Monday, January 22, 2018

Student awards for #LILAC2018

The LILAC award for students entitles two students to fully sponsored places at the UK's information literacy conference, LILAC which takes place in Liverpool, UK, 4-6 April 2018. The award consists of full conference registration, travel (within the UK only) and accommodation expenses, if appropriate. Deadline for application is 16 February 2018. Applicants must be full-time or part-time students (including distance-learners) registered for a UK-based first degree or taught postgraduate qualification in information/library studies or information literacy. It is not essential that applicants are current members of CILIP or its Information Literacy Group. More information on how to apply at

Sunday, January 21, 2018

New articles: data literacy; information literacy; digital literacy

The Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology (priced) are published. Papers include:
- “It lives all around us”: Aspects of data literacy in teen's lives by Leanne Bowler, Amelia Acker, Wei Jeng and Yu Chi
- Before information literacy [Or, Who Am I, as a subject-of-(information)-need?] by Ronald E. Day
- Is ignorance really bliss?: Exploring the interrelationships among information avoidance, health literacy and health justice by Beth St. Jean, Gagan Jindal and Yuting Liao
- The effects of BeNetWise program on youth media literacy: A mixed methods research by Kevin P.C. Cheng et al.
- Information literacy in an era of information uncertainty by Noa Aharony, Louise Limberg, Heidi Julien, Kendra Albright, Ina Fourie and Jenny Bronstein
- Digital literacy in the era of fake news: Key roles for information professionals by Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Heidi Julien, Michael Seadle and Alex Kasprak
- Explicating the trends of information literacy studies in the higher education context: A pilot study by Sung Un Kim and Yong Gu Lee
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Photo by Sheila Webber: Sheffield earlier today

Saturday, January 20, 2018

MOOCs on digital skills for business/careers

The company Accenture runs some #MOOCs on the #Futurelearn platform about digital skills, with a business focus:
Digital Skills: Grow Your Career "Learn about how digital is changing the world of work, and how you can successfully grow your career in the digital age." (2 weeks)
Digital Skills: Social Media "Learn how to use social media for business, from creating a social media presence to measuring success." (2 weeks)
Digital Skills: Digital Marketing "Learn about some of the different digital marketing strategies and techniques that are available for businesses to use." (2 weeks)
Digital Skills: Web Analytics "Learn about the role of analytics in business, the types of analytics and techniques used and why they are important." (2 weeks)
Digital Skills: Retail "Discover the impact digital technology is having on the retail industry and what it means for customers. (3 weeks)
Digital Skills: User Experience "Learn about why user experience (UX) is important, the research and design basics, and the tools and testing techniques used in UX (3 weeks)
Digital Skills: Mobile "Learn about mobile design, development and creating mobile experiences, as well as bigger concepts related to mobile technology." (2 weeks)
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Photo by Sheila Webber: taken in the 3D virtual world Second Life (TM Linden Lab)

Friday, January 19, 2018

cfp Information Literacy: From Practice to Research and Back Again

There is a call for papers for a session organised by IFLA's Library Theory and Research Section and Information Literacy Section: Information Literacy: From Practice to Research and Back Again. The session wil be held during the World Library and Information Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 24-30 August 2018.
"This session aims to bring together practice that is based on theoretical underpinnings and theory that can inform practice across the diverse field (of literacies that encompasses the analytical skills critical to information literacy). Our objective is to hear about a range of critical approaches and research models that contribute to building new theory; the challenges of applying theory in practice; the technology dimension in theoretical frameworks; how learning theories can inform practice; and cultural perspectives associated with learning. The session will look beyond standards and processes, engaging instead in the potential for developing knowledge to guide information literacy practice across disciplines, contexts and environments. It will also explore how the body of information literacy practice can inform the building of theory, which in turn can inform future practice. Suggested themes to guide submissions: Construction of knowledge in information literacy; Critical approaches and challenges to build new theoretical contexts; Cross-cultural contexts in information literacy; Emancipatory pedagogy; Enabling technology to enhance information literacy theory and practice; Exploring alternative routes to information literacy; Information literacies to transform society; Information literacy models – from theory to practice and back to theory; Informed learning theory; Methodological and analytical approaches for exploring information literacy."
Deadline for abstracts: 5 March 2018. Full information at
Photo by Sheila Webber: heather in Greenwich Park, December 2017

