Friday, January 30, 2015

Welsh Information Literacy Project Closing Conference

On 26 March 2015, Catrin Finch Centre, Glyndŵr University Wrexham, Wales, the Welsh Information Literacy Project Closing Conference will take place. Places free but limited; e-mail by Monday 23rd February if you wish to attend. It starts at 10am with a keynote from Nancy Graham, Chair, CILIP Information Literacy Group; Andrew Eynon (WILP project manager) will give Background to the Project/Community of Practice; Anne Lewis talks about Entry Level Units in Information Literacy;
There will be case Studies, to include: Working with Jobseekers in Monmouthshire Public Libraries (Natasha Harron-Edwards), Working with Groups in the Community (Sharon Lyn Jones), Working with library volunteers at Cymmer Community Library, Neath Port Talbot (Sarah Deeley), Employability: working with employees in Gwynedd Council to deliver Entry Level Information Literacy (Aled Rees), Using Family History to teach Entry Level Information Literacy to Older People (Myfanwy Jones), Working with Young People in Information Literacy (Wendy Jefferson).
Photo by Sheila Webber: snow, Sheffield, January 2015.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Free #lilac15 place (for those in NE of England)

ARLG ( North East) is sponsoring a free place at the LILAC Conference (to be held 8-10 April in Newcastle, England) for librarians living or working in the North East of England. It includes 3 days attendance at all LILAC sessions and social events, but not include accommodation and travel. To be eligible you must be a personal member of CILIP or ARLG, be currently living, working or studying in the North East of England (i.e. Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham and the Tees valley areas) in a Further or Higher Education, or in a research library, and be a first time delegate to an LILAC conference. To apply email Helen Ashton at with approximately 200 words describing how your attendance at the conference will impact on your professional development and how you plan to share your conference experience with others, including the ARLG North East community. Also include your CILIP membership number, your job title and the name of your institution. The successful applicant will have to write a short report on the conference. Application deadline is noon 27 February 2015.
Photo by Sheila Webber: Durham, January 2015

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Academic integrity MOOC starting 2 February

The FutureLearn 4 week MOOC on Academic Integrity (from educators at the University of Aukland, New Zealand) is running again from next week: you can register (free) now.
Photo by Sheila Webber: snowdrops! January 2015

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Webinar on radical information literacy

On 17 February 2915 4.30-6pm UK time, there will be an online seminar Anyone can cook: an online seminar to discuss the implications of Radical Information Literacy. It will be chaired by Stéphane Goldstein of the Research Information Network and co-ordinator of the InformAll initiative, and led by Andrew Whitworth (University of Manchester, UK). There is more information, including a link to readings from Whitworth's book, at
Photo by Sheila Webber: snow, Sheffield, January 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015

Article: Information Literacy in #MOOCs

This article gives a brief introduction to MOOCs, outlines what is meant by a connectivist MOOC, maps the ACRL information literacy standards against the learning activities in cMOOCs (which are namely: aggregate, remix, repurpose, feed forward) and briefly identifies IL elements in a few specific MOOCs.
Bond, P. (2015) Information Literacy in MOOCs. Current Issues in Emerging eLearning, 2 (1).
Photo by Sheila Webber: baby parsnips, January 2015

Call for chapters: Library's Role in Supporting Financial Literacy for Patrons

There is a call for chapters proposed by "U.S. and Canadian practicing academic, public, school, special librarians, LIS faculty, and other professionals sharing practical know-how": Library's Role in Supporting Financial Literacy for Patrons. The book will be published by Rowman and Little and edited by Carol Smallwood. Possible topics are: Seeking and using collaborators in the financial industry; Job hunting help; Tax preparation programs; Recognizing fraud; Workshops for Senior Citizens; Case studies on what works and what doesn't in various types of libraries and patrons; other topics on financial literacy for library patrons you've had experience. They want "Concise, how-to chapters using bullets, headings, based on experience to help colleagues; creativity, innovation highly valued. No previously published, simultaneously submitted material; One, two, or three authors per chapter; each chapter by the same author(s). Compensation: one complimentary copy per 3,000-4,000 word chapter accepted no matter how many co-authors or if one or two chapters: author discount on more copies." "Please e-mail titles of 4 topics each described in a few sentences by February 5, 2015 with brief biography sketch on each author. Please place FIN, Your Name on subject line:"
Photo by Sheila Webber: seasonal wreaths on doors in South London, December 2014

