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Information Literacy activities


The Cambridge Information Literacy Network (CILN) Advisory Group exists to:-
  • Support the ongoing development of CILN Information Literacy projects and the extension of these projects into services across
  • Cambridge University Libraries Community and the College libraries.
  • Assist the co-leads for the Information Literacy strand of the University Libraries Education Programme with developing co-ordinated approaches to and priorities for information literacy projects and teaching across all University of Cambridge and College libraries.
  • Promotion and advocacy for information literacy topics within the University and beyond.
  • Support and contribute to training events available to all library staff on information literacy.
Below is a list of some of the current projects that the CILN Advisory Group are supporting.

If you would like to find out more, please email

In this strand of work we are considering models of academic advocacy for the Information Literacy framework, disseminating good practice and advice to library and academic colleagues in using the Information Literacy Framework and Information Literacy developments at Cambridge, and support library colleagues with developing their information literacy knowledge and practice.

If you would like to find out more, please email Lynne Meehan

We work with Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning in supporting to support and enhance education at Cambridge. For example, to support the move to teaching online in 2020, library staff developed a guide for Sourcing Online Readings

If you would like to find out more, please email Libby Tilley

We support the Cambridge University Libraries Copyright Group (CULCG) in their development of copyright literacy for students and staff. For example the Copyright Group have developed Copyright for Researchers LibGuide and two more LibGuides are in production.

Copyright awareness has always been necessary for scholarly research, but the need for copyright literacy has sharpened in the modern environment. We now have to navigate content provided, not just in print materials, but on websites, subscription services, twitter and blogs. Understanding how intellectual property rights are compatible with open access, Creative Commons, disability regulations, software licensing and legal deposit, are all interrelated factors.

For copyright queries and training requirements, please contact the Copyright helpdesk

The Information Literacy Group collaborates widely with other skills providers in the University and will frequently promote training provided by groups within the University. The Cambridge Digital Humanities is one such area.

We work closely with the Office for Scholarly Communication and Libraries Research Support Group on information literacy skills development for researchers.

Examples of guides and tutorials created by these teams include Research Skills and Engineering Library Information Skills

For more information on Researcher training, please email Bea Gini

We are working to develop models of good practice in engaging students and academics with special collections materials both inside and outside the classroom. There is a LibGuide introducing the Rare book collections with more to follow. We are also collaborating with academics on trialling approaches to teaching and learning using the digitised materials on Cambridge Digital Library.

If you would like to find out more, please email Suzanne Paul.

Induction introduces students to the services and resources available at Cambridge. It is also an important step in the student journey and is the basis for the information literacy skills students will develop while at University. We work with the Support and Enquiry group to develop inductions in our libraries.

For ideas on moving library inductions online, please watch the session delivered by Deidre Cijffers at our recent Cambridge Information Literacy Day

CamGuides is a set of resources for students beginning undergraduate, or taught Master's, degrees at the University of Cambridge. There are two separate versions:

CamGuides is designed to help students prepare for their studies in Cambridge, regardless of their subject or college. It focuses on some of the academic and information practices and skills that students commonly engage in, or require, for their degrees.

For more information on Camguides, please email Laura Moss

Libraries are proactively engaging with the proposals at the University to introduce a Foundation Year for students. More information about the wider project is available

If you would like to find out more, please email Libby Tilley

For 2020-2021 we have won a bid for funding for a project called 'Unlocking Libraries' to help improve the way in which we engage with the wider collegiate university to improve access to libraries for all.

If you would like to find out more, please email Libby Tilley

We have a number of ongoing projects, examples include Reflective Practice Toolkit, Sourcing Online Readings, and Reading on Screens guide

Supporting online learning and teaching

Cambridge University Libraries are supporting the changes to online teaching and learning. Information and case studies of good practice are available for library staff to explore.

Students using computers to search for resources

All photos on this guide are from Alice the Camera

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