Monday, June 01, 2020

Online Teaching: Creating Courses for Adult Learners

Starting 8 June, this 12 week course online is not free (the fee is £475), but Online Teaching: Creating Courses for Adult Learners looks interesting, with an excellent teaching team. "On this microcredential, you’ll discover how adults learn online – and at a distance – drawing on key theories. You’ll evaluate technologies for supporting online and distance learning in specific contexts, drawing on a range of experiences and research to learn how to design engaging and inspiring online courses successfully. You’ll examine different online teaching and learning methods in terms of their appropriateness for specific settings and learners, and ways of ensuring your classes are inclusive and accessible."
Go to
Photo by Sheila Webber, May 2020

Friday, May 29, 2020

Online conference: Information Literacy and Democracy (IDE)

Another free conference to move online: Information Literacy and Democracy (IDE), 19-20 June 2020. The sessions are:
- Artificial intelligence and its application in information and media literacy education (William Cope & Mary Kalantzis; University of Illinois, USA)
- Views on and the shape of information literacy (Johanna Rivano Eckerdal; Lund University, Sweden)
- Information literacy for a functioning democracy in the post-truth era (Serap Kurbanoǧlu; Hacettepe University Ankara, Turkey)
- Learning intercultural aspects of information literacy: an experiential experiment involving German and Indian students (Tessy Thadathil, Francis Jarman, Sophie März & Joachim Griesbaum; Symbiosis College Of Arts & Commerce Pune, India & University of Hildesheim, Germany)
- Media and Information Literacy as self-disruption (Mario Hibert & Emir Vajzović; University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Conference programme at
If you are interested in participating up or want to get more information on the conference, sign up by emailing by 12 June 2020
Photo by Sheila Webber: eschscholzia, May 2020

Thursday, May 28, 2020

#CALC2020 recordings available

There are now links to recordings of all the Critical Approaches to Libraries Conference (CALC2020) parallel sessions and keynote talks - the conference took place on May 13th 2020. I'm looking forward to catching up on the parallel sessions I missed! The sessions are:
- Keynote 1: Campaigning for Change (Quinn Roache : Policy Officer – LGBT+ and Disabled Workers – Equalities and Strategies Department – Trades Union Congress)
- Shared Reading with Portuguese Speakers (Elena Traina)
- Ageism and Libraries (Sheila Webber i.e. me)
- Read at Leicester (Heena Karavadra)
- One Subdivision at a Time (Sarah Hammond)
- Sick Systems: Is Cruelty the Point of HE? (Hannah Hickman)
- Developing Credit-Bearing Modules in Critical Library Practices (Michelle Bond and Darren Flynn)
- Keynote 2: Academic Libraries: A Critical Postcolonial Feminist Perspective (Dr Zainab Naqvi: Senior Lecturer in Law, Leicester De Montfort Law School)
- Critical Role of the Area Information Specialist Towards Decolonisation (Waseem Farooq)
- How Witches Use the Libraries: The Information Behaviour of Contemporary Pagans and Ritual Magicians (Joanne Fitzpatrick)
- Embedding Change in HE through Decolonizing Academic Practices (Sara Ewing)
For the list of links, go to

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Recent articles: Cultural context; student-parents; value of academic libraries

Articles from the latest issue (vol 81 no 4) of open access College and Research Libraries includes:
- Crist, E. & Popoa, D. (2020). Information Literacy and Cultural Context: Chinese English Language Learners’ Understandings of Information Authority. College & Research Libraries, 81(4), 646-661.
- Scott, R. & Varner, B. (2020). Exploring the Research and Library Needs of Student-Parents. College & Research Libraries, 81(4), 598-
Go to

Vol 81 issue 3 focused on value of academic libraries and included:
- Anderson, L. & Vega Garcia, S. (2020). Library Usage, Instruction, and Student Success across Disciplines: A Multilevel Model Approach. College & Research Libraries, 81(3), 459-
- Lowe, M.S., Currier, A. & Graunke, S. (2020). Documenting the Value of Librarians in the Classroom: Results from a Mixed-Methods Research Collaboration with Campus Partners. College & Research Libraries, 81(3), 492-
- Epstein, M. & Draxler, B. (2020). Collaborative Assessment of an Academic Library and Writing Center Partnership: Embedded Writing and Research Tutors for First-Year Students. College & Research Libraries, 81(3), 509-
- Beile, P. et al. (2020). Aligning Library Assessment with Institutional Priorities: A Study of Student Academic Performance and Use of Five Library Services. College & Research Libraries, 81(3), 435- [the 5 services included IL teaching]

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Photo by Sheila Webber: Foxglove, May 2020

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

#Metaliteracy MOOCs

Two MOOCs on Metaliteracy start today (26 May) and are available for registration via Coursera
(1) Metaliteracy: Empowering Yourself in a Connected World. Week 1 "defines metaliteracy and explains what it means to be a metaliterate learner in today’s connected world. We describe the four learning domains of metaliteracy and explore the roles of the metaliterate learner. We also interview an expert who defines metacognition, one of the key aspects of metaliteracy.... [week 2] explores intellectual property and information ethics. ... [week 3 explores] the different ways in which we create and share information. ... [in week 4] we ask you to examine what you have learned about metaliteracy. ... You will create a digital artifact or story of your choosing that will address one key aspect of metaliteracy."

