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
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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
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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