Library Futures 3: A graduate-eye-view of information and digital literacy skills
  • October 3, 2018

Library Futures 3: A graduate-eye-view of information and digital literacy skills

Libraries make significant investments to provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to use their services effectively and succeed on their course. This collaborative research opportunity will provide fresh evidence about information and digital literacy from the perspective of graduates and provide an important base for your future plans and strategies.

The project will combine a quantitative survey of UK graduates with innovative online qualitative research to offer rich insight.

Why join the Library Futures 3 collaboration?

Through our ‘Library Futures’ series, we bring together university libraries to work on common challenges. The model means individual clients have access to tailored strategic research studies, whilst also participating and building communities focused on achieving and sharing best practice. The collaborations offer opportunities for shared learning leading to practical action and exciting innovations.

“Library Futures is taking a really innovative approach to student engagement. The collaborative approach is empowering and exciting. It’s exactly what we need to connect with our communities and offers the time and space to allow strategic questioning and action….”

Margaret Weaver, Brunel University London

What are the benefits of taking part?

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to:

  • Strengthen your information and digital literacy strategy based on graduate experience of the elements which have best assisted them in progressing their careers and life paths
  • Improve the impact of your training and skills development programmes for current and future students
  • Align the messaging of your service provision with student motivation in order to maximise participation in your training and skills development programmes
  • Gather persuasive, independent evidence  which will engage your internal stakeholders and position your Library team as a driver of information and digital literacy strategy in your university

You will also have the opportunity to network with colleagues from collaborating institutions by attending two Library Futures workshops, one at the beginning and one at the end of the project, where we will all share ideas and learn from each other.

Summary of the research process and timings

For this collaboration, we will:

  • Start the process with a project initiation workshop with all our partner libraries
  • Conduct a full literature review
  • Produce the survey questionnaire and circulate it for your comment and approval
  • Conduct a national survey of 1,000 students from across the UK
  • Run a national on-line qualitative community with 40 graduate participants
  • Undertake detailed analysis of the quantitative and qualitative data
  • Run a concluding collaborative workshop to discuss the results and share action plans.

In addition, you will receive:

  1. A full research report to be used by your team that contains the literature review, methodology, findings and our independent recommendations
  2. A PowerPoint summary, to help you distribute the findings across your organisation
  3. A short summary paper to be shared with colleagues across the sector, recognising your involvement as a project partner.

Timing overview

Which Libraries have taken part in collaborations so far?

The following libraries have taken part across our two previous collaborations: University Futures 1 (16 to 18-year old information and digital literacy) and University Futures 2 (Undergraduate information and digital literacy).

University of Sheffield, University of Surrey, University of Leicester, UCL (University College London), University of Glasgow, University of Manchester, University of Bristol, University of Reading, University of Nottingham, University of Warwick, University of West England, Aston University, University of Aberdeen, Brunel University, University of Dundee, University of Huddersfield, University of Liverpool, University of York.

How much does it cost?

Joining this collaboration means you will have access to the valuable insights and practical recommendations for just £6,995 (excl. VAT). This is a fraction of the cost of commissioning individual research, giving you superb value for money.

How do I join or find out more?

To join, or for more information, please contact Paul Williams on 0161 503 5760 or