Monday, March 18, 2019

European Media Literacy Week #EUmedialiteracyweek #infolit

The first European Media Literacy Week takes place this week (18 March to 22 March 2019) "The goal of the European Media Literacy Week is to raise awareness of the importance of media literacy across the EU and to highlight different existing initiatives, in particular those at regional and national level". Events include a conference taking place tomorrow in Brussels: I am attending this and aim to liveblog some of the sessions.
There is a list of events here We (Information School, University of sheffield) have organised a webinar at the end of this week to celebrate European Media Literacy Week and I will publicise this shortly.
Hopefully next year this might be amended to European Media and Information Literacy week ;-)

Friday, March 15, 2019

Panel discussion post from ACRL Instruction Section: Whiteness, inclusion, and #infolit

The (US) ACRL Instruction Section Research & Scholarship Committee has a blog-post panel discussion for its 2019 Research Agenda Conversation. The panellists are: Shaundra Walker (Interim Library Director at Georgia College in Milledgeville, Georgia, USA); Ian Beilin (Humanities Research Services Librarian at Columbia University, USA); Rafia Mirza (Humanities Research Librarian at Southern Methodist University, USA). They were invited as they were contributors to the book Topographies of Whiteness: Mapping Whiteness in Library and Information Science.
The questions they address are: (1) What can the library and information science researchers and/or information literacy instructors gain from exploring theories and methods from outside traditional library science? (2) From your personal experiences, what approaches have been most effective in improving the inclusivity of your information literacy instruction? (3) Why is it important for information literacy instructors to understand their own racial identities? (4) How do you see Whiteness impacting discussions of information literacy? Do you see understandings changing? (5) What for you are the most interesting current developments in library information literacy instruction research? (6) What advice would you give to librarians who are trying to formulate their own research agenda?
Go to
Photo by Sheila Webber: late winter sky, Sheffield, February 2019

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Call for proposals: Add to Your Methodology Toolkit: From Reflective to Participative Action #infolit

There is a call for presentations or workshops for an event on June 7 2019, at the City University of New York, USA, organised by their Library Information Literacy Advisory Committee: Add to Your Methodology Toolkit: From Reflective to Participative Action. Possible topics are: open pedagogy (project-based learning, etc. in an “open” environment); active learning (gaming, concept mapping, group work, etc.); reflective practices (journaling, etc.); interdisciplinary (close collaboration with faculty instructors in other disciplines); multi-shots; low tech/no tech orientations; mobile device-driven lessons. The deadline for submissions is April 5 2019, and the form is here: Registration is here and slightly more info is at
Photo by Sheila Webber: spring blossom, March 2019

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Public library digital participation programmes – the impact on #employability #infolit

There is a blog post summarising results from a project funded by the CILIP Information Literacy Group (with additional financial support from the Scottish Government): Public library digital participation programmes – the impact on employability. The post is by Lindsay McKrell, Team Leader for Libraries and Archives, Stirling Council, and Angela Short, Digital Inclusion Officer. "Work IT is a flexible programme of digital support for employability offered by libraries in libraries, established in response to increased demand for job-related IT assistance ... It was felt a dedicated Digital Inclusion Officer could offer effective digital support to jobseekers, enhance skills and build confidence in a local library setting. We applied for funding for an action research programme to investigate this and were awarded a bursary from the Information Literacy Group of CILIP funding a Digital Inclusion Officer for 4 months. Scottish Government Digital Participation Unit funding allowed us to extend the research period by a further 10 months and the research programme ran from September 2017 – November 2018. Through partnership working and 1-2-1 support the Officer engaged with a large number of jobseekers, 32 of whom attended four or more times and agreed to participate in the research. Findings showed participants gained new skills and confidence and after attending the percentage using the internet to find information rose from 22% to 54%."
Go to for the blog post and the report is at
Photo by Sheila Webber: West Port Gardens, Edinburgh, March 2019

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Teachmeet: #UX methodologies #infolit #Libteachmeet

CILIPinKENT, together with Canterbury Christ Church University and University of Kent, have organised a TeachMeet on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 in Canterbury, UK on: Use of UX methodologies to review, develop, and create services in our libraries. They are seeking presenters, deadline May 1 2019: "Typically, presentations can be between 5 and 30 minutes, and would be followed by questions from the audience or a discussion. We're looking for case studies, successful or unsuccessful stories, personal experiences and lessons learned from ideas, strategies and practical implementations you've put in place." The online proposal form is at and full info on the event is at
Photo by Sheila Webber: Observatory Hill, Edinburgh, March 2019

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Teachmeet: #Reading for pleasure and reading for academic study #infolit #libteachmeet

There will be a free Library & Academic Study Skills TeachMeet at Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK, on Tuesday 7 May 2019. The theme is Reading for pleasure and reading for academic study. Deadline for proposals for presenting is 29 March 2019 (2 tickets only remaining at the moment). They are looking at reading from 2 perspectives: "(1) Reading for pleasure - how we encourage the reading of non-academic texts to promote confidence, improve wellbeing, and develop empathy and inclusivity, as well as increasing academic attainment. (2) Academic reading - how we develop the reading of academic texts, looking at the strategies, tools and techniques that we can use to facilitate academic success" "At this free event we will share our ideas, experience and innovative practice. This TeachMeet is aimed at higher education library staff and academic study skills practitioners working in this region. To register (as presenter or audience) go to
Photo by Sheila Webber: crocus, Sheffield, February 2019

Saturday, March 09, 2019

Librarians Active Learning Institute

Applications are open for the annual Librarians Active Learning Institute (LALI) and the Archives and Special Collections track (LALI-ASC), which take place at Dartmouth College, Hanover, USA. LALI runs July 8-10 and August 5-7. LALI-ASC runs July 17-20 and August 14-17."By exploring evidence-based practices that advance student learning, you will come away with new approaches and ideas to incorporate into your teaching. Your students will have more fun, learn more, and maybe even change their minds—and yours—about what library instruction can accomplish." It costs US $500 for LALI and $575 for LALI-ASC (this includes accommodation and meals) and there are some scholarships available. More info at
Photo by Sheila Webber: lily of the valley, Faroe Islands, May 2007

