Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Safer internet day #SID2016

Today is Safer Internet Day, and there are events in many parts of the world. "From cyberbullying to social networking, each year Safer Internet Day aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues and chooses a topic reflecting current concerns. For SID 2016, the focus of the day is "Play your part for a better internet", reflecting the fact that we all have a role to play."
Developing people's information literacy will enable them to make more informed, skillful and ethical use of the internet, so that's where I'd see my role!
There is a central Safer Internet Day website at https://www.saferinternetday.org/web/sid/home which has information on key events and initiatives and links to national sites. The UK site is http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/ and the US site is at http://saferinternetday.us/ and their main event is at Universal Studios (starting at 1pm US Eastern time, 6pm UK time), with a webcast at http://saferinternetday.us/livestream/
Logo downloaded from http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2016/spread-the-word

Monday, February 08, 2016

Research agenda conversations

The ACRL Instruction Section’s Research and Scholarship committee has started up a new blog, Research Agenda Conversations. "The blog presents interviews with academic librarians and addresses the four topics covered in the ACRL Research Agenda for Library Instruction and Information Literacy: learners, teaching, organizational context and assessment. In addition, the interviewees share insights about their own areas of research. Through this blog, the committee hopes to promote the Research Agenda as a vital and dynamic guide to information literacy research, teaching, learning, strategy and practice."
The first people to contribute are Wendy Holliday and Anne-Marie Deitering. It says it will be published "annually", but hopefully it will be more frequent than that! Go to http://acrl.ala.org/IS/is-committees-2/committees-task-forces/research-scholarship/research-agenda-conversations/
Photo by Sheila webber: Early blossom, Blackheath, February 2016

Saturday, February 06, 2016

UK's National Library Day #librariesday

Today is National Libraries Day in the UK. Follow it at #librariesday and look at the website for events and resources - and visit a library! http://www.nationallibrariesday.org.uk/

Thursday, February 04, 2016

#ACRLSTS IL chat: Identifying Opportunities to Teach (More) Information Literacy Skills

The ACRL STS (science and technology) Information Literacy online Chat is on February 16, 3-4pm US EST (that's 8-9pm UK time). "This month, Bonnie L. Fong (Physical Sciences Librarian & Head, Emerging Technology @ Rutgers University-Newark) will lead our discussion, Identifying Opportunities to Teach (More) Information Literacy Skills" "As an academic librarian, do you feel you're teaching your students all the information literacy (IL) skills they need to succeed? Or do you think there's a gap in student knowledge you'd like to fill? This month's chat will focus on identifying opportunities to teach (more) IL skills. The discussion leader will begin by sharing her experience working with a chemistry professor to redesign a seminar course to incorporate a lot more IL. This will be followed by a conversation among attendees about their attempts to increasing their teaching of IL - a bit like crowdsourcing for additional successful methods."
There is a recommended article:
Fong, B. L. (2016). Assessing Graduate and Undergraduate Student Needs to Redesign a Chemistry Seminar Course. Science & Technology Libraries. (advance publication) http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0194262X.2015.1127794
The chat is in WebEx https://acrl.webex.com/acrl/onstage/g.php?MTID=eda0ea10cbb9c3fdf0b46df4786cedd6f so you need a USB headset and internet connection. There is a webex demo at http://wlc.webex.com/players/hdiRTE/HDIFrameset.htm?agg=MC/EN/MC_EN_T27FR17-524_ag and system requirements at https://support.webex.com/MyAccountWeb/systemRequirement.do?root=Tools&parent=System
STS Monthly chats are archived at http://bit.ly/stsilmonthlychatarchive
Photo by Sheila webber: Japanese first tree, Guelph, Canada, May 2005

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Staffordshire University Library #Teachmeet

