Monday, August 02, 2021

New articles: Data Literacy; the WHY method; IL of first gen students; Librarians as teachers

The latest issue of open-access College and Research Libraries (vol 82 no 5) at has the following articles:
- Making Sense of Student Source Selection: Using the WHY Method to Analyze Authority in Student Research Bibliographies by Frank Lambert, Mary Thill, James W. Rosenzweig (WHY= Who wrote each source, How it was edited, and whY it was published)
- Exploring Social Sciences Students’ Perceptions on Information Literacy and the Use of Mobile Technologies in Higher Education by Maria Pinto, Dora Sales, Rosaura Fernández-Pascual, David Caballero-Mariscal
- The Impact of Basic Data Literacy Skills on Work-Related Empowerment: The Alumni Perspective by Marek Deja, Aneta Januszko-Szakiel, Paloma Korycińska, Paulina Deja
- Assessing the Information Literacy Skills of First-Generation College Students by Sarah LeMire, Zhihong Xu, Douglas Hahn, Valerie Balester, Leroy G. Dorsey
- Open but Not for All: A Survey of Open Educational Resource Librarians on Accessibility by Teresa Auch Schultz, Elena Azadbakht
- Using Machine Learning to Predict Chat Difficulty by Jeremy Walker, Jason Coleman 

The previous issue vol 82 no. 4 included
- Epistemology of Teaching Librarians: Examining the Translation of Beliefs to Practice by Mary K. Oberlies, Maoria J. Kirker, Janna Mattson, Jason Byrd
- Preparing the Instructional Librarian: Representation of ACRL Roles and Strengths in MLS Course Descriptions by Sandra J. Valenti, Brady D. Lund
Photo by Sheila Webber: Hydrangea July 2021

Friday, July 30, 2021

Metaliteracy presentations

There are recordings of two presentations at SUNY’s Virtual Conference on Instruction & Technology (CIT) 2021
Trudi Jacobson
presented on Scaffolding Student Learning The Role of Metaliteracy in Open Pedagogy
Sheila Aird and Tom Mackey
presented on Collaborating to Teach Global Digital Storytelling Online The links to the slides for the presentations are here.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Library Services to Displaced Populations

The ILFA Section Library Services to People with Special Needs has produced draft Guidelines for Library Services to Displaced Populations (covering library service to refugees, immigrants, migrants, and asylum seekers) at It is an interesting document with lots of recommendations and examples for engagement. It was open to comments until July 20th, which date obviously is past (sorry for not spotting this earlier) - although if something strikes you immediately it may be possible to email Despina Gerasimidou at

Photo by Sheila Webber: Hydrangea, July 2021

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Dismantling the Evaluation Framework @libraryleadpipe

A new article in the open access journal In the Library with the Lead Pipe critiques approaches to teaching information evaluation through formulaic models such as CRAAP (Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, Purpose), and proposes alternatives ways of approaching information literacy sessions, involving a more conversational approach. 

Bull, A.C., McMillan, M. & Head, A. (2021, 21 July). Dismantling the Evaluation Framework. In the Library with the Lead Pipe

Photo by Sheila Webber: pink floribunda roses, July 2021

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Gallery of Information Behaviour Gratitude

A nice idea - a class of students at the University of Toronto (Canada) Information School created thank-you cards for the authors of information behaviour (IB) research and scholarship, presented online as a Gallery of Information Behaviour Gratitude You see the handwritten thank-yous (plus an audio recording of the student reading it), a link to the IB paper, and some information about the chosen author. This is an interesting way to learn about information behaviour and its scholars. I am happy to see that some of my colleagues in the Information School at Sheffield University being thanked (Andrew Cox on his own, and a paper co-authored by Cox, Pam McKinney and Paula Goodale).

Monday, July 26, 2021

Webinar: Considering Data Literacy Using Kuhlthau's Information Search Process

A free online webinar on 16 August 2021 at 1pm US Central time (which is, for example, 7pm UK time) is Considering Data Literacy Using Kuhlthau's Information Search Process: Implications for Librarians and Data Providers, presented by Charissa Jefferson, Kristin Fontichiaro, Katrina Stierholz, and Lynette Hoelter and sponsored by the ACRL ULS Professional Development Committee.
"This panel discusses uses of Kuhlthau's Information Search Process (ISP) to illustrate ways that librarians can assist students and collaborate with data providers to improve the data search process. Librarians and data providers share similar data literacy goals, and this panel pools the expertise of both groups to focus on strategies and interventions that support novice researchers. We explore our combined experiences and jointly step through students' research phases to examine how each group can contribute to improving that experience.
Moreover, we explore ways to review students' data literacy needs throughout the research process through the lens of Kuhlthau's six-stage, iterative ISP. Kuhlthau's framework, rooted in empathy, maps to existing knowledge about what students do, think, and feel at various stages of the search process. We encourage participants to identify "zones of intervention" that are both consistent with Kuhlthau's research and are novel to data-rich research projects."
Register at "If you can't make this session but wish to view a recording later, please register so that you'll receive an email that includes a link to the video of the presentation. Please direct questions and concerns to Laura Gariepy ( or Sam Harlow ("

