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Staff Development: Digital Skills and Academic Libraries

Information for Library staff in support of professional development

Digital offers libraries the opportunity to be a 'leader-innovating in new areas, persuading key stakeholders of the way forward and contributing to overall institutional strategy, creating and communicating a compelling vision' (Pinfield, Cox and Rutter, 2017,6 Mapping the Future of Academic Libraries, Sconul)




Overview of digital scholarship

Library Carpentry: Software Skills Training for Library Professionals    

Digital scholarship training programmes 

British Library Digital Scholarship Staff Training Programme                      

Digital scholarship consultations


Data analysis Social Sciences

(SPSS, Strata, NVIVO)

Data mining, text mining

(Python, R)

Library Carpentry

Data visualization, georeferencing, geocoding

(Power BI, Tableau, D3, ArcGIS, QGIS, Carto)


Information Integration

(Mash-ups, API’s and The Semantic Web)

Linked Data for Libraries, Archives and Museums

Managing personal digital research information

(Research networks, referencing software)


Communicating research via social media

Blogging, twitter, research networks


Foundations in working with Digital Objects: From Images to A/V


Metadata for digital collections & datasets

OpenRefine, XML Editor (notably Oxygen XML)


Clean up data/tidying data


Library Carpentry

Programming in libraries

 Library Carpentry


Provide access to data COAR (with LIBER, ARL, CARL)
Managing & sharing data/open data FOSTER Open Science Toolkit
Research data management training Mantra, Univ of Edinburgh
Awareness and support for managing data Digital Curation Centre
Managing a data collection DCC - Tools and Sevices
Data science / managing big data Rsearch Data Alliance
Data Management Plans  DMPOnLine DCC - Data Management Plans

Data Management general


The How of Research Data Management Video

Research Data Management (RDM) – what it is and why it’s necessary

Data Sharing Data sharing: what do we know and where can we go?  OASPA


Digital curation
Online exhibition
Digital Preservation Workflow
Professional Competencies
Digital Skills for SC

UL Digital Foundations Libguide

Novice to Know-How - Archives sector 

Competencies for Special Collections Professionals | ACRL
Plugged In, Powered Up - Archives sector


WhatsApp How to Use Whatsapp - Beginner's Guide 
Instagram What is Instagram? (
Netiquette LevUL Up Netiquette & Communicating Online
Managing Digital Identity LevUL Up 7 Simple Steps to Stay Safe Online
Recognising Fake News LevUL Up Critically Evaluating Information Sources


Protecting your devices
Internet Safety

Internet Safety (
Protecting personal data and privacy 7 Simple Steps to Stay Safe Online
Protecting health and well-being using digital technologies  

Protecting the environment from the impact of digital technologies and their use.

Flipbook Examples - Maddie is Online Bookshelf (


UDL (Universal Design for Learning)

Universal Design for Learning or UDL is a teaching philosophy addressing the diversity of the student population at third level Institutions and focuses on inclusive learning for everyone. It facilitates students with a disability to digitally access their course learning materials in various formats (text, visual , audio ) which they can customise for their own personal needs but it is a philosophy that extends beyond the needs of students with disabilities.

This web link provides more details about the principles of UDL

This LTF blogpost captures how UDL is being implemented at UL

The Three Core UDL Principles

Multiple Means of Engagement 

Multiple Means of Representation

Multiple Means of Action & Expression 


What is UDL?

The principles of UDL

Using UDL in Assessment

How UDL benefits our learners

How I've used Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Lilian Genaro Motti, University of Limerick - YouTube


AI in Libraries

Higher ducation Library Technology                         artificial_intelligence [helibtech]

RLUK  Research libraries                                        New Digital Frontiers – AI & Machine Learning in Libraries

Digital Scholarship                                                     The Artificial Intelligence and Libraries Bibliography

SCONUL                                                                    AI and library support for students

Digital Scholarship                                                     Artificial Intelligence and Libraries Bibliography

JISC National Centre for AI                                         Library strategy and Artificial Intelligence

JASIST                                                                       How artificial intelligence might change academic library work

Internet Librarian                                                          AI-the role and opportunity for libraries

Higher Education library Technology                           Artificial Intelligence and Libraries                              

Online AI Courses                                                      AI resources for librarians skilling up

IFLA Artificial Intelligence SIG                               23 resources to get up to speed on AI in 2023                                


Artificial intelligence

The Home of AI Demo

SCONUL Mapping the Future of Academic Libraries
Artificial Intelligence: 7 Questions (and Answers) [infographic] | EDUCAUSE

AI: Where Are We Now? | EDUCAUSE

Explore AI | Jisc


EDUCAUSE                                                                   Did ChatGPT Write This Report?

