Saturday, April 19, 2014

Talking about our research methods: event in Second Life: 23 April

When: 23 April 2014 at 12 noon SL time (8pm UK time, see for times elsewhere)
Where: Infolit iSchool, in the virtual world, Second Life (you need a SL avatar and the software on your computer, to participate)
What: Talking about our research methods
Sheila Webber (Information School, Sheffield University; Sheila Yoshikawa inside Second Life (pictured, right), Marshall Dozier (Edinburgh University Library; Pancha Enzyme intside Second Life) and Ridvan Ata (Sheffield University Education School; Ridvan Atolia inside SL) will each briefly explain what research approach they have, or intend to, use in a research project and why they are using it. We hope for plenty of questions and discussion!
Marshall Dozier will talk about her plans to use constructivist grounded theory in a study of a multidisciplinary group’s research-related information practices.
Ridvan Ata will talk about using a case study approach with ethnographic texture to investigate approaches to teaching in Second Life (doctoral work which he has almost completed)
Sheila Webber will talk about her planned use of autoethnography to explore her experience of Second Life ... and her search for a research question!

A Sheffield iSchool Centre for Information Literacy Research event

Friday, April 18, 2014

London TeachMeet, 12 June 2014 #ldnlibtm

Health Information Specialist team of King's College London Library, UK, will be hosting a London LibTeachMeet on 12 June 2014 (afternoon)13.30-17.00. The theme this year is: Enhancing the student experience through interactivity and engagement. "Presentations will be 5 minutes in length, and can be about any aspect of using interactive tools and elements to increase student engagement and enhance their library experience. For example, you may use games, problem-solving activities, discussion groups, treasure hunts etc. Presentations from all library sectors are welcome." They are also seeking proposals for 2 x 20 minute sessions, and there will be 2 minute presentations you can sign up for on the day. You can register as either a presenter, activity facilitator or an audience member. More info at
Photo by Sheila Webber: pink cherry blossom, Sheffield, April 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Creating Knowledge & Nordic Journal of Information Literacy in Higher Education

An Easter treat (well, ok, only if you are mad for information literacy) are papers and filmed keynotes from the Creating Knowledge conference that took place at Lund University last August. Unfortunately, as it clashed with IFLA, I was not able to go, but I attended all of the previous CKs, I think, it it has always been an excellent conference. Some of the short papers are available full text as a special issue (volume 5, no. 1, 2013) of the Nordic Journal of Information Literacy in Higher Education. Some items are just abstracts, but full papers include:
- The value and impact of cross professional collaborations in developing student information and academic literacy skills at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. by Diane Rushton, Alison Lahlafi
- How does assessment affect learning: an example from a chemistry PhD-course in scholarly communication by Camilla Hertil Lindelöw
The journal home page is:
The filmed keynotes are from Olof Sundin, Gráinne Conole, Trine Schreiber and Christine Bruce and they can be accessed via the conference website at
Photo by Sheila Webber: blossom on my cherry tree, April 2014

Feedback on Information Literacy website wanted

The Information Literacy website is maintained by the CILIP Information Literacy Group (UK). They would like your opinion on its good and less good points so they can improve it further. You can enter into their prize draw for the chance to win £50 of gift vouchers for an online store of your choice. Go to for the website and to for the survey. The survey will close on 31 May 2014.
Photo by Sheila Webber: pink cherry blossom, Sheffield, April 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Teachmeet in Aberystwyth, Wales, 4 June 2014

There is a Teachmeet in Aberystwyth on 4 June (afternoon) 2014. "Everyone will have the chance to give short 5 minute presentations on what they’ve been doing (or what they’d really like to do!) with regards to information literacy ... All are welcome to present for 5 minutes, or be in the enthusiastic audience." The event is sponsored by the CILIP Information Literacy Group. The event is free, email More information at
Photo by Sheila Webber: Conwy Castle, 2010 (I realise this is not near Aberystwyth, but at least it is in Wales)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Financial Literacy initiative in USA

This press transcript and an article in American Libraries give some information about a new pilot initiative in the USA where 9 public libraries are being used as hubs to develop citizens' financial literacy. April is Financial Literacy month in the USA.
Photo by Sheila Webber: Thessaloniki, April 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014

Libmeet in London, 26 April 2014

There is a Libmeet organised by CILIP School Libraries Group, London and South East branch, at Lilian Baylis Technology School London, UK, on 26 April. This is a full day variation on a Teechmeet, including workshop options (including one on teaching), a library surgery and networking. It costs £10 to cover lunch and refreshments. "An opportunity to meet other professionals in an informal and relaxed setting and to share good practice." Information at
Photo by Sheila Webber: sky, Thessaloniki, April 2014.

Programme for International Student Assessment: problem solving

PISA 2012 Results: Creative Problem Solving (Volume V)The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) "is a triennial international survey which aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students". This is a very large scale exercise. One of the aims of those aiming to develop international indicators for information literacy is that they might use elements from PISA assessments and/or incorporate IL into PISA. The latest set of assessments, published at the start of this month, is the PISA 2012 assessment of problem solving "which looked at the ability of 15-year-olds to solve problems that they have never encountered before and for which a routine solution has not been learned".
The full report (linked below or by clicking the picture) gives detailed information about the assessments which were set, and the scores by country. They found that high scores on this assessment correlated with high mathematics and science scores, which doesn't seem very surprising as the problems are (I would say) rather technical in nature. Perhaps unsurprisingly (given the nature of the tests and the ways they are marked) they did not include the human element which in reality often forms an aspect of a real-life problem.
Also collaboration and seeking outside information and advice were not allowed: I was pondering whether I was being illogical in thinking that this was more an integral element of problem-solving than of (say) literacy or ability in mathematics. Even on reflection I feel that an integral part of being a good problem solver is knowing how and where to get advice and information to apply to your problem, and that other qualities (such as "emotional intelligence") are needed to solve many everyday and workplace problems. I'd be interested to know others' views.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Immersive Environments as Enabler for Blended Gamified Learning Experiences #vwbpe

