29 Mar 2024

Hibernia College launches a new OER in Digital Literacy

This article is written by Ann Byrne who is the Digital Librarian in Hibernia College.

Hibernia College has recently released a short course in Digital Literacy as an open educational resource (OER). The course was developed by a small team within Hibernia College’s Digital Learning Department (DLD); Irene O’Dowd (DLD researcher), Ann Byrne (Digital Librarian), and Emberly Davey (library assistant), with support and assistance from the wider DLD team. Originally developed to support the Hibernia College community, the course is now available as an OER on Hibernia College’s institutional repository, IASC.

Screenshots from the three digital literacy course lessons and quizzes. Six computer screen images grouped into two groups of three. Rise modules is written above one group, moodle quizzes above the other group.
Screenshots from the three literacy course lessons and quizzes
In a world that is becoming increasingly reliant on digital technology, digital literacy skills are especially important and relevant to all. OER creation and dissemination supports the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and this digital literacy OER directly aligns to at least three of these: SDG 4, Quality Education, where digital literacy skills are explicitly addressed, SDG 3, good health and well-being and SDG 8, decent work and economic growth (UN, 2015). This digital literacy course also helps to promote digital citizenship. The Council of Europe (2023) defines digital citizens as “… individuals able to use digital tools to create, consume, communicate and engage positively and responsibly with others." The project team hopes that this course will help to nurture digital citizenship at Hibernia College and beyond.

When developing the course, one of the biggest challenges for the project team was deciding what to cover. Digital literacy is a vast area and the project team needed to consider what would be most useful for students, and relevant to a wider audience. The working group consulted several frameworks including DigComp 2.2. (2022), JISC’s Digital Capabilities Framework (2017) and the CAUL Digital Dexterity Framework (2020). The frameworks displayed significant crossover, each covering five or six key domains. The project team decided on three lessons to compose the Digital literacy course, reflecting three of the frameworks’ domains: Information literacy, digital communication and collaboration, and digital identity and well-being. These were created in Articulate Rise. The three lessons are accompanied by three Moodle quizzes and the course takes approximately one and a half to two hours to complete.

Ann Byrne presents the case study 'Digital literacy for all: Reflections on creating a digital literacy OER' at the A&SL Conference 2024 (co-presented with Emberly Davey). Picture credit: Susan Brodigan, March 2024. 

How to access the OER

The Digital Literacy OER is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International. It is free to reuse and adapt with attribution. It is available for download from Hibernia College’s digital repository, IASC as a zipped folder which includes usage instructions. It can be accessed using the QR code below:

The resource is also available on OER Commons: https://oercommons.org/courses/digital-literacy-oer 


CAUL (2020) CAUL Digital dexterity framework. Available at: https://www.caul.edu.au/digital-dexterity-framework (Accessed: 11 March 2024).

Council of Europe (2023) The concept. Available at: https://www.coe.int/en/web/digital-citizenship-education/the-concept#:~:text=Digital%20citizens%20can%20be%20described,step%20with%20evolutions%20in%20society (Accessed: 11 March 2024).

JISC (2017) Building digital capabilities: The six elements defined. Available at: https://elnts.coventry.domains/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/ELNCOV_Jisc-Digital-Capabilities-Frameworks.pdf (Accessed: 11 March 2024).

Vuorikari, R., Kluzer, S. and Punie,Y. (2022) DigComp 2.2. The digital competence framework for citizens. Available at: https://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC128415  (Accessed: 11 March 2024).  

United Nations (UN) (2015) Transforming our world: the 2030 agenda for sustainable development. Available at: https://sdgs.un.org/sites/default/files/publications/21252030%20Agenda%20for%20Sustainable%20Development%20web.pdf (Accessed: 11 March 2024).


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25 Mar 2024

Libfocus Link-out for March 2024

Welcome to the March edition of the Libfocus link-out, an assemblage of library-related things we have found informative, educational, thought-provoking and insightful on the Web over the past while.

A girl reaching for books on a shelf, yellow graphic of a circle with coloured dots, giant robots chasing a car, hand holding a sphere with symbols on it, interior of a library, drawing of a woman in old-fashioned dress, books on a shelf with boxes in the background
Images featured in this month's link-out articles

What is data literacy and why are librarians the best people to support it?
Joanne Fitzpatrick from Lancaster University seeks to demystify the world of data and argues that this is definitely something librarians can engage in.

How Wikipedia can help to disseminate research: an innovative NIHR project.
This article by the National Institute of Health and Care Research (NIHR) in the US explains how Wikipedia can be a highly effective dissemination tool, helping to make research findings widely accessible.

The World of AI: How libraries are integrating and navigating this powerful technology.
Emily Udell speaks to five technology experts, educators, and librarians who are pioneering the use of generative AI at their institutions.

