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IATUL Special Interest Group Information Literacy (Report)
Caroline Leiss

Last modified: 2016-03-09


The IATUL Special Interest Group for Information Literacy (SIG IL) promotes collaboration and sharing of best practices among IATUL members in the area of information literacy. SIG IL was founded in 2012 and provides a platform to share IL-related experiences, documents and news for its members and others interested in the subject. Another main goal is to contribute to IATUL’s service portfolio to support other member libraries.

The report will provide information about two projects which have been completed in 2015, and introduce the group’s current agenda and next steps.

Project 1: Policies and Frameworks at IATUL member libraries

The aim of this project was to collect existing information literacy guidelines, frameworks and policies of all IATUL member libraries, as well as to examine national standards and frameworks. The project was completed in December 2015. The project report provides a summary of the survey and includes the results based on the replies of 100 IATUL member libraries. The report and results are available online at

Project 2: Workshop on e-Research Support Services

On November 22 – November 25, 2015, the Central Library of the Technical University of Prague hosted the IATUL autumn seminar on “Information Literacy and Beyond for E-Research Support”. SIG IL and local committee members planned, organized and delivered the workshop for approximately 50 delegates from several countries. The workshop consisted of a two-day programme with presentations and group discussions concerning e-research activities and information literacy.

In 2015, the group conducted a self-evaluation and discussed possible future projects. Topics of interest comprise curriculum mapping, item analysis, sharing of e-learning objects, IL policies and policy making, and IL assessment.