I'm a librarian who does my best to help others become more comfortable and confident in a digital world. I am not special or famous. I'm optimistic about my work, and want to make a difference.
Librarians like us believe embracing things digital is crucial for all library staff and the people we serve, to flourish with grace and flair.
But in a rapidly changing landscape with infinite choices, deciding the most effective way to upskill others can sometimes be paralysing.
I take a holistic approach to digital literacy.
Digital literacy isn't about teaching tech skills or soft skills. Digital literacy is about solving a problem that staff value and then finding a way to fit it in to the work they already do.
A successful digital literacy initiative:
Sally was the lead on a cross university project requiring academics lecturing in the first year of every degree to change their processes for providing teaching and learning materials so that they were all compliant with copyright legislation. The fact that this was successfully achieved with almost 100% compliance in a short time period was an outstanding feat.
GEOFF PERRY // Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Auckland University of Technology
I wanted to introduce staff to the basics of digital literacy, and to provide a benchmark for ongoing professional development. Library staff all benefited from the training, and from exposure to the ideas and concepts discussed in the learning groups.
FIONA MACDONALD // Associate Director Learning and Engagement, University of Wollongong Library
The confidence of our staff in using digital devices and being able to assist customers was lifted by quite a margin and Sally used a continuum to prove this outcome as part of her programming. Excellent results achieved.
SYLVIA THOMPSON // T&D Manager, Auckland Libraries
Sally shared her knowledge and skills with staff in a way that helped the people and the organisation to move forward. Sally is a consummate and progressive library professional.
PHILLIPPA ASHBEY // Manager, Waimakariri District Libraries
Sally is a project management expert. Her shared experiences, knowledge and expertise enhanced my professional development and enabled me to walk away feeling confident in my ability to manage complex projects.
NATASHA WILSON // IT Governance Director, Russell McVeigh
Sally's innovative approach cuts though the mystique and makes project management accessible to staff. Really worthwhile.
JANE HILL // Manager, Wellington City Libraries