                                                                                       Artificial Intelligence Use in Higher Education

OER is defined by UNESCO as "learning, teaching and research materials in any format and medium that reside in the public domain or are under copyright that have been released under an open licence, that permit no-cost access, re-use, re-purpose, adaptation and redistribution by others.

Learn more about Open Education and OERs (Open Educational Resources):


Blended learning & other TELU supported resources, e.g. Turnitin and Big Blue Button Epigeum courses via sulis
E-learning & instructional design  
VLE's - Sulis & Moodle TELU resources 
Open Education Resources:  blogging,  video-editing/ creation, podcasting, polling, presentations/ animations, screen casting, videoconferencing, and collaborative authoring Technology-Enhanced Learning Tools and Teaching Resources , D Slattery
Digital skills for students & staff All Aboard topics, lessons, badges & resources
  OU Being Digital: Skills for Life
Artificial intelligence

The Home of AI Demo

SCONUL Mapping the Future of Academic Libraries
Artificial Intelligence: 7 Questions (and Answers) [infographic] | EDUCAUSE

AI: Where Are We Now? | EDUCAUSE

Explore AI | Jisc


Machine learning

Augmented & virtual reality  
Learning analytics  
Learning & mobile technologies  
Internet of things  
Digital competencies for Teaching & Learning Digital Competence Framework for Educators 

Digital Learning Resources                                          National Forum for T&L– Nat. Resource Hub


EDUCAUSE  Review                                 Digital Transformation in Higher Education: 7 Areas for Enhancing Digital Learning

VRRs Virtual Reading Rooms

RLUK UK Research Libraries

The Virtual Reading Rooms (VRRs) Toolkit is a resource for all collection-holding institutions, including libraries, archives, and museums, which are interested in setting up a VRR consultation service or are at the early stages of VRR development.


Teaching Planning and Preparation, Assessing Student Learning and Giving Feedback to Students, Problem Based Learning, Research Led Teaching … Teaching, Learning & Scholarship, Specialist Diploma, UL
e-Assessment Enhancing-assessment-and-feedback-with-technology JISC guide
UL Learning Technology Forum  UL Learning Technology Forum



Tips for Teaching & Learning


Quick Tips for Teaching Online: “Using Twitter to Engage Students” (Reading Time: 7 minutes) 

Quick Tips for Teaching Online: “Developing spoken interaction and intercultural awareness in foreign languages through Virtual Exchange” (Reading Time: ~10 minutes) 

Quick Tips for Teaching Online series: “From Individual Critical Thinking to Collaborative Learning Using Blogs” (Reading Time: ~9 minutes)

Quick Tips for Teaching Online series: “Creating an Interactive Online Student Programming Experience Supported by R and OneDrive (Reading Time: ~5 minutes)

Quick Tips for Teaching Online series: Constructive alignment: using Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy in curriculum design to align teaching, learning and assessment (Reading Time: ~5 minutes)

Quick Tips for Teaching Online: 3 Strategies for Evaluating Your Online Module

Quick Tips for Teaching Online series: Spring Semester and AY 2020/'21 Wrap-Up (Reading Time: ~4 minutes)

  1. Round-up of the blog series for the 2020/'21 academic year with an eye on the present, an eye to the future,
  2. Summary list of all blog posts to the series this academic year, and
  3. Inviting your feedback on the blog series to date, offering you an opportunity to contribute a future blog post (UL Staff only).

Quick Tips for Teaching Online series: Course Design for Enhancing Social Connectedness among Online Students (Part 3)

The final part in this 3-part post (part 1part 2) considers How can pedagogical strategies and course design enhance social connectedness among participants in online courses? 

The Learning and Teaching Forum has uploaded a curation of new resources; session recordings, training videos and handouts.

Pedagogical guidance and resources

Adding Interactions to Recorded Lectures in Panopto