UCD Digital Library's Ethical Cataloguing Guidelines.
UCD Digital Library launch their Ethical Cataloguing Guidelines, compiled by metadata librarian, Órna Roche, detailing their commitment to describing material accurately, respectfully, and in a way that will not cause distress or offense.

Why We Need Public Libraries Now More than Ever.
A great long read on why we need Public Libraries more than ever now.

Millions of research papers at risk of disappearing from the Internet.
An analysis of DOIs suggests that digital preservation is not keeping up with burgeoning scholarly knowledge.

World Book Day finds children are put off reading for pleasure.
In this Guardian article, journalist Ella Creamer highlights the literacy crisis identified by the National Literacy Trust in the UK. She examines how barriers to reading are contributing to low literacy levels in school children.

Irish novelist Sydney Morgan - blog post by Magdalene College Libraries.
Written to mark International Women’s Day 2024, this blog post showcases a letter written by the Irish novelist Lady Sydney Morgan in 1883. A prolific writer, her letter gives an insight into the author's lively social life, her literary and charitable works and into her irreverence.

What do we know about DOIs.
While DOI's are synonymous with linking to a specific document, what do we actually know about the current state of DOI's? Martin Eve digs deeper into the wider landscape and resolution rates.

GAI Product Tracker.
Generative AI in higher education -- a useful tool to keep track of emerging technology via Ithaka S+R.

The Latest “Crisis” — Is the Research Literature Overrun with ChatGPT- and LLM-generated Articles?
David Crotty of  'The Scholarly Kitchen' digs into recent incidents of AI-pollution in published scholarly journal literature. Elsevier has been under the spotlight for publishing a paper that contains a ChatGPT-written portion of its introduction. The first sentence of the paper’s Introduction reads, “Certainly, here is a possible introduction for your topic:…” To date, the article remains unchanged, and unretracted.

Curiosity and information-seeking behaviour: a review of psychological research and a comparison with the information science literature.
Thomas D. Wilson reviews the psychological literature on curiosity and its relationship to information-seeking behaviour, and compares this with the information science literature on the same subject.

15 Mar 2024

From Archive to Access webinar: Event review

This article is written by Maeve Kerins, a Library Assistant in the Technological University Dublin – City Center.

Shows a traditional Japanese print depicting a market scene
Image provided on UCD Library's eventbrite registration page

On Friday 8th of March 2024, I attended an online webinar event “From Archive to Access”, provided by the Library Association of Ireland’s Open Scholarship Group. This was a virtual event that included presentations from three leading figures in the field of preservation and digitization of unique materials, all of whom are based in Ireland. 

I am currently working as a Library Assistant for Technological University Dublin Library Services. I primarily work in the Client and Faculty Services team that deals with customer service and frontline service-related queries. However, one of my back-of-house duties and long-term projects is helping on an archival project, which will ultimately result in the digitization of materials onto our online repository, Arrow. 

For some context, TU Dublin Library Services are currently preparing to move into their new library space on Grangegorman’s main campus. Before 2020, TU Dublin had five separate libraries and the Central Services Unit, which have since moved into the temporary library facility in Park House on the North Circular Road. Along with the migration of the different library collections, we have also migrated many materials to be digitally scanned and preserved as part of our Archive collection. My current role in this project, as a non-specialist, concerns the initial set-up stages to help the incoming future archivist that goes ahead with this project's next stages.  

Given that my role is currently on the non-digital side, I hoped to gain insight into how other sites developed their archiving guidelines and procedures. Furthermore, I hoped to gain a further understanding of how TU Dublin’s project might develop and evolve once the next phase of the project begins.

Therefore, when I saw the advertisement for this event, I felt it was a fantastic opportunity for me to learn from those with more experience curating accessible content. 

My main expected learning outcome from this online seminar was to gain a greater understanding of how I can make sure, to the best of my ability, that the archive boxes that I am currently creating are easily accessed and the physical items within them are organized in a system that is easy to navigate.

Agenda for the Archives to Access webinar 11am - 1105 AM Introduction by Michelle Dalton, Chair of the LAI Open Scholarship Group. 1110-1130 AM DRI's guide to archiving digital records for volunteer and community groups - Dr Maeve O'Brien, Membership Manager, DRI. 1130-1145 Source The National Gallery of Ireland's online resource - Leah Benson, archivist, The National Gallery of Ireland. 1150-1205 putting Chester Beatty online  - Tim Keefe, Head of digital, Chester Beatty Library. 1210-1225 panel discussion. 1225-1230 Wrap-up.
From Archives to Access webinar agenda

Digital Repository of Ireland

Kicking off the webinar, with flourish, was Dr Maeve O’Brien, who currently serves as Membership Manager at the Digital Repository of Ireland. During Maeve’s presentation, I took several notes on the DRI’s emphasis on storage and the importance of multiple backup options. Maeve, spoke of how “non-specialists” should always use the “3-2-1 rule”: 3 copies of an item record, two media types and one offsite copy.  

