Friday, April 28, 2006
Until then, Sheila will continue to be a tireless blogger and keep you all sated with news and events on IL from around the world!
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Photo by Sheila Weebber: Magnolia blossom, Lewes, April 2006.
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Go to http://www.wesleyan.edu/libr/nelig/2006/ for more details.
Photo by Sheila Webber: Little ice floes, Stockholm harbour, April 2006.
Sunday, April 23, 2006
Harley, D. et al (2006) Use and Users of Digital Resources: A Focus on Undergraduate Education in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Center for Studies in Higher Education, UC Berkeley. http://cshe.berkeley.edu/research/
Photo by Sheila Webber: Old leaves and new buds, Greenwich Park, with Canary Wharf in background, April 2006.
Saturday, April 22, 2006
Markauskaite, L. (2006) "Towards an integrated analytical framework of information and communications technology literacy: from intended to implemented and achieved dimensions." Information research, 11 (3). http://informationr.net/ir/11-3/infres113.html
This email caused me to visit Chris' blog, one of the many that I don't visit regularly enough, and I liked this particular posting. Chris is commenting on an article about "the library as virtual destination" in which the author (amongst other things) is questioning whether information literacy education has a future ...
Armstrong, C. (2006) "Information literacy is dead? Long live Information Literacy " info NeoGnostic, 13 February. http://i-a-l.blogspot.com/2006/02/
Photo by Sheila Webber: Tulips on sale in Stockholm, April 2006.
Friday, April 21, 2006
Further information from: Linda Cousins, Library Secretary, The University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield HD1 3DH. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo by Sheila Webber: Shadows on the wall, Stockholm, April 2006.
Photo by S. Webber: Iceplant after rain, April 2006.
Thursday, April 20, 2006
The deadline for comments is soon (April 26th 2006) and I'm not sure that they want comments from outside the USA, but it's interesting to have a look at the document anyway. I haven't got time to look at it properly at the moment so I can't make a real judgement. As a rule, I'm a bit iffy about lists of proficiencies skills ... (on the one hand I can see how they can be useful for job descriptions etc., on the other they can make "all skills seem equal" and also make it seem like everything is about "proficiencies"). Anyway, judge for yourself at http://www.ala.org/ala/acrlbucket/is/
Photo by Sheila Webber: Daffodil, Hailsham, April 2006.
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
When I try to download the pdfs I get some errors - don't know if this is a general problem. The website is at http://www.librijournal.org/ Tip: the onsite search function is not that good. You might want to try going to Google and searching on your search term within the domain e.g. "information literacy" site:librijournal.org
(added shortly afterwards) Just noticed that an article in the current issue (vol 56 no 1, March 2006) looks interesting, since there aren't so many articles about IL in public libraries anywhere, though you need to be a subscriber to get access at the moment, obviously "The Information Literacy Education Readiness of Public Libraries in Mpumalanga Province (South Africa)" by Genevieve Hart.
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
"Connecting Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences Theories Through Learning Strategies: An Online Tutorial for Library Instruction." by May Ying Chau
"Wikis in the Workplace:How Wikis Can Help Manage Knowledge in Library Reference Services." by Angela Kille
LIBRES is at http://libres.curtin.edu.au/index.htm
Photo by Sheila Webber: Spring border in my mother's garden, April 2006.
The website is at: http://www.glos.ac.uk/adu/
clt/lathe/index.cfm and there is a call for papers for the next two issues: on e-learning and on inclusive curricula.
Photo by Sheila Webber: Wood anemones in Hailsham, April 2006.
Sunday, April 16, 2006
Times Higher Education Supplement. (2006) "Eating well and speaking volumes." (1738) Times Higher Education Supplement, 14 April, 39.
Looking for some of Moira's work, there is some tantilisingly brief information about the information literacy forum at Newcastle University at http://www.ncl.ac.uk/library/infolit.php but most of it is only available to people within Newcastle Uni (the aim of the Forum "is to facilitate information literacy across the University. We hope that it will provide a focus for IL activity and result in a community of practice of everyone with an interest in this area.") She is also speaking at the Staffordshire information literacy conference on 17th May where I'm another of the speakers. (see http://www.staffs.ac.uk/infolitconf/index.php)
Photo by S. Webber: Bee and cherry blossom, Blackheath, April 2006.
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
You'll see that we refer to a paper by Bonnie Cheuk that she prepared for the information literacy meeting in Prague 2003, namely:
Chuek, B. W. (2002) Information Literacy in the Workplace Context: Issues, Best Practices and Challenges. Washington: NCLIS. http://www.nclis.gov/libinter/infolitconf&meet/
This is our presentation from the seminar - obviously the content is copyright to me, Ola and any other authors mentioned: http://www.his.se/upload/Biblioteket/
Photo by S. Webber: Ola Pilerot.
