From Library to Kitchen Table: Managing the Overhaul of the OU Library’s “Being Digital” Activities

Poster Description: “Being Digital” is an award-winning, open-access collection of short activities which teach digital and information literacy skills. Our poster presents how we successfully planned and managed the relaunch of the collection in time for the next phase of the UK website accessibility regulations that came into place in September 2020.

Poster: View the poster full screen. Access the Being Digital website. Access the poster as a Word document.

Presenter Name(s): Amanda Closier, The Open University (UK); Geraldine Huzar, The Open University (UK); and Sheila Chudasama, The Open University (UK)

Presenter Bio(s): Amanda Closier (she/her) is a Learning & Teaching Librarian at The Open University (UK) and a member of the library’s award-winning Live Engagement team. She delivers a wide range of training and creates skills activities for the Being digital website and for the Open University’s VLE. Twitter: @mandaclosier Email: amanda.closier@open.ac.uk

Geraldine Huzar is a Learning & Teaching Librarian at The Open University (UK). One of her main responsibilities during that time has been supporting and developing services for disabled students. This includes testing the accessibility of third-party resources and helping staff to create accessible learning objects. Email: geraldine.huzar@open.ac.uk

Sheila Chudasama is a Learning & Teaching Librarian at The Open University (UK). As part of her role she works with facilities to embed library content and skills materials into modules. Sheila is also a part of the Authoring team to create accessible skills activities. Email: sheila.chudasama@open.ac.uk

5 replies on “From Library to Kitchen Table: Managing the Overhaul of the OU Library’s “Being Digital” Activities”

Hello presenters! “Being Digital” looks to be an excellent collection of IL learning objects. Bravo on putting so much thought into accessibility, and for being proactive in meeting new regulations. How do you promote the use of these tutorials among your students and faculty? How much usage do you get?

Hi Matt, we promote our activities to faculty quite heavily as we work closely with course teams when setting up, reviewing and writing modules. We also regularly promote them via our social media channels. This is not the only set of resources we have but these are our Open access resources, I’m glad you like them!

Great poster and also the website very well designed and helpful. May I ask what platform (software) you used for the poster and website tutorials?