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E is for Excellent: E-Literacy in your Library

Course Details:

E-Literacy is a term used to describe the ability to successfully and ethically navigate information-rich, technology-driven environments and includes the effective use of technology to promote literacy.

Students today are undoubtedly proficient in using IT and smartphones for entertainment, but not so skilful in the productive use of technology for academic purposes. We have compulsory ICT teaching in schools and literacy strategies to promote reading and critical thinking - yet many teachers and librarians complain about the lack of skills in our students who continue to copy and paste dubious information from unverified sources.

This intense one day course aims to enable participants to integrate e-literacy into existing literacy development programmes in order to maximise the effective use of school libraries for academic achievement.  It will tackle several of the current big challenges in education, including the use of e-books, plagiarism, literacy strategies, electronic resources and attitudes to different forms of literacy. Its aim is to enable delegates to start developing a positive and productive strategy for promoting e-literacy through their school libraries.

Participants will be asked to fill in a short questionnaire before the course to state any specific requirements.


Session 1: Equipment

The first session of the day provides delegates with an insight into the study of literacy levels relating to the use of technology. They will consider different devices, electronic resources, apps, and Web 2.0 tools and the use of these in school libraries.


Session 2: The skills set vs the attitude

This session will relate the skills needed to work effectively with technology to the current teaching models in our schools and libraries. Discussions will include existing literacy (and information literacy) strategies and whether these are working successfully towards promoting e-literacy.

Delegates will also consider students’ and teachers’ attitudes towards different forms of literacy, and the role of the school library to overcome obstacles and barriers to achievement.


Session 3: Practical ideas for your school

The afternoon will be spent looking at participants own schools and their specific needs. They will be encouraged to share ideas and develop their own action plans. Delegates will look at literacy programmes and reader development, and discuss e-books, tablets, electronic journals and databases, and several Web 2.0 applications. They will also be invited to request specific topics.

Trainer: Annike Dase

Now working at St Edmunds Catholic School in Dover, Annike has tackled a number of major library projects since her career in School Librarianship began in 2002.  She developed a primary school library from scratch and implemented a library curriculum for Key Stages Foundation – 2 at Trent College and The Elms Junior School before joining Nottingham Academy as Senior LRC Coordinator where she worked with nearly 2000 students and more than 300 members of staff to develop the Academy’s libraries through library and literacy lessons and careful resource planning. 

Annike is Vice Chair of the SLA Board and has run many very successful training courses for the SLA and other groups in the past. Since joining the SLA Board she has been a SLA Weekend Course Director on several occasions.

Key Audience:

secondary school library staff

Venues and Dates:

No venues/dates are currently scheduled for this course. For more information about possible future dates, please contact the SLA Office.