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Supporting Young People in the Digital Information Age event: 30th November

The role of libraries in promoting transition skills

Join CILIP’s Information Services Group (London & South East) and CILIP Information Literacy Group for an afternoon exploring how libraries are supporting young people in developing the research and information literacy skills which will help them prepare for further or higher education. Libraries across all sectors have an important role to play in developing and supporting students in the age of the internet and online technologies – thus encouraging effective use of your library! Come along to this interactive seminar to find out what others are doing in this area and share YOUR experiences.

WHEN: Wednesday, 30th November 2016

WHERE: CILIP, 7 Ridgmount Street, London, WC1E 7AE, United Kingdom

The afternoon will start with guest speakers :

Natasha Skeen – Community Liaison Librarian, The Hive, University of Worcester

Supporting KS5 students with public library resources

This session will give an overview of some of the IL skills library staff can introduce to students undertaking A-levels and other KS5 qualifications, focusing on some of the resources and facilities available to students through their local public library. Natasha will look at quality online resources such as Access to Research, Open Access Journal Providers, Google Scholar and ways of searching them effectively.

David Bowles and Simon Finch – Bexley Libraries

This discussion will focus on David and Simon’s work with local 6th form EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) students, enabling them to complete their qualification successfully and helping to improve their information literacy.

Elizabeth Bentley – Teen Tech

Elizabeth will focus on the Information Literacy Group’s work with Teen Tech, a national STEM and innovation competition aimed at pupils from Yr7-13.


The rest of the afternoon will be focused on discussion. It can be your chance to talk to others about how you are involved in this area or you can ask for advice from others. You can suggest a topic that you would like to talk about  when you book your place or at the beginning of the afternoon or you can just come ready to join in the discussions and be inspired. You can be as brief and as informal as you wish and you definitely don’t need to bring a PowerPoint presentation.

Here are some ideas of topics for sharing:

  • Are you working in FE or school libraries and found ingenious ways of teaching study or information literacy and research skills?
  • Are you collaborating with your local college or public library service to promote research skills?
  • Do you need tips on how to work successfully with schools and colleges?
  • Are you working in public libraries and found ways to support young people with developing information research skills?
  • Have you found ways to encourage use of your online information resources through targeted training for young people?


1.30: Registration/tea and coffee and a chance to suggest topics for discussions  –  feel free to bring your lunch if you are short of time!

  • 1.55: Welcome
  • 2.00: Natasha Skeen- The Hive
  • 2.30: David Bowles and Simon Finch- Bexley Libraries
  • 3.00: Refreshments & Best Cake Competition  –  please bring a cake to share!
  • 3.20: Elizabeth Bentley- Teen Tech
  • 3.50: Discussions begin
  • 4.55: Closing remarks and Best Cake Award!
  • 5.00: Finish


£10 (plus VAT) for CILIP ISG and CILIP ILG members.

£15 (plus VAT) for non-ISG or ILG members.

Tea and coffee will be provided.

BOOKINGS: Please use Eventbrite to book your tickets.


If you have any enquiries, contact Heather Lincoln at

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