Wednesday, June 20, 2018

#WorldRefugeeDay #WithRefugees

Today is World Refugee Day. There is a message from the United Nations Secretary General here https://youtu.be/3hH3OoxPfO0 The partners on the USA's IMLS-funded Project Welcome: Libraries and Community Anchors Planning for Resettlement and Integration of Refugees and Asylum Seekers have been publicising their project including the World Refugee US Toolkit People are also encouraged to use the hashtags #WithRefugees and #WorldRefugeeDay to support the UNHCR’s #WithRefugees Campaign http://www.unhcr.org/refugeeday/
Some relevant articles and chapters for IL are:
- Lloyd, A. and Wilkinson, J. (2017). Tapping into the information landscape: Refugee youth enactment of information literacy in everyday spaces. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science. [early online publication] https://doi.org/10.1177/0961000617709058
- Fisher, K. (2018) Information Worlds of Refugees. In C. Maitland. (Ed). Digital Lifeline?: ICTs for Refugees and Displaced Persons.pp.79-112. MIT.
- Fenton, M.T. (2016) Come and Be Welcomed! An Exploration of Library Services to Immigrants and Refugees in the United States. Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2016 – Columbus, OH – Connections. Collaboration. Community in Session 101 - Poster Sessions. http://library.ifla.org/id/eprint/1528
Photo by Sheila Webber: waves, Norway, May 2018

Monday, June 18, 2018

New articles: web searching; discussion groups; collaborative information behaviour

The new issue of open-access journal Information Research (vol. 23, issue 2) has been published. It includes:
- Sara Salehi, Jia Tina Du and Helen Ashman: Use of Web search engines and personalisation in information searching for educational purposes
- Tali Gazit, Jenny Bronstein, Yair Amichai-Hamburger, Noa Aharony, Judit Bar-Ilan and Oren Perez: Active participants and lurkers in online discussion groups: an exploratory analysis of focus group interviews and observation.
- Jisue Lee and Ji Hei Kang: Crying mothers mobilise for a collective action: collaborative information behaviour in an online community
Go to: http://www.informationr.net/ir/23-2/infres232.html
Photo by Sheila Webber: the high point (literally in terms of height above sea level!) of the Oslo-Bergen rail line, May 2018

Friday, June 15, 2018

New Approaches to Liaison Librarianship

Another call for chapter proposals! This is for a book to be published by ACRL and edited by Robin Canuel (McGill University) and Chad Crichton (University of Toronto Scarborough). The title is New Approaches to Liaison Librarianship: Innovations in Instruction, Collections, Reference, and Outreach. "The editors aim to bring together a wide variety of perspectives from liaison librarians and liaison program leaders detailing the unique structures, practices, and solutions developed at their institutions. We feel that the time is ripe for a new in-depth treatment of liaison librarianship that details the responses of libraries to the latest trends in liaison librarianship and the recent literature discussing the liaison model in academic librarianship. We also hope to include a broad variety of perspectives, including those that may use different nomenclature ("subject librarians," "departmental librarians," and "embedded librarianship" are all relevant framings of practices and programs that we are interested in exploring)." Suggested chapter topics include "Instruction: The Benefits of Liaison Librarianship for Teaching and Learning" and "Faculty Research: Partnering with Faculty to Support their Scholarly Work". Proposals are due by September 14 2018. More information at: http://bit.ly/acrlliaison.
Photo by Sheila Webber: Vigeland Sculpture Park, Oslo.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Older people and the digital

There was a breakfast meeting yesterday organised by the Centre for Ageing Better: Mind the Digital Gap. It was livestreamed and the recording is now at https://youtu.be/urGtmn_yOPg There were several speakers including Grandma Williams
They were also promoting a report published a couple of weeks ago: The digital age: new approaches to supporting people in later life get online
This draws in turn on a research report produced by them and by the Good Things Foundation: Richardson, J. (2017). I am connected: new approaches to supporting people in later life online
Both the reports can be downloaded from: https://www.ageing-better.org.uk/publications/digital-age
Photo by Sheila Webber: apple blossom, May 2018

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Recent articles: Human library; infolit of management science students

Just published (despite the 2017 date):
- Yap, J., Labangon, D. and Cajes, M. (2017) Defining, Understanding and Promoting Cultural Diversity Through the Human Library Program. Pakistan Journal of Information Management & Libraries (PJIM&L), 19, 1-12. http://journals.pu.edu.pk/journals/index.php/pjiml/article/view/1012 ("This case study documents the human library program [in the Philippines] as an alternative source of information which promotes cultural diversity to improve many facets of literacies which include media and information literacy. Human library aims to lessen our prejudices and makes us more tolerant individuals. In order to achieve cultural equality and social inclusivity, DLSU Libraries continues to offer human library sessions to form critical thinkers, lifelong learners and catalysts for social transformation. Most readers thought that the most important learning experience they gained while reading the books was to accept and understand each one of us as unique individuals. The human library program encourages people to be more tolerant and embolden acceptance."

- Rafique, G. and Khan, H. (2017). Skills Needed to Improve the Information Literacy of Pakistani Management Sciences’ Students. Pakistan Journal of Information Management & Libraries (PJIM&L), 19, 52-73. http://journals.pu.edu.pk/journals/index.php/pjiml/article/view/1014
Photo by Sheila Webber: Hawthorn and cherry blossom, May 2018

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

cfp Hidden Architectures of Information Literacy Programs

There is a call for chapters for a forthcoming ACRL book: Hidden Architectures of Information Literacy Programs: Structures, Practices, and Contexts. Chapter proposals are due on 1 August 2018. "Information literacy is a well-established goal of academic libraries, yet so much of the day-to-day work of running and coordinating information literacy programs is absent from professional literature, job descriptions, and library school coursework. While the definition of a program is a coordinated set of activities in service of a specific purpose, what those activities actually consist of - and who is responsible for them - is highly dependent on institutional and interpersonal contexts. ... This book will gather program examples to make visible the structures, practices, and contexts of information literacy programs in academic libraries. We are seeking chapters from academic librarians who identify as a leader of an information literacy program who want to share their experiences. Each case study chapter will detail definitions and missions, allocation of resources and labor, supervisory structures, prioritization approaches, and other processes and structures required to make programs work." Questions should be directed to hiddenarchitecturesbook@gmail.com and the full Call for Proposals, including a book chapter template are at http://bit.ly/HiddenArchitectBook
Photo by Sheila Webber: daffodils in Oslo, May 2018

