Sunday, July 20, 2014

75 lecciones aprendidas en programas de ALFIN en Iberoamérica

On 22 July 2014 at 20.00 in Argentin and Brazil (other times see below), a free webinar in Spanish. It reports on an investigation into lessons learnet from information literacy programmes in South America, led by Alejandro Uribe Tirado. "Se hablará de las 75 lecciones aprendidas identificadas, categorizadas según cuatro grandes componentes, para que a modo de guía puedan ser utilizadas por los bibliotecólogos iberoamericanos en el diseño y mejoramiento de sus programas de formación en Alfabetización Informacional." At 20.00 (GMT -3hs. Argentina y Brasil), 19.00 (GMT -4hs. Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Puerto Rico y Rep. Dominicana), 18.30 hs (GMT -4.30hs Venezuela), 18.00 horas (GMT -5hs. Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Haití, México, Panamá y Perú), 17.00 horas (GMT -6hs. Costa Rica, El Salvador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras y Nicaragua). Access is free, using the webinar platform Aprender3c. More information at
Photo by Sheila Webber: wild rose, July 2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014

My forthcoming talks

A bit of shameless self promotion: I have added a page on this blog (see tabs above) with information about my upcoming presentations. So, I might as well publicise the ones for July and August here! I am also speaking at several events in September and October.

22 July 2014: Ifutures Conference (a conference organised for PhD students, by our PhD students), here at Sheffield University, UK. I'm giving a Workshop on Disseminating your Research to Maximise Impact (mostly talking about using social media etc.: I'll post the slides to Slideshare shortly)

15 August 2014: IFLA Information Literacy Section Satellite conference: Facing the Future: Librarians and Information Literacy in a Changing Landscape, Limerick, Ireland. Together with Bill Johnston and Dr Shahd Salha I am presenting a round table on The Active Citizen in a Changing Information Landscape

18 August 2014: World Library and Information Conference, Lyon, France. I am giving a short "IGNITE" presentation at the Section for Education and Training session, entitled LIS Education in 2050: How, Not What

27 August 2014. Report from the IFLA conference, in the virtual world Second Life.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Paul Zurkowski video #lilac14

Paul Zurkowski is widely credited with coining the term "information literacy" (regular readers will remember fangirl moments when he was keynote at last year's ECIL). He produced a 13 minute video for the LILAC 2014 conference. In it he talks about the early years of the Information Industry Association and how he came to talk about infolit. He goes on to discuss the problem of information overload and his plans for the Information Action Coalition.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Learning Analytics for the Social Media Age #pLASMA

Interesting project, based at Dalhousie University and teh University of British Columbia, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) which has been going a little while (it runs 2013-2018) but I don't think I've blogged. "This major five-year research initiative is designed to address the question “How do social media networks influence educational models?” The project involves developing novel learning analytics for the social media age." Principal Investigator is Anatoliy Gruzd. There is information (including e.g. a report on a conference session and discussions about MOOCs) at and an extended abstract of a poster at:
Photo by Sheila Webber: growing wild in the garden, July 2014

Monday, July 14, 2014

Cultivating Creators: Copyright in the Information Literacy Classroom

On 5 August 2014 there is a (priced) webinar offered by the Association of College and Research Libraries: Cultivating Creators: Copyright in the Information Literacy Classroom. It starts at 11am US Pacific time, which is 7pm UK time and 2pm US Eastern time. It lasts 90 minutes and prices range from ACRL member US $50 to US$90 for a non-member. "This webcast will focus on how librarians can integrate copyright into the classroom with undergraduate and graduate students to raise awareness of not only ethically using others’ work, but also how to consider their rights and responsibilities as creators and copyright holders of their own work."
Go to for more information.
Photo by Sheila Webber: In the garden, July 2014

