Strand 1: establishing RIDLs and endowing it with mechanisms which enable it to function as a collaborative venture
The aim of this strand of the programme was to establish RIDLs as a loose but recognised coalition, building from RIN’s previously-established informal structure, the Working Group on Information Handling. The intention was to allow RIDLs clearly to own and take collective responsibility for its activities and the implementation of its year-long programme; and to promote and disseminate its work. The programme can be viewed as a proof of concept, to demonstrate the value and usefulness of a collaborative approach to promoting information literacy for HE researchers. By the end of its initial one-year term, in May 2013, RIDLs had established itself as a credible initiative in its own right, with foundations laid for the next phase of the undertaking.
The elements of strand 1 were addressed as follows:
- The manner in which RIDLs functions, including the place and role of its members, was agreed; these groundrules are set out in the aims and objectives document attached below.
- The steering group that oversees the initiative, with all the stakeholders represented, under the chairmanship of Professor Pam Denicolo, was established; the list of members is attached below. RIDLs membership is not fixed, and other individuals and/or organisations are welcome to join; please contact [email protected] if you are interested. The steering group met on the following dates:
- 24 May 2012 – minutes of the meeting below;
- 13 September 2012 – minutes of the meeting below;
- 24 January 2013 – minutes of the meeting below;
- 25 April 2013 – minutes of the meeting below.
- RIDLs set out a communications strategy (attached below), founded on engagement with relevant communities and interest groups at national and regional levels, in order to develop and exploit networking opportunities wherever these arise; and to encourage local and regional initiatives where there is the potential for these to develop. This was intended to build on the outreach capacity of RIDLs members, and their ability to promote outputs and take forward messages emanating from the work of the coalition. RIDLs also presented its work through through a range of events, including the following major conferences:
- LILAC2013 – University of Manchester (March 2013): symposium on ‘RIDLs: a collective approach to IL in higher education‘.
- i³ conference – Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen (June 2013): round table discussion on the RIDLs criteria describing, reviewing and assessing information literacy training interventions in HE (details to follow – conference website here).
- ECIL – European Conference on Information Literacy – Istanbul (October 2013): proposed panel discussion on RIDLs as an international model (conference website here).
- In addition, there was an article on the rationale for RIDLs, and the challenges facing it, in the June 2013 issue of the Journal of Information Literacy – see here.
During May-July 2013, the work and achievements of RIDLs were reviewed. This was important in order to ensure accountability to HEFCE as funder of the initiative, as well as to the members of the coalition. The review tested the sustainability of RIDLs, including the financial basis on which it could operate beyond the initiat twelve months. It served as a basis for a second one-year programme, covering the period starting 1 January 2014, for which funding was approved in November 2013.
Last update: 7 January 2014