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Beyond ECDL: basic and advanced IT skills for the new library professional

Poulter, A. and McMenemy, D. (2003) Beyond ECDL: basic and advanced IT skills for the new library professional. In: 69th IFLA General Conference and Council, 2003-08-01 - 2003-08-09.

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Abstract

This paper reports on a new multimedia-centred ICT module, called Fundamentals of Information and Communication Technology (FICT) for Postgraduate Information and Library Studies students at the Graduate School of Informatics at Strathclyde University. It had radical aims (introducing novel ICT skill content in a progressive manner, encouraging deep learning and self-directed study) and used a weekly survey and a post-module survey to investigate its operation. Skills learnt were compared to skills required during student placement in libraries. Conclusions are drawn as to its success in matching the needs of future library professionals.