(2) Empowering Yourself in a Post-Truth World "In this course, you will gain insights to recognize your own biases and identify preconceptions in today’s dynamic social information environment. Through metaliteracy, you will practice self-reflective, metacognitive processes and reexamine fixed mindsets. Together, we will consider the importance of facts and expertise in reinventing a truthful world based on inclusive communities of trust. This course will empower you to be a reflective consumer and a creative, responsible producer of information, and to raise and share your voice in this post-truth milieu."
Photo by Sheila Webber: roses in a garden, May 2020

Monday, May 25, 2020


There is a free virtual event in June: ACRL Together Wherever "a week of virtual programming and networking opportunities for the academic and research library community to be held June 8-12, 2020" It includes some sessions relevant to information literacy, including:
- Students Do Not Attend Alone: A Community Approach to College Information Literacy
- Flip the Deficit Script: First-year student interviews about everyday life research can change your instruction
- Reframing reference services: Perceptions and futures of the reference desk, findings from a mixed-methods survey
Sign up for each session individually using the registration links. You are encouraged to network using #ACRLtogether2020
For the schedule, go to
Photo by Sheila Webber, April 2020: for these events it seems like it sin't residents only, anyone can sign up

Friday, May 22, 2020

The Skills Toolkit

I think this is new - on the UK Government website - with curated links to online courses. "The Skills Toolkit is made up of free online courses, tools and resources to help you improve your digital and numeracy skills. The Department for Education has consulted some of the country’s leading educational experts and employers to make up a collection of high quality resources to suit a range of interests and skill levels." The useful entry page is the slash page is but it doesn't have much extra information and is only worth linking to if you think are people are only going to be accessing it on their phone.
Photo by Sheila Webber, April 2020

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Webinar: Thinking Critically About Information in Uncertain Times

A webinar on 3 June 2020 from ACRL is: Thinking Critically About Information in Uncertain Times at 2-3pm US Eastern time, which is (e.g.) 7-8pm UK time. This one hour webinar, led by Sarah Morris, costs: ACRL member: US $50; ALA member: $75; Nonmember: $90; Student: $40.
"Libraries, universities, schools, and other learning environments are grappling with numerous changes and challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, including significant shifts in how we teach, learn, and research in now remote and online environments. Now, more than ever, it is vital to equip learners with the skills they need to navigate a rapidly changing information landscape and to empower learners to be critical consumers, users, and producers of information. Increasingly, our students and patrons need information and media literacy skills to not only achieve success in learning environments that are undergoing a great deal of change, but also to navigate challenging information landscapes that influence the decisions they might be making about their health, their career, and their role as citizens.  ... Together, we will unpack and share some of our current challenges. Next, we will explore select vital, and highly transferrable, information and media literacy skills and concepts that can be empowering and beneficial for students to learn during this time. We will then consider instruction strategies, methods, and approaches for delivering this content to students. Finally, we will explore ideas for ways to communicate and share our content and ideas with different audiences and partners to ensure our efforts can not only meet the needs of the present moment but also continue in the future." More info at
Photo by Sheila Webber: wild roses in a garden, May 2020

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Recent articles: CPD; Assessing IL; Impact; Writing Services

The last 2 issues of the Journal of Academic Librarianship (priced) include:
In Volume 46 issue 3
- Continuing professional development as transformational learning: A case study by Agnes Namaganda
- Japanese manga in translation and American graphic novels: A re-examination of the collections in 36 academic libraries ten years later by Glenn Masuchika
- Assessing information literacy in first year writing by Kevin W. Walker and Sara Maurice Whitver

In Volume 46 issue 4
- Demonstrating library impact: Liaison assessment by Eric Resnis, Jennifer Natale
- Unifying academic research and writing services: Student perspectives on a combined service model by David Ward, Carolyn Wisniewski, Susan Avery, Kirsten Feist
Photo by Sheila Webber: beneath the cottonwood tree, May 2020

