The DIREKT Online Information Literacy (IL) Module Platform from Springshare, is one of the key deliverables in the DIREKT project to ensure the sustainability of the DIREKT project results and for promoting the importance of Information Literacy in the Partner Countries into the future. The Platform, which is a product of Workpackage four of the DIREKT project,
offers our Partners in Russia, China and Kazakhstan a highly inventive, innovative and unique collaborative treasury of information literacy (IL) resources, expert content in the IL field and library related content. As was envisaged in the original project application, the Platform both enriches and supports the highly innovative eight module DIREKT Curriculum for Information Literacy that is being taught physically in classrooms in the Partner Countries, and is a vitally important online presence which supports the eight module Curriculum.
The Platform has made the highly innovative LibGuides function available to our Partners in Russia, China and Kazakhstan. LibGuides is an easy-to-use content management system deployed at thousands of universities and libraries worldwide. Owing to the delivery of the DIREKT Online IL Module platform in the project, Librarians and other staff in the Partner Countries can use LibGuides to curate knowledge and share information, organize class and subject specific resources, and create and manage content, resources and websites. The DIREKT project partners can now increase their usage of their Information Literacy and library resources and content and effectively and actively market their Information literacy programmes and initiatives as well as their library services using LibGuides. The Platform also has its impressive “LIbAnswers” functionality which enables Libraries to ensure their library users get the answers they need, whenever and wherever.
The Platform offers the DIREKT project partners unique and immense possibilities to collaborate both with partners in the DIREKT project Consortium from Russia, China and Kazakhstan as well as the entire international community. The Partners can now use Springshare’s international network of over 6,000 libraries in 82 countries and over 130,000 librarians to deliver quality content in the Information Literacy and Library and Information Science (LIS) field. The Platform makes available to the Partners, key tools and resources which allows them to write, develop and share IL content between the consortium partners and importantly with the assistance and technical support of Springhare.
The partners can use the extensive knowledge base of information and library related materials available via Springhare and their international library community. The partners can use these resources in a highly dynamic and interactive way and in a process that is Partner Country led. Owing to the delivery of this highly significant and far reaching platform in the project, the Partners can now lead the writing of content, the design, copying and sharing of content and the reusability of IL and Library related resources into the future, depending on their needs and the needs of the particular institution or University.