There is a Teachmeet (where people give short presentations) at Staffordshire University Library, Stoke-on-Trent, UK, on 9 March 2016 10.30-14.30. The title is Little things mean a lot: adding value to the user experience and it is sponsored by the CILIP Information Literacy Group. "The aim is to share tips, techniques and strategies that librarians can easily integrate into their own practice. It will be great to see examples of being responsive, agile and flexible, even if resources are contracting, be they people, space, time or equipment. We also encourage examples of small or inexpensive innovations that have made a positive impact on the user experience. Anyone can share great ideas they've used in their library [10 mins maximum], ask important questions or simply sign up to take part in learning conversations." To book go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/little-things-mean-a-lot-adding-value-to-the-user-experience-staffordshire-university-library-tickets-20694528893
Photo by Sheila Webber: memories of the WILU conference, 2005 (still prompted by a the announcement of the 2016 WILU registration, a few posts back)

cfp Western Balkan Information Literacy Conference

There is a call for papers for the Western Balkan Information Literacy Conference, with the theme A Call to Action: Information Literacy in the Digital World, to be held 8-11 June 2016 at the Hotel Opal, Bihać, Bosnia & Herzegovina. The keynote speaker is Paul G. Zurkowski. Deadline for proposals is 15 May 2016. More info at http://www.wbilc2016.com/en/
Photo by Sheila webber: serviceberry, Canada, May 2005

Tuesday, February 02, 2016


Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland, produced the SMIRK information skills package. This is no longer available on their website, and since the repository JORUM has closed down it's not there either. However, it will become available in their educational resources repository http://edshare.gcu.ac.uk The mobile version, SMILE is still at http://www.gcu.ac.uk/library/SMILE/
Photo by Sheila Webber: the arboretum, taken during WILU 2005

#WILU2016 registration open

Registration is open for WILU, Canada's main information literacy conference which takes place May 30-June 1 2016 in Vancouver, Canada. The theme is Intersections and keynote speakers are Emily Drabinski and E. Paul Zehr. As usual, the other sessions also look very interesting. Go to http://blogs.ubc.ca/wilu2016/registration-fees
Photo by Sheila webber: East white pine leaves, taken during WILU 2005

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Assessment at a Distance: In Theory and Practice Meeting

There is an online event on 18 February 2016, at 2-3pm US CST, which is 8-9pm UK time, Assessment at a Distance: In Theory and Practice Meeting. It is hosted by the ACRL Distance Learning Section Discussion Group. "We will host speakers Jenna Kammer, Instructional Designer at the University of Missouri and Navadeep Khanal, E-Learning Librarian at the University of Missouri. They will share how to assess meeting student learning outcomes using assessment plans geared toward the macro level of reviewing institutional data, to the micro level of collecting and analyzing in-course assessment methods and student performance in online courses. Our third speaker, Natalie Bennet, Online Services Librarian at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, will share how she uses discussion boards to gauge student learning and will demonstrate the use of discussion boards to gain vital qualitative assessment." Join at https://acrl.webex.com/acrl/onstage/g.php?MTID=e73a701e560b791f05f68b20ef3f74844
"Attendees will need a USB headset (and an Internet connection) to utilize the VoIP feature. We recommend that all attendees have headsets with microphones available. Prior to accessing the meeting, you will need to have the most up-to-date version of Java downloaded. If attendees have any difficulties accessing the meeting, they can call WebEx’s tech support number at 877-469-3239. There is a "How do I join a meeting" demo at http://wlc.webex.com/players/hdiRTE/HDIFrameset.htm?agg=MC/EN/MC_EN_T27FR17-524_ag
Photo by Sheila Webber: snowdrops, January 2016

