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Information Literacy


Welcome to the online Information Literacy training programme. Participants are being offered an enjoyable and rewarding programme of learning and experience which will lead to a certificate of participation from the School Library Association.

This course has been created by Lin Smith and is largely born from two decades of work in large secondary schools with differing demographics. In addition Lin has added the insight previously gained from posts in both reference and special libraries.  Most especially she has drawn on her experience at the Ecclesbourne School, Derbyshire, where she was given the lead role to examine research skills across the school. Much of the research she conducted at the school is incorporated into the course together with some ideas on how best to create an opening for the school librarian to become an effective expert in their own place of work.

As a Chartered Librarian, Lin has developed a fine sense of the necessity to imbue good research practice in both students and work colleagues across all disciplines.  Despite now working independently as a freelance trainer and consultant Lin attempts to keep up to date with current issues and practice. She has been engaged by the SLA, by School Library Services and by individual institutions. Lin now organises the East Midlands heat of the KidsLit Quiz, was previously a member of the PLAA judging panel and is a past SLA Board member.

Benefits to the participants
The opportunity to gain knowledge and to put it to practical use in your school library. This will result in a deeper understanding of the way the library can support the promotion of information literacy and an understanding of how you can develop the library services to meet the needs of the pupils.

Benefits to the school
The SLA offers practical training, advice and support to your library co-ordinator. The course consists of a series of modules which lead the participant through the essential skills needed, from basic knowledge to promotion and marketing and developing a library that fully supports the learning in the school.

Who is eligible to apply?
Anyone who has responsibility for delivering the library support for the teaching of information literacy.

How much does it cost?
The course costs £50.00 (for SLA members) and £150.00 (for non members). You can pay by BACS, credit card or cheque. We will raise an invoice to cover the amount due as soon as we receive your enrolment form. On receipt of your enrolment form the SLA will confirm login details. Participants are asked not to share their login details with anyone else.

Upon completion, please contact the SLA office to request a certificate of participation which will be issued free-of-charge.

How long does it take?
The course is roughly a half days’ training so between 4 – 6 hours depending on how many of the links you follow and whether you complete all of the action points. There is no grading or assessment so you don’t have to submit any work to us. When you finish please contact Ann.adams[at]sla.org.uk to ask for a certificate of completion.

Further information and next steps

For information about what is covered in each module please download the overview of the course:

DILISS Overview

Word document, 23 kB (Requires Microsoft Word 2007 or later)


If you are interested in enrolling please complete the enrolment form:

Form for Enrolment

Word document, 25 kB (Requires Microsoft Word 97 or later)


and return it to:
School Library Association
1 Pine Court
Kembrey Park

For further information on the programme please telephone 01793 530166 or email info[at]sla.org.uk.

Please note – the following course modules will be updated shortly to take account of CILIP’s new  Definition of Information Literacy 2018 guidelines. In the meantime, the document can be accessed via http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.cilip.org.uk/resource/resmgr/cilip/information_professional_and_news/press_releases/2018_03_information_lit_definition/cilip_definition_doc_final_f.pdf .