Wednesday, December 07, 2016

cfp Media is the Message: Critical Use of Video in the Digital Age #WLIC2017

There is a call for Papers for the open session organised jointly by the Information Literacy, Audiovisual and Multimedia and School Libraries Sections of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). This session will take place during the World Library and Information (IFLA) Conference in Wroclaw, Poland, between 19-25 August 2017. The title is Media is the Message: Critical Use of Video in the Digital Age. "The way we communicate and interact has changed significantly over the last few years. Driven by digital network technologies, we increasingly use new approaches, tools and media types to collaborate and share information. Intensive use of digital media impacts our entire life cycle, from pre-school to university to the workforce and daily life. Ultimately, these changes have a profound effect on the way we find, evaluate, and organize information. It has become very popular to find, share, and communicate information via short videos on digital networks like Facebook and Twitter, using simple aids such as smartphones and free web applications. As creators and consumers of information delivered in this format, we need to develop skills that enable us to think critically about media messages, the media we use to create our own messages, and the information contained therein. In this open session we would like to see innovative approaches to media and information literacy that empower us to ACCESS, ANALYZE, EVALUATE, CREATE, and ACT, using video in the classroom, the lecture hall, the workplace, or the boardroom. ... examples include: Librarians’ role in teaching video skills; Teaching the literacy of video information creation and consumption; Creating video assignments as an alternative to research papers; Evaluating non-print media sources: how to translate traditional information literacy concepts of authority and purpose; Designing and assessing information literacy outcomes in relation to makerspaces"
Deadline for submitting a detailed abstract (500 words) and full author details, including name, position, affiliation, and email address of each author, is 31 January 2017. If selected, the full paper is due on 31st May 2017 and must be an original submission not presented or published elsewhere. The conference paper should be presented in English. Email your submission to Michael Miller, Chair, Audiovisual and Multimedia Section, and Deborah Benrubi, Program Coordinator, Audiovisual and Multimedia Section 2017,
Slightly more information at

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

ALT free online 3 day teaching with tech conference

The Association for Learning Technology (ALT) has just started a 3 day conference (6 to 8 December) on teaching with technology. Sessions are in various formats e.g. webinar, Tweetchat, Facebook live session. It says it is a "showcase " so some of the sessions are focusing on use of a specific product (it isn't a research conference) but there are also people talking about how they or their institution have used learning technlogy at a practical level. Note the programme is in UK time (which is 5 hours ahead of US Eastern time) - one option to view events is via Google calendar so that may customise it to your calendar's timezone (I'm in the same timezone already, so I can't tell). Examples from Tuesday afternoon (UK time) are: #101creativeideas Challenge; Construals as Objects-to-Converse-With: Making the Strange Familiar and the Familiar Strange; Pre-entry module design: preparing incoming students for HE study (with a smidgeon of play); Student engagement: creation of online materials. One session which I would have liked to attend (but I have another meeting) is the Open University Library (Wednesday 7th at 10am UK time) talking about how they use Facebook Live. programme at
Photo by Sheila Webber, taken in Second Life (a trademark of Linden Lab)

Monday, December 05, 2016

New articles in Journal of Information Literacy: political information, flipping, health literacy, evaluation, German IL concept

The new issue of the open access Journal of Information Literacy has been published (vol. 10 no. 2, 2016). Articles include:
- School libraries, political information and information literacy provision: findings from a Scottish study. Lauren N. Smith
- Health literacy: a cross-disciplinary study in American undergraduate college students Rachel Joseph, Samantha Fernandes, Lauri Hyers, Kerri O'Brien
- Flipping the classroom in business and education one-shot sessions: a research study Madeline E. Cohen, Jennifer Poggiali, Alison Lehner-Quam, Robin Wright, Rebecca K. West
- An assessment of library instruction: its influence on search behaviour of first- and third-year students Torunn Skofsrud Boger, Hanne Dybvik, Anne-Lise Eng, Else Helene Norheim
- Rethinking the concept of "information literacy": a German perspective Rares G Piloiu
There are also conference reports and book reviews. Go to
Photo by Sheila Webber: books created for Harry Potter sets, November 2016

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Designers selected for #ACRLframework learning initiative

ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries, USA) has selected Andrea Baer (Instructional Services Librarian and Assistant Professor, University of West Georgia), Brittney Johnson (Head of Library Instruction, St. Edward’s University) and Lindsay Matts-Benson (Instructional Designer, University of Minnesota) as their team to develop continuing professional development to support librarians in their use of the ACRL Information Literacy Framework. More information at

Friday, December 02, 2016

New articles on #dataliteracy

An interesting issue of the open access journal Journal of Community Informatics (Vol 12, No 3 (2016) focuses on Data Literacy. Articles include:
Introduction: Data Literacy - What is it and how can we make it happen? Mark Frank, Johanna Walker, Judie Attard, Alan Tygel
- Creating an Understanding of Data Literacy for a Data-driven Society Annika Wolff, Daniel Gooch, Jose J. Cavero Montaner, Umar Rashid, Gerd Kortuem
- Data Literacy defined pro populo David Crusoe (in case you are interested he defines data literacy as: "Data literacy is the knowledge of what data are, how they are collected, analyzed, visualized
and shared, and is the understanding of how data are applied for benefit or detriment, within
the cultural context of security and privacy." p.38)
- Data literacy conceptions, community capabilities Paul Matthews
- Urban Data in the primary classroom: bringing data literacy to the UK curriculum Annika Wolff, Jose J Cavero Montaner, Gerd Kortuem
- Contributions of Paulo Freire for a Critical Data Literacy: a Popular Education Approach Alan Freihof Tygel, Rosana Kirsch
- DataBasic: Design Principles, Tools and Activities for Data Literacy Learners Catherine D'Ignazio, Rahul Bhargava
- Perceptions of ICT use in rural Brazil: Factors that impact appropriation among marginalized communities Paola Prado, J. Alejandro Tirado-Alcaraz, Mauro Araújo Câmara
- Graphical Perception of Value Distributions: An Evaluation of Non-Expert Viewers' Data Literacy Arkaitz Zubiaga, Brian Mac Namee
- Some Key Challenges for Data Literacy Mark Frank, Johanna Walker
In addition I was interested in the article: Granny gets smarter but Junior hardly notices (report on a survey that students did on elders' mobile phone use, in South Africa) Isabella Margarethe Venter, Karen Renaud, Renette Blignaut
Photo by Sheila Webber: Hogwarts Express carriage. Disconcertingly, this carriage is evidently a real former railway carriage, exactly like ones I used to commute in in the 1980/90s, November 2016.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

The Information Literacy Constellation: Understanding by Design as a Model to Integrate Frames and Standards #acrlframework

Lisa Hinchliffe gave a webinar for the Academic Instruction & Information Literacy Member Group of the Florida Library Association (FLA) on 29 November2016 and the FLA have kindly released the recording. The title is: The Information Literacy Constellation: Understanding by Design as a Model to Integrate Frames and Standards. "ACRL has an expansive set of information literacy documents; however, with the approval of the Framework and rescinding of the Standards, that "constellation" has shifted. How can librarians develop programs that are guided by professional standards and guidelines while reflecting local context and needs? Drawing on Understanding by Design (Wiggins and McTigue), this webinar provide guidance for librarians who are stepping up to the challenge “to be imaginative and innovative in implementing the Framework” (" You will have to give your contact information in order to access the webinar recording but there is no fee. The PPT slides and webinar recording are are linked at
Photo by Sheila Webber: model of Hogwarts, WB Making of Harry Potter, November 2016

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

cfp CILIP conference 2017

The (UK) Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) Conference 2017 takes place 5-6 July 2017 at the University of Manchester, UK. There is a call for proposals: the deadline is 10 February 2017. There are 2 strands.
Strand 1 - Future Trends is "aimed at Heads of Service, Senior Managers and Decision Makers, who want to understand, discuss and share insight into key issues that will affect our sector, both today and in the future." The 6 session topics are: Public Policy; Law; Technology; Learning (which includes "Classroom of the future"); Society (which includes Information Literacy); Social Justice.
Strand 2 - Workshops "will be run by experts in a specific field to encourage discussion, sharing of knowledge and offer practical advice. This strand is aimed at practitioners, front line staff and managers who are looking to learn from other sectors, share experiences and knowledge and take away key messages and tools that can be applied in the workplace." One of the 6 workshop topics is Information Literacy. More information at
Photo by Sheila Webber: the Hogwarts Express, WB Making of Harry Potter, November 2016 (the set was amazingly like the real Kings Cross station)

