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    'Out of the blue': achievements of the Big Blue Project

    Makin, Louise (2002) 'Out of the blue': achievements of the Big Blue Project. SCONUL Focus, 26. pp. 33-36. ISSN 1745-5782


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    Follows on from Alison Mackenzie's interim report (SCONUL Newsletter (24) Winter 2001, 36-39) on the progress of the Big Blue project, funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and jointly managed by the libraries at Manchester Metropolitan University and Leeds University, to audit current provision for information skills training across the UK higher and further education sectors, identify instances of 'good practice' to form the basis of a series of case studies and make recommendations for the future. The project now having been concluded, the current report aims to comment on the final outputs. These include the case studies of good practice carried out in ten higher education and post-16 institutions and the development of two information skills toolkits, one a general resource for those developing information skills (IS) programmes and the other aimed specifically at post-16 institutions, which demonstrates how elements of IS can be found within the Key Skills curriculum. The case studies were selected from a variety of institutions to reflect differing scenarios across the post-16 and higher education sectors. By demonstrating what is possible in even the smallest institutions, the project team hoped to provide realistic examples for all members of the post-16 and higher education library and information community.

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