Thursday, March 07, 2019


Today is what the UK and Ireland call World Book and Copyright Day - there are news items and information on events at
Meanwhile the rest of the world normally celebrates World Book and Copyright Day on April 23, since it "is on this date in 1616 that Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors, such as Maurice Druon, Haldor K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo" (

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

#MILCLICKS webinar on Facebook

Today at 3pm UK time, 4pm Paris time, 9am Mexico time there will be a live Facebook event on the MILCLICKS Facebook page: How to define search words and how to use different types of resources in your research? Dr. María Luisa Zorrilla Abascal (Autonomous University of the State of Morelos, Mexico) will talk on the topic and answer questions.
Go to
MILCLICKS, Media and Information Literacy: Critical-thinking, Creativity, Literacy, Intercultural, Citizenship, Knowledge and Sustainability, is a UNESCO initiative and the website is here:

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Children and parents: media use and attitudes #infolit #medialiteracy

Ofcom (the UK media and communications watchdog) have published (at end of January 2019) the Children and parents: media use and attitudes report 2018. As usual, it is based on robust research: 1,430 in-home interviews with parents of 5-15s and children aged 8-15 were conducted, along with 630 interviews with parents of children aged 3-4: undertaken in April-June 2018. It includes parents views about their children's use of media and devices.
Selected statistics are: "TV sets and tablets dominate device use [by the 5-15 year olds], but time spent watching TV on a TV set (broadcast or on demand) is decreasing"; Netflix is popular; "YouTube is becoming the viewing platform of choice, with rising popularity particularly among 8-11s. Within this, vloggers are an increasingly important source of content and creativity" "Online gaming is increasingly popular; three-quarters of 5-15s who play games do so online"

In terms of news, they had undertaken a news consumption survey of 12-15 year olds.  "TV and social media are important sources of news, but many have concerns over the accuracy and trustworthiness of news on social media" "A majority of online 12-15s think critically about websites they visit, but only a third correctly understand search engine advertising" 80% had heard about the concept of fake news and 43% of those who went online said they's seen fake news.

Go to
There is also a report: Life on the small screen: What children are watching and why (also published in January 2019). This was an indepth study, with a purposively varied sample of 40 young people in the UK (aged 4-16), with the young people keeping diaries, with usage on devices being logged automatically, and this being followed up with interviews and observation. There are very interesting insights into the children's lives, and how their engagement with media fits into this. Video is very important, especially Youtube, and going out and meeting up with friends etc. was seen by some as too much effort. "Overall, children seem most attracted to content that they can view on their own device, over which they can exercise maximum choice, and which directly feeds the things that interest them." The page that collates these reports and ones from previous years:

There is also a report by Stéphane Goldstein reporting on the launch of these reports
Photo by Sheila Webber: at Livecrumbs, Edinburgh, March 2019

Monday, March 04, 2019

Recent articles: curriculum mapping; information creation #infolit

- LeMire, S. and Graves, S. (2019). Mapping Out a Strategy: Curriculum Mapping Applied to Outreach and Instruction Programs. College & Research Libraries, 80(2), 273-287."Academic libraries use two common methods to reach first-year students: outreach activities and library instruction. The purpose of this study was to discover if curriculum mapping techniques commonly used in library instruction could be applied to outreach to explore the synergies and differences between programs." Go to
- Scull, A. (2019). Information creation as a process: With an emphasis on creation. College & Research Libraries News, 80(2), 78-81. Go to
Photo by Sheila Webber: more plants at Lovecrumbs, Edinburgh, March 2019

Online course: Feminist #Pedagogy for Instruction, Reference, and Beyond #infolit

The online course taught by Maria T. Accardi Feminist Pedagogy for Instruction, Reference, and Beyond runs from April 1st until May 10, 2019. It costs US $250 and is a Library Juice Acadaemy course. "Feminist pedagogy is an educational approach informed by feminist theory. Students in this six-week course will engage with and explore feminist pedagogy through assigned readings and interactive online discussion. Central questions that will guide the course include: What is feminism? What is feminist pedagogy? What does it look like, and what are its concerns? How might feminist pedagogy inform library instruction, the reference desk (face-to-face or virtual), or any other service or resources the library provides? By the end of the course, students will be able to define feminist pedagogy, identify and describe specific ways in which feminist pedagogy is enacted, reflect on the impact of feminist approaches to library work, and develop a plan for revamping a library resource or service through a feminist lens."
Go to
Photo by Sheila Webber: plants in Lovecrumbs cafe, Edinburgh, March 2019

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Instructional Design for Online Teaching and Learning eCourse

There is 4 week asynchronous online course running from 4 March 2019 to 31 March 2019: Instructional Design for Online Teaching and Learning eCourse, taught by Diane Kovacs. It costs US $175.00, or $157.50 to ALA Members. It is run by ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions. There is more information at
Photo by Sheila Webber: Daffodil in my garden, February 2019

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Webinar: Supporting Open Education and Open Knowledge

To celebrate Open Education week, the University of Edinburgh has a free webinar March 5 2019 at 12 noon-1pm UK time: Supporting Open Education and Open Knowledge at the University of Edinburgh. " ... to share our approaches to supporting Open Education and Open Knowledge at the University of Edinburgh. Our panel will include Lorna M. Campbell (OER Service), Stuart Nicol (Education Design and Engagement), Ewan McAndrew (Wikimedian in Residence), and Stephanie (Charlie) Farley (OER Service). Come and join us to talk about supporting open education through digital skills development, playful approaches to copyright literacy, embedding Wikipedia in the curriculum, and open approaches to MOOCs and distance learning at scale." They are using Collaborate Ultra guest . This is the link to the seminar and more info at
Also, for the minority of you who are University of Edinburgh staff members there is an Edionburgh-staff-only webinar Decolonise & Diversify the curriculum with Open Educational Resources with Diva Mukherji and Stephanie (Charlie) Farley
Photo by Sheila Webber: first blossom of spring, Blackheath, February 2019

