An important role of academic libraries is to support researchers and students to produce quality research outputs, and one of the ways in which they do this is by providing digital research literacy training. However, a survey conducted by EIFL in 2018 found that academic librarians were struggling to provide this training in a fast-moving digital environment. Just over a third of the 270 librarians from 36 countries who were training or planning to train students and researchers said they were offering digital research literacy training; the only two topics well familiar to librarians were ‘Research process’ and ‘Writing articles and reusing content’. Over half of the respondents said they needed help to provide training in other digital research literacy topics.
Based on the survey findings, EIFL put together a resource, the EIFL Digital Research Literacy Training Programme Outline for Librarians (first published in November 2020; updated in July 2021). The training outline is organized into sections that follow the research cycle: Discover, Manage Research Data, Publish, Disseminate and Increase Visibility, and Measure Impact. Each section gives an overview of the topic, what the trainer should cover, and what the learner should gain by the end of the training. The outline also includes resources for facilitators and learners, with useful material that trainers and learners can use to improve their own knowledge or use in their own training.
To further support academic librarians who are training or planning to train students and researchers in digital research literacy, we organized a series of 12 webinars. Each webinar introduced a different topic from the EIFL training programme outline, and gave practical advice, ideas and tips for trainers. All 12 webinars have been completed. Recordings and slides are available in the EIFL resources gallery, and are also included in the updated version of the EIFL Digital Research Literacy Training Programme for Librarians.
31 March 2021/Completed:
- ‘Digital research literacy training outline’. Webinar presenting the EIFL Digital Research Literacy Training Programme Outline for Librarians, and discussing how it can be adapted and used to train librarians, students and researchers. See the slides and recording.
7 April 2021/Completed:
- ‘Academic Integrity’ - Milica Ševkušić, Institute of Technical Sciences of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts and EIFL Open Access Programme Coordinator in Serbia. See the slides and recording.
14 April 2021/Completed:
- ‘Choosing an effective publishing strategy’ - Niamh Brennan, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. See the slides and recording.
21 April 2021/Completed:
- ‘Institutional repository’ - Milica Ševkušić, Serbia. See the slides and recording.
28 April 2021/Completed:
- ‘Using the OA route to increase research impact’ - David Ball, UKeiG Information Group Chair, CILIP, UK, and Obrad Vučkovac, Vinca Institute of Nuclear Sciences, Serbia. See the slides and recording.
5 May 2021/Completed:
- ‘Researcher identity and ORCID’ - Gabriela Mejias and Nabil Ksibi from ORCID, Milica Ševkušić, Serbia. See the slides and recording.
19 May 2021/Completed:
- ‘Managing and sharing research data’ - David Ball, UK, Obrad Vučkovac, Serbia, and Samuel Simango, South Africa. See the slides and recording.
26 May 2021/Completed:
- ‘Writing a Data Management Plan’ - David Ball, UK and Ieva Cesevičiūtė, Kaunas Technological University Library, Lithuania. See the slides and recording.
9 June 2021/Completed:
- ‘Preprints’ - Ana Đorđević, Faculty of Chemistry Library, University of Belgrade, Serbia. See the slides and recording.
16 June 2021/Completed:
- ‘Social media for research’ - Ana Đorđević, Serbia. See the slides and recording.
23 June 2021/Completed:
- ‘Introduction to Bibliometrics’ - Niamh Brennan, Ireland. See the slides and recording.
30 June 2021/Completed:
- ‘Make your work count’ - Niamh Brennan, Ireland. See the slides and recording.