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Rate proposals for the Innovative Library Classroom 2017

The organisers of the one-day conference, The Innovative Library Classroom 2017 (taking place on May 11, 2017, in Radford University, Virginia, USA) want help in rating the proposals they have received for the conference. "In addition to using the traditional peer review process, we are crowdsourcing reviews of the proposals by opening up public voting on the proposals. Although conference coordinators will make the final selections, the decisions will be made based on results from both the peer review process and the public voting. Anyone who is considering attending TILC 2017 can vote. All voting is anonymous, and we ask that you please vote only once." Voting closes on December 16. information on the proposals + voting is at the conference website is at
Photo by Sheila Webber: Hogwarts model, WB Making of Harry Potter, November 2016

Comment on ACRL research agenda

There is a new draft ACRL ([US] Association of College and Research Libraries) research agenda on "library contributions to student learning and success". From my reading of it, this is aiming to identify an agenda for research that will demonstrate and evidence library impact on student learning and success (rather than one for impacting student learning and success).  Input and reactions are sought by December 16, 2016. Since you are asked to indicate "region" this is aimed at ARCL mebers, but there is an "other" box so interested non-US people may wish to contribute.
Project website:
Draft agenda: "First, a brief literature review is provided to overview some of ACRL’s work on the value of academic libraries and to describe how this work informed development of a codebook, which was then used to identify the themes of 357 relevant readings. Next, an overview of methods is provided, followed by a presentation and discussion of findings from content analysis of the readings and analysis of the focus group interview transcript. The paper concludes by outlining key takeaways from the work completed to date by the team." Thus this document is useful for those interested in academic library impact, even if you don't want to give feedback.
Feedback form:
Photo by Sheila Webber: model of Dumbledore's room, WB Making of Harry Potter, November 2016

Monday, November 28, 2016

Critical Information Literacy in Art and Design Libraries

3 items- (1) Just one session - but this caught my eye: At the ARLIS/NA 45th Annual Conference taking place in New Orleans (whole conference is 5-9 February 2017): On Wednesday, February 8, 1:15pm - 2:15pm: Critical Information Literacy in Art and Design Libraries with Siân Evans, Stephanie Grimm and Jennifer Ferretti.
(2) Accessible to all, there is a dialog between Evans and Ferretti on the ACRLog (May 23 2016, "#libeyrianship: Pop Culture and #critlib in Information Literacy Programs") in which they talk about the LibGuide Beyoncé’s Lemonade and Information Resources.
(3) I will remind people about the section on ACRL Information Literacy in the Disciplines resource related specifically to art:
Photo by Sheila Webber: Model of Diagon Alley (there was a section devoted to the art and design work), WB Making of Harry Potter, November 2016

Friday, November 25, 2016

Seeding local curricula with the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy

Latest open access perspectives on the (ACRL) framework:
Witek, D. (2016). Becoming gardeners: Seeding local curricula with the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy. College and Research Libraries News, 77(10), 504-508.
Photo by Sheila Webber: Diagon Alley at the WB "Making of Harry Potter" November 2016

Thursday, November 24, 2016

2 recent articles on using material from websites etc. for systematic review

As you might expect, Systematic reviews is generally useful for the area of systematic review, including searching, and is an open access journal. Just published:
- Stansfield, C., Dickson, K. and Bangpan, M. (2016). Exploring issues in the conduct of website searching and other online sources for systematic reviews: how can we be systematic? Systematic reviews, 5, 191. DOI: 10.1186/s13643-016-0371-9
And thanks to Steven Duffy, who alerted people on LinkedIn to:
- Adams, J. et al. (2016). Searching and synthesising ‘grey literature’ and ‘grey information’ in public health: critical reflections on three case studies. Systematic reviews, 5, 164. DOI: 10.1186/s13643-016-0337-y  Useful for proposing search strategies and (e.g.) approaches to extraction. "We propose the term ‘grey information’ to capture a wide range of documented and undocumented information that may be excluded by common definitions of ‘grey literature’. Information on applied public health research questions relating to the nature and range of public health interventions, and many evaluations of these interventions, may be predominantly, or only, held in grey literature and grey information. Evidence syntheses on these topics need, therefore, to embrace grey literature and information."
Photo by Sheila Webber: apples from my tree, October 2016