Monday, June 11, 2018

cfp iConference 2019 inform include inspire #iconf19

There is a call for proposals for the 14th iConference, to be held in Washington, USA, March 31–April 3 2019. It is hosted by the University of Maryland, College Park in collaboration with Syracuse University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. "Scholars, professionals, and researchers who share an interest in current critical information issues will celebrate the theme “inform. include. inspire.” We invite participants to discuss what it means to inform in the 21st century, to consider who is included in and excluded from the information revolution, and to question how we can best inspire individuals and organizations to use information for good in our rapidly-changing knowledge society. As we convene in the U.S. Capital, we will explore how we can inform, include, and inspire national and international policies and conversations related to technology." Options include papers, workshops, "sessions for interaction and engagement (SIE)", posters etc. , There is also a Doctoral Student Colloquium (DC) and Early Career Colloquium (ECC).
Submission opens on June 25 2018. Deadlines are: Papers, Workshops, Posters, DC, ECC: September 10, 2018; SIE, Blue Sky, Undergraduate Symposium, iSchools Partnerships and Practices, Doctoral Dissertation Award: October 1, 2018. Go to http://ischools.org/iconf2019 and https://ischools.org/the-iconference/call-for-participation/
Photo by Sheila Webber: lilac walk in Oslo, May 2018

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Transforming access to information for equity #nasig18 @walkyouhome

A couple of interesting presentations from Lauren Smith. One, presented today, is on Communities of praxis: transforming access to information for equity (a vision keynote at NASIG 2018) (embedded below)
A second, The impact of school libraries on educational outcomes: identifying the evidence base, was for the Scottish Library and information Council School Library Strategy National Advisory Group, presented in February 2018 https://www.slideshare.net/laurensmith/the-impact-of-school-libraries-on-educational-outcomes-identifying-the-evidence-base


Saturday, June 09, 2018

Critical reading - links and recording

On June 6 2018 there was an interesting webinar on critical reading in higher education (this was the ACRL instruction Section Annual Virtual Discussion Forum). The details (including some readings) are here https://acrl.ala.org/IS/2018-is-annual-virtual-discussion-forum-2/ Panelists were Anne Jumonville Graf, First Year Experience Librarian/Associate Professor, Trinity University, USA; Rosemary Green, Graduate Programs Librarian; Adjunct Professor, Conservatory Academics, Shenandoah University, USA and Stephanie Otis, Associate Dean for Public Services, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA. The recording of the video/audo part is here https://youtu.be/DjqJ9ySmBYQ and the chatlog here https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wkR4wdvhHN6HTFSA37lTLaa2pyvyscEpkXqhOO2yDxE/edit?usp=sharing
Some links mentioned during the session were:
- Hypothesis web annotation app https://web.hypothes.is/
- a book: Manarin, K. et al (2015) Critical Reading in Higher Education: Academic Goals and Social Engagement. http://www.iupress.indiana.edu/product_info.php?products_id=807689
- Acknowledging Doctoral Students’ Reading Experiences - abstract of a presentation by Rosemary Green with links to two handouts: the Metacognitive Assessment of Reading Strategies Inventory; and a Reading Activity https://digitalcommons.kennesaw.edu/gradlibconf/2018/Day1/15/
- A written interview with Stephanie Otis about the presentation "Reading is Research" https://lib411.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/reading-is-research-an-interview/
- Red Light, Yellow Light for Truth: A routine focusing students on signs of puzzles of truth http://www.visiblethinkingpz.org/VisibleThinking_html_files/03_ThinkingRoutines/03f_TruthRoutines/RedLightYellowLight/RedLightYellowLight_Routine.html
Photo by Sheila Webber: cherry tree and shade, Oslo, May 2018

Friday, June 08, 2018

Multilingual Glossary for Today’s Library Users

Suggestions for new terms and volunteers to review language are invited for the Multilingual Glossary for Today’s Library Users, compiled by members of the Instruction for Diverse Populations Committee of the ACRL Instruction Section. The terms are given in English, French, Spanish, Vietnamese, Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Arabic. The aim was to assist English as a second-language (ESL) speakers and librarians working with them. The history of who has been involved is here. One obvious omission at the moment is the term "information literacy"! The glossary and definition of terms are linked to and explained here: https://acrl.ala.org/IS/instruction-tools-resources-2/pedagogy/multilingual-glossary-for-todays-library-users/
Photo by Sheila Webber: view of Bergen, May 2018

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Teens, Social Media & Technology 2018 @pewresearch

The Pew Research Center has releasesd a report (on May 31) about teenagers use of Social Media & Technology in the USA. Some snippets
- In terms of most used online platforms "roughly one-third say they visit Snapchat (35%) or YouTube (32%) most often" 15% say that Instagram is most visited and 10% Facebook
- Youtube is the used by the largest number (85% of respondents use it) (followed by Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook). I think the popularity of Youtube is also notable in studies by Ofcom of young people in the UK.
- "Girls are more likely than boys to say Snapchat is the site they use most often (42% vs. 29%), while boys are more inclined than girls to identify YouTube as their go-to platform (39% vs. 25%)".
- Facebook is more often most-used by lower income teens (22% vs 4% of higher income) and black teens (26% vs 7% white teens). White teens use Snapchat more.
- 45% "believe social media has a neither positive nor negative effect on people their age". "31% say social media has had a mostly positive impact, while 24% describe its effect as mostly negative." Various positive and negative aspects are listed. In negative, bullying is given as the most important reason.
- 95% of teens now say they have or have access to a smartphone. However access to a computer varies according to income and parents' level of education.
- 83% of girls play video games, and 97% of boys
The sample was: interviews with 1,058 parents of a teen aged 13 to 17 and interviews with 743 teens (conducted online and by telephone in March/ April 2018).
The full information is at http://www.pewinternet.org/2018/05/31/teens-social-media-technology-2018/
Photo by Sheila Webber: The Arcade, Second Life, June 2018

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

cfp Moving Toward the Future of Information Behaviour Research and Practice

There is a call for proposals for the ASIS&T SIG-USE Symposium: Moving Toward the Future of Information Behavior Research and Practice. SIG-USE is "concerned with people’s behavioral and cognitive activities as well as their affective states as they interact with information". This takes place on 10 November 2018 in Vancouver, Canada. The deadline for submissions is August 15 2018.
"We live in an era of change in terms of the technologies, platforms, and tools at our disposal. With these changes, we are also witnessing changes in communication practices, in the meaning and form of information, and in information behaviors. There has been a significant global shift in the ways that information and knowledge is produced, shared, and used. We have seen developments such as the crowdsourcing of knowledge work, the use of new communication channels in information diffusion activities, and the emergence of online environments serving as “third places” and “information grounds”. As we consider the future, there are many ways that we might consider information behavior research including users, application, contexts, and methods to study information behavior and practice."
They "invite poster (500 words or less) and short paper (2000 words or less) contributions that describe completed research and research-in-progress, and that showcase empirical, conceptual, theoretical, and methodological findings or rich practice cases and demonstrations, from researchers, graduate students, and practitioners."
(I wish I could go to this... am wondering about the feasibility of travelling to Vancouver for the weekend...) For more information go to: https://siguse.wordpress.com/2018/05/29/2018-asist-sig-use-symposium-cfp/
Photo by Sheila Webber: Between Bergen and Stavanger, May 2018

