Tuesday, February 28, 2006
- learnt about some of the information habits of people at work, as discovered by research and practical examples
- examined their own information habits and roles as working people
- identified some ways in which they can develop the information literacy of their clients/users for those clients’/users’ current or future role as workers
Cost is 2 500 kr or 3 500 kr. More details for those who speak Swedish (though NB my bit of the seminar certainly won't be in Swedish) at http://www.tls.se/kurser/
Photo by S. Webber: Dusk over Stockholm, March 2005.
Monday, February 27, 2006
I'll also take the opportunity to mention a page I've referenced before: the Assessment ideas page on the Central Queensland University, Australia, website http://www.library.cqu.edu.au/services/
Photo by S. Webber: Bicyclist in the Englisher Garten, Munich, Germany, Feb. 2006.
Saturday, February 25, 2006
The perspective is a critical, international one. There is also commentary on participating the the World Summit in November 2005. http://www.panos.org.uk/iwitness
Photo by S. Webber: Munich airport, February 2006.
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Photo by S. Webber: Squirrel in Greenwich Park, Feb. 2006.
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Photo by S. Webber: Rydges Capricorn Resort, June 2004. Nice, eh?
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
This DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, German Research Foundation) funded project on information literacy took up its work in January. It is aimed at the training and instruction of teaching personnel and advanced students (graduates). The project goals are to explore und invent new possibilities of training specific target groups and to evaluate existing initiatives. These existing projects will be checked for possible modification, adaptation and costumisation for the German and (more generally) european university libraries. They wish to establish international links. More information at http://www.ub.uni-konstanz.de/ik/ (small amount of information in English, most - including some materials e.g. outline of a class - in German only) or email email@example.com
Photo by S. Webber: Tree in Weston Park, Autumn 2005.
Saturday, February 18, 2006
Photo by S. Webber: Autumn leaves 2005.
Friday, February 17, 2006
Photo by S. Webber: Greenwich Park, Feb 2006.
Thursday, February 16, 2006
"Workshop om pedagogiska metoder i biblioteket. ... Styrgruppen för Svensk Biblioteksförenings specialgruppen för bibliotekspedagogik vill för deltagarna levandegöra några av de pedagogiska metoder, som presenteras i skriften "Tänk om…! pedagogiska metoder i biblioteket." Vi kommer att belysa sex olika metoder mot bakgrund av konceptet informationskompetens." http://www.biblioteksforeningen.org/konferens/
Photo by S. Webber: Mariestad, near Skövde, April 2005.
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
One Entry to Research - critical assessment of Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar. http://oneentry.wordpress.com
Photo by S. Webber: Camellia, Greenwich Park, Feb. 2006.
Monday, February 13, 2006
Another item was a report from Gill Needham, at the Open University, who had been invited along to talk about the Evidence Based Librarianship conference that she had attended in Brisbane, Australia, late last year. The conference website has already been a link in the blog, but here it is again as there are a number of interesting papers: http://conferences.alia.org.au/ebl2005/conferencepapers.html In terms of evidence based librarianship, this is an area that we will be contributing to via the SCONUL/HEA research review (http://infolit-review.blogspot.com/) not least because the evidence based librarianship movement has tended to put most emphasis on experimental forms of research, and a good deal of good research in our discipline is qualitative research. Therefore there is lots of scope for helping people identify “good” from ... “less good” qualitative research (as opposed to dismissing it all because it’s not got statistics in it!)Photo by S. Webber: Dusk, Oxford Street, London (the lanterns are part of the Chinese New Year celebrations), Feb 2006.
Kolata, G. (2006) "Pity the Scientist Who Discovers the Discovered." New York times, February 5th. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/05/
weekinreview/05kolata.html?_r=1&oref=slogin (you need to register to see the full text) "Stephen Stigler, a statistician at the University of Chicago who has written about the phenomenon. Not only does it occur in every scientific field, he said, the 'very fact of multiple discoveries has been discovered many times.'"
Photo by S. Webber: Greenwich Park, Feb. 2006.
Sunday, February 12, 2006
Last week was actually a busy one for my information literacy, as I was taking the first class for my new module, Information Literacy Research, and also attending a meeting of the SCONUL Working Group on Information Literacy, in London. I’ll deal with them in future entries, but for this entry I’ll mention one of the participants (rather than students) for the class, Pam Bing (pictured right). Pam did an MSc Information Management in our Department, then went to work in the Learning Resources Centre at Sheffield Hallam University. In particular she was involved in information literacy activities such as tailoring of infolit modules in WebCT for individual programmes at Sheffield Hallam (which is the other university in Sheffield.
Pam now works as the information literacy expert in the team at CILASS (Centre for Inquiry-based Learning in the Arts and Social Sciences http://www.shef.ac.uk/cilass/). She coordinates activities to do with an “Information Literacy Network” we are developing with the library and this Department, and is involved in CILASS projects with other arts & social science departments. In my Department, Information Studies, she is doing work on an “Information Literacy audit”, a CILASS project which I’m leading. This will involve interviewing staff about the extent to which information literacy is covered (taught and assessed) in all the individual modules in this Department.
