Thursday, July 19, 2018

ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology

Another useful thing I had missed (published October 2017) was the ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology. "ECAR collaborated with 157 institutions to collect responses from 13,451 faculty respondents across 7 countries about their technology experiences. ECAR also collaborated with 124 institutions to collect responses from 43,559 undergraduate students across 10 countries about their technology experience" The majority of insitutions where from the USA: 110 US vs. 14 from elsewhere. "data and analysis related to the following topics:Device ownership; Campus technology experiences; Security training and practices; Sources of technology support; Classroom technology experiences; Desired technologies for teaching and learning; Student success technology evaluations; Perspectives and preferences for teaching and learning environments; Classroom mobile experiences and policies."
A few highlighted findings were "When it comes to meeting technological support needs, students' default modality is DIY"; "Students are remarkably savvy about keeping their technology secure." and "Laptops are king, smartphones are queen, and tablets are on the way out".
The report is at:
Photo by Sheila Webber: dusk on the front at Brighton, July 2018

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The librarians’ book on teaching through games and play

Andrew Walsh has put online an early release version of his book The librarians’ book on teaching through games and play. You can download it at
Photo by Sheila Webber: seagull, Brighton, July 2018

Monday, July 16, 2018

2018 Horizon report preview

I had missed the preview of the 2018 Higher Education Horizon Report. The full report comes out next month, but this 18 page preview summaries the main forecast trends. These are:
I. Key Trends Accelerating Technology Adoption in Higher Education
Long-Term Trends: Driving Ed Tech adoption in higher education for five or more years

- Advancing Cultures of Innovation;
- Cross-Institution & Cross-Sector Collaboration
Mid-Term Trends: Driving Ed Tech adoption in higher education for the next three to five years
- Proliferation of Open Educational Resources;
- Rise of New Forms of Interdisciplinary Studies
Short-Term Trends: Driving Ed Tech adoption in higher education for the next one to two years
- Growing Focus on Measuring Learning;
- Redesigning Learning Spaces
II.Significant Challenges Impeding Technology Adoption in Higher Education
Solvable Challenges: Those that we understand and know how to solve

- Authentic Learning Experiences;
- Improving Digital Literacy
Difficult Challenges: Those that we understand but for which solutions are elusive
- Adapting Organizational Designs to the Future of Work;
- Advancing Digital Equity
Wicked Challenges: Those that are complex to even define, much less address
- Economic and Political Pressures;
- Rethinking the Roles of Educators
III.Important Developments in Educational Technology for Higher Education
Time-to-Adoption Horizon: One Year or Less

- Analytics Technologies;
- Makerspaces
Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Two to Three Years
- Adaptive Learning Technologies;
- Artificial Intelligence
Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Four to Five Years
- Mixed Reality;
- Robotics
Download from
Photo by Sheila Webber: Palace Pier, Brighton, July 2018

Friday, July 13, 2018

LILi conference: It’s Not Just Academic

The 5th Annual LILi (Lifelong Information Literacy) Conference is on August 17 2018 at Glendale Public Library (California, USA). The theme is It’s Not Just Academic: Bridging Gaps with Information Empowerment in All Libraries and there is a nice variety of sessions. Registration is open, and further information is on the website at
Photo by Sheila Webber: cherries from my tree, July 2018.

Research Smarter resource sheets

The CILIP Information Literacy Group (ILG) has published revised versions of its Research Smarter resource sheets "designed to help secondary school students research effectively and be information literate". There are 10 of them, each 1 or 2 sides of A4, "made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 licence, so they can be shared, reproduced and re-used widely". Topics include: Referencing your research; Why do I need to research my topic?; Research is a messy process; What search engines are out there? They were originally developed for the TeenTech challenge: the Link your project to what your end user actually wants and needs sheet could have done with a little more work to make it generically useful, I think, but they generally look useful.
You can get the sheets at

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Information Into Action? Reflections On (Critical) Practice #wilu2018

From the Canadian WILU conference: the full text of the keynote from Karen Nicholson (University of Guelph): Information Into Action? Reflections On (Critical) Practice which provides a useful critique of the focus on libraries and practitioners being "innovative" "active" and "shiny" rather than critical, reflective, meaningful etc.
Photo by Sheila Webber: between Bergen and Stavanger, May 2018