Friday, January 29, 2016

Information literacy of psychology students

A group in Germany have produced numerous papers studying the information literacy of psychology students. They have done primarily quantitative research with cohorts of students at their institution. The papers (mostly in priced journals) are lised at https://www.uni-trier.de/index.php?id=7519 The ones mostly obviously concerning information literacy are:
- Peter, J., Leichner, N., Mayer, A.-K. & Krampen, G. (2015). Making information literacy instruction more efficient by providing individual feedback. Studies in Higher Education. Early publication http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2015.1079607
- Rosman, T., Mayer, A.-K. & Krampen, G. (2015). On the pitfalls of bibliographic database searching: Comparing successful and less successful users. Behaviour and Information Technology. (early publication) http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0144929X.2015.1066446
- Rosman, T., Mayer, A.-K. & Krampen, G. (2015). Intelligence, academic self-concept, and information literacy: The role of adequate perceptions of academic ability in the acquisition of knowledge about information searching. Information Research, 20 (1). http://InformationR.net/ir/20-1/isic2/isic34.html
- Rosman, T., Mayer, A.-K. & Krampen, G. (2015). Combining self-assessments and achievement tests in information literacy assessment: Empirical results and recommendations for practice. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 40(5), 740-754.
- Leichner, N., Peter, J., Mayer, A.-K. & Krampen, G. (2014). Assessing information literacy programmes using information search tasks. Journal of Information Literacy, 8(1), 3-20. http://ojs.lboro.ac.uk/ojs/index.php/JIL/article/view/PRA-V8-I1-2014-1
- Leichner, N., Peter, J., Mayer, A.-K. & Krampen, G. (2013). Assessing information literacy among German psychology students. Reference Service Review, 41(4), 660-674.DOI: 10.1108/RSR-11-2012-0076 http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/RSR-11-2012-0076

They also list a paper in the European Journal of Psychological Assessment called "Measuring the procedural component of information literacy in higher education: Theoretical outline and empirical results", but I think it must be this as it has the same DOI:
Rosman, T., Mayer, A.-K. & Krampen, G. (2015). Measuring Psychology Students’ Information-Seeking Skills in a Situational Judgment Test Format: Construction and Validation of the PIKE-P Test. European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 31 (2), 1-10. Advance papers doi:10.1027/1015-5759/a000239 at http://econtent.hogrefe.com/doi/abs/10.1027/1015-5759/a000241
Photo by Sheila Webber: Hellibores, Sheffield Botanic Gardens, January 2016

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Tablets: tips and #istechchat

The ACRL Instruction Section, Instructional Technologies Committee, has published the latest in their Tips and Trends series, Tablets, by Patricia McPherson. This series summarises information and advice in a few pages. Go to http://bit.ly/tipsandtrendswi16
@ACRL_IS_TECH is also having a Twitter chat, using #istechchat, about the use of tablets in academic libraries on February 25 at 7pm UK time, 11am US Pacific, 2pm US Eastern. "You will have the opportunity to share your own experiences integrating tablets into your library and learn from the experiences of others in the field." For more info go to http://bit.ly/istechchat
Photo showing the chief reason why I look at my tablet

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Information Literacy Policies and Standards

The International Association of University Libraries (IATUL) Special Interest Group for Information Literacy has published a report on Information Literacy Policies and Standards at IATUL Member Libraries. "The report summarizes the results of a survey conducted between July 2013 and February 2014 to examine the national information literacy standards and frameworks in 13 countries and the institutional guidelines, frameworks, and policies of 100 academic libraries."
"National" here means that some national body (generally, a working party or association of librarians) has developed a model or framework of IL for that country. The main part of the 18 page publication consists of tables listing the countries and libraries, and giving details of any publications (with links: it says the data was revised in October 2015). The report is at https://mediatum.ub.tum.de/node?id=1286822 and the Special Interest Group website is here http://iatul.org/groups/informationliteracyspecialinterestgrouplinks.asp
Photo by Sheila Webber: butterfly in the Winter Gardens ... January 2016

cfp #ISIC2016 extended

The deadline for proposals and papers for the Information Behaviour Conference - ISIC 2016, to be held in Zadar, Croatia, 20-23 September 2016, has been extended. The new deadlines are: proposals for workshops extended to February 15 2016; Submission for Doctoral Workshop attendance, March 10, 2016; Deadline for submissions of Full and Short Papers and Posters extended to March 20 2016. More info at http://isic2016.com/?lang=en