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Workshops: Lego for libraries; Playful Teaching

Two full day workshops in the UK, organised by Andrew Walsh, each costs £95.
- Lego for Library Teaching in Cardiff, 16 February 2018. "A full day workshop, when we will explore how Lego® (or other model making materials) may be used in teaching situations in libraries and learning support."
- Creative / Playful Teaching workshop, in York, 2 March 2018. "we will introduce a range of creative and playful ideas for teaching or training throughout the day. Certain
playful ideas will run throughout, plus we will focus on a few creative approaches in particular: Model making, Collage, and use of Narrative."
Photo by Sheila Webber: lego

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Embedding Scholarly Communication in Your Instruction Practice

There is an online discussion on January 24 2018 at 1-2pm US Central time (which is 7-8pm UK time): Embedding Scholarly Communication in Your Instruction Practice: A Coordinated Approach. This is the 2018 Instruction Section Midwinter Virtual Discussion Forum. It is led by Rebecca Lloyd (Reference & Instruction Librarian), Kristina De Voe (English & Communication Librarian), and Annie Johnson (Library Publishing and Scholarly Communications Specialist) from Temple University. "How can we best integrate scholarly communication into today’s academic library instruction? While scholarly communication and content creation have impacted some areas of library services, these developments often overlook instruction aimed at undergraduate students."
Discussion digest:
Photo by Sheila Webber: dusk, Blackheath, December 2017

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Recent articles: Pinterest; Critical inquiry; Outreach

Articles in the priced journal Internet Reference Services Quarterly (Volume 22 issue 2/3) include:
- Talking Through It: Using Student to Student Interviews and Brainstorming Activities for Facilitating Critical Inquiry by Krista D. Schmidt (this is in a chemistry class)
- Dust off Those Encyclopedias: Using Reference Sources to Teach the ACRL Framework Concepts by Kristin E. C. Green
- Library Outreach and Instruction to Academic Departments of Military Science and ROTC Cadets by Leila June Rod-Welch EdD, Barbara E. Weeg & Glen P. Keith
- Reframing Pinterest: Information Literacy for Interior Design Students by Ellen Hampton Filgo & Megan Martinsen
Thanks to Esther Grassian for alerting me to this journal issue. Go to
Photo by Sheila Webber: beets and squash, Blackheath Farmers market, January 2018

Monday, January 15, 2018

Pew Research: satisfication with news media; study in 38 countries

An interesting international survey on attitudes to news media, from Pew Internet. Random surveys of about 1000 people were carried out in each of 38 countries in spring of 2017 (methods are given here). Some snippets from the front page: "rather than being consistently tied to a particular ideological position, satisfaction with the news media across the globe is more closely related to support for the party in power – whether that party is left or right.": so in most countries (though not the USA!) if you support the ruling party, you are more satisfied with the press. "The survey finds that a median of 75% across 38 countries say it is never acceptable for a news organization to favor one political party over others when reporting the news. Just 20% say this is sometimes okay. People in Europe show the greatest opposition to political bias in their news, including 89% in Spain and 88% in Greece who think this is unacceptable."
Younger people are more likely to get news online and be less interested in local news. A global median of 57% of people are interested in news about other countries (in most countries there is most interest in national news, then local news). "The median percentages of people who get news at least once a day through social media are about the same in emerging and developing economies as in advanced ones (33% and 36%, respectively)."

