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Developing a “digital” state of mind: charting a course for all libraries to develop digital competencies using the National Forum’s Professional Development Framework. Brigid Carey

Developing a “digital” state of mind: charting a course for all libraries to develop digital competencies using the National Forum’s Professional Development Framework. Brigid Carey

This case study will present findings on developing digital competencies for Library staff arising from the L2L project (www.L2L.ie). L2L was a two year collaborative project based in Ireland led by Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT), with Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) and Institute of Technology Carlow (ITC).

This project was funded by the National Forum for Teaching and Learning with the aim of exploring its professional development framework (https://www.teachingandlearning.ie/wp-content/uploads/NF-2016-National-Professional-Development-Framework-for-all-Staff-Who-Teach-in-Higher-Education.pdf) through the lens of library staff.

This case study will consider how library staff can identify and chart the development of digital competencies and skills so as to remain current and viable in a constantly evolving digital landscape using the framework. Reflections will be offered on how engaging with the Professional Development Framework and more specifically Domain 5: Personal and Professional Digital Capacity in Teaching, can foster the development of personal proficiency/knowledge in digital competencies thus supporting our role in Teaching and Learning and our professional practice. The concept of drafting a “digital philosophy statement” will be considered and how this can be potentially used as a sustainable CPD tool. 

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