Library services delivered by librarians in further education are broad in scope and reach to cater for the high degree of differentiation which exists within the sector. Many FE colleges teach higher education courses and also help with transition to higher level studies and this is reflected in the varied roles and responsibilities found in FE libraries.
According to the latest figures FE librarians in the UK support almost 3 million students in further education. A recent CILIP survey of FE librarians showed that 87% teach or promote digital literacy, 93% information literacy and 83% support the attainment of basic skills including literacy.
Between July 2016 and March 2017, we undertook a policy inquiry into further education in the UK.
The Academic and Research Libraries Group (ARLG) aims to provide a focus and forum for the professional concerns and interests of everyone working in academic or research libraries, linking those with current and emerging issues and developments and the overall direction of CILIP’s corporate plan.