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Cfp Information Literacy in Context: Research Informing Practice and Practice Informing Research #infolit

The IFLA Information Literacy Section in partnership with the IFLA Library Theory and Research Section invites proposals for a session at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) in Athens Greece, August 24 – 30th, 2019. The theme is Information Literacy in Context: Research Informing Practice and Practice Informing Research. The deadline is 24 March 2019. "The session aims to connect theory and practice by addressing the challenges of applying theory to practice and the impact of practical work on theory building. We invite critical, analytical and contextual contributions on how theoretical or methodological approaches can be used to inform practice and how practical experiences can inform research to build new models or to modify existing models. Suggested topics are, for example: Frameworks, guidelines and standards for information literacy – Application and adaptation in different contexts; Educational theory and information literacy; The geography of information literacy – the impact of politics, economic prosperity and culture on information literacy and information literacy education; The status of librarians in different societies – the impact on their role as teachers of information literacy and possible strategies for being effective information literacy educators; Building communities of practice among information literacy educators; Contextual models – how they inform practical aspects of information literacy education". Submit your 500 word abstract to: Egbert John Sánchez Vanderkast, Library Theory and Research Section Email: and Zuza Wiorogórska, Information Literacy Section Email: Please title the email “IFLA WLIC 2019 abstract”.
More information at
Photo by Sheila Webber: goslings, Blackheath, February 2019

#Disinformation and ‘fake news’: Final Report published #infolit

The UK Parliament's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee has published its final report on Disinformation and ‘fake news’. It does not talk about information literacy, but does refer to digital literacy (although that didn't feature in the headlined highlights). They say that "The majority of our witnesses stressed the need for greater digital literacy among users of social media. Ofcom has a statutory duty to promote media literacy, which it defines as “the ability to use, understand and create media and communications in a variety of contexts”. Sharon White told us that their focus on digital literacy is from a research base, “about how children use and understand the internet and similarly with adults”. We cannot stress highly enough the importance of greater public understanding of digital information—its use, scale, importance and influence"

There is a recommendation on Digital Literacy, where they observe "As we wrote in our Interim Report, digital literacy should be a fourth pillar of education, alongside reading, writing and maths. In its response, the Government did not comment on our recommendation of a social media company levy, to be used, in part, to finance a comprehensive educational framework—developed by charities, NGOs, and the regulators themselves—and based online. Such a framework would inform people of the implications of sharing their data willingly, their rights over their data, and ways in which they can constructively engage and interact with social media, Disinformation and ‘fake news’ sites. People need to be resilient about their relationship with such sites, particular around what they read and what they write. We reiterate this recommendation to the Government, and look forward to its response. (Paragraph 312)"

Another recommendation which could be linked to information literacy is "We recommend that participating in social media should allow more pause for thought. More obstacles or ‘friction’ should be both incorporated into social media platforms and into users’ own activities—to give people time to consider what they are writing and sharing. Techniques for slowing down interaction online should be taught, so that people themselves question both what they write and what they read—and that they pause and think further, before they make a judgement online."
The report is at
CILIP has published a response to the report:
Photo by Sheila Webber: mist on Blackheath, February 2019

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Wakelet from #uklibchat on #fakenews #infolit

The tweets from the #uklibchat about Fake News, held on 4 February 2019, are available as a wakelet at with some interesting discussion and tips.
Photo by Sheila Webber: spring and bud, Blackheath, February 2019

Friday, February 22, 2019

Keeping up with ... implicit bias

ACRL have a Keeping Up with series, and the latest briefing is Keeping up with ... implicit bias. This is, of course, advising how to recognise and guard against implicit bias "Creating inclusive libraries requires intentionally. The unconscious nature of implicit bias makes it impossible to eradicate completely, but when librarians are aware of their biases they can be intentional about minimizing the negative effects.". Go to The whole series is listed here: Thanks to Esther Grassian for alerting me to this.
Photo by Sheila Webber: pitcher plants, January 2019

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

2019 Key Issues in Teaching and Learning

EDUCAUSE have published the results of their annual survey (1,400 members of the Higher Education community - I assume North American members of EDUCAUSE) on key issues in teaching and learning. The issues are:
1. Faculty Development and Engagement; 2. Online and Blended Learning; 3. Instructional and Learning Experience Design; 4. Digital and Information Literacy (hurrah! this was no. 5 last year); 5. Accessibility and Universal Design for Learning (UDL); 6. Competency and New Methods of Learning Assessment; 7. Learning Analytics; 8. Open Education; 9. Evaluating Instructional and Learning Innovations; 10. Academic Transformation (this doesn't mean Minerva McGonagall turning Malfoy into a hedgehog, but it inspired the choice of illustration to this post. Apparently academic transformation requires "actionable insight, compelling stories, and student-centeredness"); 11. Adaptive Teaching and Learning; 12. Learning Spaces (including Makerspaces); 13. Microcredentialing and Digital Badging; 14. Digital Learning Architectures; 15. Integrated Planning and Advising Systems for Student Success (iPASS). More info at
Photo by Sheila Webber: wizarding shack, taken in Second Life, February 2019

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Call for applications for funded PhD places, including one in #infolit