7 Things You Should Know About Open Education Content #openaccess #oers

Latest in the EDUCAUSE "7 Things" series is 7 Things You Should Know About Open Education: Content. Just 2 pages long it addresses the questions (those are the "things") 1. What is it? (This starts "Open educational resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research materials in any medium that reside in the public domain or that have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation, and redistribution by others.") 2 How does it work? 3 Who’s doing it? (Giving examples of repositories and use: I think all the examples are North American) 4 Why is it significant? 5 What are the downsides? 6 Where is it going? 7 What are the implications for teaching and learning?
Obviously this is a simplification of the issues, but very handy if you are introducing people to the concept.
Download (open access) from
Photo by Sheila Webber: Honeysuckle, Lewes, July 2018

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

New articles: lessons from a viral cat; indigenous matters; buttons; distance learning outreach; popping in

The latest issue of open access journal College and Research Libraries News (volume 79 issue 7, 2018) includes:
- Going viral: Copyright lessons from Max the Cat by Rebecca S. Wingo, Alexis Logsdon, Christopher Schommer. This starts "On November 29, 2017, a photo of a sign asking library patrons “please do not let in the cat” went viral. It wasn’t long before the Internet lore surrounding Max the Cat exceeded the scope of the original post." One of the lessons is "If students see your slides without citation, and yet you dock their final grade because they didn’t cite their sources, then you’re not modeling good behavior"
- Collective leadership and participation with indigenous matters: Redefining indigenous literacy by Te Paea Paringatai
- Outreach, engagement, learning, and fun in 60 seconds: Button making at the Rutgers University Libraries by Megan Lotts, Tara Maharjan (that's pin-on buttons with slogans, pictures etc. on them)
- Being there at a distance: Connecting the academic library to students who study abroad by Celia Emmelhainz, Marilyn R. Pukkila
- Encouraging users to pop in: Popcorn Day in the medical library by Natasha Williams, Shalu Gillum
Go to
Photo by Sheila Webber: Deck chair, Palace Pier, Brighton, July 2018

Monday, July 09, 2018

Global MIL week website #globalmilweek

UNESCO now have a website for their 2018 Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) week/initiative, which is focused on media and information literate cities. Global MIL week is 24 - 31 October 2018. There is still time to respond to the call for papers (deadline 16 July) and they encourage people to organise events around the world in that week. The main MIL week website is at and the call for papers is at

Sunday, July 08, 2018

Surveys: scholarly communication; libraries' civic engagement

Two surveys underway in the USA. The US Association of College and Research Libraries is carrying out a survey to find out about academic librarians' views on open, inclusive, and equitable systems of scholarship, and priorities concerning the research environment and scholarly communications. Deadline is 13 July 2018. A recent presentation on the project this is part of is here, this is the project description and the survey is at
I think that survey is open to anyone, but the next one is really focused on libraries (of any kind) in the USA only. The American Library Association (ALA) are updating their resource showing how libraries are supporting democracy and civic engagement in their communities, soliciting examples through a survey open until July 16 2018, Libraries, Democracy, and Civic Engagement: go to
Thanks to Esther Grassian for drawing my attention to these.

Photo by Sheila Webber: Brighton, July 2018

Thursday, July 05, 2018

cfp: From Transmissive to Transformative Pedagogies

There is a call for proposals for a conference taking place 15-17 November 2018 in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India: From Transmissive to Transformative Pedagogies: Digital Technologies for Fostering 21st Century Competencies (TECH2018) (TECH = Transforming Education Conference for Humanity). The proposal deadline is 1st August 2018. The conference "aims to showcase the role of games and digital learning in enabling a shift from “transmissive pedagogies” to “transformative pedagogies” to create peaceful and sustainable societies."
It is organised by the UNESCO MGIEP: The Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP), which "is UNESCO’s category 1 Research Institute that focuses on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4.7 towards education for building peaceful and sustainable societies across the world. In line with its vision of ‘Transforming Education for Humanity’, the Institute employs the whole-brain approach to education, with programmes that are designed to mainstream Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in education systems, innovate digital pedagogies and to put youth as global citizens at the centre of the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development." The themes are:
Theme 1: Transformative Gaming and Digital Pedagogies for SEL
Theme 2: Beyond Four Walls of the Classroom
Theme 3: Transformative Gaming and Digital Pedagogiesfor STEM+
Theme 4: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Education
Theme 5: The Institutional Framework for Application of Digital Technologies in Education: Towards Surveillance or Collaborative Intelligence?
Further Details: Conference Website:
Application Form:
Photo by Sheila Webber: Brighton, July 2018