Mitchell, A. et al. (2018, January 11). Publics Globally Want Unbiased News Coverage, but Are Divided on Whether Their News Media Deliver: Deep political divides in many nations on satisfaction with news media; greatest is in the U.S.
Photo by Sheila Webber: sunset over Blackheath, December 2017

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Health Literacy Skills and Partnership Working for Public and Health Librarians​

At time of writing there are still a few places for a workshop on 26 January 2018 in Oldham, UK: Health Literacy Skills and Partnership Working for Public and Health Librarians​. The event is free for CILIP PMLG/ HLG members (see and £25 to others. Go to

Friday, January 12, 2018

Latest issue of RUSQ: business and workplace information literacy

The latest issue of open-access Reference & User Services Quarterly (RUSQ) (volume 57, issue 2, 2017) includes (amongst other articles):
- Information Literacy: Business and Workplace Information Literacy: Three Perspectives by Elizabeth Malafi, Grace Liu, Stéphane Goldstein [The three mini articles are called: Business Empowered at the Public Library; Business Information Literacy in Academic Libraries - Challenges and Opportunities in Meeting Trends in Business Education; Workplace Information Literacy)
- From the President: Entitled to the Facts: A Fact-Checking Role for Librarians by Chris LeBeau
- A Reference for That: Reference Service: Every Time It’s Personal by David A. Tyckoson
- Including the Voices of Librarians of Color in Reference and Information Services Research by Amy VanScoy, Kawanna Bright
- “There is Nothing Inherently Mysterious about Assistive Technology”: A Qualitative Study about Blind User Experiences in US Academic Libraries by Adina Mulliken
- Understanding Appeals of Video Games for Readers’ Advisory and Recommendation by Jin Ha Lee, Rachel Ivy Clarke, Hyerim Cho, Travis Windleharth
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Photo by Sheila Webber: Eliza asleep, December 2017

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

New articles: #critlib , first year experience, science and privacy literacy; threshold concepts

The latest issue of open access journal Communications in Information Literacy (CIL) has been published: Volume 11, Issue 2 (2017)
- The Reconquista Student: Critical Information Literacy, Civics, and Confronting Student Intolerance by Jonathan T. Cope
- Transformative? Integrative? Troublesome? Undergraduate Student Reflections on Information Literacy Threshold Concepts by Rachel E. Scott
- Library Experience and Information Literacy Learning of First Year International Students: An Australian Case Study by Hilary Hughes, Nerilee Hall, and Megan Pozzi
- Setting Them Up for Success: Assessing a Pre-Research Assignment for First-Year International Students by Susan Avery
- Measuring Library Impacts through First Year Course Assessment by Holly Luetkenhaus, Erin Hvizdak, Corey Johnson, and Nicholas Schiller
- The Intersection of Information and Science Literacy by Kristin M. Klucevsek
- SoTL in the LIS Classroom: Helping Future Academic Librarians Become More Engaged Teachers by Lindsay McNiff and Lauren Hays
- Privacy Literacy: From Theory to Practice by Christina L. Wissinger
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Photo by Sheila Webber: a friend's elegant mantlepiece and almost a selfie, December 2017

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Recent Pew reports: Roundup of tech/online trends in American life; online harassment

The Pew Research Center pulled together some interesting material from their reports at the end of 2017, as they put it "from online harassment to fake news to net neutrality":
Anderson, M. (2017, December 28). Fact Tank: Our Lives in Numbers: Key trends shaping technology in 2017.
They also just reported on their research into online harassment:
Smith, A. and Duggan, M. (2018, January 4). Crossing the Line: What Counts as Online Harassment?
Photo by Sheila Webber: door wreaths of Lewes, December 2017

Monday, January 08, 2018

Open book: Choosing and Using Sources

Choosing & Using Sources: A Guide to Academic Research is an open book by Ohio State University Libraries. It is aimed at students and has chapters on questions, types of sources, precision searching, ethical use of information etc. etc. A few parts are tailored to Ohio needs/collection, and the sections on copyright are obviously geared to US copyright laws, but a good deal of the material would be generally applicable. Go to
Photo by Sheila webber: door wreaths of Blackheath, December 2017