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

New articles: Self-efficacy; Flipped learning; Power relations; Public libraries @JInfoLit

There is a new issue (Vol 12 No 1, 2018)of the open access Journal of Information Literacy. This latest issue is at https://ojs.lboro.ac.uk/JIL/issue/view/199
It includes:
- An elephant in the room? Information literacy in the narrative of UK public libraries by Diana Hackett
- Development and validation of an Information Literacy Self-Efficacy Scale for medical students by Ann De Meulemeester, Heidi Buysse, Renaat Peleman
- Flipping the classroom for information literacy instruction by Jing Shen
- How power relations affect the distribution of authority by Lee Webster, Helen Gunter
- The revised CILIP definition of information literacy by Jane Secker
Plus project reports
- Escape the welcome cliché by Hannah Wise, Julie Lowe, Adam Hill, Laura Barnett, Charlotte Barton
- Using a flipped classroom to embed information literacy skills training into academic studies by Eleanor Jane Dommett
- Mapping library values and student learning outcomes by Dale Larsen, Shane Wallace, Lis Pankl
- Information literacy skills on the go by Alice Schmidt Hanbidge, Tony Tin, Nicole Sanderson
There are also Conference reports and book reviews.
Photo by Sheila Webber: Grieg's writing cabin, Bergen, Norway, May 2018

Monday, June 04, 2018

Advanced searching: free search tools for research information @karenblakeman

Hurrah! Karen Blakeman has published an edited (but still extremely useful!) version of the slides she presented at one of her advanced searching workshops on the 31 May 2018 - this one focused on searching for research.


Sunday, June 03, 2018

Global MIL week - deadline extended! #globalMILweek

The Call for Papers for Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week 2018 Feature Conference and Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue (MILID) Yearbook 2018 has been extended to July 16 2018! The conference itself will be 24-25 October 2018 in Kaunas, Lithuania, as part of Global MIL Week (24 to 31 October). The theme is Media and Information Literate Cities: Voices, Powers and Change Makers
The conference is supported by UNESCO, UNAOC, the Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue (MILID) University Network, the UNESCO-initiated Global Alliance for Partnership on MIL (GAPMIL), in partnership with local hosts Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania) and University of Latvia (Latvia)
Proposals for academic papers and case study/project-related presentations are invited. They should be 500 words including references, plus a short biography of each author. The proposal should be submitted at https://en.unesco.org/feedback/call-papers-global-mil-week-2018-feature-conference-and-milid-yearbook-2018
Selected authors will be invited to present at the conference (which is free, but you need to cover your own expenses) and some selected authors will also be invited to submit full versions of their papers for publication in the MILID Yearbook 2018 (deadline for full papers  has been revised to 15 October 2018).
"Global MIL Week 2018 will address the concept of MIL Cities and citizens at their heart. ... Topics for papers and presentations should be within the fields of MIL and their connection to MIL Cities as dynamic environments of media, information and technology as well as innovative ways to advance MIL development among people. ... Submissions could be about MIL-related research, good practice, programmes, policies and other work. We are particularly interested in the multiple literacies and stakeholders, youth critical civic engagement, creative and sustainable cities, voter education, informed citizenry and online participation, freedom of expression, media pluralism, diversity, dialogue, and tolerance."
For all the themes and to submit go here: https://en.unesco.org/news/call-papers-global-media-and-information-literacy-week-2018-feature-conference-and-milid

Friday, June 01, 2018

Information Literacy in Ibero-America #alfin

The Wiki Information Literacy in Ibero-America (with content in Hispanic languages, notably Spanish and Portuguese; started in 2011) has been updated over the past year. It is currently at http://alfiniberoamerica.wikispaces.com/ but as Wikispaces is closing in July 2018 they will be moving it to another platform. Thus it is a good time to suggest improvments and additional content. If you have further updates please email auribe.bibliotecologia.udea@gmail.com or alfiniberoamerica@gmail.com

Thanks to Alejandro Uribe-Tirado who alerted me to that, and also to this article:
- Uribe-Tirado, A. and Pinto, M. (2017). 75 lessons learned for enhancing information literacy programs: From Ibero-America to universities worldwide. Information and Learning Science, 118(9/10), 471-489. https://doi.org/10.1108/ILS-04-2017-0032

Teachmeet for school librarians

There is a teachmeet aimed at school librarians, to be held in Lancaster, UK, on 15 June 2018. "An exciting day is planned, with presentations on Gender Specific Reading Groups, using Book Trailers, how to participate in the Teen Tech Award, running a fiction only library, what a Discovery library is - and much more!" The cost is £30 for CILIP members, and £35 for non-members, including lunch. More information at https://www.cilip.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1114924&group=201313
Photo by Sheila Webber: fjord near Oslo, May 2018

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Comment on the Know News White Paper #fakenews #misinformation

There is still time (up until June 6 2018) to comment on the Know News White Paper. This is a result of a project concerning misinformation and fake news, involving particularly those from librarianship and journalism, but also from education, and allied professions. It is led by Laura Saunders, Lisa Hinchliffe and Rachel Gans-Boriskin. You can email comments on the draft document to laura.saunders@simmons.edu. Go to: http://slis.simmons.edu/blogs/disinformation/white-paper-draft/
Photo by Sheila Webber: forest, Norway, May 2018

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Cognitive Dissonance and Information Literacy in the Fake News Era

Continuing the 2018 LOEX conference theme, there is not a presentation uploaded for one of the sessions: Librarians to Battle Stations: Cognitive Dissonance and Information Literacy in the Fake News Era by Maoria J. Kirker (Instruction & Assessment Coordinator) @ George Mason University and Ilana Stonebraker (Assistant Professor of Library Science, Business Information Specialist) @ Purdue University. However, they have made available a "a crowdsourced list of tips, strategies, and best practices for confronting cognitive dissonance in the IL context" created by the participants. This document is view only, but if you want to add something, let the authors know (mkirker@gmu.edu) https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NarsJogl5KkkrQjW4FQc3QL7VudQxh5iTlgisp5aVk0/edit
The description of the session said "Cognitive dissonance is the state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes, especially as relating to behavioral decisions and attitude change. This presentation will discuss how cognitive dissonance, information literacy and fake news concepts are related and applied within the library classroom."
Photo by Sheila Webber: cuckoo flower, Norway, May 2018

A Systematic Review of Information Literacy Programs in Higher Education: Jesse H. Shera Award winner

