Digital Engagement and Education
We are extremely pleased to welcome Owen Llywelyn, outreach and participation manager for the National Library of Wales, as one of our keynote speakers at Digital Past 2017.
As the largest library in Wales, and one of the four UK copyright libraries, the NLW holds millions of books and newspapers, photographs, works of art, maps, films, manuscripts, video and archives. Founded in 1907, for the last 20 years there has been a strong programme of digitisation in order to make material more accessible.
The National Library of Wales Education Service provides workshops and resources for teachers and educators, pupils and students, and people of all ages who want to learn more about the Library’s collections. It also develops digital learning resources on various themes for Hwb, the Welsh Government Digital Learning platform for Wales.
Owen’s talk will discuss how the education service utilises the digital collections of the library in its programmes of work, both for general programmes such as Hwb and for themed projects. A current themed project is based around the First World War and while ensuring that its digital learning resources meet the requirements of the curriculum in Wales as regards content and skills, the editing process ensures age appropriate language, tasks and content, as well as strategies to develop literacy, numeracy, and digital literacy, and refers to what resources were used to produce the materials. Owen will also talk about how the Library is utilising popular gaming technology, including Minecraft, to engage with a youth audience.