There is a call for applications for two fully-funded PhD places within the Centre for Social Informatics, Edinburgh Napier University, for an October 2019 start date.Closing date for applications is 22 March 2019. "Both opportunities are Skills Development Scotland Collaborative awards offered through the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS)". One is on Work-based learning environments for fostering industry-relevant skills and optimal economic performance, supervised by Dr Laura Muir and Dr Colin Smith and the other on Career information literacy and decision making behaviours of young people, supervised by Professor Hazel Hall and Dr Pete Robertson - more information here For further information contact Dr Laura Muir ( or Professor Hazel Hall (

Monday, February 18, 2019

Digital experience insights surveys

This month JISC has published the latest in their surveys of tertiary education students' preferences and perceptions about the use of digital in learning: Digital experience insights survey 2018: findings from Australian and New Zealand university students a report on "21,095 students in 12 universities in Australia and New Zealand". This adds to their regular report Digital experience insights survey 2018: findings from students in UK further and higher education (the latest published September 2018) and the survey of UK university and college teachers' views (pilot report published in November 2018). For all these go to
As an addendum, a study at Oregon State University is described in: Stritto, M. and Linder, K. (2019, January 10). Uncovering Student Device Preferences for Online Course Access and Multimedia Learning. Considering the emphasis that is sometimes put on use of phones and tablets, a useful finding (which has come up in previous studies) is that "A key finding in this study was respondents' overwhelming ownership and use of laptops. As shown in figure 2, 73 percent of the respondents preferred laptops for accessing their online course via the learning management system (LMS). Majorities of respondents also preferred their laptops for viewing video content and learning with simulations and games."
Photo by Sheila Webber: Buddleia and a winter sky, February 2019

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Critical Approaches to Credit-Bearing #infolit Courses; Wikipedia

A new book: Pashia, A. and Critten, J. (Eds). (2019). Critical Approaches to Credit-Bearing Information Literacy Courses. ACRL. ISBN 978-0-8389-8947-0. US $62.00 or $55.80 to ALA Members (or as an e-book at $44.00/$40.00). There is more information at There is an open access version of the chapter Wikipedia-Based Assignments and Critical Information Literacy: A Case Study by Amanda Foster-Kaufman in an institutional repository:
Photo by Sheila Webber: Pigeon in the branches, February 2019

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Information Literacy’s Third Wave? #infolit

An interesting blog post from Barbara Fister:
Fister, B. (2019, February 14). Information Literacy’s Third Wave: The daunting complexity of becoming information literate today. "What’s new is not just that we are constantly connected to the internet, thanks to the computer-formerly-known-as-a-phone that we carry everywhere in our pockets, but our lives are in the pockets of a small number of very large companies that have colonized the internet and any number of industries. They have turned the internet and what we do on it into the engine for a new form of capital..."

Friday, February 15, 2019

Recent articles: Engineering students and practitioners; Latino students and the academic library

Volume 45 issue 1 (2019) of the priced Journal of Academic Librarianship includes the following article:
- Comparing the Information Needs and Experiences of Undergraduate Students and Practicing Engineers by Margaret Phillips, Michael Fosmire, Laura Turner, Kristin Petersheim, & Jing Lu (Pages 39-49) (extract from the abstract "The results of this study reveal differences between students and engineers and are informative for both academic and corporate librarians. Key findings affirm previous research that novices are more confident in their abilities than experts. Additionally, the findings suggest undergraduates prefer quick, easy to digest content like online videos and news, while engineers are more likely to learn by consulting a colleague or other subject expert, and through reading journals and trade literature."
- Latino students and the academic library: A primer for action by Marta Bladek (Pages 50-57) - pulling out a paragraph focusing on information literacy "Presented in a variety of formats, information literacy instruction, is another initiative libraries should actively pursue to improve Latino students' academic experience. Given Latino students' unfamiliarity with the function of academic library, orientations, workshops, and course-integrated instruction should ideally be offered early in the first year (Green, 2012; Long, 2011). To engage students more directly, Montiel-Overall et al. (2015) urge librarians to seek out opportunities to teach alongside classroom faculty more often. Green (2012) recommends information literacy instruction beyond the library and the classroom; partnering up and training peer mentors is just one strategy worth trying. Molteni and Bosch (2014) suggest that, if possible, libraries develop multilingual learning objects to complement instruction and reference services, including online tutorials, research guides, or supplementary websites."
Go to:
Photo by Sheila Webber: Echinocactus grusonii, Glasgow Botanic Gardens, January 2019

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Media Education Conference in Lapland #medialiteracy #infolit

Taking place in Sallatunturi, Lapland, on the 24 – 26 April 2019, the Media Education Conference (MEC 2019) "is an informal and friendly conference, which participants attend to exchange ideas and information dealing with media education, educational use of ICTs and learning environments." It is organized by the Centre for Media Pedagogy at the University of Lapland and the theme of MEC 2019 is Media Education on the Top
For more info go to: Unfortunately it clashes with LILAC, or I would be very tempted to go.
Photo by Sheila Webber: spring flowers, and items from the Information School's celebration of the Chinese New Year today. I made the origami heart

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

#ILAGO #infolit outcomes and criteria; Open Pedagogy in Library Instruction

ILAGO (Information Literacy Advisory Group of Oregon [USA]), following consultation, have produced a draft Outcomes and Criteria for Transferable General Education Courses in Oregon: Information Literacy which give outcomes and criteria for the ACRL IL Frames. They called for examples related to specific disciplines and plan to "submit these to the Higher Education Coordinating Commission in early 2019". It is interesting as an example of the ACRL Framework adapted to the needs of local standards or accreditation. See
I found out about this from the recorded webinar on Open Educational Resources for Student Success includes a section presented by Colleen Sanders, Clackamas Community College, USA, on Open Pedagogy in Library Instruction (starting at 23 min 51 secs), including reflecting on the ACRL Framework in relation to the open approach. Go to Thanks to Amy Hofer for sharing information on the webinar recording.
Photo by Sheila Webber: Glasgow Botanic Gardens "killer plants" (that's how they labelled it!), January 2019