Monday, April 10, 2006
This is a first report on a seminar which Ola Pilerot and I ran for the Svensk Förening för Infospecialister. Ola is Deputy Head Librarian at Skövde University Library, in
There were 15 delegates from a variety of workplaces: a number of university librarians, a couple of people from hospital libraries, an information consultant, also people from the government and corporate sector. The venue was the Finlandshuset, which had elegant decorations (you are likely to see more photos over the next week or so). Rooms were named after Finnish cultural figures and ours was the Lönnrot room, named for the person who put together the Kalevala (see photo above).
In the morning there were two parts: a presentation which Ola and I collaborated on, and an exercise for delegates. We began by talking about the concept of information literacy. I talked through the definition developed by me and Bill Johnston, highlighting, for example, that when we talk about “appropriate information behaviour” we mean that information literate people will be able to decide for themselves what kind of information behaviour is appropriate in different circumstances. So, for example, in some cases it is quite appropriate to do a very quick search using a convenient search engine, it doesn’t mean you always have to do the “best” kind of search.
One type of information behaviour that I talked about was "information encountering", which is something I learnt about for the first time when I read about Sanda Erdelez' research in the following article. Since then I have used it quite a few times for discussion with students, including using (with Dr Erdelez' permission) her questionnaire to help students diagnose their own information behaviour.
Erdelez, S. (1999) "Information encountering: it's more than just bumping into information." Bulletin of the ASIS, 25 (3).
Gupta, D. et al. (Eds) (2006) Marketing Library and Information Services: international perspectives. Munich: K.G. Saur. ISBN: 9-783598-117534. 419 pages. Hardbound
My chapter is "Education and training for marketing information services in the UK."
Photo by Sheila Webber: Cherry blossom, Sheffield, April 2006.
Friday, April 07, 2006
There is also an article in English about information literacy and nursing student, written jointly by a librarian and a lecturer. The articles are:
Pilerot, O. (2006) "Informationskompetens i arbetslivet." Infotrend, 61 (1), 15-21.
Bagge, P. and Wierup, L. (2006) "Librarian and teacher in collaboration to improve nursing studies." Infotrend, 61 (1), 22-28.
There is information about Infotrend at http://www.tls.se/publikationer/td.lasso but I'm afraid the full text is only available to subscribers.
Photo by Sheila Webber: Cherry blossom buds, Sheffield, April 2006.
Thursday, April 06, 2006
It is organised by Northumbria learning (http://www.northumbrialearning.co.uk) who specialise in the anti-plagiarism area and have a newsletter on their website "designed to keep you up to date with the issues and activities surrounding the subject of plagiarism prevention and detection, and IT use in the education sector"
No photos today as I am posting this in a hotel foyer in Stockholm - tomorrow I'm giving a seminar on "Workplace infromation literacy" with Ola Pilerot. Hope to report on this tomorrow!
Monday, April 03, 2006
The interesting twist was that each pair of students was allocated a way of presenting, focusing on one of the multiple intelligences described in the CHAMPS software (http://www.learntolearn.org/index_uk.htm) I will say here that it seems to me that CHAMPS is built on Howard Gardiner's idea of multiple intelligences, but it is produced by a different company and talks about them as learning styles. Someone said at the end of the talk that there was a free cut down version of CHAMPS on the Birmingham Grid for Learning site (http://www.bgfl.org/bgfl/) but I've not been able to find it in a quick search (if someone finds it, please let me know!)
The end result were what sounded like interesting presentations from the students: for example the students looking at "gambling" had to present using musical intelligence, and they did a rap on gambling. The students researching domestic violence were told to develop their "intrapersonal" intelligence, and they asked the audience to imagine what it must feel like to experience domestic violence. Altogether, it sounded like it was giving the students an opportunity to develop and use talents and "intelligences" that they might not normally have used in a "safe" traditional presentation.
It is always interesting to compare this sort of exercise against things you do yourself. This exercise had things in common with an exercise I do with 1st years (an exercise with a topical real-world problem, lasting over a few weeks, and involving an element of peer critique). The Malvern Girls School exercise had the "learning styles/intelligences" angle (and I'll be thinking how I can use that somewhere in my teaching!) and mine has the element of reflecting on the information-literacy part (a core element of the presentation they have to do for me). Rebecca was saying she wants to introduce a reflective element. An issue is of course that if you try to cram too much into one exercise it becomes ..too much. So I'll think about whether I can really introduce another element into this particular exercise for my 1st years (they already have to present mindmaps in it, so perhaps something on the visual intelligence, hmmm....)
It is running November 30 - December 2, 2006 and May 3-6, 2007
More info at http://www.ala.org/ala/acrl/acrlissues/acrlinfolit/
Photo by Sheila Webber: Crocuses in my front yard, March 2006.