Monday, February 29, 2016

Webinar: Teaching at the intersections: Aligning scholarly communication and information literacy in the one-shot library instruction session

ACRL is offering a webinar on 7 April 2016 at 2-3pm US Eastern time (which is 7-8pm UK time): Teaching at the intersections: Aligning scholarly communication and information literacy in the one-shot library instruction session. "If we expect undergraduate students to interact with the products of scholarly communication throughout their college career and beyond, we are obligated to teach them about the processes, circumstances, and influences at play in their production. However, it can be difficult to dive into into the world of scholarly communication in a one-shot instruction session with limited time and many learning goals. With the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education and the Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy white paper as its foundations, this webcast will provide participants with ideas and skills to develop pedagogical strategies that engage undergraduate students on a range of scholarly communication issues within a one-shot instruction session." This is a priced webinar (e.g. ACRL member: US $50; Nonmember: $90) - go to for full details.
Photo by Sheila Webber: rhododendron, Botanic gardens, February 2016

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Digital dE-BiAsing Techniques for an Engaged Society

The deadline for proposals (for pecha kucha) for the Social media and information literacy conference, Digital dE-BiAsing Techniques for an Engaged Society (Debates), has been extended to March 11 2016. The conference takes place 18 May 2016 at Northumbria University, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK. The cost is £50 to Information Literacy Group members (£75 otherwise). "The event will be of interest to academics, experts, information practitioners and emerging early career researchers in the fields of information science, communication, psychology, social media, education, media studies, social policy and creative arts. The overall topic for the Debates conference is the issue of negative behaviours in online social media such as cyberbullying, extremism, radicalisation, racism and belief in conspiracy theories and how these can be analysed and addressed by the research community." Keynote speakers are: Professor Annemaree Lloyd; Professor Stephan Lewandowsky; Professor Heidi Julien; Carl Miller. More information about the structure of the conference at:
Photo by Sheila Webber: early spring, Blackheath standard,February 2016

Friday, February 26, 2016

Latest articles in Reference Services Review: flipping; reflective assessment; citation apps

The articles in the latest issue of Reference Services Review (Volume 44 Issue 1, priced publication) include:
- A massively flipped class: Designing and implementing active learning information literacy instruction for a large enrollment course: Julia E. Rodriguez
- Reflective assessment: opportunities and challenges: Anne Jumonville Graf , Benjamin R. Harris
- Citation apps for mobile devices: Mary K. Van Ullen , Jane Kessler
- Reference Services Review: content analysis, 2012-2014: Katherine W. Clark
Go to
Photo by Sheila Webber: camellia, Botanic Gardens, February 2016

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Teachmeet in Eastleigh, April 7 2016

The ARLG Southern TeachMeet takes place on April 7, 2016 from 1:30pm to 4:00pm at Barton Peveril Sixth Form College, Eastleigh, UK. It is sponsored by RefMe. "This year the theme will be Research Skills and Referencing so if you have an innovative way of delivering these classes or have a discussion point you would like to open up to attendees then please sign up to present in one of our 5 minute slots. If you just want to soak up the ideas and contribute to discussions then you are also heartily welcome." You can register (free) as presenter or attendee at
Photo by Sheila Webber: Spring at the Standard, February 2016

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

IHA International #HealthLiteracy Award

The IHA (Institute for Healthcare Advancement) has announced its first-ever IHA International Health Literacy Award, specifically for those outside the United States. "This award recognizes efforts that empower people to better health through improved health literacy. Award may be for any work to improve health literacy, including programs, research, published material, websites, or more." "The awards will be presented at the Thursday Awards Luncheon on May 5, 2016, at the IHA conference, “Creating a Vision for Health Literacy’s Future,” at the Anaheim Marriott in Anaheim, California. Individuals or groups are eligible for the award. Groups will be considered as one entry. The winner will receive a $500 check, an award plaque, complimentary conference tuition, 2 nights’ hotel accommodations, and round-trip coach airfare."
All entries must be submitted by 5 p.m. US Pacific time on March 14, 2016. More info and nomination form at
Photo by Sheila webber: hyacinths, Blackheath farmers market, February 2016