Monday, February 11, 2019

Registration open for Illinois Information Literacy Summit

Registration is open for the Illinois Information Literacy Summit taking place on 5 April 2019 at the Moraine Valley Community College campus, Illinois , USA. The theme is News, Media and Disinformation: Making Sense in Today’s Information Landscape and the keynote is from Dr. Nicole A. Cooke, Associate Professor and MS/LIS Program Director, School of Information Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Cost is US $45 for attendees or $25 for presenters (includes breakfast, lunch and materials). For more info go to
Photo by Sheila Webber: Glasgow Botanic Gardens, January 2019

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Registration open for: California Conference on Library Instruction 2019 #CCLI2019 #infolit

You can register for CCLI 2019, taking place May 3rd 2019 at the University of San Francisco, USA, with the theme Reimagining Student Success: Approaches That Increase Participation, Representation, and Relevance. Early bird tickets (til March 1st): US $60.00; Regular tickets: $74.50; Student tickets: $45.00 Go to: for the programme and registration.
It is also worth highlighting the fact that presentations from previous conferences are available e.g. from the 2018 conference at
Photo by Sheila Webber: powder puff tree, Glasgow Botanic Gardens, January 2019

Saturday, February 09, 2019

7th Annual International Critical Media Literacy Conference

Probably a bit late to register for this unless you happen to live nearby - but the 7th Annual International Critical Media Literacy Conference takes place on February 22-23, 2019 in Savannah, Georgia, USA. "This multidisciplinary conference is designed to aid current educational leaders, future teachers, youth, and other concerned citizens in their understanding of mass media and its impact on the events that shape our daily lives. Promoting critical media literacy is essential in excavating social inequalities and fostering participatory democracy during the 21st century." More information at
Photo by Sheila Webber: hacked down, Sheffield, February 2019.

Friday, February 08, 2019

Recent articles: #infolit assessment; ACRL Framework; multicultural approaches; rubrics; format confusion; social justice; interdisciplinary collaboration

The latest issue of open access journal Communications in Information Literacy (volume 12 issue 2) has been published. It includes:
- Closing the Loop: Engaging in a Sustainable and Continuous Cycle of Authentic Assessment to Improve Library Instruction by Teagan Eastman, Kacy Lundstrom, Katie Strand, Erin Davis, Pamela N. Martin, Andrea Krebs, and Anne Hedrich
- Navigating Roadblocks: First-Year Writing Challenges through the Lens of the ACRL Framework by Glenda M. Insua, Catherine Lantz, and Annie Armstrong
- Meeting Students Where They Are: Using Rubric-based Assessment to Modify an Information Literacy Curriculum by Brianne Markowski, Lyda McCartin, and Stephanie Evers
- Everything Online is a Website: Information Format Confusion in Student Citation Behaviors by Katie Greer and Shawn McCann
- A Multicultural Approach to Digital Information Literacy Skills Evaluation in an Israeli College by Efrat Pieterse, Riki Greenberg, and Zahava Santo
- Librarians in the Lead: A Case for Interdisciplinary Faculty Collaboration on Assignment Design by Rachel Wishkoski, Kacy Lundstrom, and Erin Davis
- Engendering Social Justice in First Year Information Literacy Classes by Conrad R. Pegues
- Development, Interest, Self-direction and the Teaching of Information Literacy by Steve Black
- Understanding Financial Conflict of Interest: Implications for Information Literacy Instruction by Heather B. Perry
Go to

Thursday, February 07, 2019


As tonight is Harry Potter Book Night, I will celebrate by linking to an old post, in which I (in 2003) examined the pedagogy of Harry Potter. The boy wizard himself practices experiential learning and the Harry Potter books provide ample examples of what not to do in the information literacy classroom (e.g. denying that Authority Is Constructed and Contextual by continually looking for right and wrong answers, or turning your learners into ferrets), and some examples of good practice (e.g. rather a lot of Searching as Strategic Exploration, including most of book 7). Anyway, here is the blog post:

For more Potterism, there is also: Freier, M.P. (2014). The librarian in Rowling's Harry Potter series. CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture, 16(3). "In her article "The Librarian in Rowling's Harry Potter Series" Mary P. Freier discusses Hermione Granger's skills as a librarian and researcher which lead to the defeat of Lord Voldemort. In each novel in the series, Hermione's research provides the necessary information for the solving of the mystery. Throughout the series, Hermione proves to be the only character who can use books effectively without putting herself or others in danger. Hermione begins the series as a child who loves the library, but does not always know how to use it effectively, while Madam Pince begins the series as a stereotypical librarian and disappears entirely by The Deathly Hallows."

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

cfp: What’s Grit Got to Do with It? New Approaches for IL Instruction #infolit

There is a call for proposals for the 2019 Connecticut Information Literacy Conference, taking place on June 14, 2019, at the University of Hartford, Hartford, USA. The theme is What’s Grit Got to Do with It? New Approaches for IL Instruction. The deadline for submission is March 8 2019, and the sessions are 45-50 minute breakouts, including Q & A. The conference keynote is Eamon Tewell. "Grit is defined as a mix of persistence and passion. It is a virtue often attributed to academic and career success. Join us for a full exploration of grit: its benefits, limitations, and applications for Information Literacy Instruction." The application form is at and more info at
Photo by Sheila Webber: Cacti, Glasgow Botanic Gardens, January 2019

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Recent articles: #IBL; assessment; research; transfer students; outreach #infolit

