1. What is Library in the Sky?
Library in the Sky is Voice of Young People in Care's (VOYPIC) virtual library housing resources relating to children and young people in care and care leavers. It is a secure content managed website which can be accessed at www.libraryinthesky.org
2. What is a virtual library?
Also known as a digital or electronic library, a virtual library is a technological way to bring together large quantities of electronic documents in a managed system.
3. Why is there a need for a virtual library?
VOYPIC's experience in relation to looked-after children and care leavers is that there are a multitude of agencies working with these individuals each producing excellent quality information. However this information is not housed in one central location and therefore access is not universal.
In order to utilise information to its full, VOYPIC recognised the need to create a centralised resource providing interested parties with 24 hour access to quality information. As a result, a virtual library, Library in the Sky, has been developed and will be the first ever central online repository of information relating to looked-after children and care leavers in Northern Ireland.
4. What are the benefits of a virtual library?
A virtual library provides multiple concurrent users with 24 hour, remote access to large quantities of electronic documents. Other benefits include:-
- they do not require a physical space
- documents are available on the user's desktop
5. What will users be able to access in Library in the Sky?
Library in the Sky will house locality based practice research, reports, guidance, statistics, good practice models and other information relating to care experienced children and young people. It will also include all VOYPIC authored publications.
6. Who will use Library in the Sky?
Library in the Sky is an online reference tool for anyone working with or interested in care experienced children and young people.
- It will be an invaluable resource for government, social workers, researchers and social care professionals to inform good practice.
- It will provide a conduit to advocate on behalf of care experienced children and young people.
- It will also provide a considerable body of evidence based practice, which will inform the training and development of practice in a range of professions.
7. How do users access Library in the Sky?
To use the site, you must register with VOYPIC. Registered users will be assigned a username and password to access the resource.
8. Should my organisation consider submitting content for posting on Library in the Sky?
- Does your organisation produce publications relating to looked-after children and/or care leavers?
- Would your organisation like the opportunity to promote these publications to a specialised audience?
9. What content can VOYPIC post on Library in the Sky?
We can post content that:-
- relates to looked after children and/or care leavers and
- is publicly available and
- satisfies the copyright conditions outlined in the website content licence
10. Protection in the online environment
Scenario 1: Posting full text documents on Library in the Sky - the need for a website content licence
During the development of Library in the Sky, VOYPIC sought legal advice in relation to copyright in the online environment. A solicitor developed a website content licence. This licence allows VOYPIC to use (upload and publish to a broader audience) any copyright-protected materials supplied by an external source. By signing the licence, an external source is allowing VOYPIC to provide access to their materials via Library in the Sky. VOYPIC cannot post content from an external source until a completed copy of the website content licence is received.
Scenario 2: Posting an abstract with a link to the full text document which is hosted on elsewhere
Your organisation may not wish to provide users of Library in the Sky with access to full text documents. An alternative is to provide VOYPIC with an abstract which includes a link to the full text document or, where there is a charge for access, to the publisher's website. A signed copy of the website content licence is not required in this case.
Scenario 3: Posting a link to your organisation's website
If the terms and conditions of your organisation's website allow external websites to link to yours, you do not need to do anything. If the terms and conditions of your organisation's website does not allow external websites to link to yours, you will need to complete our Website Linking Agreement.