Monday, February 22, 2016

ACRL Instruction Section newsletter seeks articles

The ACRL Instruction Section newsletter editors, Angelica Delgado and Jill Hallam-Miller, seek items for the newsletter: They consider: "Short articles of 250-500 words on any aspect of instruction or information literacy; Annotated bibliography or recommended reading list of 250-500 words on any instruction or info lit issue; 140 character length (tweet length) reflections, suggestions, best practices, worst practices on all things instruction or info lit" Send contributions to by March 17, 2016.
Photo by Sheila Webber: weathered poppy wreath, February 2016

Friday, February 19, 2016

Webinar: The library and information professional as practitioner-researcher?: A panel discussion

The Library and Information Science Research Australia (LISRA) project launches with The library and information professional as practitioner-researcher?: A panel discussion on 10 March 2016 at 12 noon (to 1.30pm) Queensland, Australia time (which is 10pm UK time) "A panel of leading library and information professionals will critically consider the many opportunities and challenges in embracing practitioner-researcher as an approach to our professional practice." Facilitator is Dr Gillian Hallam, Queensland University of Technology; Panel members are Jo Kaeding, University of South Australia & Adelaide Hills Council; John Shipp, Australian Library and Information Association, Holger Aman, Law Courts Australia; Professor Lisa Given, Charles Sturt University; Dr Alex Byrne, State Library of New South Wales. "All library and information professionals and researchers are invited to submit questions or scenarios for the panel to discuss. Submission can be submitted via email ( or twitter (#lisraproject)". It takes place online via Zoom "click on the following link and follow the prompts to install Zoom and participate " More information at
Practitioner researchers in Neko Atsume

Proposal for ACRL Contemplative Pedagogy group

If you are an ALA (American Library Association) member, you can support a petition to form a Contemplative pedagogy ACRL interest group "Contemplative practices such as meditation, journaling or reflective silence have been shown to reduce stress, improve retention of learning, enhance memory, and provide a fertile environment for creativity. Modeling these practices as librarians provides the framework for the contemplative pedagogy approach. We’ve proposed starting an ACRL Interest Group to explore the concept of contemplative pedagogy in librarianship via discussion and programs at ACRL meetings and events." The petition is at
Photo by Sheila Webber: Firth Court reflected, 2015

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Call for chapter proposals: Disciplinary Applications of Information Literacy Threshold Concepts

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has a call for chapter proposals for a book: Disciplinary Applications of Information Literacy Threshold Concepts. The proposal submission deadline is March 29, 2016. "Chapters will describe contributors’ experiences with negotiating information literacy threshold concepts and provide suggestions for addressing a threshold concept within a specific discipline. It is not a requirement that authors have extensive experience with threshold concepts, but authors must be willing to engage in meaningful reflection about how an information literacy threshold concept can impact their work as librarians." "This book is designed for academic librarians who want to increase their understanding of threshold concepts and acquire practical suggestions about how information literacy threshold concepts can be introduced, negotiated, and assessed in the context of various disciplines. The style will be academic, but with an approachable, readable tone. Each chapter should be able to be read individually for librarians interested in a particular discipline. Final chapters will be 4,000-5,000 words in length." proosals should be submitted by April 12 2016. There is more information here
Photo by Sheila webber: early blossom, February 2016

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

cfp: 5th Annual Indiana University Libraries Information Literacy Colloquium #IULILC2016

There is a call for proposals for the 5th Annual Indiana University Libraries Information Literacy Colloquium, taking place on August 5, 2016 in New Albany, USA. The theme is: Critical Information Literacy: Empowering Learners for Social Change. They are seeking "proposals for 45-minute interactive breakout session presentations that investigate, examine, or describe how critical pedagogy can be enacted in the library instruction setting." Proposals must be submitted by 9 May 2016. There is more information at
Photo by Sheila webber: Sheffield University campus, February 2016

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

cfp: European Conference on Information Literacy (deadline extended)

The deadline for submitting proposals for the European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL), which takes place in Prague, Czech Republic, 10-13 October 2016, has been extended to March 1st 2016. Go to for further information on types of submission and to submit proposals.