Friday, January 23, 2015

ECAR 2014: academic experience of technology

The latest ECAR results were published last year. This is an annual survey about academic experience of technology, carried out by the; US organisation, EDUCAUSE. In 2014 the data was collected from 17,451 academics, from 13 countries and in 151 institutions, and from 75,306 undergraduate students in 213 institutions: they were all asked about their technology experience. The survey included questions about use/value of MOOCs, learning analytics, Virtual Learning Environments and mobile technologies. One of the findings that they highlight at the start of the powerpoint summary of results is that technology acceptance is actually pretty much the same with students and academics, so I hope this will help dispel that "huge teacher/learner IT gulf" myth. The report in various forms is at
Photo by Sheila Webber: seasonal wreaths on doors in South London, December 2014

Tendencias en Alfabetización Informacional

For Spanish speakers: a 25 minutes radio interview with Felicidad Campal, Biblioteca Pública de Salamanca, in which she talks about Tendencias en Alfabetización Informacional (trends in information literacy). I am afraid that my Spanish aural comprehension is too rudimentary to tell you much more than that.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

#LILAC15 - information literacy awards and bursaries

There are several awards and bursaries on offer assocaited with the UK's information literacy conference, LILAC.
- Information Literacy Award. This recognises "an outstanding individual contribution to information literacy by a practitioner or researcher. The winner will receive £500 for personal use and £500 for their nominated charity." The criteria have changed a little from previous years, I think: they are now "Nominees must demonstrate impact, innovation, initiative and originality in one or more of the following areas: Raising the profile of information literacy within an organisation; Initiating or contributing to national, regional or local projects / initiatives which enhance information literacy skills for an identified client group(s); Undertaking original research in the field of information literacy and making a significant contribution to the literature." "Nominations will be judged upon evidence of impact within the past 3 years only." This is sponsored by the CILIP Information Literacy Group and Talis. Closing date: Friday February 27th 2015.
- Student Award. There are two sponsored places at LILAC (conference registration, travel and accommodation expenses), and students registered on a UK programme can apply. These are sponsored by the CILIP Information Literacy Group. Closing date: Friday February 13th 2015
- Credo Reference Digital Award for Information Literacy: This "rewards an innovative/high impact digital IL resource [launched in 2014] and developed by a UK-based individual or group. The winner will receive £500 for personal use and £500 for their nominated charity." This is sponsored by Credo Reference. Closing date: Friday 27th February 2015.
More info at

- There are also three free conference places (fees + up to £250 travel/accommodation) for librarians working in the following sectors in the UK: Schools/Further Education; Public libraries; Health (e.g. NHS). Deadline is 7 February 2015. More info at

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Call for posters: CCLI 2015: Teaching and Reaching Your Students in Environments of Rapid Change

There is a call for poster proposals for CCLI (California Conference on Library Instruction) 2015: Teaching and Reaching Your Students in Environments of Rapid Change, which will be held April 17 2015 in Sonoma State University, California, USA. The deadline for proposals is 27 February 2015.
The conference will "explore new and practical ways to craft innovative experiences for learners. Think about the buzz words of today: maker, hack, design, engage, community, framework, scalable, ethical, sustainable... We’re looking for your best instruction plans, how you're adapting to new modes of learning, creative ways you're reorganizing and assessing your work, your unconventional curriculum, your quirky exercises, your strategic advocacy tactics (for these programs on your campus), and what you have learned from your failures."
Go to for more information.
Photo by Sheila Webber: russet apples, Blackheath market, January 2015

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Comparison study of specificity and sensitivity in three search tools for qualitative systematic reviews

For those of you interested in systematic review: a recent article:
Methley, A. et al. (2014) PICO, PICOS and SPIDER: a comparison study of specificity and sensitivity in three search tools for qualitative systematic reviews. BMC Health Services Research, 14:579. doi:10.1186/s12913-014-0579-0 There's an open access version at
Photo by Sheila Webber: baby carrots, Blackheath market, January 2015

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Games for Libraries workshop, Dublin

Andrew Walsh is running another Games for Libraries workshop, in Dublin, Ireland, 1 May 2015. There is information about past workshops at
It includes lunch and is a priced event with various options. You can book at
Photo by Sheila Webber: seasonal wreaths in South London, 1, December 2014

