Friday, November 26, 2021

Recent articles: Workplace information literacy; Information Behaviour in the pandemic

Middleton, L. & Hall, H. (2021). Workplace information literacy: a bridge to the development of innovative work behaviour [IWB]. Journal of Documentation, 77(6), 1343-1363. "The purpose of the work reported in this paper was to investigate a further set of possible determinants of the development of IWB: those that are information-related." using mixed methods "A set of information-related determinants of the development of IWB is evidenced, adding to the list of determinants that are already well documented. Notably workplace information literacy (IL) appears to furnish a bridge between determinants of the development of IWB and workplace learning."

Zimmerman, M.S. (2021). Health information-seeking behavior in the time of COVID-19: information horizons methodology to decipher source path during a global pandemic. Journal of Documentation, 77(6), 1248-1264. The aim was "To determine the differences, as represented by information horizons mapping, in the health information-seeking behavior from a group of participants between March 2019 and April 2020 of the novel coronavirus pandemic." 149 participants drew information horizons maps & did a health literacy test, this was repeated before and after the start of the pandemic "There is a statistically significant difference in the increased number of sources and the ranked quality of the sources that people used during the pandemic. Participants were much more likely to use credible sources and news sources, especially if they were older, more educated and had higher literacy levels – both health and information. They also relied heavily on social media. The participant group in the pandemic had a much heavier reliance on sources that are often used in a passive encountering way but engaging with them in an active information-seeking manner. The health information-seeking behavior in this study did not adhere to other research that found issue with information overload, avoidance and cyberchondria in response to crisis situations." 

Ke, Q., Du, J.T. and Ji, L. (2021). Toward a conceptual framework of health crisis information needs: an analysis of COVID-19 questions in a Chinese social Q&A website. Journal of Documentation, 77(4), 851-870. "This study collected the COVID-19-related questions posted on a Chinese social Q&A website for a period of 90 days since the pandemic outbreak in China. A qualitative thematic approach was applied to analyze the 1,681 valid questions using an open coding process. ... A taxonomy of information need topics for a health crisis context that identifies 8 main categories and 33 subcategories was developed, from which four overarching themes were extracted. These include understanding, clarification and preparation; affection expression of worries and confidence; coping with a challenging situation and resuming normal life; and social roles in the pandemic."
Photo by Sheila Webber: branchlet of autumn leaves, November 2021

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Online event: Nailed It! Stories of Failure, Setbacks, and Where We Go From There

Free online event: Nailed It! Stories of Failure, Setbacks, and Where We Go From There on 3 December 2021 at 9.00-13.00 US Pacific time (which is, e.g., 17.00-21.00 UK time). It is organised by CARLDIG-S (California Academic Reference Librarians Discussion Interest Group-South).
"This program will offer an opportunity for library professionals to share their encounters with frustration or failure in areas of reference and the lessons they learned. Can you think of a time that, despite your best intentions, things just didn't go according to plan? This is the program for you! While we don't often discuss failure in our lives, it is important to normalize these conversations and embrace failure in our places of work. Failures mean we are experimenting, innovating, and creating new opportunities for growth. Through sharing our own stories, we can inspire others as they work through their own workplace challenges. So let's talk about failure!"
The "Tentative" programme includes lightning talks Instructional Fail: How an Active Learning Activity Led To a Title IX Discussion and What’s the Answer? Lessons Learned from Assessing Tutorial Questions, and breakout topics include IL instruction.
Go here for more information and registration:
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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

ACRL Framework companion document: Research Competencies in Writing and Literature

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has just published a Companion Document to the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education: Research Competencies in Writing and Literature. This elaborates the framework in relation to this subject area. It aims to provide librarians with
"1) concepts for improving information literacy for novice and expert learners of writing and literature,
"2) tools to help create learning objectives for information literacy instruction in these same areas, and
"3) ways to align their teaching practices with the ACRL Framework."
The pdf is at
You can also find this document in the Standards, Guidelines, and Frameworks section of the ACRL website
Photo by Sheila Webber: Agapanthus heads, November 2021

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Online course: Discovering Google’s databases: meet the hidden family

A UKeiG Zoom Course is Discovering Google’s databases – meet the hidden family, presented by information expert Karen Blakeman. It runs 10.00-13.00 UK time. "This online course looks at Google’s collection of databases, their features, and when and how to use them effectively." The cost, including presentation slides and documentation, is UKeiG/CILIP members £50 + VAT, non-members £80 + VAT 

It is running on 25 November 2021: details here
and 7 December 2021 details here

Photo by Sheila Webber: autumn branchlet, November 2021

Monday, November 22, 2021

Call for contributions: Critical Information Literacy

There is a call for contributions for a Special Issue of the open-acces Journal of Information Literacy on Critical Information Literacy. The issue will be published June 2023 and the deadline for contributions is 9 January 2023. It special issue is edited by Lauren Smith and Alison Hicks.
Contributions "are welcomed in a wide range of formats. We will consider traditional manuscripts focusing on theory or research but are also keen to receive practice-based contributions and those taking unconventional forms. These could include zines, photo- or video-essays, research agendas, collaborative discussions, or audio recordings" As well as contributions, they are seeking mentors to support authors through the process.
They say that the aim "is twofold: to expand on the rich knowledge sharing occurring in critical information literacy practice; and to highlight explorations of this work from a research perspective. What is the nature of the ways the body of theoretical and research literature on critical information literacy is (and is not) reflected in practice? How are social changes influencing discourse in librarianship, and in turn, the boundaries between theory, research and practice related to critical information literacy?"
For more information go to