Teachmeet in Canterbury 1 April 2016

CILIPinKent are holding a Teachmeet at the University for the Creative Arts at Canterbury, UK, on 1 April 2016 from 13:30 to 16:00. "The TeachMeet is for librarians, information professionals and staff working in libraries from other professions (e.g. Careers Advisors, Learning Development Tutors, etc). We are also keen to hear from individuals who would like to work in this area. The event will be a chance to get together and share ideas, best practice as well as discuss anything that hasn’t worked so well. Presentations can be for 5 or 20 minutes followed by questions. A projector and flipboard are available. If you are interested in presenting at the event, please email by 11 March 2016." To register to attend go to
Photo by Sheila Webber: anemones, Farmers market, February 2016.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Nordic Journal of Information Literacy in Higher Education: librarians' role; skills; behaviourist vs constructivist; play

The most recent issue of the open-access Nordic Journal of Information Literacy in Higher Education (Vol 7, No 1, 2015) includes:
- Information literacy is not a one-man show by Mette Bønløkke, Else Kobow, Anne-Kirstine Østergaard Kristensen
- Informationskompetence som medlæring. Konstruktivistiske og handlingsorienterede læringsforståelser mellem uddannelseslæring og informationssøgning [in Danish] by Volkmar Engerer, Jens Kristian Dahlgaard Gudiksen
- The Role of Information Literacy in Higher Education: An Initiative at Al Akhawayn University in Morocco by Aziz El Hassani
- Bibliotekariernas roll i skolan [in Swedish] by Peter Kåhre
- An Information Literacy Course for Doctoral Students: Information Resources and Tools for Research by Ann-Louise Paasio, Kristiina Hintikka
- Information and Communication Technology Literacy Skills and Class Instruction: a Comprehensive Perception Survey of University of Benin First Year Students by Luke O. Obasuyi
- Playful Information Literacy: Play and information Literacy in Higher Education by Andrew Walsh
The issue is at
Photo by Sheila Webber: paper cutting at the Chinese new year event in the iSchool last week (I made the square paper cut)

Friday, February 12, 2016

Journal of Academic Librarianship latest: virtual librarian; students as co-designers; IDEA model; social media evaluation

- Leeder, C. and Shah, C. (2016). Measuring the Effect of Virtual Librarian Intervention on Student Online Search. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 2(1), 2-7
- Santos, I., Ali, N. and Hill, A. (2016). Students as Co-designers of a Virtual Learning Commons: Results of a Collaborative Action Research Study. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 2(1), 8-14
- Nel, M., and Fourie, I. (2016). Information Behavior and Expectations of Veterinary Researchers and Their Requirements for Academic Library Services. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 2(1), 44-54
- Mullins, K. (2016). IDEA Model from Theory to Practice: Integrating Information Literacy in Academic Courses. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 2(1), 55-64
- Kim, K-S. and Sin, S. (2016) Use and Evaluation of Information From Social Media in the Academic Context: Analysis of Gap Between Students and Librarians. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 2(1), 74-82
JAL is a priced publication. The contents page is at
Photo by Sheila Webber: anemones, February 2016

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Recent stuff: social work students; data literacy; students' evaluation of digital information; designing information experiences

Bingham, T., Wirjapranata, J. and Chinnery, S. (2016). Merging information literacy and evidence based practice for social work students. New Library World, 117(3/4). [priced publication]

Hagen-McIntosh, J. (Ed.) (2016) Information and Data Literacy: The Role of the Library. Apple Academic Press. ISBN-13: 978-1771882927. [A book with chapters by different authors, covering a range of sectors and issues] Information at

Johnson, F., Sbaffi, L. and Rowley, J. (2015). Students' approaches to the evaluation of digital information: Insights from their trust judgments. British Journal of Educational Technology. (early publication) doi: 10.1111/bjet.12306 [priced publication]

Maybee, C., Bruce, C., Lupton, M. and Rebmann, K. (2016) Designing rich information experiences to shape learning outcomes. Studies in Higher Education. (In Press). Open access preprint at
Photo by Sheila Webber: Blackheath Farmers Market, February 2016

Publishing as Pedagogy

An interesting article in Educause review about how students can learn through publishing their own work, and how libraries can support this. I would see this as very much connected to developing information literacy
Alexander, L. (2016, January 11). Publishing as Pedagogy: Connecting Library Services and Technology. Educause review.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Safer internet day #SID2016

Today is Safer Internet Day, and there are events in many parts of the world. "From cyberbullying to social networking, each year Safer Internet Day aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues and chooses a topic reflecting current concerns. For SID 2016, the focus of the day is "Play your part for a better internet", reflecting the fact that we all have a role to play."
Developing people's information literacy will enable them to make more informed, skillful and ethical use of the internet, so that's where I'd see my role!
There is a central Safer Internet Day website at which has information on key events and initiatives and links to national sites. The UK site is and the US site is at and their main event is at Universal Studios (starting at 1pm US Eastern time, 6pm UK time), with a webcast at
Logo downloaded from