The winners of the 2018 Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research are the authors of the following open access paper:
Weightman, A., Farnell, D., Morris, D., Strange, H. and Hallam, G. (2017). A Systematic Review of Information Literacy Programs in Higher Education: Effects of Face-to-Face, Online, and Blended Formats on Student Skills and Views. Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, 12(3). You can find the full text here: https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/eblip/index.php/EBLIP/article/view/29088 and the abstract is: "Objective – Evidence from systematic reviews a decade ago suggested that face-to-face and online methods to provide information literacy training in universities were equally effective in terms of skills learnt, but there was a lack of robust comparative research. The objectives of this review were (1) to update these findings with the inclusion of more recent primary research; (2) to further enhance the summary of existing evidence by including studies of blended formats (with components of both online and face-to-face teaching) compared to single format education; and (3) to explore student views on the various formats employed. Methods – Authors searched seven databases along with a range of supplementary search methods to identify comparative research studies, dated January 1995 to October 2016, exploring skill outcomes for students enrolled in higher education programs. There were 33 studies included, of which 19 also contained comparative data on student views. Where feasible, meta-analyses were carried out to provide summary estimates of skills development and a thematic analysis was completed to identify student views across the different formats. Results – A large majority of studies (27 of 33; 82%) found no statistically significant difference between formats in skills outcomes for students. Of 13 studies that could be included in a meta-analysis, the standardized mean difference (SMD) between skill test results for face-to-face versus online formats was -0.01 (95% confidence interval -0.28 to 0.26). Of ten studies comparing blended to single delivery format, seven (70%) found no statistically significant difference between formats, and the remaining studies had mixed outcomes. From the limited evidence available across all studies, there is a potential dichotomy between outcomes measured via skill test and assignment (course work) which is worthy of further investigation. The thematic analysis of student views found no preference in relation to format on a range of measures in 14 of 19 studies (74%). The remainder identified that students perceived advantages and disadvantages for each format but had no overall preference. Conclusions – There is compelling evidence that information literacy training is effective and well received across a range of delivery formats. Further research looking at blended versus single format methods, and the time implications for each, as well as comparing assignment to skill test outcomes would be valuable. Future studies should adopt a methodologically robust design (such as the randomized controlled trial) with a large student population and validated outcome measures."
Photo by Sheila Webber: artefacts in Grieg's House, Bergen, Norway, May 2018

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Presentations from #LOEX2018

Presentations from the US information literacy conference LOEX are now available! As usual, a treasure trove of ideas,and I have only dipped into the list: also bear in mind that some presentations are mostly pictures, without so much of an indication of the content. A few presentations that I sampled and which do have enough on the slides to give you some interesting ideas are:
- Using Wikipedia as a Lens to Explore Critical Information Literacy in Library Credit Courses by Amanda Foster-Kaufman (Instruction Librarian) @ Wake Forest University
- Taking a Giant Leap – Using the Taxonomy of Significant Learning to Inform Instructional Design by Ashlynn Kogut (Education & Social Sciences Librarian) @ Texas A&M University
- Successful Landings: The Impact of Information Literacy Instruction on Transfer Student Success by Nancy Fawley (Director, Information & Instruction Services) @ University of Vermont, Ann Marshall (Information Services and Instruction Librarian) @ Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne and Mark Robison (First-Year Experience Librarian) @ Valparaiso University
- Know News: Librarians and Journalists Collaborating to Combat Misinformation by Laura Saunders (Associate Professor) @ Simmons School of Library and Information Science, Lisa Hinchliffe (Professor & Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction.) @ University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Rachel Gans-Boriskin (Senior Lecturer) @ Simmons Gwen Ifill College of Media Arts and Humanities (there is a blog for this project at http://slis.simmons.edu/blogs/disinformation/)
- Playing with Information in the Starfleet Academy: Gamifying the For-Credit Class by Stephanie Crowe (Social Sciences and History Librarian) @ University of North Carolina Wilmington. "In Fall 2017, two instructional services librarians co-taught a for-credit honors class entitled Pandemic: Playing with Information, Misinformation, and Disinformation. Students in the class were divided into teams to play a semester-long cooperative board game called Pandemic Legacy, in which they worked together to save the world from four deadly epidemic" (I haven't put a direct link as there is a pdf of the workshop presentation, plus 5 word documents that you need to look at, go to the page linked below and search through it to find this presentation)

The LOEX presentations are all linked from http://www.loexconference.org/sessions.html
Photo by Sheila Webber: Bergen, lake, May 2018

Monday, May 28, 2018

Online sessions from the #LOEX2018 conference

Some of the sessions from the USA's information literacy conference LOEX are being repeated online. They are all at 1-2pm US Eastern time (which is, e.g, 6-7pm UK time) and the cost varies from US $15 for people who attended the LOEX conference onsite to US $55 for people who are not LOEX members and didn't attend the conference. The sessions are:
June 14. Fake News, Lies, and a For-Credit Class: Lessons Learned from Teaching a 7-Week Fake News Undergraduate Library Course. Jo Angela Oehrli (University of Michigan)
June 15. Accessibility, the Final Frontier: These are our voyages into best practices... Shawn McCann (Oakland University) and Rebeca Peacock (Boise State University)
June 19. Aligning the Stars: Mapping Out a Collaboration Constellation. Hailley Fargo and Megan Gilpin (Penn State University)
June 20. The Librarians’ Guide to the Information Literacy Galaxy: Leading Campus Conversations. Sarah Richardson, Heather Beirne, Ashley Cole and Trenia Napier (Eastern Kentucky University)
More information at http://www.loexconference.org/virtual-sessions.html
Photo by Sheila Webber: Bergen, May 2018

Sunday, May 27, 2018

An Introduction to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

An online short course from Library Juice Academy, running from June 4 2018 to June 29 2018, is An Introduction to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, taught by Lauren Hays. The cost is US $175. More information from http://libraryjuiceacademy.com/179-SoTL.php
Photo by Sheila Webber: Grieg's house and the roof of the concert room, Bergen, Norway, May 2018

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Wiki University; Postdigital Critical Pedagogy

A site I came across recently, though it has been around for years, is Wiki University, a wiki for sites/pages that aim to deliver learning. I was alerted because of a new page Wikilearning and Postdigital Critical Pedagogy, which represents a keynote delivered by Juha Suoranta at the Network Learning Conference 2018, held in Zagreb on May 15, 2018: https://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Wikilearning_and_Postdigital_Critical_Pedagogy
The Wiki University includes some learning units/sites on media literacy, though mostly a few years old: the home page is at https://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Wikiversity:Main_Page
"Wikiversity is a site for the creation and use of free learning materials and activities. The mission of Wikiversity is to empower people to achieve their educational goals using resources produced by the free culture movement. The goal is to create a community of people on Wikiversity who support each other in their educational endeavors. " (source: https://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Introduction_to_Wikiversity)
Photo by Sheila Webber:Spring flowers, May 2018

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

cfp: The Information Literacy Framework: Case Studies of Successful Implementation

There is a call for chapters for a book to be published by Rowman and Littlefield in the ALISE book series (ALISE is the North American association for library and information educators). The working title is The Information Literacy Framework: Case Studies of Successful Implementation and the editors are Heidi Julien (University at Buffalo), Melissa Gross (Florida State University) and Don Latham (Florida State University). The book "is intended to help demystify how to incorporate ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education into information literacy instruction in higher education as well as how to teach the new Framework to pre-service librarians as part of their professional preparation. The book will bring together current case studies from academic librarians who are implementing the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education as well as cases from Library and Information Science faculty, who are working to prepare their pre-service students to practice in the new instructional environment. Individual chapters will describe how a library is implementing the Framework, or how the Framework is being taught to pre-service librarians. Chapters will focus on successes, while acknowledging challenges. Authors are expected to be reflective and tie their narratives to existing literature and to theory. Instructional librarians, administrators, educators, and students will benefit from the experiences of the people on the ground who are actively working to make the transition to the Framework in their professional practice."
The deadline for proposals (approx. 500 words) is August 1, 2018, and they should be sent to Heidi Julien (heidijul@buffalo.edu). The final chapters will be about 5000 words and will be due March 1, 2019.
Photo by Sheila Webber: lilac, Blackheath, May 2018

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

How do undergraduate students experience using information when preparing and participating in a career fair?