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

New articles: misconceptions; IL testing; artists' IL

There is a new issue of the open access journal Communications in Information Literacy; Volume 12, Issue 1 (2018). The articles are:
- Predictable Information Literacy Misconceptions of First-Year College Students by Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, Allison Rand, and Jillian Collier
- SAILS, Take 2: An Exploration of the “Build Your Own Test” Standardized IL Testing Option for Canadian Institutions by Rumi Y. Graham, Nichole Eva, and Sandra Cowan
- Crossing the Studio Art Threshold: Information Literacy and Creative Populations by Sarah Carter, Heather Koopmans, and Alice Whiteside
Go to
Photo by Sheila Webber: travellers in Stavanger, May 2018

Monday, July 02, 2018

Health Information Week 2018 #HIW2018

This week is Health Information Week, 2-8 July 2018. The website is at and includes a template powerpoint slide which health library and information professionals are encouraged to fill out to promote their own successes and stories here
There was a #ukmedlibs chat about the week which is archived here and there is a post about health literacy on the ILG blog here. There are evidently loads of local activities going on - examples are here and
Use the hashtag #HIW2018

Friday, June 29, 2018

Recent articles: Trends in academic libraries; collaboration; students in the conversation

The latest issue of open access journal College and Research Libraries News (volume 79 issue 6, 2018) includes:
- 2018 top trends in academic libraries: A review of the trends and issues affecting academic libraries in higher education ("Every other year, the ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee produces a document on top trends in higher education as they relate to academic librarianship.") One of the top trends concerns information literacy and fake news.
- Academic collaboration for experiential learning: Perspectives on using archival collections and information literacy in history education by Abigail P. Dowling, Kathryn Wright, Kristen Bailey
- Who’s left out of the conversation: The problem of marginalizing students in the scholarly conversation by Allan Van Hoye
Go to
Photo by Sheila Webber: summer flowers, June 2018

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Recent articles: Outcomes assessment; Boolean or not; perspectives on IL; EBLIP

The latest issue of open access journal College and Research Libraries (volume 79 issue 4, 2018) includes:
- Outcomes Assessment in Undergraduate Information Literacy Instruction: A Systematic Review by Allison Erlinger
- The Boolean is Dead, Long Live the Boolean! Natural Language versus Boolean Searching in Introductory Undergraduate Instruction by M. Sara Lowe, Bronwen K. Maxson, Sean, M. Stone, Willie Miller, Eric Snajdr, Kathleen Hanna
- Three Perspectives on Information Literacy in Academia: Talking to Librarians, Faculty, and Students by Anna Yevelson-Shorsher, Jenny Bronstein
- Experiencing Evidence-Based Library and Information Practice (EBLIP): Academic Librarians' Perspective by Lili Luo
Go to
Photo by Sheila Webber: used plate, Munch Museum, May 2018

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Command-line searching and acoustic couplers: BBC Computer Literacy Project videos

A large number of 1980s videos have been put on line documenting the "state of the art" and issues of the day, in the BBC Computer Literacy Project 1980-1989 website at There were a number of BBC TV series associated with the project. If you were (like me) around then, this will be a source of nostalgia. If not,  these could be a prompt for discussion around the impact of technology on our lives and work, and to highlight aspects of daily life that are taken for granted now, but which were seen as novel then.

Certainly a stimulus for then-and-now discussion is the episode Changing with the Times (1984), which looks at the changes in use of technology in producing newspapers at the New York Times and the implications for news production.

The episode on Electronic Information (1986: warning: it is narrated by Andrew Neil) includes an explanation of why legal information benefits from being searchable online, the dismal state of the UK database industry (LEXIS having taken over and closed down Eurolex), and the impact of Eddy Shah on the way news is produced.

The one prompting most nostalgia for me was It's on the computer (1982) "Storing information is what the great majority of computers are used for. But how much can they hold, and how can the stored information be easily retrieved?" This includes a trip to The British Library's science reading room** (I worked for the BL in the 1980s, including at this site) and later on a demonstration of searching, carried out by a former colleague (very slowly, command line, on a small screen).

The episode on Email (1986), includes a demonstration text search of World Reporter, and a presenter using a public telephone to send an email:  dialling up the local PSS (Packet Switched Network) node and embedding the handset into the acoustic coupler (see photo) of a portable terminal carried around in a small suitcase (I used one of those, too).

Most of you probably don't remember videotex (my history includes designing the British Library's Prestel database), but again the episode on Prestel,  and the more successful French Minitel videotex service, demonstrate one step on the path to online for everyone (it was text on your TV! you could go through a load of menus to try and find the information you wanted (no searching)!)

There are many, many more topics covered including gaming, use of technology at work, women and IT, and educational software.