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

New articles: SoTL; Inquiry Based Learning; Impact

The latest issue (Vol. 8 no. 1 2020) of Teaching & Learning Inquiry, the open access journal of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL), includes
- Behari-Leak, K. (2020). Toward a borderless, decolonized, socially just, and inclusive Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.Teaching & Learning Inquiry, 8(1), 4-23. " Drawing on Africa as a case study to explore a framework for thinking outside borders, the author invites the reader to embrace a global social imagination that disrupts and transcends the epistemic, social, and cultural borders designed to produce knowledge that is ahistorical and decontextualized. "
- Pechenkina, E. (2020). Chasing impact: The tale of three SoTL studies. Teaching & Learning Inquiry, 8(1), 91-107. "the author proposes a rubric by which to judge various levels and dimensions of impact achieved in SoTL-focused projects. To operationalize it, the rubric is applied to three completed projects, which while differing in their initial scope and intended outputs were united by a shared goal of improving learning by the means of innovative teaching."
- Archer-Kuhn, B., Lee, Y., Finnessey, S., & Liu, J. (2020). Inquiry-based learning as a facilitator to student engagement in undergraduate and graduate social work programs. Teaching & Learning Inquiry, 8(1), 187-207. "This seven-cohort mixed methods study examines student engagement in their learning in higher education utilizing inquiry-based learning."
Photo by Sheila Webber: seeds from the cottonwood tree, May 2020 - this has covered the pavement in a cloud of cottony material

Monday, May 18, 2020

Online course: Online Instructional Design and Delivery

A Library Juice Academy online course Online Instructional Design and Delivery runs June 1 to July 12 2020, costing US $250 and led by Mimi O'Malley. "this six week course will navigate participants through course design and delivery ... By the end of this course, participants will be able to: Determine the importance of learning objectives in relation to assessments.; Explore various instructional materials and learning activities to enhance student learning outcomes.; Identify techniques for increasing instructor presence in an online course.; Explore techniques to help pace students in an online course.; Discuss various student online misbehaviors and identify ways to remediate such behavior." More info at
Photo by Sheila Webber: chestnut leaves, May 2020

#uklibchat - libraries after lockdown

The next #uklibchat (librarians' chat on Twitter) is on 1 June 2020 on Libraries after lockdown. "As the coronavirus pandemic continues, countries and library workers are considering what a physical library service (if any) will look like in the future. What are libraries across all sectors considering? What best practice can we take from other areas and countries? How do we manage the practical and emotional issues around going back into workspaces?" Go to for full information and you can add discussion questions here
Photo by Sheila Webber: fallen pink chestnut blossom, May 2020

Sunday, May 17, 2020

New: Research coherence; Learning design; thesis topics; Open Science; Data literacy

A few recent articles, a blog post and a thesis.
- Sisamaki, E. (2020). The Advising Dimension of Information Literacy: Helping Students Decide on a Thesis Topic. (Masters thesis, Tampere University of Applied Sciences). (the research was undertaken in Greece)
- Hart, E. & Annear, C. (2020). Research Coherence: A Framework for Successful Student Research. College Teaching. [early online publication]. (priced) "This article develops a coherence framework to address problems students face throughout the research and writing process. This framework joins literature on coherence techniques and effective pedagogies including guided research, peer modeling, checkpoints, and reflection. The article presents pedagogical recommendations for establishing coherence in student research and writing projects."
- Pagowsky, N. (2020). Leaving the one-shot through a feminist approach to designing an instruction program. (a blog post with text and slides from a talk she gave at NELIG, April 15, 2020).

(Not new, but new-to-me)
- Lopes, C., da Luz Antunes, M. & Sanches, T. (2019). Information Literacy and Open Science: Before and After the New ACRL Framework. European Conference on Information Literacy 2018 proceedings.
- Dai, Y. (2019). How many ways can we teach data literacy? IASSIST Quarterly, 43(4), 1-11. (open access) "(1) We initiated the yearlong series of events titled ‘Lying with Data’, inviting faculty across disciplines to each address one core data literacy question that students of data science may elude. (2) We offered workshops and in-class instruction that are up-to-date with the latest technology and that fit with the curriculum. (3) We created online casebooks on various topics in the data lifecycle, tackling user needs at different levels."
Photo by Sheila Webber: pink horse chestnut blossoms, May 2020

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Celebrating Shane Godbolt

The latest issue of Focus on International Library and Information Work is dedicated to Shane Godbolt, who died last year, and who I remember with respect and affection from when we were both young information professionals. As the editorial says she was "someone who championed libraries sharing expertise and working together across borders" and the issue includes an article detailing her extensive work, and reprints of coauthored articles Promoting the Health of the People of Africa Building Library Partnerships for Better Health and Building a Partnership to Promote Health Information: A Case Study in Kenya.
The issue also includes a report on the conference Decolonising Library Collections and Practices: from Understanding to Impact. Go to
Photo of Shane Godbolt by Tom Roper: "At the launch of the North Thames Regional Documents Database in 1996, in a hotel next to paddington station. Shane Godbolt and I are holding copies of the CD-Rom version of the database." Roper, T. (1996). shanetom. CC BY-NC-SA 2.0