Friday, January 16, 2015

2015 Connecticut Information Literacy Conference: cfp

There is a call for session and poster proposals for the 2015 Connecticut Information Literacy Conference, which will be held on 29 May 2014 in Central Connecticut State University, USA. The theme is: Let’s Get Real: Practical Ideas for Teaching Info Lit Today. There is a call for breakout session (45-50 minutes long with a 10-15 minute Q & A session) and poster proposals, with a deadline of 20 February 2014. Topics include: Ways to reach distance learning students; New and multiple literacies (metaliteracy); Advocacy and outreach workshops; Classroom strategies for engagement; Transitioning from “sage on the stage” to “guide on the side”; How to teach effectively when you’re given only one shot; Innovative (as well as traditional) partnerships with new programs, the community, and others; Teaching to “today’s generation” of students; Best practices in assessing teaching, learning, and program effectiveness.
Submissions should be made at and questions regarding proposals should be directed to
Photo by Sheila Webber: Lady Dinah's cat cafe (Mue), December 2014

i3 deadline extended

The deadline for the Call for Papers for the Information: Interactions and Impact (i³) International Conference, being held in Aberdeen, Scotland, 23-26 June 2015, has been extended until 28 January 2015. "i³ focuses on the quality and effectiveness of the interaction between people and information and how this interaction can bring about change. The conference 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. For more information, go to

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Producing Effective Online Programs: Experiences and Lessons Learned: webinar

ASIS&T (Association for Information Science and Technology) is running a webinar Producing Effective Online Programs: Experiences and Lessons Learned on 21 January 2015 at 13.00 US Eastern time (which is 18.00 UK time). It is free for ASIS&T members and US $25 for non-members. "Jeremy L. McLaughlin and Marisa Martinez from SJSU ASIS&T will begin by sharing best practices for planning, hosting, and archiving online programs and webinars. Jeremy, the Chair and former Program Director, will focus on pre-event setup and promotion and ways that organizations can increase exposure and virtual attendance for their events. Marisa is currently Chapter Treasurer and has worked with the campus webinar platform as part of the iSchool Collaborate Project and as a technical moderator for Chapter events. She will review common technical issues faced by speakers and session attendees and offer solutions for working with or through technical difficulties during an event. Based on a recent archiving project, Jeremy will conclude with suggestions for extending the life of your webinars and maximizing post-event discoverability. Karen Miller will wrap up the presentation with a review of her experiences producing ASIS&T webinars for SIG ED. Building on Diane Rasmussen Pennington’s 2012 Webinar on Webinars, Karen will review the procedures for scheduling ASIS&T webinars. Drawn from her experiences during the production of seven ASIS&T webinars, Karen’s practical examples can “demystify” the process for organizations newly interested in producing webinars." You can register at
Photo by Sheila Webber: that is not a fig sitting in the fig tree.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

MOOCs, Information Literacy and the role of the librarian (slides)

On Monday I gave a talk on MOOCs, Information Literacy and the role of the librarian at Edinburgh university on. The abstract for this was "Sheila Webber will start by briefly outlining some general characteristics of MOOCs and her own experience with them. She will go on to identify types of MOOC and the implications for MOOC pedagogy. As part of this discussion she will note some findings from an investigation into the value of learning analytics for MOOC educators (undertaken by Naomi Colhoun at Sheffield University in summer 2014). In the final part of her presentation she will reflect on the various roles that have been, or could be, adopted by librarians."

I am repeating this talk tonight in the virtual world, Second Life.
When: 14 January 2015, at noon SL time (which is 8pm UK time, see for times elsewhere)
Where: Infolit iSchool, in the virtual world, Second Life
You need a SL avatar and the SL browser installed on your computer.
The session will start with a presentation from Sheila Webber (Sheila Yoshikawa in SL) Information School, University of Sheffield MOOCs, information literacy and the role of the librarian
This will be followed by a discussion of the paper:
Eisengraber-Papst, D. et al (2014) The academic library: a hidden stakeholder in the age of MOOCs. Paper presented at the IFLA World Library and Information Conference, 16-22 August 2014, Lyon.

The presentation will be in voice and the discussion in text chat.

A Sheffield iSchool Centre for Information Literacy Research event.