The Information School at The University of Sheffield is a thriving community of students, educators and researchers dedicated to the study and advancement of the information field and its professions. The school is ranked second in the World and First in Europe for Library and Information Management in the QS World Rankings by Subject 2019. We are recognised as the leading school of our kind in the UK, with an international reputation for the quality of our teaching and research, and for the achievements of our graduates.
Our students develop the skills and knowledge that today's workplace needs. We encourage our students to undertake dissertation projects with external organisations and they often deal directly with contemporary issues of practice in industry. Our courses have been developed in close liaison with the relevant professional bodies and most are fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).
For individuals who are already in employment, we offer a range of exciting professional enhancement programmes that relate closely to professional practice. Some of our courses can also be taken as Postgraduate Certificates or Postgraduate Diplomas and on a full- or part-time basis.
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The Open University’s Library Services is delighted to sponsor the Digital Award for information literacy for a second year.
The digital and information literacy products and services that we have developed over a number of years are highly valued by our own learners, as well as informing the practice of other organisations, who have recognised and drawn on our expertise. This award, which focusses on the innovative, the digital, the open and accessible, fits well with the Open University’ wider mission and philosophy. As a Library Service, we’re innovative and digital: we launched our online library service for students in 2000, and all our teaching, learning and support is delivered online and at a distance. Openness is at the heart of what we do, on many levels. As an institution we welcome anyone to come and study with us, regardless of previous educational experience. 20% of our students tell us that they have a disability, so ensuring that our services and support are accessible is paramount. We’re also happy to share what we know and what we do, to give back to the profession, where we can.
So we look forward very much to seeing the nominations for this award and hope that the products and services showcased here help build on the knowledge and expertise in our community, and inspire us all to keep having a positive impact on our learners.
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LILAC is great opportunity for our fellow professionals to present their ideas, share best practice and show case new thinking in our sector. If you have an idea then we'd love to hear about it. We have many options for the types of sessions you might run from a symposium to a workshop. Visit our Call for presentations page to find out how to apply.
Places at this year's conference are likely to be in demand more than ever before. Each year our conference grows increasingly popular and this year promises to be no different. Don't miss out and book your place now for this year's conference.
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