Wednesday, May 25, 2016

#QQML2016 impact of training on information seeking behaviour

At the QQML conference Beatriz Candon presented research undertaken by Mariza Talim (University of Minais Gerais, Brazil: there was a 3rd author Sergio Talim) on the impact of training on information seeking behaviour. The group studied were health professionals, aiming to investigate the impact of tarining in use of the Virtual Health Library Portal and PubMed. The Kirkpatrick model was used to evaluate training. This involves examining learners' perceptions of training, the knowledge acquired, what is different inb behaviour afterwards and finally the organisational benefits resultng from the training. This study looked at the first 3 of these 4 elements.
Mariza Talim (a medical librarian) taught 15 hours (including similar sessions offered to different groups). The training concentrated on search strategy, using functions of the two databases etc. There were 82 participants. Data was collected through 3 questionnaires: pre and post test questionnaires, and the third administered 4-5 months after training. This third one asked them about a critical incident, and aimed to determine impact on practice. There was also a pre and post test. The data was analysed descriptively and comparing the before and after questionnaires.
The large majority of participants' perceptions of the training was positive. Trainees reported increased use of conference papers, systematic reviews etc., less use of Google and more frequent use of MEDLINE etc. The pre and post tests and questionnaires showed an increase in skills. The third questionnaire (asking them to think of a search incident before and after training) showed that participants who responded (I think it was 21) were getting more information after training and they were still using Google less and health databases more.

#QQML2016 Scholarly sharing of articles

Another post from the QQML conference. Carol Tenopir (with a presentation coauthored with prject partnered) reported on an international study which is investigating researchers' behaviours with sharing articles etc. They have undertaken focus groups in the USA and the UK and administered a questionnaire survey in various countries. They have discovered that people are sharing both informally and informally, in all sorts of ways e.g. via email, reference management software, printing things out. 16.7 full text articles and 8.6 links/references were on average shared by respondents (asked what they had shared in their last project). The mean number of articles downloaded per project were 65 (with a range between zero and 500, so working out percentage of those shared based just on average items shared seems too simplistic). Just over half of the downlaods came from library collections. Out of the works shared (whether their own work or others) the large majority were of the published version of the article.
There were some differences based on age e.g. people under 30 and over 60 shared less. Also there were some disciplinary differences e.g. engineers shared more via email and through other informal methods, social scientists shared a lot and shared more on social media. The project website is and Carol Tenopir's publications on Researchgate are here:
There is, for example, a paper about this research here (so here I am, as a social science researcher, sharing links informally....)

#QQML2016 report: Ethnographic study at Long Island University libraries

I'm at the QQML conference (Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries) in London for the next few days, giving a talk tomorrow. I won't be blogging this conference comprehensively as it isn't focusing on information literacy, but just pick out a few talks.
Just now, Valida Dent (pictured, in the red jacket) talked about a mixed methods (mainly ethnographic) study of student research behaviours at Long Island University libraries (USA). They used qualitative and quantitative methods, and aimed to illuminate students’ behaviour when they were doing academic work for assignments etc. The researchers did interviews, a 50-item questionnaire survey (including asking students what apps they were using on their mobile devices), and 32 hours of observation in the library. Observation was informed by findings from the survey to prompt foci for attention. Findings included (just to highlight a couple of things from the survey) that students found the library website confusing, that they were using library databases and google about equally, and they “were bringing their culture with them to their academic studies” on their mobile devices e.g. religious apps. Findings from the observation included that while students were sitting in groups, they were often working individually, including communicating via their phones with people sitting close to them.
There was a presentation on this research at LILAC, which is on Slideshare here and an article by the presenter Applying Ethnographic Research Methods in Library and Information Settings on at