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Sunday, November 21, 2021

Online short courses: Critical Information Literacy; Online Instructional Delivery

Forthcoming Library Juice Academy short online courses include:
- Online Instructional Delivery. December 6 2021 - January 2 2022 Cost US $200. Leader Mimi O'Malley. "This four-week course walks participants through the instructional delivery and facilitation of an online course. The course pays attention to instructor social presence and feedback. This course delves into online instructor strategies for pacing online students on task and remedying student misbehavior in the online classroom." Go to
- Critical Information Literacy. Cost US $300. January 3 - February 13 2022. Leaders: Dawn Stahura, Des Alaniz. "Over the six weeks of this course, we will examine core concepts of critical information literacy and critical pedagogy by discussing descriptive biases and controlled vocabulary, knowledge creation and scholarly communications, critical source evaluation and expertise, and using zines, archives, and cultural objects in instruction to highlight multiplicities of knowledge organization." Go to

Photo by Sheila Webber: remembering summer roses, June 2021

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Recent articles: peer observation of teaching; issues of streaming

Catching up on issues of the open access College & Research Libraries News: today volume 82 number 8 (September 2021) which includes:
- Teaching Squares: Improving instruction through observation and self-reflection by Maoria J. Kirker, Mary K. Oberlies, Carolina Hernandez, Sara DeWaay ("Ideally, a square is composed of four instructors from multiple disciplines across the university. Throughout a semester, the square members set goals, observe a class session of each member, reflect on their observations, and meet to share their reflections.")
- Streaming access in a fractured world: Designing LibGuides with student users in mind by Sarah Gilchrist, Debbie Li, Erin Toepfner (looks at issues of streaming media online)
Go to:
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Friday, November 19, 2021

Understanding Well-being Data @Suoman

An interesting new set of resources based on work by my Information School colleague Dr Susan Oman is Understanding Well-being Data. This online exhibition explores with a critical perspective the questions "What is well-being? How is it understood by different people in different times and places? What is the role of data in understanding well-being, and how can better understanding of well-being data improve shared understanding of societal problems, and make for a more understanding society?"
Go to There are some short animations (I've embedded the first below) and they are based on her new book:
Oman. S. (2021). Understanding Well-being Data:Improving Social and Cultural Policy, Practice and Research. Springer. ISBN-13: 9783030729394

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Webinar: Accessibility Helps You Share More, Share Better

The IFLA Audiovisual and Multimedia Section (AVMS) have organised a 1 hour free webinar Accessibility Helps You Share More, Share Better on 23 November 2021 at 11:30-12:30 (US EST - so, e.g., that is 16.30-17.30 UK time). "We want to share our content with as many people as possible and this means making it accessible. There are many ways to look at accessible content. Some of these are obvious and some are less obvious. Librarian Jessamyn West will look at “born digital” content and share resources and tips to help content producers and sharers reach the widest audience they can."
Registration is required: go to
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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe #EPALE

EPALE is the Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe project, a "multilingual, open membership community of adult learning professionals, including adult educators and trainers, guidance and support staff, researchers and academics, and policymakers." There is a good deal of material on the website, including reports & guides, OERs and MOOCs at

As examples: a recent report published a few weeks ago is Essential needs of educators to support seniors and earlier this month they posted links to various outcomes from a project on How to design, implement and promote change-oriented adult education in the fields of democracy and digitalisation
An upcoming webinar is on 24 November 2021 at 10am CET (which is, e.g., 9am UK time) on Artificial Intelligence and Adult Education, which will be streamed here

Photo by Sheila Webber: scattered autumn leaves, November 2021

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Call for papers: @ISIC2022

There is a call for papers for the 2022 Information Seeking in Context (ISIC) conference which takes place 26-29 September 2022 in Berlin, Germany. "The bi-annual ISIC-conference is the academic home of the Information Behavior research community and focuses on contextualized information activities, expressed in different framings such as ‘information behavior’, ‘information practice’, ‘information seeking’, ‘information experience’ and others." You can submit full or short papers (the complete paper, rather than an abstract), posters, panel discussions or workshops, and there is a doctoral workshop. Deadline for everything except the doctoral workshop is 31 January 2022, deadline for the doctoral workshop is 7 February 2022. More information at

Monday, November 15, 2021

Racism as a Form of Persistent Malinformation @Projectinfolit

The most recent essay in the Project Information Literacy Provocations series is: Tell Me Sweet Little Lies: Racism as a Form of Persistent Malinformation by Nicole Cooke. "Racist/racialized malinformation is the phenomenon of how we are conditioned, socialized, and repeatedly bombarded with racist and negative images and stereotypes. These stereotypes are repeated and normalized until they become malinformation. But how can these deleterious and destructive forces be eliminated? They need to be addressed and battled just as other societal ailments are, and critical cultural literacy can aid in this fight." Cooke explains what she means by critical cultural literacy and its relationship with other literacies, and outlines the persistence of racism as a form of malinformation (malinformation being false information which aims to do harm). Go to
Photo by Sheila Webber: autumn leaves, November 2021

Sunday, November 14, 2021

How to Teach Critical Thinking

The Reboot Foundation has produced a guide for teachers on How to Teach Critical Thinking. The Reboot Foundation is "devoted to elevating critical thinking." "Based in Paris, the foundation is entirely supported by the generosity of Bruno and Helen Lee Bouygues" so obviously it will reflect their perspectives on critical thinking. However, from a quick scan of the pdf guide (which isn't very long) it looks as though it could provide some useful ideas and activities.
Photo by Sheila Webber: casting a long shadow, November 2021