Pam came along to the Information Literacy Research class partly out of interest, but also because the coursework for this class is 75% working on a project in small groups. Two of these potential mini projects are related to this CILASS project, and she was able to explain the context, and she’s also a contact for these mini-projects. In due course, I’ll let you know how the CILASS project gets on.
Friday, February 10, 2006
Photo by S. Webber: Snowdrop, Sheffield, Feb. 2006.
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
There is a call for papers. Key topics are: Usefulness of evaluations; Shared responsibilities when evaluating; Librarians as instructors; Main theories on educational evaluation; Context that determines forms of evaluation; Evaluation methods and techniques; Most commonly used tools; Evaluation and the support of standards; Evaluation within different pedagogical models; Best moments for evaluation; Technology support.
Further information on the program from: Berenice Mears firstname.lastname@example.org; Jesus Cortes email@example.com; Jesus Lau firstname.lastname@example.org . Registration information from: Jose Maria Palacios email@example.com Web site (in Spanish currently): http://www.uacj.mx/dhi
Photo by S. Webber: Deer in Nara park, Japan, July 2005.
Monday, February 06, 2006
The second issue at http://www.google.com/newsletter/librarian/ librarian_2006_01/newsletter.html starts with "It's only been a month since we sent the first issue, and already hundreds of you have written to tell us what you think" ;-) There is a short item following up on issue one to explain on what Google means by "most trusted" sites, plus an article Beyond Algorithms: A Librarian's Guide to Finding Web Sites You Can Trust by Karen Schneider (Director, Librarians' Internet Index) which is fine, but pretty much the usual stuff. The Google people also apologise in this issue for calling their first issue an "edition" and rather annoyingly they also don't seem to have cottoned on to the concept of a journal homepage. However, on the other hand, I suppose this could be seen as rather endearing. Were it not that they shared our mission " to organise the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful" Hmmm.
This venture might explain why I got an email before Christmas.... it arrived while I was away, then I didn't open it for ages because I thought it was a routine Google Friends email ... it turned out to be an email from someone at Google (addressed to me and a clutch of other people, some of whom I know) inviting me to send my CV to Google. Perhaps I was at a low energy point, but once I'd worked out it was (I think) for real I just felt a bit perplexed ... but if they are trying to build up contacts with the library and information community I suppose it is less baffling. I imagine it's a bit late to email and say "Hi! I just realised that email you sent 2 months ago was the opportunity of a lifetime! Yo Google!" On the other hand, I might get a free Google T shirt out of it.
Anyway, to round off, there is also the Google blog aimed at librarian and non-librarian alike http://googleblog.blogspot.com/. When I just looked at it it had something about the Superbowl, and is therefore pretty incomprehensible to me. However I scrolled down and they had a transcript of their statement on their presence in China, which is rather more interesting.
Photo by S. Webber: Apple blossom, April 2004, with Photoshop watercolour effect.
Canadaian universities and colleges http://cybrary.uwinnipeg.ca/about/accessservices/il/cdn_credit.cfm
Friday, February 03, 2006
Hepworth, M. and Wema, E. (2006) "The design and implementation of an information literacy training course that integrated Information and Library Science conceptions of information literacy, educational theory and information behaviour research: a Tanzanian pilot study." Italics, 5 (1). http://www.ics.heacademy.ac.uk/italics/vol5-1/pdf/Hepworth&Evans_finalversion.pdf
Photo by S. Webber: Holly tree in Weston park, Feb 2006.
Lederer, N. (2005) Ideas for librarians who teach. Lanham: The Scarecrow Press.
at http://www.ics.heacademy.ac.uk/Books/Reviews/ Newreviews/Ideas%20for%20librarians.shtml
Thursday, February 02, 2006
This is quite a jolly little tutorial, and I might show it to my business information students. I think the shortness is a virtue, in that some tutorials seem to go on for ever. You need Flash and (ideally) sound,however, and the non-web resources are tailored to Baruch's business subscriptions. The company is willing to tailor the tutorial to other institution's needs. There is a press release about it at
Photo by S. Webber: another in the "blurred pictures of fauna" series: grey squirrel in Weston park, Feb. 2006
Macoustra, J. (2006) "Bar Orphans: Getting your questions answered at the FreePint Bar." FreePint, (199), 13-14. http://www.freepint.com/issues/020206.htm? PHPSESSID=46bf859714ff75fe8b4c7feb9b3ea1ed#feature
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Photo by S. Webber: Bird (think it's an immature blackbird), Photoshopped ("drybrush" effect) as it was a bit blurred, Feb 2006.
Amy Bruckman is an associate professor in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA. She has written a short, readable article about issues concerning students finding good, relevant information for assignments.
Thanks to Thomas Hapke for drawing my attention to this. He writes "Aus Sicht einer Lehrenden ist hier das Thema Informationskompetenz und die Problematik Bibliothek und Internet fuer mich treffend charakterisiert. Dieser Aufsatz trifft den Punkt, um was es beim
Thema Informationskompetenz auch ueber die Aktivitaeten von Bibliotheken hinaus primaer gehen muss: um das ernsthafte Reflektieren ueber Information und deren Zuverlaessigkeit und
Seriositaet im Rahmen des Studiums."