Saturday, April 20, 2019

Webinar recording: engineering students; assessment & learning analystics; badges #infolit

Recordings of ACRL webinars are often available free online after being held. Recent ones include:
- ACRL STS Chat Reframing Information Literacy for First Year Engineering Students (Recording of chat held March 21st 2019)
- Critical Assessment Practices: A Discussion on When and How to Use Student Learning Data Without Doing Harm (webinar held on March 13, 2019)
- Comprehensive Learner Record: ACRL Digital Badges Interest Group: Spring 2019 Virtual Meeting (held 3 April 2019)
Photo by Sheila Webber: Cherry blossom, Sheffield, April 2019

Friday, April 19, 2019

Mindsets #infolit

An initiative from Robert Gordon University is Mindsets: Information, Digital & Media Literacy. There is an online community, via OneHE, which anyone can join: go to and also regular webinars are planned. "‘Mindsets’ aims to engage educators, students, librarians, learning/ teaching support professionals and policy-makers in critical discussions and creative collaboration relating to students’ lifelong development of information, digital and media literacy. ‘Mindsets’ explores information, digital and media literacy from the point of view of students’ transitions into and out of higher education, focusing on the ways in which students’ needs and expectations are set within the different knowledge domains and disciplines of their taught programmes but also on the basis of their own previous educational, work and everyday life experiences." More information at
There is an opening webinar on 30 April 2019 at 4pm UK time: Students’ everyday life digital mindsets: transitions into higher education with presentations from Dr @Konstantina Martzoukou (Robert Gordon University, Scotland), Dr Crystal Fulton (University College Dublin) and Dr Petros A. Kostagiolas (Ionian University, in Corfu, Greece). You need to book for the webinar:
Photo by Sheila Webber: cherry tree, Greenwich Park, April 2019

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Recent articles: ACRL Framework; #infolit and art; faculty developers; librarians writing

Recent articles from the open access journal College & Research Libraries News include: from Vol 80, No 4, 2019
- Reframing from the ground up: Redesigning a credit-bearing information literacy course using the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education by Shonn M. Haren
- Librarians as faculty developers: Leading educational development initiatives by Katelyn Handler and Lauren Hays

and from Vol 80, No 3, 2019
- The art of information literacy: New competencies for art, architecture, and design learners by Linden How, Amanda Meeks, Shannon Marie Robinson, Alyssa Vincent
- Everybody’s publishing but me! How a writing group can help actualize your publishing dreams by Dory Rosenberg, Karin M. Kettenring, Anne R. Diekema
Photo by Sheila Webber: cherry blossom, Sheffield, April 2019

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Online Harms #infolit

The UK Government has published a White Paper on Online Harms. As is implied by the title, the focus is on how the UK can become "the safest place in the world to go online" but also "the best place to start and grow a digital business". New regulatory measures are proposed, and one of the (smaller) sections concerns citizens' media literacy: "The government will develop a new online media literacy strategy. This will be developed in broad consultation with stakeholders, including major digital, broadcast and news media organisations, the education sector, researchers and civil society. This strategy will ensure a coordinated and strategic approach to online media literacy education and awareness for children, young people and adults."
There is an open consultation until 1 July 2019, which is an opportunity to (amongst other things) identify how researchers and LIS practitioners could be involved in the media literacy strategy (as otherwise it is likely the focus will be on media and communication resaerchers and consultants)
Stéphane Goldstein has provided a useful reflection on the white paper at
Photo by Sheila Webber: Greenwich park, April 2019

Survey for US academic librarians #infolit

Chelsea Sutton (PhD Candidate, Dominican University, School of Information Studies) is seeking respondents to a questionnaire, open until 7 May 2019. You have to be "an academic librarian in the United States and have collaborated with individuals or non-library departments within your institution on projects related to student learning and/or information literacy". Go to

Monday, April 15, 2019

Recent articles: health information; éducation aux médias et à l’information; teacher attitudes; Informed learning #infolit

Maybee, C., Bruce, C.S., Lupton, M. & Pang, M.F. (2019). Informed learning design: teaching and learning through engagement with information, Higher Education Research & Development, 38(3), 579-593. (not open access until 2020) "While higher education teachers are able to use information in sophisticated ways to learn and communicate within their disciplines, they may not be accustomed to teaching their students to use information creatively and reflectively to support their work in a course. This article introduces informed learning design, a curriculum design model by which teachers specifically enable students to learn course content through intentional engagement with information. Drawing from informed learning pedagogy and the variation theory of learning, the design model outlines an instructional pattern for enabling student awareness of critical aspects and features of the object being studied related to both information use and course content."