You can find Professor Carol Kuhlthau's own explanation of the Information Serach Process at - it is one of the few research-based information behaviour models that gets used in IL teaching so I will be very interested in this webinar!
Photo by Sheila Webber: roses, July 2021

Friday, July 23, 2021

Belonging Online

An interesting video recording of the session by David White (at the Edmedia conference held in July 2021) on Belonging Online: What We Lost When We Went Digital and How to Design It Back In which explores ways of making learners feel present, belonging, safe, and talks about the different ways this works in digital and physical spaces. It's at
The abstract was: "Ask any student what they have been missing in their education during the pandemic and their answer will have a social, or ‘belonging’, dimension to it. This is because we successfully used digital platforms to ‘deliver the curriculum’ but struggled to create the sense of togetherness which occurs in physical rooms. In this talk I will use the Digital Visitors and Residents idea to explore modes-of-presence and connection which are often missing in online education. I will argue that this ‘lack’ is more to do with our narrow conceptions of what-teaching-is than with what-the-technology-allows. I will go on to describe creative forms of teaching in digital contexts which facilitate the presence and belonging needed for understanding and confidence to flourish." Information on the visitor/residents model is here: I also liked his point that we should think of "modes of presence" and designing-in different modes of presence into your teaching and learning.
Photo by
Sheila Webber: looking up from the bear pit, Sheffield, July 2021

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Vibrant Information Barometer

The IREX organisation has Vibrant Information Barometer (VIBE) reports on 13 countries (listed below) - it is a "an annual study that tracks how information is produced, spread, consumed, and used". The reports appear to be informative reports on a discussion of panellists (plus reference to some relevant external surveys etc.) and the panellists score each country on 4 principles, which between them have 20 indicators:
Principle 1: Information Quality (e.g. Indicator 1: There is quality information on a variety of topics available; Indicator 2: The norm for information is that it is based on facts.);
Principle 2: Multiple Channels: How Information Flows (e.g. Indicator 6: People have rights to create, share, and consume information, Indicator 9: There are diverse channels for information flow);
Principle 3: Information Consumption and Engagement (e.g. Indicator 11: People can safely use the internet due to privacy protections and security tools, Indicator 12: People have the necessary skills and tools to be media literate.);
Principle 4: Transformative Action (e.g. Indicator 16: Information producers and distribution channels enable or encourage information sharing across ideological lines, Indicator 19: Government uses quality information to make public policy decisions.

There is a dashboard where the "vibrancy" scores can be explored in detail, and the methodology is explained there too. The countries are: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine. IREX was started by agencies in the USA, to support and promote a Western democratic approach, and has broadened in its scope; it is now also supported internationally by numerous other agencies and foundations in its development work, see here.

Photo by Sheila Webber: St Basil's cathedral, Moscow, Russia, December 2009.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Collaboration: curriculum design; faculty-librarian

Two items relating to librarian collaboration in teaching:
(1) Materials by Cara B. Stone, Erin Thomas and Kris Stacy-Bates for the Illinois Information Literacy Summit 2021: Playing the Long Game: Collaborating in IL Curriculum Design. It includes links to their slides and to resources and tools they recommend, plus bulet points from the session discussion. - also their Information Literacy open textbook is here
(2) A newly published article, in the latest IFLA journal (open access):
Nguyen, T.L. & Tuamsuk, K. (2021). Faculty–librarian administrative structure and collaborative activities supporting teaching and research at Vietnamese universities: A qualitative study. IFLA journal, 47(2), 236-249. "This article reports on the administrative structure and collaborative activities of faculty and librarians within Vietnamese universities to evaluate their impact on teaching and research, as well as their collaborative benefits, advantages and disadvantages. The authors ... conducted 29 in-depth interviews with key participants at Vietnamese universities. The findings indicated that such collaboration was often based on the collaborators’ personal circumstances and that librarian liaison partnerships primarily related to the faculty’s profession, personality and attitudes at different units. Further, universities focused on collaborative activities to support teaching and research – designing syllabi, research support activities and collection development."
Link to whole issue:  This issue also includes: Channels used to deliver agricultural information and knowledge to smallholder farmers by Kelefa Mwantimwa & Faraja Ndumbaro.