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Website evaluation tool

ResearchReady is a product from the company Imagine Easy Solutions, producers of Easybib. ResearchReady is a priced product but there is a free web evaluation tool. You type in the URL of the website you want people to evaulate. It prompts them to answer some questions about how credible etc. they think it is (with the website in the left panel and the questions in a right panel). At the end you can email the results to an email of your choice. The idea is that you would tell learners to evaluate a website and then get your evaluation of that website emailed to you so you could assess how well the learner had done. The full priced product has tutorials, suggested exercises and assessments etc.
Photo by Sheila Webber: Home made cranachan, July 2014

Friday, July 11, 2014

Google vs. Facebook

A new powerpoint from Phil Bradley contrasts how Google and Facebook are fighting for our attention; worth flicking through. I like the line "They both want to use YOU as livestock"

Thursday, July 10, 2014

CAIS proceedings: primary school infolit; whither information behaviour; Situated practice

Proceedings of the 2014 Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Information Science have been published online in open access. There are various papers concerning information literacy and information behaviour: some are extended abstracts and others full papers. They include:
- Nesset, V. Validating a Model for Information Literacy Instruction for Elementary School Students: A Study

- Thom, J. Getting the News: How News Credibility is Assessed.
- Nicholson, K. Information Literacy as a Situated Practice in the Neoliberal University
- Fortier, A. Influence of Need for Cognition and Need for Cognitive Closure on Information Behaviour: Qualitative Results ("This project studies the influence of two traits, Need for Cognition and Need for Cognitive Closure, on information behaviour. Qualitative analysis of 40 critical incidents collected through semi-structured interviews with undergraduate students demonstrates four distinct profiles: inquisitive enthusiasts, pragmatic enthusiasts, indifferent minimalists and concerned minimalists")
Photo by Sheila Webber, July 2014

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Using blogs as a core part of class activity

This was a presentation I gave at Sheffield University's Learning and Teaching conference in January and suddenly realised I hadn't uploaded to Slideshare, so here it is. I describe the use of team blogs as a core part of learning and teaching in a Masters-level module at the Information School, University of Sheffield.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Teaching Information Literacy in an Arts University

The journal Refer (which publishes short articles about reference and information services) is now published open-access via a blog. The new issue includes a short descriptive articles:
Badger, I. (2014) Teaching Information Literacy in an Arts University. Refer, 30 (2).
Asman, A. (2014) Services for Journalism and Creative Writing Students at City University Library. Refer, 30 (2).
Photo by Sheila Webber: Failing to get a good shot of the Tour de France, Sheffield, July 2014

Monday, July 07, 2014

Nordic Journal of Information Literacy in Higher Education: new issue

Volume 6, issue 1 of the open-access journal Nordic Journal of Information Literacy in Higher Education has been published. It contains:
- The Changing Role of Digital Tools and Academic Libraries in Scholarly Workflows: A Review by Sharon Favaro, Christopher Hoadley
- The SEA-change Model in Information Literacy: Assessing Information Literacy Development with Reflective Writing by Barbara Anne Sen, Pamela McKinney
- The Potential for Using Gamification in Academic Libraries in Order to Increase Student Engagement and Achievement by Andrew Walsh
- Information Specialist and ICT Lecturer Co-Teach an Online Course: A New Way and What Students Think About It by Kaisa Puttonen
Photo by Sheila Webber: Waiting for the Tour de France to pass by, Sheffield, July 2014

Saturday, July 05, 2014

ACRL framework online hearings #acrlrevisions

There are online hearings on the latest iteration of the draft ACRL Information Literacy framework: on July 7th at 1pm USA central time (which is, for example, 7pm UK time) and July 11 2014 at 10am USA Central time. Written feedback should be given by July 15 204 using the online form. The page with more information and links to sign up is at
Photo by Sheila Webber: passion flower, July 2014

Friday, July 04, 2014

Bibliography: impact and outcome of libraries

Roswitha Poll, who has worked in the field of library performance measurement and evaluation for many years, has produced a bliography on Impact and Outcome of Libraries published under the aegis of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).
It includes a section on Impact on Information Literacy.
You can download the bibliography from the website of the IFLA Statistics and Evaluation Section at

Photo by Sheila Webber: Bangles, June 2014