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

New book on visual literacy

Brown, N., Bussert, K., Hattwig, D. and Medaille, A. (2016). Visual Literacy for Libraries: A practical, standards-based guide. ALA Editions [in the UK it is published by Facet, with a discount for CILIP members].
In US$ at the ALA: (there is also a sample of the book there)
In UK £ at Facet:
The publisher's blurb says "Ideal for the busy librarian who needs ideas, activities, and teaching strategies that are ready to implement, this book: shows how to challenge students to delve into finding images, using images in the research process, interpreting and analysing images, creating visual communications, and using visual content ethically; provides ready-to-use learning activities for engaging critically with visual materials; offers tools and techniques for increasing one’s own visual literacy confidence; gives strategies for integrating, engaging with and advocating for visual literacy in libraries."
Photo by Sheila Webber: My apple blossom, May 2016

Monday, May 23, 2016

Recent articles: discovery search; music; research methods courses; screencasting; flipping

The latest issue (volume 42, no. 3) of The Journal of Academic Librarianship (priced publication) includes:
- Blakesley, E. (2016) Cognitive Bias and the Discovery Layer. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 42(3), 191. (an interesting short think piece!)
- Dempsey, M. and Valenti, A. (2016) Student Use of Keywords and Limiters in Web-scale Discovery Searching. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 42(3),200-206
- Myers, A. and Ishimura, Y. (2016) Finding Sound and Score: A Music Library Skills Module for Undergraduate Students. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 42(3), 215-221
- Adams, C. et al. (2016) A Collaborative Approach to Integrating Information and Academic Literacy into the Curricula of Research Methods Courses. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 42(3), 222-231
- Murphy, J. and Liew, C. (2016) Reflecting the Science of Instruction? Screencasting in Australian and New Zealand Academic Libraries: A Content Analysis. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 42(3), 259-272
- Loo, J. et al (2016) Flipped Instruction for Information Literacy: Five Instructional Cases of Academic Librarians. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 42(3), 273-280
- Lombard, E. (2016) Information Fluency: Not Information Literacy 2.0. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 42(3), 281-283
The contents page is at
Photo by Sheila Webber: Blackheath wildflowers, May 2016

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Exploring Online Student Engagement: recording

Slides and recordings of the online event Exploring Online Student Engagement: Encouraging Active Learning at a Distance (held on May 4 2016) are available. There were three presentations: Christina Pryor & Kyla Hunt from Amigos Library Services gave practical tips for presentations and learner participation; Victoria Raish from Penn State University described her use of Yammer; Adele Merritt Bernard, Arlene Alleyne-Regis & Selwyn Rodulfo from the University of the West Indies Open Campus shared "their experiences creating a positive and active learning experience and engaging library users across a diverse and distributed university population".
Slides are at (the ones about using Yammer are the most informative as stand-alone objects)
Event Recording is at
Photo by Sheila Webber: Hawthorn stamens, May 2016

Friday, May 20, 2016

Using the Framework to Foster Conversations about Information Literacy Instruction

On 31 May at 1pm US Eastern time (which is 6pm UK time) ACRL Instruction Section’s Management and Leadership Committee presents its final Spring online seminar: Using the Framework to Foster Conversations about Information Literacy Instruction. It is led by Sara D. Miller and Amanda Nichols Hess and registration is here "A key strength of the ACRL Framework lies in the potential that its concepts
provide for unearthing tacit assumptions in the process of developing expertise in disciplinary information literacy. The paths from IL novice to expert within in a discipline tend to be murky and filled with assumptions
about concepts, skills, and values unique to disciplinary cultures which "should have been learned” somewhere along the way. It is key for librarians in teaching positions to partner with disciplinary faculty in identifying and addressing critical issues of a discipline’s conventions and ways of constructing knowledge and to intentionally engage students with these questions. This presentation will discuss an ACRL Framework-based workshop designed for librarians and disciplinary faculty to come together to examine and discuss what information literacy looks like from a position of disciplinary expertise. Three goals of the workshop are to help facilitate conversations between librarians and disciplinary faculty, to understand specifically what is meant by information literacy within disciplines, and to identify areas of potential focus for IL instruction."
Photo by Sheila Webber: cherry branch, Limpsfield Churchyard, April 2007