Photo by Sheila Webber: pink roses, July 2021

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Paper Trails: The Social Life of Archives and Collections @UCLpress

Here's another interesting open access book just published by UCL Press, and this one can also be contributed to. It isn't really related to information literacy, but I couldn't resist blogging it. The book is Paper Trails: The Social Life of Archives and Collections the editorial team includes librarians and archivists, as well as academics and writers. It has 4 types of content, and I've given some examples with librarian authors (do look at how to contribute, if you think you might have  a story to tell!):
(1) Research Stories "Full-length research articles which encourage a focus on research stories to invite a reflective methodology, offering an inclusive and engaged commentary on the work involved in researching, ordering and preserving the past"
(2) Co-production "Outputs from projects in which non-academic, undergraduate and taught postgraduate audiences collaborate with others (collection professions, academics, members of the public, etc.) to create new work that is based on research collections."
(3) Collection Profiles "Shorter, descriptive or even narrative pieces that highlight items or collections of interest." Example: Historic Children’s Literature Collection by Catherine Dack
(4) Engagement "Reflective pieces that focus on a broad range of engagement activities, from the professional’s perspective. These can be case studies, or ‘think pieces’ on particular skills or techniques" Example: 'Giving Peace a Chance': Archives Engagement at LSE Library, by Debbie Challis & Daniel Payne
The book is part of the Academic Book of the Future: BOOC (Books as Open Online Content) project
Photo by Sheila Webber: non-virtual books and programmes, 2021

Winner of the The Leading Light FestivIL 2021 Award #FestivIL @InfoSchoolSheff

The winner of the Leading Light FestivIL 2021 Award for "Creating innovative information literacy teaching or services" (which award was sponsored by my department, the Information School, University of Sheffield) was Hazel Glasse. The nomination said
"Hazel Glasse has been the driving force behind one of the most impactful IL projects Derby has undertaken in recent years — the ‘hungry robot’ virtual induction activity. It started life as a physical zombie-themed escape-room, introducing students to the library and using/finding online resources. Just in time for the pandemic, Hazel began working to convert the escape room into a virtual tool. This involved a huge amount of design and script work, liaison, testing and planning on Hazel’s part. This virtual induction has been accessed thousands of times, and is now one of the primary induction tools, proving a fantastic way to introduce students to both the resources and library, at a time when they could not be onsite themselves. Hazel frequently diminishes her own achievements but this is definitely something that should be celebrated, as it was all entirely her creation, and the finished product is incredible."
You can find the Hungry Robot here and there is a presentation by Glasse, given at LILAC 2019 Escaping the library induction: a game based learning approach to developing students’ library skills  You can find information about the other award nominees here.

Monday, July 19, 2021

Liber quarterly recent articles: open journals as teaching tools

Open access journal Liber Quarterly has moved to Recent articles include:
- Koskinen, K., Roinila, M., & Syvälahti, K. (2021). Open Journal Systems as a Pedagogical Tool to Teach and Learn Scholarly Publishing: The Helsinki University Library Experience. LIBER Quarterly: The Journal of the Association of European Research Libraries, 31(1), 1-17. "Editori is an open journal service at the University of Helsinki designed with an educational focus, providing simultaneously a contribution to the rising trend of university-based and library-based publishing. We show how this service, based on Open Journal Systems (OJS), can be applied as a pedagogical tool for teaching scholarly publishing skills to university students."
- Ball, J., Stone, G., & Thompson, S. (2021). Opening up the Library: Transforming our Policies, Practices and Structures. LIBER Quarterly: The Journal of the Association of European Research Libraries, 31(1), 1-16.
Photo by Sheila Webber: late spring tree, June 2021

Friday, July 16, 2021

Registration open: Teaching with Primary Sources Unconference 20-21 July + recent articles on TPS

Registration is open for the free, virtual Annual Teaching with Primary Sources Unconference, 20-21 July 2021, 1pm-5pm each day US Eastern time (so, e.g., 6pm-11pm UK time). You register for the full event at and should then get an email to register for specific sessions. This is the Code of Conduct and this is the conference website They are also looking for facilitators and Zoom helpers: you can volunteer via this spreadsheet

There is an updated bibliography on the Teaching with Primary Sources website, and these are a few of the latest entries (look here for more):
- Tanaka, C. (2021). Teaching with Primary Sources: Looking at the Support Needs of Instructors. Ithaka S+R.
- Davis, D. (2021). Using Visual Resources to Teach Primary Source Literacy. Journal of Western Archives, 12(1).
- Burgard, K. et al. (2021). Using Photographs to Create Culturally Relevant Classrooms: People of San Antonio, Texas, in the 1930s. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 33(3), 3–7.
Photo by Sheila Webber: more astrantia in someone's garden, June 2021

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Registration open for South Carolina Conference on Information Literacy #SCCIL21

Registration is now open for the free online 2021 South Carolina Conference on Information Literacy taking place 4-6 August 2021. At time of writing there is no schedule, but the hosts look like they are in the Eastern time zone of the USA (which is, for example, 5 hours behind the UK), so bear that in mind when planning. The conference theme is Reshaping the Future of Instruction.
"The South Carolina Conference on Information Literacy is a new conference focused on providing instruction librarians a space for professional development and networking opportunities. Based in Charleston, South Carolina, we welcome any and all librarians who are interested in learning about new classroom strategies, instruction ideas, or anything else involved in teaching students information literacy skills. ... The SCCIL Conference seeks to bring together a group of librarians, educators and practitioners for presentations, discussions and networking. We encourage participation from all types of libraries such as academic, community, museums, libraries (K-12, higher education, public, special), institutions, and organizations."
The SCCIL website is here and you can register here