Frau-Meigs, D. (2019). Créativité, éducation aux médias et à l’information, translittératie : vers des humanités numériques. Quaderni, 98, (Hiver 2018-2019), 87-105. (not open access until 2022) [In French, English abstract)

Ait Hattani, H. (2019). Media Literacy Education in Secondary School: Teachers' Attitudes. Journal of Media Research, 12 (1), 5-26. access)

Magsamen-Conrad, K., Dillon, J., Verhoff, C.B. & Faulkner, S. (2018) Online Health-Information Seeking Among Older Populations: Family Influences and the Role of the Medical Professional. Health Communication. (early online publication). (not open access) "The authors interviewed middle-aged and older adults about their online health information seeking behavior and discovered that technology and health literacy are influenced by a collective ability to manage the health and technological needs of a family. ... Findings suggest that health can be co-managed if at least one person in a family unit is technologically “savvy” and able to effectively share health information. However, individuals’ confidence in their own literacy often depends on others, usually family members who tend to “do” instead of “teach.”"
Photo by Sheila Webber: pink blossom on a grey day, April 2019

Sunday, April 14, 2019

#Wikipedia: article on writing assignments, and videos #infolit

Firstly, an article: Vetter, M., McDowell, Z. and Stewart, M. (2019). From Opportunities to Outcomes: The Wikipedia-Based Writing Assignment. Computers and Composition, 52, 53–64. (open access). "This article presents select data from a recent large-scale study conducted by the Wiki Education Foundation that ... confirms and extends research from the computers and writing community. Key findings from this research include positive evaluations of Wikipedia-based assignments in general, as well as positive evaluations concerning the capacity of Wikipedia-based assignments to teach critical thinking skills, source evaluation and research, public writing, literature review and synthesis, and peer review. ... Finally, this article suggests key recommendations for teaching with Wikipedia based on these findings."

Secondly, recordings of an event held in Sydney, Australia, in March 2019.
- Pru Mitchell - Wikipedia / Wikimedia Overview: ("Pru Mitchell has been involved in the Australian chapter of Wikimedia since its inception in 2008, and currently serves as President. She is an educator and librarian, working in educational research, with a strong interest in scholarly publishing and metadata workflows for the GLAM sector.")
- Tony Naar - Wikipedia and the Australian Paralympic History project: ("Tony Naar, is facilitator of the Australian Paralympic History Project which uses Wikipedia as a platform.")
- Toby Hudson - Using Wikidata for Chemistry, Education, Australia, and #FakeNews: ("Toby Hudson is a Senior Lecturer, and Director of First Year Chemistry at the University of Sydney.")
- Panel Discussion:
Photo by Sheila Webber: Pigeons nibbling leaf shoots on a grey day, April 2019.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Doctobib #infolit

Doctobib is a collection of French-language videos aimed at those in the health and medical field, at The early ones had a "Dr House" type theme (the first is embedded below), but the recent ones are more straightforward tutorials (e.g. searching Google Scholar, or using Zotero). I discovered them because of a new article about them (in English):
Ricaud, R. (2019). DocToBib: an expanding project of video research training tutorials for interns, health students and practicians, three years later. Journal of EAHIL, 15(1). DOI: "DocToBib is a project carried out by librarians all over France to create video tutorials on research training in the medical field. This is an update on how the project evolved since 2015, on the topic of video format, collaboration between librarians, communication and practical uses of the tutorials."

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Open education conference #OER19 #infolit

The OER19 conference in Galway, Ireland, started yesterday and continues today. It focuses on open education and open educational resources. As is appropriate, there is a lot of material accessible for free, and there is information abou that here This includes:
- Livestreaming of some sessions (listed on the above page). Yesterday's livestreamed sessions can be viewed as recordings, including this one on Unpacking the geopolitics of open for the strategic development of (HE) institutions and communities - what is a university for? , which includes sessions from Bill Johnston & Sheila MacNeill
- the Twitter stream at #oer19
- some Virtually Connecting sessions
Photo by Sheila Webber: Greenwich Park, April 2019

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Call for chapters: Open Pedagogy: Varied Definitions, Multiple Approaches

There is a call for chapter proposals for a book "tentatively titled" Open Pedagogy: Varied Definitions, Multiple Approaches. Proposals are due by April 28, 2019. "The book, which will examine library/faculty collaborative explorations into open pedagogical practices will be published through the Rebus Community, a Montreal-based non-profit that is developing an open model for publishing."... "Within the educational realm, we see even greater nuances of “open” in terms of how the access to and adapted creation work together. The book aims to shed light on four different definitions and how they are applied in a variety of learning experiences. The Call for Proposals with full details is at

Monday, April 08, 2019

cfp Digital Literacy in Schools: building capabilities #digitalliteracy #infolit #JCS2019DL

There is a call for proposals for the JCS conference focused on Digital Literacy in Schools: building capabilities, to be held November 29-30 2019 in Birmingham, UK. Deadline for proposals is 14 April 2019. "This second conference on digital literacy provides a focus on the importance of digital capabilities for schools and sixth form colleges – not just the skills required by staff and students but extending to culture and policies. The programme will again be a mix of keynote speakers, lightning talks and workshops but introducing round-table discussions to increase the opportunities to share ideas and help formulate strategic approaches to take-away."
More details about scope, prices etc. at
Presentations from the 2018 conference are at
Photo by Sheila Webber: Fritillaries, April 2019

