Led by the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC), ALMA-UK’s library members have worked in collaboration to roll out a successful ICT diploma programme with UK-wide recognition.
The Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Applications of Information and Computer Technology in Libraries (ICTL) were developed jointly by SLIC and the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), supported by the Big Lottery Fund. The qualifications are a legacy of the People’s Network initiative.
New Library: The People’s Network was a radical vision to reposition and rethink the role of public libraries for the 21st century.
Masterminded in 1997 by the Libraries and Information Commission for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, it was a major catalyst for the transformation of UK public library services around the turn of the new millennium.
The implementation plan for the People’s Network vision was published in 1998 with the title Building the New Library Network.
The plan identified the central importance of new technology for the future of public libraries, and the need to skill up the UK’s library workforce in ICT competencies.
The ICTL Diplomas were created to certificate learning provided by the Building the New Library Network training. The diplomas are linked to the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) framework of qualifications and Lifelong Learning UK (LLUK) revised National Occupational Standards.
A UK roll-out of the ICTL Diplomas began in 2005 and has been facilitated by a project sub-group of ALMA-UK, involving a partnership of SLIC, CyMAL: Museums Archives and Libraries Wales, the Museums Libraries and Archives Council and the Library and Information Services Council Northern Ireland.
ALMA-UK is considering options for adapting the ICTL Diploma learning material to extend its use to archives and museums.
More information about the ICTL Diplomas
ALMA-UK lead contact: Rhona Arthur, Scottish Library and Information Council