Monday, February 08, 2016

Research agenda conversations

The ACRL Instruction Section’s Research and Scholarship committee has started up a new blog, Research Agenda Conversations. "The blog presents interviews with academic librarians and addresses the four topics covered in the ACRL Research Agenda for Library Instruction and Information Literacy: learners, teaching, organizational context and assessment. In addition, the interviewees share insights about their own areas of research. Through this blog, the committee hopes to promote the Research Agenda as a vital and dynamic guide to information literacy research, teaching, learning, strategy and practice."
The first people to contribute are Wendy Holliday and Anne-Marie Deitering. It says it will be published "annually", but hopefully it will be more frequent than that! Go to
Photo by Sheila webber: Early blossom, Blackheath, February 2016

Saturday, February 06, 2016

UK's National Library Day #librariesday

Today is National Libraries Day in the UK. Follow it at #librariesday and look at the website for events and resources - and visit a library!

Thursday, February 04, 2016

#ACRLSTS IL chat: Identifying Opportunities to Teach (More) Information Literacy Skills

The ACRL STS (science and technology) Information Literacy online Chat is on February 16, 3-4pm US EST (that's 8-9pm UK time). "This month, Bonnie L. Fong (Physical Sciences Librarian & Head, Emerging Technology @ Rutgers University-Newark) will lead our discussion, Identifying Opportunities to Teach (More) Information Literacy Skills" "As an academic librarian, do you feel you're teaching your students all the information literacy (IL) skills they need to succeed? Or do you think there's a gap in student knowledge you'd like to fill? This month's chat will focus on identifying opportunities to teach (more) IL skills. The discussion leader will begin by sharing her experience working with a chemistry professor to redesign a seminar course to incorporate a lot more IL. This will be followed by a conversation among attendees about their attempts to increasing their teaching of IL - a bit like crowdsourcing for additional successful methods."
There is a recommended article:
Fong, B. L. (2016). Assessing Graduate and Undergraduate Student Needs to Redesign a Chemistry Seminar Course. Science & Technology Libraries. (advance publication)
The chat is in WebEx so you need a USB headset and internet connection. There is a webex demo at and system requirements at
STS Monthly chats are archived at
Photo by Sheila webber: Japanese first tree, Guelph, Canada, May 2005

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Staffordshire University Library #Teachmeet

There is a Teachmeet (where people give short presentations) at Staffordshire University Library, Stoke-on-Trent, UK, on 9 March 2016 10.30-14.30. The title is Little things mean a lot: adding value to the user experience and it is sponsored by the CILIP Information Literacy Group. "The aim is to share tips, techniques and strategies that librarians can easily integrate into their own practice. It will be great to see examples of being responsive, agile and flexible, even if resources are contracting, be they people, space, time or equipment. We also encourage examples of small or inexpensive innovations that have made a positive impact on the user experience. Anyone can share great ideas they've used in their library [10 mins maximum], ask important questions or simply sign up to take part in learning conversations." To book go to
Photo by Sheila Webber: memories of the WILU conference, 2005 (still prompted by a the announcement of the 2016 WILU registration, a few posts back)

cfp Western Balkan Information Literacy Conference

There is a call for papers for the Western Balkan Information Literacy Conference, with the theme A Call to Action: Information Literacy in the Digital World, to be held 8-11 June 2016 at the Hotel Opal, Bihać, Bosnia & Herzegovina. The keynote speaker is Paul G. Zurkowski. Deadline for proposals is 15 May 2016. More info at
Photo by Sheila webber: serviceberry, Canada, May 2005

Tuesday, February 02, 2016


Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland, produced the SMIRK information skills package. This is no longer available on their website, and since the repository JORUM has closed down it's not there either. However, it will become available in their educational resources repository The mobile version, SMILE is still at
Photo by Sheila Webber: the arboretum, taken during WILU 2005

#WILU2016 registration open

Registration is open for WILU, Canada's main information literacy conference which takes place May 30-June 1 2016 in Vancouver, Canada. The theme is Intersections and keynote speakers are Emily Drabinski and E. Paul Zehr. As usual, the other sessions also look very interesting. Go to
Photo by Sheila webber: East white pine leaves, taken during WILU 2005