Sunday, April 07, 2019

Scaffolding Information Literacy #infolit

An online course, Scaffolding Information Literacy, runs from 6 May to 2 June 2019. The cost is US $175 and it is delivered by Andrea Baer. "Educators and instructional designers frequently emphasize the importance of scaffolding, through which learning supports are developed and later removed in order to help students build on prior learning, progressively strengthen their understandings and abilities, and ultimately to be more self-directed learners. Whether a teacher is designing a single class session, a series of class sessions, an assignment, an online learning object, or a credit course, scaffolding is a powerful technique that informs the entire instructional design process. Often, however, it does not receive the attention that it deserves. In this 4-week course participants will learn about various scaffolding techniques and will apply these to developing or revising an instruction plan of their choice." More information at
Photo by Sheila Webber: Part of the mural "Processions", Edinburgh Meadows, March 2019

Friday, April 05, 2019

Presentations from Creating Knowledge #infolit

The presentations from last year's Creating Knowledge conference (held in June 2018) are on their website (they have probably been there for some time and I missed them). In some cases there are just abstracts, but they are extended abstracts. Examples of presentations are:
- Co-redefining and co-creating Academic literacies in PhD education: Insights from a project at Umeå University Library, Sweden
- Information Seeking MOOC Goals at Helsinki University: Interactive and Integrated

Go to
Photo by Sheila Webber: young leaves, Edinburgh, March 2019

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Community college librarians and the ACRL Framework #infolit #ACRLframework

There is a preprint available of an article due to be published in College and Research Libraries. It presents the results of a survey of North American Community College librarians, about their engagement with the ACRL IL Framework. "This study explored community college librarians’ engagement with the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. A national online survey with 1,201 community college librarian respondents reveals limited familiarity with and integration of the Framework into community college instruction to date. Findings indicate an openness to future adoption, as well as substantial interest in targeted professional development and a version of the Framework adapted for community college campuses. These results contribute benchmark instructional data on an understudied section of academic librarianship and add to the growing body of research on how librarians have updated teaching practices in response to the Framework."
Wengler, S.,and Wolff-Eisenberg, C. (in press). Community college librarians and the ACRL Framework: Findings from a national study. College and Research Libraries. Open access at
Photo by Sheila Webber: daffodils "fluttering and dancing in the breeze" in Greyfriars Kirkyard, Edinburgh, March 2019

Call for papers: What do digital inclusion and data literacy mean today? #infolit #dataliteracy

There's a call for papers for a special issue of Internet Policy Review, on What do digital inclusion and data literacy mean today? "The primary aim of this special issue is to link up international policy efforts to address contemporary and future digital inequalities, access and skills with the outcomes of research from around the globe. The intention is on sharing best practice and research insights, while acknowledging that these problems are not the same in different parts of the world and so there are no universal solutions. We invite authors to submit papers that cover empirical research as well as policy and practice interventions, such as: Data analysis of levels of digital inclusion / exclusion and engagement; studies on the link between misinformation and data literacies; Studies of the impacts of digital exclusion; Policy interventions; Case studies of initiatives and programmes; Case studies of community impact. Deadline for full text submissions is 25 August 2019, and publication is scheduled for May 2020. Go to

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

#EAVI CAMP media literacy opportunity for young adults #infolit #medialiteracy

EAVI (a European agency which carries out research etc. into media literacy) is offering places at a free summer camp focusing on media literacy. It runs 23-31 July 2019, and is open to applicants aged 18-27 years. 13 people will be chosen for the summer camp. Deadline for applications is 27 April 2019. The location will be De Pinte, Belgium. "Participants will balance outdoor and free time activities with a challenging task they need to accomplish by the end of the camp: create a short film and infographics about these topics, so that young people are going to create content for young people, spreading around their important message! ... The camp provides offline free time to enjoy the beautiful Flemish countryside, team activities, short visits to the nearby cities (Ghent and Brussels), coupled with group working activities for the development of the short video." All meals and accommodation are provided, but participants have to cover their own travel costs.
"To participate in the selection process, you need to send a video around 3 minutes in length telling us who you are, why you are interested in the camp and what qualities you possess that will be useful for the EAVI CAMP activities. Please don’t stress about the video. Feel free to present yourself in the most comfortable way for you and show us your creativity!" More information, plus the application form:

Monday, April 01, 2019

Virtual poster session: #infolit and distance learners

The ACRL Distance Learning Section Instruction Committee have a Virtual Poster Session running from today until Friday 5 April 2019, with 35 posters about librarians teaching and supporting distance learners (Distance Library Instruction). The posters will be archived after that: if you view them this week you are also encouraged to fill out a form with feedback on how useful the poster session was.
Arbitrarily seizing some poster titles, they include:
- Reflections on Universal Design for Learning in Online Environments
- Skilled Up: Teaching Digital & Information Literacy to Adult Students for Successful College and Career Transitions
- Social Media & Persistent-Question-Asking
- Stepping Outside the Library: Reflections on my Experience as an Online Adjunct
- The Student Is Now the Teacher
- Tracking and Maintaining Online Learning Objects
- Using Accessibility Features for Online Learners
- Using Course-Specific LibGuides in Online Classes: A Case Study
Go to
Photo by Sheila webber: daffodils, the meadows, Edinburgh, March 2019