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Digital Dexterity - A Sustainable Model for Developing Skills to Meet the New Digital Reality

Clare McKenzie

University of Wollongong

The impact of technology on work practices means that employees will need the skills and higher-order knowledge required to thrive in a global work context and to become effective global citizens and lifelong learners.

The Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) recognises that universities and their libraries are ideally placed to equip students and staff with the necessary skills. This led CAUL to establish a Digital Dexterity Program in 2018, with the goal of developing a framework for the development of digital dexterity skills, resources to assist CAUL members to improve their capability in digital dexterity, and a strategy and tools to engage with stakeholders and advocate on digital dexterity. CAUL has taken a truly national approach with the Digital Dexterity Program, with project members drawn from 17 institutions from six Australian states and territories. The Capability Building resources and a Community of Practice (CoP) were launched at the Australian Library and Information Association conference in February 2019. In May, CAUL will set up a network of Digital Dexterity champions across all Australian and NZ institutions to advance the new CAUL-CAVAL Digital Dexterity CoP. This presentation brie y explores both the framework, tools and resources that provide a model that can be used and adapted by any organisation, and the establishment of the CoP to ensure the continued development and sustainability of the Digital Dexterity Program.