The latest issue of open access publication College and Research Libraries (volume 80, No 1, 2019) includes the following:
- Library User Education as a Window to Understand Inquiry-Based Learning in the Context of Higher Education in Asia: A Comparative Study between Peking University and the University of Tsukuba by Qianxiu Liu, Bradley Allard, Patrick Lo, Qingshan Zhou, Tianji Jiang, Hiroshi Itsumura
- Authentic Assessment of Student Learning in an Online Class: Implications for Embedded Practice by Jessica Alverson, Jennifer Schwartz, Sue Shultz
- Research is an Activity and a Subject of Study: A Proposed Metaconcept and Its Practical Application by Allison Hosier
- Instruction and Outreach for Transfer Students: A Colorado Case Study by Lindsay Roberts, Megan E. Welsh, Brittany Dudek
- Visual Literacy in Practice: Use of Images in Students’ Academic Work by Krystyna K. Matusiak, Chelsea Heinbach, Anna Harper, Michael Bovee
The table of contents is at
Photo by Sheila Webber: Pitcher plants and moss, Glasgow Botanic Gardens, January 2019

Monday, February 04, 2019

#uklibchat on Fake News #misinformation #infolit

Today (4 February) #uklibchat will be discussing Fake News via Twitter 7pm – 8.30pm UK time (which is, e.g., 2-3.30pm US Eastern time). You participate by using the hashtag, and there is an agenda for the meeting here: and Wakelets of previous chats are available here:
Photo by Sheila Webber: Ferns, Glasgow Botanic Gardens, January 2019

Saturday, February 02, 2019

Student bursaries for the #LILAC19 conference #infolit

Applications from students of Information Science/ Librarianship/ Information Literacy are now being accepted for the Rowena Macrae-Gibson Award which enables two students to attend the LILAC (UK information literacy) conference in Nottingham, April 24-26 2019. Students must be registered at UK institutions. The closing date for applications is March 1 2019. Details at
Photo by Sheila Webber: lilac

Friday, February 01, 2019

Lie detectors #misinformation #infolit

I came across the project Lie detectors via an article in the Financial Times online (Kuper, 2019), which, as good sources should, had a link to the project itself. "Lie Detectors works to improve news literacy, increase awareness of misinformation and further the general public’s understanding of the mainstream media industry. It promotes positive and non-political contact between young people and journalists. It does this by sending working journalists into schools to deliver interactive classroom sessions." So far they have worked in Belgium and Germany, and plan to extend to Austria this year. They have connections to the European Commission’s High Level Expert Group on Digital Disinformation and Fake News and other organisations ("European Centre for Press and Media Freedom, First Draft News and EAVI Literacy for Citizenship among others"). Unfortunately librarians don't seem to be identified as relevant to the campaign, which is rather a missed opportunity.... (particularly as the exercise described below is a pretty standard "spot the fake articles" one). Their website is at:
Reference: Kuper, S. (2019, January 31). How schools are fighting fake news. Financial Times.
Photo by Sheila Webber: Canary Wharf from the O2, December 2018

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Rethinking Information Literacy and Political Polarization in a Post-Truth Era #infolit

There is a free ACRL Student Learning & Information Literacy webinar on 15 February 2019 at 11am US Central time (which is, for example, 5pm UK time) The Failure of Skepticism: Rethinking Information Literacy and Political Polarization in a Post-Truth Era. "Fake news has been shown to spread far faster than facts on social media platforms. Rampant fake news has led to deep political polarization and the undermining of basic democratic institutions. Skepticism is an important component of information literacy and has often been pointed to as the antidote to the fake news epidemic. Why are skepticism and information literacy failing so terrifically in this post-truth era? The presenters will summarize research drawn from the fields of psychology and mass communication that shows just how hardwired people are to believe information from their own “tribes” and resist outside contrary information.... This webinar will introduce some ideas for that overhaul and will also provide practical classroom activities that do a better job of addressing the cognitive aspects of information literacy and skepticism." Presenters are Chris Sweet, Illinois Wesleyan University; Troy Swanson, Moraine Valley Community College; Jeremy L. Shermak, University of Texas at Austin. Registration at
Photo by Sheila Webber: splintered, Sheffield, January 2019

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

#LILAC19 programme published #infolit

The programme for the 2019 LILAC conference (taking place 24-26 April, in Nottingham, UK) is available and registration continues open for the conference (the early bird rate ends in a couple of days). I will be doing a workshop with my colleague in the Information School, Pamela McKinney: What's my approach? Deciding on the approach to use for your research. Pam is also running a panel session Information literacy in everyday life: the role of information literacy practitioners, researchers and the Information Literacy Group with Alison Hicks, Jane Secker, and Konstantina Martzoukou and also from the University of Sheffield (my university) Visual literacy and the expression-idea continuum will be presented by Vicky Grant, Amy Haworth and Ruth Mallalieu. The LILAC programme is at
Photo by Sheila Webber: lilac.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Webinars: #Teaching Complexity #teachcomUAL

Bonnie Stewart (Visiting Fellow, University of the Arts London (UAL) and David White (Head of Digital Learning, UAL) are running a series of online seminars on Teaching Complexity. "Through these sessions we will explore how open and creative approaches to teaching and learning can help students navigate the complexity of higher education and the digital environment." You can attend (free) live, and there are recordings afterwards. They are all held 3-4pm UK time (which is, e.g., 10-11am US Eastern Time). They are aimed at "Anyone in a teaching, teaching related or staff development role in higher education." There is a blog at and the list of the seminars and registration link (you have to fill in a form to get info on how to participate) are at

- Today (oops should have posted this earlier): Openness and Prestige "Exploring how ‘giving stuff away’ and working openly online can be good for you and your students." Facilitators: Bonnie Stewart, Catherine Cronin
- February 5 3-4pm Digital fieldwork part 1 "Get tooled up to undertake some exploratory digital fieldwork." Facilitators: Matt Lingard, David White
- February 19th 3-4pm Complexity and Creativity "Learn how to take a creative approach to complex subjects." Facilitators: David Cormier, Tobias Revell
- February 26 3-4pm Digital fieldwork part 2 "Sharing your digital fieldwork experiences." Facilitators: Matt Lingard, David White, Sheldon Chow
- March 5 3-4pm Inclusive spaces "Ensuring digital teaching and learning welcomes a variety of voices" Facilitators: Bonnie Stewart, Maha Bali, Chris Giliard
Photo by Sheila Webber: neither young nor old were spared, Sheffield, January 2019

