Further education newschurn

The 2010 spring/summer term drew to a close about a month ago for Scottish further education colleges but there’s  plenty to report from the sector.

Mergers and relocations still feature prominently with the decision on merging Glasgow Metropolitan, Glasgow College of Nautical Studies and Central College into one super college being deferred until autumn by the Scottish government.  The colleges had hoped to have a decision by 1st August and have agreed the design for New Campus Glasgow.   Mergers are a feature of FE life around the UK now and you can read  a really interesting article on the Northern Irish experience if you want to learn more about the process.  

In the west Kilmarnock College is planning a move to the former Johnnie Walker factory site while in the north work is underway to develop a new college campus in Inverness.

As recorded in the recent JISC ETNA report one of the areas that college librarians have identified for training and development in is information skills and SLIC is working with Scottish Government colleagues among others to develop an awareness raising and  training day on this subject. Meantime an excellent summary of good practice in information skills delivery in colleges appears here

Cumbernauld College  recently won the gold standard in Investors in People and was commended for inclusion, equality and accessible learning. if you’d like to improve your own practice  SCURL and JISC RSC Scotland SW are organising an event in Glasgow on 20th August called Value Added Libraries: Simple solutions to support library users which looks at practical solutions to achieve excellence in inclusion.  At only £10 it’s a real steal!  Book a place here

SLIC and the JISC RSC’s will shortly issue the first annual survey to accompany the latest version of the  quality and self-evaluation toolkit. It’s designed to collect information on trends and developments in library services across the sector so please look out for it and fill it in.  Full results and analysis will be made available at the FE annual Conference for librarians being held in Glasgow on 18th November   and organised in partnership with LIBNET. Also on the programme at that event is a presentation on QR codes.  Find out more about them in an article which appeared in the Journal of Information Literacy and take a look at this blog posting for ideas on using QR codes in libraries  Bookings for the Conference will open very soon and as usual will be free to SLIC FE members.

Finally, JISCLegal has just issued  a new guidance document which examines the Digital Economy Act 2010 and its implications for universities and colleges in the UK.   View it here.

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