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Resource sheets for #Teentech

The CILIP Information Literacy Group (ILG) has published 10 resource sheets in support of the TeenTech initiative (which encourages schoolchildren to get more interested in Science, Engineering and Technology, including having awards for Teentech projects). The sheets (produced with a Creative Commons license) "cover research skills and data collection, provide guidance on how to protect ideas, and suggest some sources that teams could use to locate information". The resources have been produced by a team of school and HE librarians (Darrly Toerien, Darren Flynn, Sarah Pavey, Caroline Roche, Carol Webb, Chris Morrison) led by Rebecca Jones. The sheets are at http://www.informationliteracy.org.uk/teentech/information-literacy-resource-sheets-for-schools/ 
The CILIP Information Literacy Group also sponsors TeenTech's Research and Information Literacy Award.
Photo by Sheila Webber: Leaf and twig, Sheffield Botanic Gardens, Jan 2016

Monday, January 25, 2016


I've mentioned this before, but Singapore library services have a very interesting and active site focusing on their SURE campaign: Source, Understand, Research, Evaluate. They are, for example, advertising a schools competition and offering talks in schools, there's an infographic on do's and dont's of social media, and they provide a guide to their elearning portal. There are also videos such as the one below (also available in Tamil, Malay and Mandarin) http://www.nlb.gov.sg/sure/

Friday, January 22, 2016

New #SCONUL 7 Pillars publications: employability lens; review

Firstly, there is a new lens for the SCONUL (Society of College, National and University Libraries) 7 Pillars of Information Literacy, published on the SCONUL site on 14 January. This is the Graduate Employability Lens on the SCONUL Seven Pillars, authored by Stephane Goldstein (InformALL). The lens itself identifies what the graduate understands and is able to do in each of the 7 pillars (which are: Identify, Scope, Plan, Gather, Evaluate, Manage, Present). Additionally, Goldstein summarises some literature, models and views (from interviews) on employability attributes, desired capabilities, universities' approach to employability and IL in the workplace. He identifies elements which, he proposes, do not fit in the current core model. These elements are: business and customer awareness, coping with workplace complexities, analytical skills and problem solving, ability to work socially, career manageent and lifelong learning capacity. The lens is at http://www.sconul.ac.uk/sites/default/files/documents/Employability_Lens_only_2015.pdf and the lens plus the report is at http://www.sconul.ac.uk/sites/default/files/documents/Employability%20lens%20and%20report.pdf

Secondly, also new on the SCONUL site, is:
Goldstein, S. (2015) Perceptions of the SCONUL seven pillars of information literacy. London: SCONUL. (8 pages). This contains a "light touch" literature review and "an examination of the feedback on the Seven Pillars that Moira Bent (University of Newcastle) has been collecting in recent years". It finishes by making some recommendations (noting that the model has "stood the test of time"): that further lenses should be developed and that the model might sometimes need to move from its "seven pronged" arrangement so that cross cutting themes could be identified. http://www.sconul.ac.uk/sites/default/files/documents/Seven%20Pillars%20Review%202015.pdf

I have just been marking an assignment in which I ask students to reflect on a search activity, using three of the pillars (Identify, Plan and Evaluate) so you can see that I still find the SCONUL model useful. Personally I find the "top line" one word descriptions, and the diagram, the most useful part. It makes it much easier to communicate than the wordier frameworks, particularly when I'm teaching people who haven't come across the IL concept before. I tend to turn to other models (for example, ones that had emerged from research) when we were delving into more complex or specific contexts. However, I'm glad that SCONUL are keeping the 7 Pillars model alive and these 2 publications are definitely worth looking at.
7 Pillars diagram: SCONUL, released under creative commons