29 Apr 2013

OU Library Services wins prestigious award for Being digital

The Open University's (OU) Library Services have won the Credo Reference Digital Award for Information Literacy for its Being digital site and accompanying Digital Information Literacy (DIL) framework.

The award recognises innovation in digital resources for information literacy, and was contended by other nominees from the universities of Leeds, Sheffield, and Oxford.

Nicky Whitsed, Director of Library Services at the OU, said:

"We are tremendously pleased to have received this prestigious award which is a great acknowledgment of the quality of the work of the Open University Library Service. Digital Literacy is rapidly growing in importance and makes a significant contribution to the development of key employability skills and attributes - such as self-management, critical thinking, problem solving, communication and team-working in a virtual environment."

The Being digital initiative aims to provide people with skills for life online. The collection of easy-to-follow activities teaches a person how to manage their digital identity, enhances their ability to find, use and share information, and educates on who and what can be trusted online.

Jo Parker, Library Services Manager (Information Literacy) at the OU, said:

"We work very hard on behalf of our students to provide support and resources to help them in their studies. We hope that as Being digital is freely available to all, people will refer to it, use it with their students, tell their friends and family about it and support digital awareness whoever they are and whatever their circumstances."

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