An interesting presentation addressing that research question was made at LOEX in May, based on a phenomenographic study of 7 management students who attended a careers fair. It was authored by Ilana Stonebraker, Clarence Maybee and Jessica Chapman of Purdue University and includes implications for informaton literacy.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Webinar: Critical Reading for Learning and Social Change

There is a free online panel discussion on 6 June 2018 from 1pm to 2pm US Central Standard Time (which is, e.g. 7-8pm UK time): Critical Reading for Learning and Social Change. The is the annual ACRL Instruction Section Virtual Discussion Forum. "Critical reading is defined as reading for a “. . . deeper understanding of how information is constructed, valued, and embedded within larger conversations.” But how can we best integrate critical reading into our professional practice? ... This panel will view the issue from a variety of perspectives including: teaching critical reading to different student groups, using effective teaching strategies for credit-bearing versus one-shot instruction, supporting critical reading in the university curriculum, and understanding research on critical reading."
Panelists include: Hannah Gascho Rempel (College of Agricultural Sciences Librarian & Graduate Student Services Coordinator, Oregon State University (moderator); Anne-Marie Deitering, Associate University Librarian for Learning Services, Oregon State University (moderator); Anne Jumonville Graf, First Year Experience Librarian/Associate Professor, Trinity University; Rosemary Green, Graduate Programs Librarian/Adjunct Professor, Shenandoah University; Stephanie Otis, Associate Dean for Public Services, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Register at: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_baCti-35Swq-Mg6rjSQVQA
Photo by Sheila Webber: Aquilegia and other spring flowers, Sheffield, May 2018

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Library Instruction West

Registration is open for Library Instruction West 2018, taking place 18-20 July 2018 in Colorado Mesa University, USA. The theme is The Confluence of Inspiration and Adventure! and the keynote speaker is Maria Konnikova. Registration at https://secure.touchnet.com/C21035_ustores/web/store_cat.jsp?STOREID=99&CATID=155&SINGLESTORE=true and conference schedule at https://liw2018.sched.com/
Photo by Sheila Webber: my apple blossom, May 2018

Friday, May 18, 2018

Webinar: Emerging Library Trends in FYE

A free (sponsored) webinar on June 13 2018 at 2pm US Eastern time, which is 7pm UK time, is Emerging Library Trends in FYE: New Ideas for Impacting Student Success. "From FYE to ROI to HIP, librarians are seeing new acronyms emerge in their campus administrations' initiatives. How can today's academic libraries position themselves to improve student success and retention, using high-impact practices (HIPs) to demonstrate a return-on-investment (ROI)? Many libraries struggle to define and implement their services in a way that meets these shifting expectations. However, new ideas, resources, and partnerships offer a path forward in support of these efforts. First year student success librarian Raymond Pun will discuss strategies, activities, and programs presented in The Credo FYE Guide: Practices for Enhancing Instructions (an open access publication by Credo Reference) to support these trends."
More information at http://www.choice360.org/librarianship/webinars/emerging-library-trends
Photo by Sheila Webber: cherry blossom, April 2018

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Seminar: Research Impact Value and LIS (RIVAL) #lis_rival

There is a free event on 11 July 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland: Research Impact Value and LIS (RIVAL). "This event will bring together members of three main groups – creators, users, and end-user beneficiaries of LIS research output – to explore concepts and examples of the impact and value of LIS research to services delivery in practice. The format of the day will encourage the strengthening of links between these interacting communities, narrow gaps between LIS research and practice, and lay the ground for future research-related support and collaborations across the sector.
"All are welcome to join the conversation: users of library and information services; library and information professionals; academic researchers; practitioner-researchers; and others with a stake in the future of LIS research, such as officials of the LIS professional and funding bodies. We are particularly keen to attract to the event those who work at the frontline of library and information services delivery, whether or not they are research-active or currently use the research outputs of others in their work."
Full details of the day's timetable and registration for the event at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rival-research-impact-value-and-lis-lis-rival-registration-45585730146
Photo by Sheila Webber: wisteria, May 2018

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Connecticut Information Literacy Conference

Registration is open for the 2018 Connecticut Information Literacy Conference, taking place on June 15, 2018 at the University of Hartford, CT, USA. "Instructional Design (ID) can call to mind different things depending on the industry, one’s role, or the given task at hand. Our conference this year will feature keynote speaker Kimberly Davies Hoffman, who will delve in to the pedagogical theory, practice, and philosophy of ID, and engage us in strengthening our instruction toolkit." More information at http://ctlibraryassociation.org/ctinfolit_home
Photo by Sheila Webber: cherry trees in Weston Park, April 2018

Call for papers: Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2018 Conference #globalMILweek