TU Dublin Library has followed this example; however, it was good for me to learn the justifications around organizing metadata in this manner. I have created a version of this organizational rule in my work with TU Dublin. I have stored digital records of the archive materials on my personal PC, I have a personal digital file on my own work OneDrive, and there is a shared OneDrive with my colleague(s) that also worked on this project along the way. We have a physical and digital copy of each archived item. 

National Gallery of Ireland

The second presenter Leah Benson, who is currently based in the National Gallery of Ireland Archives, discussed the National Gallery’s “Source” which is the Irish Art Digital Archive & Library tool.

Source houses 16,000 records and 6,000 associated digital images from The Irish Art Archive, Yeats Archive and Source Stories

Chester Beatty

The final presenter Tim Keefe, Head of Digital, Chester Beatty Library, gave a fascinating preview of new software that has rendered objects within its collection to be manipulated and visited through their new online collection space. The hopes are that this will enhance user experience and research output to a larger landscape, given the global mobility of education resources in the last number of years.  

Q & A Panel 

To conclude the event a Q&A Panel gave attendees the opportunity to direct specific questions towards any or all of three speakers. I was keen to ask about a particular challenge that I had been facing within my current project with TU Dublin. 

My Question: 

“Are there any guides that you would recommend for what language / specific descriptors to use – so that the “public” can access materials easily? In particular materials such as group photographs that might not have easy identifiers?” 

All three speakers work with materials such as photographs and pictures that are not always easy to describe in a unique manner. I felt a question like this was best directed at them, for their advice and experience in creating metadata for both physical and digital materials.

It is important they are user-friendly and easily understood by all users, particularly colleagues within the Collection team that take over the project after me. The way in which I organize the metadata within our physical and digital collection records is crucial to ensuring an easy transition of workflow.

I was provided with several helpful resources that I have since bookmarked and will no doubt use as I move forward with the TU Dublin archive project. 

See the resources recommended below: 

DRI Guide to archiving digital records for volunteer and community groups 

Dublin Core and the Digital Repository of Ireland v.3 

Dublin Core Metadata Basics

Tim and Leah in particular, in their presentations, highlighted that one of the main factors they were focusing on with their projects, was user experience.

Their respective collections are to be used as resources to enhance teaching and learning, increase engagement with the museum and reach the most amount of people possible. It is important for archive collections to be both a research resource and a public asset.

Concluding Remarks

I am thankful to have been afforded the opportunity to attend an event such as this and see what unique projects are being conducted in this area. As open scholarship and open access evolve to meet the growing demands of higher education and research interest, it is important that all of us working in libraries and information processing, professions, keep growing our skills and knowledge in all areas. 

Resources Mentioned:

Posted on Friday, March 15, 2024 | Categories:

Presenting the 2024 UCC Library Annual Seminar:

Guest Post by Blazej Kaucz and Mona Power on behalf of the UCC Library CPPD Group.

Libraries: Connecting Minds and Cultivating Wellness 

Date: 11th of April 2024 

Venue: Creative Zone, UCC Library, University College Cork 

This year’s UCC Library Seminar explores the critical role that libraries play in promoting and supporting well-being and engagement. Libraries are not just repositories full of books but vibrant spaces that impact the lives of individuals and communities.  

The event will shed light on innovative library practices that enhance patrons’ quality of life, in both academic and non-academic settingsOur speakers will offer a range of perspectives, considering the viewpoints of libraries as well as the communities they serve  

The seminar is open to library staff at any grade working in any type of library, students or recent graduates in information and library studies, or anyone who has an interest in libraries. 

The keynote speaker is Marta Bustillo, Digital Learning Librarian (University College Dublin). 


10:00 Registration and morning refreshments 

10:45 Welcome and introduction 

11:00 Keynote speaker - Marta Bustillo (University College Dublin) “Digital well-being: A necessity or a luxury?” 

11:45 Second speaker - Wiktor Owczarek (ABC EduLibrary) 

12:30 Lunch 

13:15 Third Speaker - Andrea Bickerdike (Munster Technological University) 

14:00 Fourth speaker - Hayley O'Connell Vaughan (University College Cork Students' Union) 

14:45 Panel Discussion (all speakers) 

15:30 Closing remarks 

We aim to make this conference a welcoming, inclusive event and as accessible as possible. 

Please contact us at librarycppd@ucc.ie if you have any questions or requests. 

To register, and for further information about location particulars, please visit UCC Annual Library Seminar 2024.