4th Annual FE Conference and quality guidelines launch

Over 50 FE Librarians joined the hordes of coffee cup commuters and travelled to Stirling for the 4th SLIC annual conference featuring a programme planned jointly by SLIC with partners, the JISC RSC’s and Scotland’s Colleges Librarian Community of Practice.

Ably chaired by Janis Carson, Vice Principal at Glasgow Metropolitan College, the conference opened with the launch of the quality guidelines for colleges, by Alan Inglis, Assistant Principal at John Wheatley College and HMIe Associate Assessor. Alan explained the new ‘light touch’ review arrangements, the shift in emphasis from quality ‘improvement’ to ‘enhancement’ and the dropping of ‘grades’ in favour of ‘confidence statements’.  He offered the audience tips and hints on applying the new SLIC guidelines in their own organisations and discussed the ‘professional dialogue’ that now takes place between HMIe and support services in colleges.

Angie McKenzie, Learning Resource Centre Officer at Moray College, had first hand experience of that dialogue having piloted the toolkit for SLIC during the recent HMIe review at Moray. She reminded us that college libraries were first to self-evaluate with the aid of the previously published SLIC toolkit back in 2003 and demonstrated by example her cyclical approach to quality from internal customer evaluation to accommodation and building bids.

Customer evaluation was exactly what Suzanne Crawford, a student at Forth Valley College, came to discuss as she related what makes a good learner experience in the college library. (good facilities, service and respectful treatment)

Cleo Jones, former Librarian at Anniesland College, followed Suzanne. For the past ten years Cleo has been managing the school library service in Edinburgh and highlighted opportunities for librarians to support the delivery of Curriculum for Excellence using many examples from schools. 

After lunch delegates were treated to a second SLIC launch – the newly published Web 2.0 guidelines then heard John Kelly from JISCLegal discuss compliant use of Web 2.0 in the library.

Award winning teacher and keynote speaker, Ollie Bray, (via videoconference link from Glasgow Concert Hall) began his presentation on ‘ICT, Libraries and the Curriculum for Excellence’ con brio but was felled by technical gremlins which rendered his talk impossible to follow due to difficulties with sound. He promised to make his slides available via his website olliebray.com.  All the other presentations are in the usual place at http://www.slideshare.net/scottishlibraries

Thanks to all for making it an interesting and informative day!

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