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Digital Literacy

What is Digital Literacy?

Digital literacy looks beyond functional IT skills to describe a richer set of digital behaviours, practices and identities.

What it means to be digitally literate changes over time and across contexts, so digital literacies are essentially a set of academic and professional situated practices supported by diverse and changing technologies. (JISC, (2014), Developing Digital Literacies, JISC)

Mindmap of the seven elements of digital literacies

(JISC, 2014)
Contact your Academic Library Services Team to discuss the digital literacy training for your students.

Critically read and creatively produce academic and professional communications in a range of media.


We work with students to develop media literacy skills through training sessions and online resources. We create

We assist students to:

  • analyse and evaluate different types of media

Additional resources

Participate in digital networks for learning and research


We work with students to effectively communicate and collaborate in the digital environment. We assist students to

  • understand the scholarly environment
  • manage their author identity
  • collaborate and showcase their research through the use of social media and discipline focussed network

We assist students through

  • Research Education Support Activities and the provision of Research Guides, Workshops and Seminars such as:
    • Make it count: Share | Network | Collaborate (Seminar)
    • Tools for collaboration (Workshop)
    • Promote and Share your research (Research Guide)
    • Publishing with impact (Research Guide)
  • tailored workshops
  • individual consultations

Additional resources

Manage digital reputation and online identity.


We work with students to manage their digital reputation and online identity by assisting setting up author profiles such as ORCID, ResearcherID and Google Scholar, and using research networks to collaborate and showcase.

We assist students through

  • Research Education Support Activities and the provision of Research Guides, Workshops and Seminars such as:
    • Manage and Maximise your author profile (Workshop and individual consultation)
    • Make it count: Share | Network | Collaborate (Seminar)
    • Tools for collaboration (Workshop)
    • Promote and Share your research (Research Guide)
  • tailored workshops
  • individual consultations

Additional resources

Adopt, adapt and use digital devices applications and services.


We support students by creating, communicating and sharing information using technology available on any device. We assist students to:

We assist students by providing

Study and learn effectively in technology-rich environments, formal and informal.


We support students by providing digital learning spaces and physical learning spaces rich in technology to help students build their research skills in readiness to apply these skills in the workforce.

  • Bookable rooms for group or quiet study
  • equipment such as SmartBoards, Computer on wheels, Project rooms and Syndicate rooms
  • Adaptive Technology Suites are designed to provide equitable access to computing facilities for students with disabilities who cannot use existing computing labs and pools.

Additional information:

Study help

      in a range of academic skills such as critical reading, academic writing, communicating, speaking and assessments.

Participate in emerging academic, professional and research practices that depend on digital systems.


We support students and researchers by providing resources and systems to collect, store and showcase research data and publications. The Library facilitates access to these research publications and data by:

We support developing professional practice in teaching by providing information, resources and services

We assist students by providing

Find, interpret, evaluate, manage and share information.


We support students to:

  • recognise the need for information and determine the nature and extent of the information needed
  • use diverse technologies appropriately and effectively to search for and retrieve information and interpret search results
  • critically evaluate information and the information seeking process
  • manage information
  • use information with understanding and acknowledge cultural, ethical, economic, legal, and social implications

We work with students to develop these skills through training sessions and online resources.

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