There is a Call for Papers for Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week 2018 Feature Conference and Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue (MILID) Yearbook 2018. The conference will be 24-25 October 2018 in Kaunas, Lithuania, as part of Global MIL Week (24 to 31 October). The theme is Media and Information Literate Cities: Voices, Powers and Change Makers
The conference is supported by UNESCO, UNAOC, the Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue (MILID) University Network, the UNESCO-initiated Global Alliance for Partnership on MIL (GAPMIL), in partnership with local hosts Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania) and University of Latvia (Latvia)
Proposals for academic papers and case study/project-related presentations are invited. They should be 500 words including references, plus a short biography of each author. The deadline is 30 May 2018. and the proposal should be submitted at https://en.unesco.org/feedback/call-papers-global-mil-week-2018-feature-conference-and-milid-yearbook-2018
Selected authors will be invited to present at the conference (which is free, but you need to cover your own expenses) and some selected authors will also be invited to submit full versions of their papers for publication in the MILID Yearbook 2018 (deadline for full papers 31 August 2018).
"Global MIL Week 2018 will address the concept of MIL Cities and citizens at their heart. ... Topics for papers and presentations should be within the fields of MIL and their connection to MIL Cities as dynamic environments of media, information and technology as well as innovative ways to advance MIL development among people. ... Submissions could be about MIL-related research, good practice, programmes, policies and other work. We are particularly interested in the multiple literacies and stakeholders, youth critical civic engagement, creative and sustainable cities, voter education, informed citizenry and online participation, freedom of expression, media pluralism, diversity, dialogue, and tolerance."
The themes to be addressed are: MIL Cities as creative and engaged communities for the sustainable development goals; MIL enabling civic engagement in city elections; Uniting power: Roles and responsibilities of key city actors in MIL (policymakers, educators, civil society organizations, academics); MIL relevant industries as changemakers for MIL cities (communication agencies, media outlets, technological intermediaries, film industries, gaming sector, content industries, etc.); Engagement in MIL movement as corporate social responsibility; Training and capacity-building for future MIL cities; Public policy discourses in MIL, algorithm, and automation in journalism and media production; Youth, social media activism, and change makers; MIL and news in the era of algorithms; Defining identities, privacy management, crime and cyberbullying in the (dis)connecting digital universe; Programming, artificial intelligence, surveillance, and virtual reality: Strengthening impact of digital environments with MIL; Hate speech and radicalization in public space; Propaganda, misinformation/disinformation, and persuasive technologies; Cultural and linguistic barriers to communication: MIL enabling contact between people on and off the web; MIL to build smart, secure, tolerant, and socially inclusive cities; Revitalizing city libraries, museums, and archives through creative MIL actions; Let the voices be heard: empowering active, resilient, engaged communities through MIL; MIL in the workplace; MIL partnerships for education; Evolution of peoples’ information needs throughout their lives in cities; Better city governance: MIL as e-governance participation and learning; MIL as a tool to build trust in media in cities; Using MIL to bridge cultural industries with grassroots city life; MIL as “stoplights” in cities: Meaning-making in music; Imagining city transportation and healthcare systems that stimulate MIL education; Stimulating entrepreneurship in cities through MIL
Theorizing MIL cities with a people's focus: Reflections on the Five Laws of MIL.
The website is at https://en.unesco.org/news/call-papers-global-media-and-information-literacy-week-2018-feature-conference-and-milid

Monday, May 14, 2018

MiLLi

MiLLi is Namibia’s Media and Information Literacy Learning Initiative, with a particular focus on youth and media. The website is at http://milli.edu.na/ and there is an article:
Odoj, J. (2018, 26 April). Discerning media consumers. https://www.dandc.eu/en/article/youth-namibia-learn-how-engage-media-ethical-and-competent-way
Photo by Sheila webber: my apple blossom, May 2018

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Tutorial on #fakenews

Karli Mair (Emerging Technologies Librarian at East Campus Library, Valencia College) has made available an online module about evaluating online news articles. Mair wrote "The content is a mixture of video, text, and activities to demonstrate the fake news types: completely fake, distorted, satire, and clickbait. A practice quiz with feedback and a final quiz using actual news sources provide assessment of news evaluation skills. All content is sourced through Creative Commons, the public domain, by permission, or it is written by me. It takes about 45-60 minutes for students to complete."
The module has aims aligning with the ACRL Information Literacy Framework.
Until October 2018 it is available without having to download on iSpring Cloud at https://ispri.ng/lkYpJIt
It is also available on Canvas Commons Module under the title How to Spot Fake News for the Public Mair writes "The module uses SCORM, so your school must have the SCORM LTI enabled for the module to report to the gradebook. The Canvas version of the module includes a question bank to promote academic honesty.... If you do end up using the module, please let me know how!"
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wHYTTW-s7Noaypk3kJbUVdFAQsMnTjPd/view?usp=sharing
Photo by Sheila Webber: early cherry blossom, April 2018

Friday, May 11, 2018

New articles: Survey of infolit teaching practices; Seeking information with Yik Yak; Engineering faculty; Vignettes; Shame

The latest issue of open access journal College and Research Libraries (volume 79 issue 2, 2018) includes:
- Survey of Information Literacy Instructional Practices in U.S. Academic Libraries by Heidi Julien, Melissa Gross, Don Latham . A particularly interesting article for readers of this blog "An online survey sent to the community of professional librarians in the United States who provide information literacy instruction in academic libraries provided insights into their practices and the challenges they face. Data include current pedagogical methods, client groups of focus, assessment and evaluation, marketing, instructional objectives, incorporating the new Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education into instruction, the role of technology in instruction, the importance of relationships with faculty and administrators, and a range of common challenges faced by instructional librarians."
- Should We Yak Back? Information Seeking among Yik Yak Users on a University Campus by Elizabeth Price ("an exploratory analysis of the postings on Yik Yak in the geographic area of a four-year, regional public institution during the 2015–2016 academic year")
- Analyzing Citation and Research Collaboration Characteristics of Faculty in Aerospace, Civil and Environmental, Electrical and Computer, and Mechanical Engineering by Li Zhang
- Vignettes: Implications for LIS Research by Allison Benedetti, John Jackson, Lili Luo ("We use two research projects, one focused on the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education and one on the vocabulary used to describe library services, to discuss the strengths of vignettes and implications for LIS research.)
- Shame: The Emotional Basis of Library Anxiety by Erin L. McAfee
The contents page for the issue is at https://crl.acrl.org/index.php/crl/issue/view/1091/showToc
Photo by Sheila Webber: young beech leaves and Firth Court, May 2018

Thursday, May 10, 2018

cfp Innovations in Learning and Teaching in Academic Libraries

There is a call for paper proposals for a special issue of the New Review of Academic Librarianship focusing on Innovations in Learning and Teaching in Academic Libraries and edited by Sheila Corrall and Liz Jolly. The deadline is July 2 2018. "The themed issue will focus on innovative developments in library contributions to the educational mission of their parent institution. Proposed submissions could be reports of empirical investigations of service innovations, state-of-the-art surveys or reviews of emergent practices, or single or multi-site case studies of strategic initiatives. Topics may include, but are not limited to: Innovative contributions to student learning, undergraduate research, faculty teaching, or curriculum development; Innovative approaches to co-creation and incorporation of the student voice; Innovative services and support for first-year students, international students, remote learners, or under-represented groups. Innovative contributions to student enrollment, student experience, student progression and retention, and student success; Innovative collaborations and partnerships with other units, such as careers services, student services, teaching centers, or writing centers; Innovative approaches to measurement and assessment of library impact on student and institutional performance, including participation in learning analytics initiatives."
Abstracts should be sbout 500 words (excluding references) and cover the background and purpose of the innovation or initiative described, the approach used to investigate the subject (e.g. survey), a brief description of the innovation, and the key findings and insights gained, highlighting learning points for academic libraries. Send the abstract as an email attachment to scorrall@pitt.edu
Abstracts will be evaluated against the following criteria: Connection and relevance to the issue theme; Originality and significance of the innovation described; Explanation of the rationale for the innovation; Potential impact on professional thinking and practice; Clarity and coherence of the written submission. Authors of accepted abstracts have to submit full papers (5,000-7,000 words) by December 3, 2018.
Photo by Sheila Webber: Hawthorn, May 2018