Thursday, May 19, 2016

OERs on copyright

CHEER (Copyright in Higher Education Elements Resources) is an "an online repository of reusable works related to copyright in higher education" created by the North American universities: Furman University, Clemson University, and the University of South Carolina. "Our goal is to develop a single place where librarians, copyright offices, and other related offices at colleges and universities can find a variety of resources they can reuse, remix and redistribute." Obviously the specifics relate to US copyright law, but a good deal of material focuses on principles or issues that apply in other countries. They are calling out for other universities to reuse their content and also to contribute material of their own to the repository. The material can be browsed under the headings: Scholarly Communication; Copyright in the Library; Copyright Law and Application; Continuing Education and Copyright; Copyright Across Campus
The repository is at and their email is
Photo by Sheila Webber: crab apple blossom, May 2016

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

New Media and Information Literacy project in Jordan

#UNESCO and the Jordan Media Institute (JMI) have launched a Media and Information Literacy (MIL) project Jordan. "The program aims to contribute to capacity building of national educational institutions in MIL and transferring skills to new generations, in addition to spreading awareness and knowledge among decision makers, opinion leaders and society." The first involves developing a policy paper and a strategy for introducing MIL into the curriculum. The second phase involves trainingh teachers and introducing MIL to school curricula. There is more information at
Photo by Sheila webber: cherry branches, May 2016

Monday, May 16, 2016

Survey on digital learning objects

Laurie Borchard has asked for help in collecting some data to present at the (US) Library Instruction of the West Conference. "My co-presenters and I are collecting data on librarian tutorial/DLO [Digital Learning Object] creation. We are curious to know what technologies you use, how the DLO’s support your information literacy programming, and incorporation of the ACRL Framework Information Literacy Threshold Concepts. We’re only looking for participants who create tutorials." The short survey is at and closes on May 23 2016.
Photo by Sheila webber: pink cherry blossom, May 2016

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Latest issue of Reference Services Review: health literacy special

The articles in the latest issue of Reference Services Review (Volume 44 Issue 2, priced publication) are:
- "Better health through better information:” health literacy and the changing role of health sciences librarianship (Eleanor Mitchell , Sarah Barbara Watstein)
- Health literacy: a natural role for librarians (Theresa S. Arndt)
- Hispanics and public libraries: Assessing their health information seeking behaviors in the e-health environment (EunYoung Yoo-Lee , Tamara Rhodes , Gabriel M Peterson)
- Health literacy education: The impact of synchronous instruction (Tricia Lantzy)
- Promoting Health Literacy Within a Graduate-Level Nutrition Curriculum (Charlotte Beyer , J. Scott Thomson)
- A librarian's role in media effects health literacy (Jill R Kavanaugh , Kristelle Lavallee , Rima Rudd)
- Health literacy and information literacy: a concept comparison (Jane Lawless , Coleen Toronto , Gail Grammatica)
- Health information: print materials assessment in public libraries (Mary Grace Flaherty , Samantha Jan Kaplan)
- A conceptual approach to practitioners’ health information literacy (Ann Hallyburton)
- Health literacy and libraries: a literature review (Jill Barr-Walker)
- Improving Health Literacy: Health Sciences Library Case Studies (Jean P. Shipman , Erica Lake , Alice I Weber)
Go to
Photo by sheila webber: cherry tree in bloom next to the iSchool's building, May 2016

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Online courses

Upcoming online short-courses from Library Juice Academy include
- Information Literacy, Composition Studies and Higher Order Thinking (Andrea Baer) June 6 to July 15, 2016 Price: US $250
- Informal Learning in the Academic Library (Lauren Hays and Teresa Slobuski) July 5-31, 2016 Price: US $175
- Games in Academic Libraries (Lauren Hays and Teresa Slobuski) August 1-26, 2016 Price: US $175
- Backward Design for Information Literacy Instruction: Fostering Critical Habits of Mind through Learning Outcomes, Assessment, and Sequencing (Andrea Baer) August 1st to September 9th, 2016 Price: US $250
Details at
Photo by Sheila Webber: tangle of pink cherry blossom, May 2016

