Renew or die: the information literacy skills of the Public Libraries of Sabadell

Authors: Children and Young People Teamwork of the Public Libraries of Sabadell (Barcelona, Spain)
Twitter: @bibliotequesSBD

Sabadell is a city –near Barcelona— with 208.300 inhabitants and it has a network of seven public libraries. The Children and Young People teamwork of Public Libraries of Sabadell started in 2011-2012 as a group of library professionals that were working in children and youth’s areas. The goal of this group is sharing knowledge, improving methodologies and resources.

Until 2012, we just offered library & information skills training sessions to schools, adapted to the levels of the education system but not adapted to the current environment and necessities. So teamwork decided to rethink all training program and create different training itineraries, from kindergarten to secondary education level, including new sessions about poetry, local authors and comic books. In addition, this year 2016 we have renewed the secondary education training sessions to offer activities related with young adult fiction and Internet searching skills.
Since 2012, the results have been very positive:
• In 2012-2013 we offered 9 different types of sessions and in 2016 we offer 14.
• In 2012-2013 we executed 165 sessions with different schools and in 2016 we have done 319.
• In 2012-2013, 3,797 students have participated in the program and in 2016 it has been more than 8,000 students (21% of the total of pupils).
This increase is due to: deep renewal of the information literacy skills training program; dissemination strategy for the new services between all schools; and, the amazing work of library professionals.
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