How can libraries better serve refugees and asylum seekers? #libraries4refugees

Not strictly information literacy, but an interesting web discussion on: How can libraries better serve refugees and asylum seekers?
Web-conference sessions: November 28, 2016, noon-1:00 pm US CT (which is 6-7pm UK time) and December 2, 2016 10:30-11:30 am CT (which is 16.30-17.30 UK time). Participant link:
Twitter chat sessions: November 29, 2016; 1:00-2:00 pm CT (which is 6-7pm UK time); December 5, 2016; 8:00-9:00 pm CT (which is 2-3am UK time) Join the Twitter discussion @MortensonCenter using the hashtag #libraries4refugees
Use the hashtag #welcomepitch to share announcements, resources, CFPs, etc relevant to chat topic or refugees and asylum seekers
Use to determine other local times.
"The Mortenson Center for International Library Programs has partnered with ALA [American Library association] on the IMLS-funded Project Welcome: Libraries and Community Anchors Planning for Resettlement and Integration of Refugees and Asylum Seekers. Project Welcome is a one-year planning grant (May 2016 – April 2017) that aims to learn about and articulate ways libraries can address the information needs of refugees and asylum seekers in order to support and empower them in their resettlement and integration process... As part of the planning grant, we are holding listening sessions to learn from the library and information community: How can libraries better serve refugees and asylum seekers? The input will be incorporated into a thought paper, that will be used to provide background for the 2-day collaborative learning space/meeting" Questions to
Photo by Sheila Webber: Sheffield, November 2016

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Local Information Literacy news

Some librarians are good at getting stories and press releases into their local news sites. Firstly, a small guest column about information literacy in a local US newspaper, which includes a reminder that President Obama designated October Information Literacy month:
- VCAL/VSLA/VLA Information Literacy Working Group. (2016, November 3). Guest Column: Vt. [Vermont] librarians speak up about information literacy. Williston Observer.
IL month is also celebrated in this local US news story, which summarises the events and awards a college had organised:
- e-news Park Forest. (2016, October 28). 3rd Annual Information Literacy Month Closing Event Held at South Suburban College. e-news Park Forest.
Finally, from Ireland, Dundalk Institute of Technology announced the winners of its Bi-annual Information Literacy Awards:
- Dundalk Democrat. (2016, November 1). DkIT literacy champs are honoured at event. Dundalk Democrat.
Photo by Sheila Webber: autumn leaf and water feature, Sheffield, November 2016

Awards at Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2016 #MILweek2016

Awards were made during Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week 2016 in São Paulo, Brazil, earlier this month. The Global (and international) MIL Awards winners for 2016 are: Divina Frau-Meigs (4th from the right in this picture taken at the European MIL Forum in June) and Bérangère Blondeau, from France’s University of Sorbonne Nouvelle; Thomas Röhlinger, Founder and Editor in Chief of Radijojo World Children's Media Network, Germany; and the Child and Youth Media Institute, Thailand. There is more information at

Monday, November 21, 2016

cfp i3 2017 #i3rgu

There is a call for papers for the 2017 i3 conference: information: interactions and impact, 27-30 June 2017, that at usual is held in Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland. Deadline for abstracts is 25 January 2017. They are calling for proposals for full papers, short papers and round table discussions. Research papers concerning impact of information, information behaviour, information literacy etc. are solicited "The conference focuses on the quality and effectiveness of the interaction between people and information and how this interaction can bring about change. i3 will look beyond the issues of use and accessibility of technology to questions about the way people interact with the information and knowledge content of today's systems and services, and how this might ultimately affect the impact of that information on individuals, organisations and communities." This is one of my favourite conferences. More information at
The photo shows me at i3 2015 with three of my then PhD students (now all "Dr", having achieved #phdsuccess): l to r: Joseph Essels, Me, Syeda Hina Batool, Kondwani Wella

Information literacy research: dimensions of the emerging collective consciousness: a reflection.

Bruce, C.S. (2016). Information literacy research: dimensions of the emerging collective consciousness: a reflection. Australian Academic & Research Libraries, 1-6. Open access at
This is a short reflection on an important earlier work by this infolit guru: the original article is here