A Digital Library for the Irish Further Education and Training Sector
Digital Libraries , Libraries , Further Education and Training (FET)
Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI) is the national representative association for the sixteen statutory local education bodies (Education and Training Boards – ETBs) that deliver a wide range of education services, including further education and training (FET), across the Republic of Ireland. Library service provision in the FET sector is not as consistent or as complete as in Higher Education. To remedy this, ETBI has created an online Digital library for the FET sector that provides access to electronic resources to the ETB FET sector This presentation will describe the origin and development of the Digital Library and will provide examples of where the Digital Library has made a difference through efficiency (FET resources for Ukrainians in Ireland), economies of scale (resources for a nationally rolled out Early Learning and Care course) and introducing Open Educational Resources to the FET sector (the “Maths for Trades” workbook series).
Hughes, D. and Alfis, R. (2023) ‘A Digital Library for the Irish Further Education and Training Sector’, in Libraries: A World of Possibilities. Dundalk, Co. Louth: LAI-CILIP Ireland.