Sunday, July 05, 2020

#uklibchat 6th July 2020 - LGBTQ+ representation and support in libraries

The next #uklibchat takes place on 6 July from 7.00 – 8.30pm UK time. The topic is LGBTQ+ representation and support in libraries and more information can be found here

Friday, July 03, 2020

After the Fact: Carla Hayden on America's Library; Infodemic

An interesting podcast series is the Pew Trust's After the fact. The latest episode (2 July) is The New American Library "Everybody knows what happened on the Fourth of July, but what about the First of July? That’s the anniversary of America’s first free library. Established in 1731 by Ben Franklin, it marked the democratization of information. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden—the first woman and African American in that role—talks about how libraries and librarians continue that mission to this day." Go to

The previous podcast was on The Infodemic "According to the World Health Organization, people are not only living through an epidemic but also an “infodemic”—a surge of information about COVID-19 that has made it hard for people to know which news and guidance about the virus is accurate. In a conversation with Alan Miller, founder and CEO of the News Literacy Project, we discuss how to sort fact from fiction today"

Ones before that included topics such as The Broadband Gap—Who's Not Online in America Today (picking up on Pew's research studies).
The homepage for the podcast is here and you can subscribe through Apple, Spotify etc.

Thursday, July 02, 2020

Webinar: Wellbeing: let’s talk… from a distance

There is a webinar on 8 July 10-12.30am UK time: Wellbeing: let’s talk… from a distance, organised by CILIP ARLG North West. "The sessions will look at supporting both student and staff wellbeing in our [further andd higher education] organisations. The sessions, a mixture of exchange of experience and a workshop, will provide an opportunity to reflect on your own wellbeing and give you ideas to support students." Speakers are
- A whole college approach to wellbeing (Corinne Walker, Learning Resources Manager, Oldham College LRC)
- Learning lessons: a plan for working well at home (Mark Burgess & Helen Dobson, Manchester Metropolitan University Library)
- Creativity for wellbeing (Emma Thompson, Education Lead: Creativity for wellbeing (KnowHow/Library), University of Liverpool)
- Shelf Help (Lorna Thomson, Resource Librarian, Bury College LRC)
To book email Jacqueline Ponka and there is more detail at
Photo by Sheila Webber: sun through new leaves, May 2020

Webinar today: Media and Information Literacy as a defence against privacy and data protection infringements #MILCLICKS

There is another UNESCO Media and Information Literacy webinar on July 2nd 2020 at 4pm Paris time (3pm UK time). The topic this time is Media and Information Literacy as a defence against privacy and data protection infringements You cannot miss this high-level UNESCO-GAPMIL webinar next Thursday at 4 PM Paris time. Speakers are Professor Sonia Livingstone (London School of Economics and Political Science - LSE), Professor Joe Cannataci (UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy), Professor Hopeton Dunn (University of Botswana_Official), Toby Mendel (Executive Director of the Centre for Law and Democracy) and Professor Gretchen King (Lebanese American University - LAU).
Go to for the webinar, no registration needed

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

LIRT top twenty articles

The latest issue of LIRT [Library Instruction Round Table] News has the annual LIRT list of their "top 20 articles" (published in 2019) on teaching information literacy. As usual, there is a bias towards North American articles, but it is still an interesting list to dip into. An attractive feature is the provision of an informative abstract for each item (not just a copy of what was in the original article). The issue is at and the Top 20 list starts on page 9.

Quite a few of the articles are not open access and I have listed a number of them on this blog already. One which I have missed previously is:
Douglas, V. A., & Gadsby, J. (2019, July 10). All carrots, no sticks: Relational practice and library instruction coordination. In the Library with the Lead Pipe.
Photo by Sheila Webber: vase of peonies, June 2020

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

#TakeCareBeforeYouShare #ThinkBeforeSharing

Today, as part of its anti-misinformation campagign, the United Nations launched the campaign #TakeCareBeforeYouShare There is a video of the launch press conference here: They chose to launch on World Social Media Day (30 June), a day that, when it was started a few years ago, was initially rather more celebratory, but today is characterised by people emphasising how you need to counter misinformation.
This adds to the existing UNESCO #MILCLICKS campaign #ThinkBeforeSharing

