Advocacy

CoLRiC is a leading advocate for library and learning resources services across Further Education and Sixth Form Colleges. We are here to advise and support you in any capacity, with an Executive Committee comprised of senior librarians from across the UK.

We are committed to raising the profile of the sector and advocating for those delivering vital library and learning resource services. We offer opportunities to all students, teachers and professional services support staff. We want to celebrate the power of community, connectivity and co-operation. We want to celebrate the power of mutual support

CoLRiC Executive Committee

Recent successes include:

E-books for FE

CoLRiC has been representing the community in discussions with Jisc on ‘E-books for FE’. We recently asked our members to share with us the lists of e-books they required to support vocational learning. We shared the data with Jisc, resulting in the negotiation of significant price reductions for learning resource bundles. CoLRiC is committed to finding affordable ways of ensuring you get the resources you need.
Visit Jisc’s Vocational Learning Resource support page here.

Unlocking libraries

CoLRiC’s post-lockdown guidance document Unlocking Libraries has received significant publicity and support in the national FE media. The first edition of the guidelines is largely based on members sharing their experiences and stories of what has worked and what has not as they prepare to re-open libraries and learning resource centres to students in readiness for the new academic year.

Due to considerable interest and queries from other colleagues, we have made Unlocking Libraries freely available. It has been acknowledged by Jisc, CILIP and NHS library services as a key contribution to post-shutdown guidance.

Amplifying messages

We actively seek to share and amplify our vision and strategy as well as championing the important work of other organisations, influencers and stakeholders across the further education sector. We are keen to build relationships with associations, networks, journalists and others to ensure that value and impact of library and learning resource services are recognised as fundamental to the student learning experience.