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 is 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 is 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. It is hoped, therefore, that at the end of its initial one-year term in May 2013, RIDLs will be recognised as a credible organisation in its own right, with the potentil to sustain itself beyond the 12 month duration of the programme.
Most elements of strand 1 have already been addressed:
- The manner in which RIDLs functions, including the place and role of its members, has been 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, has been 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 meets 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 has 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 would build largely on the outreach capacity of RIDLs members, and their ability to promote outputs and take forward messages emanating from the work of the coalition. In addition, RIDLs is presenting its work through the following:
- 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 (to be confirmed – details to follow – 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 are being reviewed. This is important in order to ensure accountability to HEFCE as funder of the initiative, as well as to the members of the coalition. The review is also crucial, as suggested above, to test the sustainability of RIDLs, including the financial basis on which it can operate beyond the initial twelve months, the prospects for developing its programme of work and the way in which the terms of the partnership might evolve.
Last update: 30 July 2013