ALDinHE recordings: Librarians as teachers; Embedding micro-sessions; emotional labour

There are recordings from a number of webinars related to higher education, that took place over the last few months, including some presentations that were due to be given at the 2020 LILAC (information literacy) conference. They are on the ALDinHE (Association for Learning Development in Higher Education) website. ONes particularly relevant to information literacy are:
- Librarians' development as teachers: A Survey on Changes over Time in Pedagogical Roles, Approaches, and Perspectives by Andrea Baer [The recording is embedded below]
- What makes information literacy relevant to higher education students: the kaleidoscope effect by Dr. Karen F. Kaufmann
- Can You Teach Research in 10 Minutes? Embedding Information Literacy micro-sessions in module programmes by Rachael Hunter

- Emotional Labor of Teaching Information Literacy: Impact, struggle, and strategies by Lorrie Evans and Karen Sobel
- Strange New Worlds: Re-purposing librarian skills in the changing HE environment by Sarah George and Jennifer Rowland
The other webinars are all focused on learning in higher education and so if you work in that sector, then others will be interesting e.g.
- Does Learning Development have a Signature Pedagogy? by Helen Webster
Go to for links to the recordings.
For future ALDinHE webinars go to

Monday, June 29, 2020

Recent articles: financial literacy; graduate researchers; IL through virtual reference

The latest issue of priced publication Reference Services Review is Volume 48 Issue 2. It includes
- Teaching financial literacy through the use of market research and advertising instruction: A non traditional approach by Alyson Vaaler, Jennifer Wilhelm "The purpose of this paper is to describe how librarians used elements of market research, advertising and media literacy in a personal finance class."
- Graduate researchers’ perceptions and expectations: An exploratory study about reference and information services by Kanwal Ameen "The findings revealed that the graduate research students had hardly any idea of reference and information services. Their perceptions of the services were vague. Due to this lack of understanding, they would not expect an important role of the library professionals in their research activities except providing access to physical or online information sources"
- Instruction through virtual reference: mapping the ACRL framework by Rebecca Hill Renirie "The purpose of this study is to examine teaching intent of information literacy threshold concepts via asynchronous reference transactions"
- Hosting Inspec on Engineering Village or Web of Science: A case study in comparing database platforms by James Thomas McAllister III, Nancy Stephanie Diaz
Go to
Photo by Sheila Webber: June roses

Friday, June 26, 2020

Webinar: Preconference & outcomes from the WHO Infodemiology Conference #infodemic

The World Health Organization (WHO) is holding an Infodemiology Conference over the next couple of weeks, and there are two open sessions.
Firstly, on 29 June 2020 1pm-6pm Paris time (which is noon to 5pm UK time) there is a preconference in which "experts engage with the public with 7 inspiring talks how the infodemic affects the world currently and reflections how it can be managed." See the poster, right, for the speakers. To register, go to
Secondly on 21 July 2020 at 3pm Paris time (which is 2pm UK time) there is an open webinar to discuss the results of the conference. Go to
Background: "In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the phenomenon of an ‘infodemic’ has escalated to a level that requires a coordinated response. An infodemic is an overabundance of information – some accurate and some not – occurring during an epidemic. It makes it hard for people to find trustworthy sources and reliable guidance when they need it. Even when people have access to high-quality information, there are still barriers they must overcome to take the recommended action. Like pathogens in epidemics, misinformation spreads further and faster and adds complexity to health emergency response. An infodemic cannot be eliminated, but it can be managed. To respond effectively to infodemics, WHO calls for adaptation, development, validation and evaluation of new evidence-based measures and practices to prevent, detect and respond to mis- and disinformation. In the context of this meeting, “infodemiology” is defined as the science of managing infodemics. The overall aim of this consultation is to take stock of relevant research and effective practices and define public health research needs in order to advance this field."