Another of the presentations I attended at the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education (VWBPE) conference yesterday was 3D Virtual Immersive Environments as Enabler for Blended Gamified Learning Experiences by Stylianos Mystakidis, e-learning Manager at University of Patras, Greece. 1500 school-age children have attended these sessions, which start with some games/challenges in the University's physical library, then involve watching a live, interactive quest and tour through locations in the virtual world Second Life, and finally producing a digital drawing which expresses their ideas about what they've done. The presentation is embedded below and teh picture was taken during his presentation yesterday.
Other interesting presentations included one on a collaboration between computer science and nursing students (creating 3D virtual simulations for training nursing: the nursing students specify the scenario and the computing students create it: videos here), and one on two 3D environments to encourage reflection on scientific ethics (one to do with genetically modified food, and one with the conflict of environmental and business/professional concerns).

Saturday, April 12, 2014

2nd Call for papers: Western Balkan Information Literacy Conference

The 2nd cfp is open for the Western Balkan Information Literacy Conference, to be held 11-14 June 2014 at Hotel "Opal" Bihać, Bosnia & Herzegovina. The conference theme is Embracing relentless change: Information literacy and lifelong learning in a digital age. The key topics are: Information literacy in the modern world, Librarians as support to the lifelong learning process, Media and information literacy – theoretical approaches (standards, assessment, collaboration, etc.), and New aspects of education/strategic planning, policy, and advocacy for information literacy in a digital age. Proposals for full paper, presentation, roundtable discussion, poster session, train-the-trainers workshop or PechaKucha should be made by 16 May 2014. More information at
Photo by Sheila Webber: Thessaloniki, April 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014

Call for proposals for Library 2.014

The big free online conference Library 2.014 takes place on October 8 - 9, 2014. There is a call for proposals: the deadline is September 15th, but the organisers encourage people not to wait for that, since proposals get reviewed as they come in. The six conference strands are: Digital Services, Preservation, and Access; Emerging Technologies and Trends; Learning Commons and Infinite Learning; Management of Libraries and Information Centers in the 21st Century; User Centered Services and Models; Library and Information Professionals – Evolving Roles and Opportunities. More information at
Photo by Sheila Webber: Boats large and small, Thessaloniki, Greece, April 2014

Creativity in Second Life

Ridvan Ata, one of my PhD students, just presented about an aspect of his work at the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education conference (which takes place in the virtual world, Second Life). He has been investigating teaching in Second Life (he has almost finished). He also put the presentation on Slideshare:

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Journal of Academic Librarianship latest articles

Articles in the latest Journal of Academic Librarianship (priced publication), volume 40 issue 1, include:
Using Games to Make Formative Assessment Fun in the Academic Library, by Mary J. Snyder Broussard
Library Anxiety Among Chinese Students: Modification and Application of LAS in the Context of Chinese Academic Libraries by Zhiqiang Song, Shiying Zhang, Christopher Peter Clarke
Stacks, Serials, Search Engines, and Students' Success: First-Year Undergraduate Students' Library Use, Academic Achievement, and Retention by Krista M. Soria, Jan Fransen, Shane Nackerud
Library Space Assessment: User Learning Behaviors in the Library, by Susan E. Montgomery
The webpage for abstracts is at
Photo by Sheila Webber: Sparrow, Thessaloniki, April 2014

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

3rd Annual Indiana University Libraries Information Literacy Colloquium

There is a call for proposals for the 3rd Annual Indiana University Libraries Information Literacy Colloquium which takes place August 1 2014 in South Bend, Indiana. The conference theme is Metaliteracy: Seeking Connections and Challenging Traditions. "This year’s Colloquium invites you to investigate the implications metaliteracy has for library instruction theory and practice. Questions to consider include, but are not limited to: What do instruction librarians need to know about metaliteracy? What does metaliteracy look like, and what does it entail? How does it influence what we do in the library instruction classroom? How does this shape our learning outcomes and pedagogy? How do we assess metaliteracy?" Proposals for presentations or roundtable discussions should be no more than 250 words in length and should contain at least two learning outcomes. Submit proposals by May 16 at The conference website is at
Photo by Sheila Webber: feral cats, Thessaloniki, April 2014

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Next blog-post journal club: 14 April on draft ACRL framework #acrlilrevisions #ilread

The next Information Literacy Journal Club blog-post discussion will be on 14 April 2014 at 8pm UK time (3pm US Eastern time), on the draft Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education which will update the Association of College and Research Libraries' Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education (commonly called the ACRL information literacy standards). As previously blogged here, the first draft document contains the Introduction and three Threshold Concepts plus a glossary and bibliography, and the second draft document contains two additional threshold concepts. Go to the following page for more information and links to the two documents and information on how to contribute to the consultation.
To participate in the discussion go to the following page, where you can join in via blog posts on the day (14 April), or add comments before or after the real-time interaction
Photo by Sheila Webber: Cherry blossom,Sheffield, April 2014

Monday, April 07, 2014

2nd part of ACRL draft framework published #ACRLILRevisions

The 2nd part of the ACRL's draft Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education has been published. It introduces two more Threshold Concepts, Authority is Constructed and Contextual and Search is Strategic. With both of them there is an introductory explanation, and lists of Knowledge Practices, Dispositions, Self-Assessments and Possible Assignments/Assessments. Comments on the draft have to be submitted by 15 April 2014. You can find both parts, and information on the consultation process, linked from
Photo by Sheila Webber: Cherry blossom, Sheffield, April 2014