy training to map what is offered to students at undergraduate level to ANCIL in Spring - Autumn 2012. Find out more about the ANCIL Audit at LSE.

The JISC and HEA funded DELILA Project converted LSE's digital and information literacy resources in open educational resources (OER). Find out more about OERs.

Workshops for staff & students

Browse all workshops and courses running at LSE in the next 14 days for:

Online Support

The Digital Literacy programme is also supported in Moodle which contains a range of course materials.

Supporting Student Learning

The Library run an exciting programme of Information Skills workshops for students. CLT and the Library can also offer advice to academic staff about embedding digital and information literacies into their own courses: either face to face or online using the Digital and Information Literacy framework to fit in with your teaching.

More information

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For more information, including one on one training, contact:

Dr Jane Secker,
Copyright and Digital Literacy Advisor,
E-mail: 020 79556530
Twitter @jsecker

Image by sonja grussendorf, permission given.

External links

Information Literacy - a whole site dedicated to this important topic

RIN - Research Information Network, support the development of information strategies for the UK's research community.

JISC 2009 publication 'Learning Literacies in the Digital Age'

A New Curriculum for Information Literacy (ANCIL)

CILIP - Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals

ECAR (Educause Center for applied research) Study of UG Students and Information Technology (2012)