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Enhancing students' employability, innovation and reflection skills

There is a webinar on 1st July 2020 at 11am UK time, organised by OneHE Mindsets Enhancing students' employability, innovation and reflection skills: the SISA programme offered by the Scottish Institute for Enterprise. The presenters are Ann Davidson (Programme Manager, the Scottish Institute of Enterprise) and Dr Pauline Bremner (Lecturer in the School of Creative and Cultural Business, Robert Gordon University). "The format of this session will slightly differ from the previous webinar giving more time for a Q&A session. We would like to invite you to send us one or more questions related to the topic. We have created a form to add your questions below. Alternatively, you may also email us your questions or just ask a question on the day. Please add/send us the questions by 29th of June 2020 to provide sufficient time for the speakers to prepare the answer." The form for questions is at and the registration at
Photo by Sheila Webber, shaded path, June 2020

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Webinar: self-help guides, tutorials, and FAQs

There is a free webinar on July 10 2020 at 1.30pm US Eastern time (which is, e.g., 6.30pm UK time) from the Special Libraries Association's Education Division, as part of their Inside Byte series. "During this pandemic environment, the uncertainty of in-person access to the library makes providing some kind of 24/7 help even more critical. In an ongoing project begun several years ago, librarians at the University of Alaska Anchorage created a series of self-help guides, tutorials, and FAQs to serve students with their most basic research needs. Join us as we share our best practices so that you too can learn how to create or improve your library's 24/7 self-help content efficiently and effectively." The presenters are: D’Arcy Hutchings (Instructional Design Librarian), Jennifer McKay (Nursing and Education Librarian), Anna Bjartmarsdottir (Instruction and Research Librarian and liaison to English, Writing, Creative Writing, and Theater) and Daria O. Carle (Science Librarian) - they are all at the UAA/APU Consortium Library at the University of Alaska Anchorage. To register go to
Photo by Sheila Webber: produce from the Farmers' market, June 2020

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Media and information literacy as self-disruption #IDE2020

I still intend to do a few blog posts about the Information Literacy and Democracy conference that I attended online last Friday and Saturday. I will start with the last presentation: Media and information literacy as self-disruption, presented by Mario Hibert and Emir Vajzović, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. I liked the way in which the presentation raised some critical issues about the use of technology, starting with how we had to make "hard choices" between "investing in humans and investing in technology". I liked the idea of thinking about the post-digital (rather than post-human) and the critique of the fetish surrounding the idea of the "smart".
All the videos were prerecorded and this one is embedded below (18 minutes). You can also see some pre-conference comments here and the session (including the lively chat and the authors' discussion after the presentation) is here in the recording of the whole session (their talk starts at 3 hours).

Monday, June 22, 2020

Information Literacy teaching and COVID-19

The UK's CILIP Information Literacy Group are "collecting data about the shift to online teaching that has taken place in UK education in relation to information literacy teaching", via an online questionnaire. They say "We will write up the findings and share them via LIS-Infoliteracy and the IL website but also are using this information to develop a new training course to share good practice" Go to
Photo by Sheila Webber: Fresh new leaves blown down, May 2020

Friday, June 19, 2020

Livestreaming Information Literacy and Democracy conference #IDE2020

Today's I'm attending the first day of the Information Literacy and Democracy conference (Informationskompetenz und Demokratie - this is a German project but this conference is in English) which was moved online (happily for me, as otherwise I wouldn't have attended it). I probably won't be liveblogging, but I will publish one or two posts about the conference. This post is mostly to alert you to the livestream on Youtube at
The conference programme is here - in UK time it runs today from now until 5.30pm, and tomorrow (20th June) it runs from 12 noon til about 5pm. The programme is in German time (1 hour ahead of the UK).
The Twitterstream is here

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

New articles: Health information behaviour; Librarian identity; online research skills

The new issue (vol. 25 no. 2) of open-access journal Information research has been published. Articles include (picking out the ones most relevant to this blog):
- Jonas Tana, Emil Eirola, and Kristina Eriksson-Backa: Exploring temporal variations of depression-related health information behaviour in a discussion forum: the case of Suomi24
- Cameron M. Pierson, Anne Goulding, and Jennifer Campbell-Meier: Metaphors and critical incidents: introduction to a methodological approach derived from expressions of librarian professional identity
- Tuulikki Alamettälä and Eero Sormunen: The effect of a teaching intervention on students’ online research skills in lower secondary education.
Go to:
Photo by Sheila Webber: pink roses, June 2020