Monday, January 28, 2019

New articles: Scaffolding information use; Learning analytics; Radical pedagogy; Search; Youth Information Behaviour #infolit

The priced journal Information and Learning Sciences (which is the new title of New Library World: refocused in terms of its scope) has published Volume 120 Issue 1/2, 2019. In this inaugural issue under the new title, articles include:
- Scaffolding and supporting use of information for ambitious learning practices by Krista D. Glazewski, Cindy E. Hmelo-Silver (pp. 39 - 58)
- Learning analytics: where information science and the learning sciences meet by Stephanie Danell Teasley (pp. 59 - 73)
- Search, sense making and learning: closing gaps by Gary Marchionini (pp. 74 - 86)
- Thoughts about the past, present and future of research in youth information behaviors and practices by Denise E. Agosto (pp. 108 - 118)
- Leading with love and hospitality: applying a radical pedagogy to LIS by Nicole A. Cooke (pp. 119 - 132)
Abstracts at
Photo by Sheila Webber: torn down, Sheffield, January 2019

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Call for papers: Creative Approaches to Pedagogic Research

The Centre for Innovation in Higher Education (CIHE) Annual Conference 2019 takes place on 10 July at Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge, UK). It has the theme Creative Approaches to Pedagogic Research. Keynote speakers are Prof Pauline Kneale (University of Plymouth) and Prof Mike Sharples (Open University) and there are workshops from Dr Mark Kerrigan (Plymouth College of Art) and Prof Gina Wisker (University of Brighton). There is a call for proposals for 30 minute sessions on any of the three strands: Digital Futures; Active Learning; Design Thinking Pedagogy
More information at
Photo by Sheila Webber: Orchid, Glasgow Botanic Gardens, January 2019

Friday, January 25, 2019

Librarians Around the World

An e-book has been published, a result of the New Professionals Section of the Library Association of Latvia's project Librarians Around the World. Publication was supported by the State Culture Capital Foundation (Latvia). There are articles from 34 librarians, from 19 countries (see the map). All the librarians say something about their background and their job, and many of the chapters also have useful information about the library scene in that country. A number of them mention information literacy.
It states that aims for the project included "To tell high school students about librarian profession, to tell government about our problems, to make the world see that there are lots of awesome librarians out there. To show that we read (but not only!), do researches, attend conferences, create awesome projects, that also we organize and attend parties together and that sometimes one librarian has to be as an orchestra – to manage and to do everything – create events, catalogue books, buy new books, research, design, sing, dance, act, etc." The ebook is free at

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Innovating #Pedagogy 2019

The annual report on trends in pedagogy, Innovating Pedagogy has been published by The Open University. It has a few pages on each trend, identify by experts in the OU, including further links/reading. The trends they identify for this year are:
Playful learning ("Motivating and engaging learners"); Learning with robots ("Helping teachers free their time for teaching"); Decolonising learning ("Changing perspectives and opening up opportunities"); Drone-based learning ("Enabling and enriching exploration of physical spaces"); Learning through wonder ("Sparking curiosity, investigation, and discovery"); Action learning ("Finding solutions to apply in daily life"); Virtual studios ("Hubs of activity where learners develop creative processes together"); Place-based learning ("Location as a trigger for learning"); Making thinking visible ("Opening windows into student learning"); Roots of empathy ("Social and emotional learning")
Open access at
Photo by Sheila Webber, taken in Second Life (TM of Linden Labs) January 2019

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Call for papers: Information literacy in all spheres of life

There is a call for papers for the International Conference on Information Literacy, being held at North-West University, Vanderbijlpark, South Africa 23-26 September 2019. The theme is Information literacy in all spheres of life. Submissions open on 28 January and close on 30 March 2019. "The ICIL-SA 2019 conference aims to bring together researchers, library and information services professionals, employers, media specialists, educators, policy makers and all other related parties from around the world to exchange knowledge and experience and to discuss recent developments and current challenges in both theory and practice." There is no ECIL conference this year, so this sister conference is filling that slot. Submission types are: Individual papers and posters, PechaKucha, Doctoral forum, Panel discussions. More information at

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

MOOCs: #Metaliteracy; Information and Digital Literacy

Two MOOCs which are enrolling now:
- Metaliteracy: Empowering Yourself in a Connected World. This runs over 10 weeks, and is offered by The State University of New York and taught by Thomas MacKey and colleagues.
- Information & Digital Literacy for University Success, offered By the University of Sydney, running over 6 weeks.
A useful place to search for MOOCs is
Photo by Sheila Webber: tropical plant house, Glasgow Botanic Gardens, January 2019

Monday, January 21, 2019

cfp: Information Literacy Network of the Gulf Cooperation Council spring symposium

There is a Call for Papers for the Information Literacy Network (ILN) of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) event on April 24-25 April 2019, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, with the theme Education, Impact, and Reflections. The 1st deadline for submissions is January 27, 2018 and the 2nd deadline is February 15, 2019. The event will cost $15. They welcome "proposals for research reports, panel discussions, workshops, and poster presentations. We are seeking proposals from academic, school, public, and special librarians, as well as educators and researchers, on any topic related to information literacy. ... The two-day symposium will bring together librarians, educators, and researchers from the Gulf region and beyond. We seek to exchange ideas, best practices, and exchange knowledge amongst attendees." When submitting proposals you have to include a "description of why your session is relevant to libraries in the Gulf Region right now and how you think delegates will benefit from attending it". More information at
Photo by Sheila Webber: Orchid house, Glasgow Botanic Gardens, January 2019