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Lutte contre les fake news

There is a free seminar in Paris, France, on 5 June 2018: Lutte contre les fake news : quels défis pour l’information scientifique, les bibliothèques et les journalistes? (It will, of course, be in French). Librarians, researchers and journalists will discuss issues concerned with fake news or misinformation. The event is organised by l'ADBU, The Conversation France, le CARISM (IFP) and La Croix. Further information and registration at https://www.eventbrite.fr/e/inscription-journee-detude-lutte-contre-les-fake-news-quels-defis-pour-linformation-scientifique-les-45372690940
Photo by Sheila Webber: My apple blossom, May 2018

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Recent articles: Big 6; music and information literacy; publication output

Some recent articles/chapter available on open access:
- Baji, F., Bigdeli,Z., Parsa, A. and Haeusler, C. (2018) Developing information literacy skills of the 6th grade students using the Big 6 model. Malaysian Journal of Library & Information Science, 23(1), 1-15, https://ajba.um.edu.my/index.php/MJLIS/article/view/11088
- Manus, S. (2018). Embedding the Framework: Using Embedded Librarian Techniques to Facilitate Music Information Literacy. In: Abromeit, K.A. (Ed.). Ideas, strategies, and scenarios in music information literacy. Middleton, Wisconsin: A-R Editions, Inc. and Music Library Association. Open access version at https://discoverarchive.vanderbilt.edu/handle/1803/8779
- Veer, D., Khiste, G. and Deshmukh, R. (2018). Publication Productivity of ‘Information Literacy’ in Scopus during 2007 to 2016. Asian Journal of Research in Social Sciences and Humanities, 8(2), 171-183. It is available open access at https://www.researchgate.net/publication/322931219_Publication_Productivity_of_%27Information_Literacy%27_in_Scopus_during_2007_to_2016
Photo by Sheila Webber: Beech leaves by Firth Court, May 2018

Friday, May 04, 2018

Short online course: Translating the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy into Our Teaching Practices

An upcoming online Library Juice Aacdemy course is: Translating the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy into Our Teaching Practices. The educator is Andrea Baer and it runs from May 7 to June 15 2018. The cost is US $250. More information and registration at http://libraryjuiceacademy.com/119-framework.php
Photo by Sheila Webber: cherry and aircraft trail, May 2018

Thursday, May 03, 2018

IATUL Webinar series: starting 17 May 2018

A series of free webinars has been organised by the IATUL (International Association of University Libraries) Special Interest Group for Information Literacy. You can see from the list below that there is an international range of contributors. The first session is:
Academic Identity Management 17 May 2018 at 9am UTC, which is e.g. 10am UK time, 11am in Germany, 5am in US Eastern time. Leaders are: Caroline Leiss (Head of Information Services, University Library, Technical University of Munich, Germany) and Tina Hohmann (Subject Librarian Architecture, Information Services, University Library, Technical University of Munich, Germany). "How can you make sure that you get credit for all of your scientific publications? In this webinar we will explain the concept of academic identity management and present the main identity systems: ORCID, ResearcherID, Scopus Author Identifier and Google Citations. You will find out which system is useful for you and how to create and maintain your author profiles."
The remainder of the webinars are:
- How can I teach information literacy classes? I'm a librarian not a teacher 1 June 2018: Yuyun W. Ishak
- "Lost in Antarctica" - a game-based approach on teaching information literacy 26 July 2018: Simone Kibler
- Library as partner in Curriculum Design at La Trobe University 2 October 2018: Sharon Karasmanis & Caroline Ondracek
- Case study of an information literacy integration journey at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) 18 October 2018: Janine Lockhart
- User centred online learning design experiences at University of Auckland – usability testing and design thinking 16 November 2018: Dr. Li Wang
For more information and to register go to https://www.iatul.org/services/special-interest-groups/sig-il/iatul-webinar-series-information-literacy-international
For more info on the IATUL group: https://www.iatul.org/services/special-interest-groups/sig-il
Photo by Sheila Webber: pink cherry, May 2018

Presentations on copyright literacy

There are are a large number of presentations from the Icepops 2018 International Copyright Literacy conference held on 3 April 2018 in Liverpool, UK. They are at https://copyrightliteracy.org/upcoming-events/icepops-international-copyright-literacy-event-with-playful-opportunities-for-practitioners-and-scholars/icepops-2018-photos-and-presentations/

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Call for chapters: Framing Health Care Instruction: An Information Literacy Handbook for the Health Sciences

There is a call for chapters (deadline 22 June 2018) for a new book edited by Lauren M. Young (Samford University, USA) and Elizabeth G. Hinton (University of Mississippi Medical Center): Framing Health Care Instruction: An Information Literacy Handbook for the Health Sciences. This "is an upcoming handbook that will serve as a primer on the ACRL Framework and its application in health sciences information literacy instruction. Through descriptive content and case studies, this book will serve as both a primer for health sciences librarians new to bibliographic instruction and as a source of didactic inspiration for those currently working in the domain. ... This book will discuss information literacy instruction in progressively higher-stakes health sciences populations (undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, professional) in academic and hospital settings. The needs of specific health sciences disciplines will be addressed, as will varying instructional formats and didactic approaches. Assessment standards relating to information literacy will also be discussed. ... Each Frame-based chapter will be accompanied by four case studies, representing the important work you are doing in this field at your institutions. Case studies will feature information literacy lesson plans that target our identified learning populations, and we are seeking a wide variety of health sciences/medical disciplines (e.g., allopathic and osteopathic medicine, dentistry, nursing, allied health, social work, etc.)."
Proposals must include: Name; Position; Institution; Email; Mailing address; ACRLFrame(s); Discipline; Setting (e.g. lesson accompanying library instruction for junior nursing students beginning their clinical rotations); Learning outcomes; Title of proposed lesson plan.
Email proposals to framing.healthcare@gmail.com by June 22. Complete text (600-800 words) will be neeeded by August 31, if accepted.
Photo by Sheila Webber: cherry blossom in Weston Park, April 2018

Monday, April 30, 2018

Information Literacy at the CILIP conference

The CILIP Conference takes place in Brighton, UK, July 4-5 2018. Information is at http://cilipconference.org.uk/ and it includes a session on Learning and Information Literacy. My department, the Information School, University of Sheffield, is sponsoring careers workshops. There is a bursary from the CILIP Information Literacy Group (for an ILG member, closing date 3 May 2018). More information on that at https://infolit.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/CILIPConferenceBursary.pdf
Photo by C Webber: Rainbow over Brighton Pier, 2007

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Teachmeet in Bristol

There will be a teachmeet at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK, on 11 June 2018, organised by ARLG South West. "This Teachmeet is aimed at librarians working within academic and research libraries primarily but if you have something to share or something to learn about teaching, this is the opportunity to boost your creativity as you're thinking ahead to the new year." There are spaces for presenters and delegates. More information and (free) registration at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/library-teachmeet-at-uwe-bristol-frenchay-campus-monday-11th-june-2018-tickets-45338737384?aff=es2
Photo by Sheila Webber: cherry blossom, April 2018