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Exploring Academic Integrity Tutorial

The PRIMO "Site of the month" for April was Exploring Academic Integrity Tutorial, authored by Char Booth, Dani Brecher Cook, Sara Lowe, Sean Stone, and Natalie Tagge.
There is a text interview with the first two named authors at
"The Exploring Academic Integrity Tutorial (EAIT) introduces students to the idea of being part of the scholarly conversation, and by extension the rights and responsibilities that come with being part of a scholarly community. This focus – one of inclusion and participation – was intended by its Claremont Colleges Library creators to present a contrast to many other academic honesty tools, which in our observation tended to focus more on the punitive aspects of academic dishonesty (e.g., the negative ramifications of plagiarism, etc.). The interactive online EAIT consists of four core sections, each with a thematic tie to concepts from information literacy and information ethics. By the end of the tutorial, the goal is that students feel a more personal connection to the production and use of scholarly material, and a more nuanced understanding of academic honesty as a result. The tutorial also features historical images from the Claremont Colleges Digital Library, to personalize it to our campuses."
The site itself is at
Photo by Sheila webber: white cherry branches, May 2016

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

JORUM close down: call to depositors

As announced earlier, the UK repository for open Educational Resources, JORUM, is closing down. Some of the items will be migrated to the JISC Content and App store. The JORUM team have looked through all the existing resources and given each item the status of "migrate" or "not migrate" (if it's "not migrate", then the resource will disappear when JORUM closes). They are keen for people who deposited the OERs to check their resources and see what the resource's status is. Things can still be upgraded to "migrate" if the person who owns the resource takes action (e.g. it might require updating links or making source files available) by 15 June 2016.
There is more information available at and
Photo by Sheila Webber: plaque lacking information, Phoenix Park, Dublin, March 2016

Monday, May 09, 2016

ALISS articles: Libquizzes, polling, lecture capture...

The latest issue of ALISS quarterly is published (priced, free to ALISS members): as always it contain a number of short articles, including:
- Skills in Seconds (Deborah M. Furness, Head of Reference Services, UCL Library Services)
- Two-way learning with LibQuizzes at UCL Institute of Education (Barbara Sakarya, International Collections Librarian & Information Literacy Coordinator, UCL Institute of Education.)
- All the shapes your learning takes: the development of a library welcome toolkit (Leanne Young, Distance Services Librarian, University of Sunderland and Klaire Purvis, - Academic Liaison Librarian, University of Sunderland)
- Lecture capture: creating and sharing learning resources made outside of the lecture theatre (Angela Newton, Library Learning Advisor (Skills@Library)University of Leeds)
- Using live mobile polling (Poll Everywhere) to engage students in Information Literacy. (Anne Archer, Assistant Liaison Librarian, Newcastle University (formally Library and Information Officer Newcastle Libraries); Joanne Ghee, Library and Information Officer Newcastle Libraries; Dr David Archer, University of Sunderland)
- Disability- higher education, libraries, teaching and learning. Bibliography- January 2016- (Heather Dawson)
Subscribers can log in at Non subscribers can purchase single issues (£14) or enquire about membership
Photo by Sheila webber: Peacock butterfly, April 2016

Deep Web Searching and Content Mining

There is a CILIP East of England Information Services Group/ UKeiG event on 11 May 2016 at Cambridge University Library, UK: Deep Web Searching and Content Mining. "Typical search engines like Yahoo! and Google only pick up about 1% of the information available on the Internet. The rest of that information is considered to be hidden in the deep, or invisible, web. So how can you find all the rest of this information? Come along to the ISG East of England meeting held around their AGM and in association with UKeiG, which will try to answer this and other questions."
More info at
Photo By Sheila webber: white cherry blossom, April 2016