Saturday, January 19, 2019

#Gamification in Teaching

Gamification in Teaching is an event taking place on 7 February 2019, 4:00-6:00pm, in London, UK. "Games and other forms of playful learning have become increasingly popular in information literacy teaching. This introductory workshop will explore the value of using games to encourage engagement, interaction and reflection and share some practical examples of how digital and analogue games have been developed and used in academic libraries." The workshop is led by Alan Wheeler, Subject Liaison Librarian, Middlesex University and Darren Flynn, Academic Liaison Librarian, Coventry University. Cost is £50.00 to M25 members and £75.00 for other institutions. Go to
Photo by Sheila Webber: tree fern shoot, Glasgow Botanic Gardens, January 2019

Friday, January 18, 2019

Call for chapter proposals: Envisioning the Framework: A Graphic Guide to Information Literacy

Chapter Proposals are sought for a book to be published by ACRL, edited by Jannette Finch; "publication date is tentatively expected in Spring 2021." Abstract submission deadline is February 28 2019 (with notification the following month and first drafts due in August 2019). "Envisioning the Framework offers opportunities for librarians and designers to explore The Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education and its relationship with library data, including assessment, instruction, student learning outcomes, improvements in student learning over time, differences in instruction type, comparison of student level, and much more. ... In Envisioning the Framework, the significance and implications of the Framework and other developments in information literacy are clarified through effective visualizations. Graphic representations of the Framework allow library professionals to easily share concepts with faculty from other disciplines, with library colleagues, and with students. Understanding the relationships between the Frames, student learning outcomes, and assignments within a multidisciplinary environment is enhanced when visualized graphically." Example chapters include: The Frames Visualized as a Whole; Visualizing the Frames in context with threshold concepts in other disciplines; Visualizing Student Learning over Time; The Frames as Interactive 3D Models. You are encouraged to contact the editor at to discuss how your idea may fit within this book’s scope.
Submission Process: A short form with an attached Word document (.doc or .docx) is required for proposal submission. The Word document should be written in Times New Roman, 12 pt., be double-spaced, and include: A working title; Names of all contributing authors & their respective institutions; Contact information for the primary author; Estimated final word count; A brief (250-500 word) description of your proposed chapter. Attach your chapter submission proposal to an email with the subject line: Chapter Proposal Submission_(PrimaryAuthor’sLastName) and send to:
Photo by Sheila Webber: Tree fern, January 2019

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Recent articles: assignments; faculty collaboration; ACRL Framework

Recent articles from the open access journal College & Research Libraries News (Vol 80, No 1, 2019) include:
- Reimagining the research assignment: Faculty-librarian collaborations that increase student learning by Sherri Saines, Sara Harrington, Chad Boeninger, Paul Campbell, John Canter, Bryan McGeary
- Scaffolding the collection manager-instructor relationship: Partnerships for primary source instruction by Mireille Djenno
- Defining and teaching information literacy: Engaging faculty and the Framework by Elizabeth Dolinger
- Scholarship as conversation: Using book reviews to think about scholarly communication by Hailley M. Fargo, Nicholas J. Rowland, Jeffrey A. Knapp
Photo by Sheila Webber: Tree ferns, Glasgow Botanic Gardens, January 2019

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Call for participants - libraries supporting creative disciplines

There is a call from researchers at the University of Washington, USA, to participate in a survey (closing on March 1 2019) open to "librarians at all stages of their careers and in all positions" who are working "with any populations doing creative work, such as visual art, theater, dance, graphic design, creative writing, etc." The survey is here::
Photo by Sheila Webber: Glasgow Botanic Gardens, January 2019

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Call for papers: Western Balkans Information & Media Literacy Conference

There is a call for papers for the Western Balkans Information and Media Literacy Conference, to be held June 20th – 21st 2019, at the Hotel Opal, Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The theme is Freedom, Accuracy and Truth. There are numerous themes and topics to do with IL and MIL. Keynote speakers are Ismail Serageldin (Emeritus Librarian of Alexandria and the Founding Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina) and Professor Tefko Saracevic. The deadline for abstracts is 10 April 2019, and for full papers the deadline is 10 May 2019. Full information is at
Photo taken by Sheila Webber in Second Life

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Nominations invited for the 2019 Information Literacy awards

The CILIP Information Literacy Group invites nominations for the 2019 Information Literacy awards. The deadline is March 1st 2019. The results are announced at the LILAC conference in Nottingham, UK, in April 2019. There are two awards: The IL Award honours an individual or team whose work has made a significant contribution to IL over the past 3 years (this is " open to all practitioners, researchers and academics working in the IL field within the United Kingdom"). The Digital Award rewards the best online educational resource supporting IL in 2018 (this is also restricted to those in the UK). You can nominate others or self-nominate. Go to for more details.
Photo by Sheila Webber: Lewes, January 2019

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Call for papers #ASIST2019

There is a call for papers for the 82nd ASIS&T (Association for Information Science and Technology) Annual Meeting, which will be held on  19-23 October 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. Full papers have to be submitted by 10 April 2019.
"We invite original submissions to the ASIS&T Annual Meeting that will shed light on any aspect of information production, organization, discovery, analysis, storage, representation, retrieval, visualization, manipulation, dissemination, use, evaluation, management, and consumption. With a long tradition spanning more than 80 years, the ASIS&T community draws from and contributes to a wide variety of methods, theories, and approaches and we encourage authors to employ the best approach to address their information-centric research questions. Submissions that emphasise how the place, time, and the way in which information is delivered can galvanize or disenfranchise communities are particularly encouraged. Submissions can take the form of a paper, panel, workshop, tutorial or poster/visual presentation, and this year we will introduce an alternative event category."
Go to
Photo by Sheila webber: birds on Thames beach, by the O2, December 2018