Recordings: 23 Framework things

There is the recording for the 23 Framework Things: The Humanities Librarian’s Guide to the ACRL Framework webinar that took place earlier in the month at http://ala.adobeconnect.com/ppu7sq5n3lg8/ (though I know that people with Apple devices may have problems with Adobe Connect recordings) and the slides are at https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1koHTdQOEWmAvIj-Y_CSR5V6twLhrp0lVy0JYHdi3y2c/edit#slide=id.p
Photo by Sheila Webber: Beech leaves appearing by Firth Court, April 2018

Friday, April 27, 2018

Webcast: #CriticalThinking About Sources: Lessons and Activities for First-Year Students

There is a one-hour priced webcast on 2 May 2018 at 1pm US Central time, which is 7pm UK time: Critical Thinking About Sources: Lessons and Activities for First-Year Students, run by ACRL. "Transitioning from high school to college can be challenging for students and for the educators and librarians who support those students. ... In this webcast, learn strategies, techniques, and ideas for ways to help students develop their critical thinking skills, with a particular focus on helping students deal with different types of sources. Ensuring that students can not only identify different types of sources, from scholarly works to opinion pieces to sponsored content, but can also delve more deeply into how and why different types of sources are produced can be a way to empower students with the skills they need to find and use information for a variety of purposes. Unpack some of the concepts, competencies, and ideas surrounding critical thinking skills more broadly and thinking critically about sources more specifically. Leave with concrete strategies, materials, and talking points that you can use in your teaching and outreach efforts." The presenter is Sarah Morris (Learning and Assessment Librarian at the University of Texas at Austin). The costs are: ACRL member: $50; ALA member: $75; Nonmember: $90; Student: $40. Go to http://www.ala.org/acrl/onlinelearning/criticalthinking
Photo by Sheila Webber: pink cherry blossom, April 2018

@Philbradley on Fake News

Information expert Phil Bradley will be the keynote speaker at the CILIP London AGM on 9 May 2018 6pm, on Fake news, the true story. It is free for CILIP members. Information and registration at https://www.cilip.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1082116&group=

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Teachmeet: Information literacy and academic study skills; crossover and collaboration

At Aston University, Birmingham, UK, on 6 June 2018 1-4pm there is a teachmeet: Information literacy and academic study skills; an informal discussion of the crossover and benefits of collaboration. "Teaching is increasingly a part of an academic librarian's role and the crossover between information literacy and academic study skills can become blurred. The way in which this is organised in institutions differs greatly and one of the aims of this teachmeet is to explore the options and what works best." They seek presenters to give 15 minute talks (just a couple of spots remaining at time of posting) and participative audience members. There is more information and registration at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/information-literacy-and-academic-study-skills-an-informal-discussion-around-the-crossover-and-tickets-45230392321
Photo by Sheila Webber: cherry trees in Weston Park, April 2018

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Call for chapters: Social Media for Communication and Instruction in Academic Libraries

Jennifer Joe and Elisabeth Knight are editing a forthcoming book to be published by IGI: Social Media for Communication and Instruction in Academic Libraries. Proposals for chapters should be submitted by 30 April 2018. "This publication seeks to be an up-to-date, “post-truth” look at the importance of social media in all facets of library marketing and instruction at the academic (post-secondary) level." Suggested topics include: Social Media as an Information Literacy Tool; Social Media as an Information Literacy Topic; Social Media Assessment for Library Instruction. More information and submission guidelines at: https://www.igi-global.com/publish/call-for-papers/call-details/3277
Photo by Sheila Webber: cheery blossom in the park, April 2018

Monday, April 23, 2018

New articles: Fake news; Stress; government sources; theatre students; theses; interdisciplinary infolit

The latest issue of priced publication Reference Services Review is Volume 46 Issue 1. Articles include:
- Seeing through the network: A focus on interdisciplinary student research and information discovery: Dany Savard (pp. 4 - 15)
- Thesis consultation: a review: Karlene Patricia Robinson, Karlene Saundria Nelson, Jessica Claire Lewis (pp. 16 - 28)
- Tapping government sources for course assignments: Eleonora Dubicki, Susan Bucks (pp. 29 - 41)
- Performance review: online research guides for theater students: Julia Furay (pp. 91 - 109)
- A rubric and methodology for benchmarking referral goals: David Ward, JoAnn Jacoby (pp. 110 - 127)
- Stress among reference library staff in academic and public libraries: Marija Petek (pp. 128 - 145)
- Fake news judgement: The case of undergraduate students at Notre Dame University-Louaize, Lebanon: Maroun El Rayess, Charla Chebl, Joseph Mhanna, Re-Mi Hage (pp. 146 - 149)
Table of contents and abstracts at https://www.emeraldinsight.com/toc/rsr/46/1
Photo by Sheila Webber: cherry blossom in my garden, April 2018

Friday, April 20, 2018

Teachmeet 6 June

Middlesex University, London, UK are running a late afternoon (16.00-18.30) free teachmeet on 6 June 2018. "We need people to share things. What we want from you is short (5 mins max) presentations and or activities to inspire and enthuse colleagues. We can do 10 of these in the time we have. The room we have allows us a maximum audience of 50 people. Tea and coffee will be provided. The Quad café will be open for you to buy sandwiches on the day. At the end of the event, a tour of the Sheppard Library will be available. Email Adam Edwards A.Edwards@MDX.AC.UK with contact details and a short summary of what you'd like to present. Booking for all participants is at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/teachmeet-tickets-45233679152
Photo by Sheila Webber: Art at St Pancras station: Tracey Emin's neon sign in the background and one of these silhouttes in the foreground.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Webinar recordings: Developing an Instruction Community of Practice; Gendered Labour

Two recordings of recent webinars. Firstly, Collective Learning: Developing an Instruction Community of Practice, devlivered on April 11 2018, organised by the ACRL Instruction Section’s Management and Leadership Committee and with presentations from Amanda Peters and Doreen Bradley (University of Michigan) and Marybeth McCartin (New York University) and Nicole Brown (UC Berkeley). The links to the recording and slides are at http://acrl.ala.org/IS/recording-for-collective-learning-developing-an-instruction-community-of-practice/
Secondly, also on April 11 2018, ACRL Instruction Section’s Teaching Methods Committee ran a webinar Gendered Labor and Library Instruction Coordination, with the contributors being Veronica Arellano Douglas and Joanna Gadsby. They "examined the structures and expectations inherent in the role of instruction coordinators through a critical feminist lens" and a discussion followed. The links are at http://acrl.ala.org/IS/icymi-teaching-methods-virtual-event-recording/
Photo by Sheila webber: daffodils, Sheffield, April 2018