**I note that the description mis-names the library as the "British Museum Library" which was a common problem in those days, when the British Library was less than 10 years old.

Photo by secretlondon123 "analogue modem", downloaded from Flickr at made available under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Recent articles: employability; collaboration; First Year Experience

The latest issue of the open access journal Collaborative Librarianship (Volume 10, Issue 1, 2018) includes:
- Librarians and ESL Instructors as Campus Partners in Collaboration and Alliance Building by Karen Bordonaro
- What we can learn from Wikipedia: Why we should jump on board by Lori Bowen Ayre
- An Exploration of Academic Librarian Positions Dedicated to Serving First Year College Students by Katelyn Angell
Go to
Additionally, a paper from my university:
- Mawson, M. and Haworth, A.C. (2018). Supporting the employability agenda in university libraries: A case study from the University of Sheffield. Information and Learning Science, 119 (1-2),  101-108. open access version at
Photo by Sheila Webber: bicycles in the park, Oslo, May 2018

Frameworks for Blended and Online Course Design

The latest in the ACRL Instruction Section, Instructional Technologies Committee Tips and Trends series is Frameworks for Blended and Online Course Design (by Sarah McDaniel). As usual it is a concise (3 page) document, summarising key ideas and giving some links and references. Download it at and the whole series is listed at

Monday, June 25, 2018

Digital footprint awareness & Digital assembly 2018 #DA18eu

Firstly, today and tomorrow (Tuesday 26 June 2018) there's the Digital assembly 2018 "a major annual forum that gathers more than 1,000 stakeholders and high-level policymakers to debate the EU digital policy and the implications of recent technological developments". It is too late for today's livestreaming (sorry) but there are more events tomorrow. Go to for the programme and links to the livestream.

Secondly, EAVI – Media Literacy and Citizenship and DLEARN - European Digital Learning Network are running a survey about awareness of your digital footprint. It is a research survey, so it can't be used as a self-education tool, but the research will contribute to a report which will be publically available (also, you may find the questions interesting if you are thinking of setting up digital footprint awareness quizes!) "This survey is designed to collect data relating to individuals’ awareness about their digital footprint. It will also assess the current and desired level of control exercised by citizens over their digital footprint, as well as the protections and safeguards they would like to implement in the future. The final report will be shared and discussed with the European Commission and freely available for everyone." The survey is at

Katharine Macy - Featured Teaching Librarian

Katharine Macy (Business & Economics Librarian, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis) is the latest ACRL Instruction Section Teaching Methods Committee’s Featured Teaching Librarian. The interview with her is here:
Photo by Sheila Webber: white lilac in Oslo, May 2018

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Critical Perspectives on Digital Literacies

There is a call for proposals for a thematic issue on Critical Perspectives on Digital Literacies: Creating a Path Forward in the open access journal Media and Communication. Deadline for the submission of abstracts is 15 September 2018. The full call for proposals is at

Thursday, June 21, 2018

New discussion list, and presentations on #fakenews

There is a new jiscmail email discussion list, aimed at library and information professionals interested in issues around fake news. Go to to subscribe. This follows up from the This Is Not A Fake Conference run at London South Bank University (UK) in June 2018. The presentations from this are at
There are a lot of interesting-looking presentations including New research needs to be better reported and librarians can help with that (Andy Tattersall); Critical Approaches to Sourcing Information on the Web and Fake News (Carol Hollier); The Charlotte Project - Engaging youth on fake news (Peter Keep).
Photo by Sheila Webber: lilac, Oslo, May 2018

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

#WorldRefugeeDay #WithRefugees

Today is World Refugee Day. There is a message from the United Nations Secretary General here 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
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]
- 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.
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:
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:
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 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:
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. ("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.
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 and the full Call for Proposals, including a book chapter template are at
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 and
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

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 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 and the chatlog here
Some links mentioned during the session were:
- Hypothesis web annotation app
- a book: Manarin, K. et al (2015) Critical Reading in Higher Education: Academic Goals and Social Engagement.
- 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
- A written interview with Stephanie Otis about the presentation "Reading is Research"
- Red Light, Yellow Light for Truth: A routine focusing students on signs of puzzles of truth
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:
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
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:
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
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
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:

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 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 or

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.

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
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 Go to:
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 (
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: 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
- 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
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
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
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:
The Wiki University includes some learning units/sites on media literacy, though mostly a few years old: the home page is at
"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:
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 ( 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:
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 and conference schedule at
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
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:
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
Photo by Sheila Webber: cherry trees in Weston Park, April 2018