Thursday, November 28, 2019

New articles: student success; reflection; imposter syndrome; critical infolit; assignments

The latest issue of priced publication Reference Services Review is Volume 47 Issue 3. It includes
- Navigating student success: learning from the higher education landscape by Lynn Deeken et al.
- Information literacy in Utah: a state of the state by Anne R. Diekema, Caitlin Gerrity, Paula Mitchell
- Reiterative reflection in the library instruction classroom by Sara Maurice Whitver, Karleigh Knorr Riesen
- Socially responsible pedagogy: critical information literacy and art by Nicole A. Beatty, Ernesto Hernandez
- The power of peers: approaches from writing and libraries by Bronwen K. Maxson, Michelle E. Neely, Lindsay M. Roberts, Sean M. Stone, M. Sara Lowe, Katharine V. Macy, Willie Miller
- Overcoming imposter syndrome: the adventures of two new instruction librarians by Jessica Martinez, Meredith Forrey
- On the same page: collaborative research assignment design with graduate teaching assistants by Maggie Murphy

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Recent articles: teaching transformation; diversity

Nichols Hess, A. (2019). Academic Librarians’ Educational Factors and Perceptions of Teaching Transformation: An Exploratory Examination. Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, 14(3), 52-76.

Johnson, N. E., & Mentzer, N. (2019). An Analysis of Student Performance at the Intersection of Diversity and Information Literacy. Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, 14(3), 108-123. ("Students are more diverse in a single classroom setting than presumed prior to research; therefore, our instructional practices should be diverse and inclusive, as well. More preparation work and fact finding should be conducted by library faculty and instructors to facilitate the learning of the students, and not just the act of teaching. ")

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Distance Library Services & information literacy education

Full text proceedings of the Distance Library Services conference are available, going many years back. These include numerous papers about information literacy e.g. from the 2018 conference in San Antonio, Texas:
An, Angie & Stephanie Quail: Building BRYT: A Case Study in Developing an Online Toolkit to Promote Business Information Literacy in Higher Education
Cano, Andrew J. Working Out the Bugs: Piloting Library Instruction in an Online Entomology Graduate Program
Faulk, Nick. Bringing Scale and Structure to the Online Information Literacy Program
Gorman, Emily F. & Catherine Staley Mortal or Moodle? A Comparison of In=Person vs. Online Information Literacy Instruction
Haber, Natalie, Steven Shelton, & William Chassaing UX and Your Library: A Scalable Model
Homol, Lindley Two Thousand Students, One Librarian: Balancing Depth and Breadth of Library
Instruction for Online Graduate Students
Marineo, Francesca & Qingmin Shi Supporting Student Success in the First-Year Experience: Library Instruction in the Learning Management System
Tardiff, Anthony: 400 Years Old and Still Cutting Edge: Applying Ignatian Pedagogy to an Online Orientation
Tumbleson, Beth, John Burke, & Jessica Long: Assessment, Analytics, and Analysis: Demonstrating the Impact of LMS Embedded Librarians on Student Learning
Zakharov, Wei & Clarence Maybee: Bridging the Gap: Information Literacy and Learning in Online Undergraduate Courses
Ziegler, Amanda: “I wanna be in the room where it happens…”: Using Curriculum Mapping to Support the Information Literacy Goals of Online Program
The new database of all years is here or the complete 2018 proceedings is at
Photo by Sheila Webber: Squash

Friday, November 22, 2019

Information Literacy Education as a 21st Century Survival Skill in Academia

There is a call for papers for the Information Literacy Education as a 21st Century Survival Skill in Academia conference, taking place December 23-24 2019 at Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities Sais Fes, Morocco. The deadline for abstracts is 30 November 2019. I don't think there is a website (I received this information via my UNESCO contacts) so I am reproducing the call in full.
"Information literacy (IL) attempts to develop both the critical understanding and active participation at all levels of society. It empowers individuals with a set of abilities and critical thinking skills, which serve as indispensable keys for becoming independent lifelong learners.
"Information literacy education (ILE) has long been identified as fundamental for academic success by a range of professionals, including teachers, academics, librarians and researchers. A detailed examination of the range of views on this topic support the idea that ILE provides the framework for students and researchers to learn how to identify their information needs, locate and access the needed information, critically evaluate and use information in a variety of forms and in different contexts effectively and efficiently. ILE skills are a vital tool for effective learning, leading to positive outcomes in all areas of students’ lives.
"Yet, a close examination of Moroccan universities curricula and university courses shows that there is lack of IL skills in the educational agenda. Despite the reform undertaken by the ministry of education in 2009 to respond to the requirements of the digital age, IL is still in its infancy in Morocco. Education policy makers are required to integrate ILE in higher education to foster such critical thinking skills, problem solving skills, decision skills, effective and efficient use of information to meet the academic challenges of the twenty-first century requirements.
"The conference aims to bring together researchers, library and information services practitioners, university teachers, educators, policy makers, doctoral students, and other related stakeholders from Morocco and beyond for the purpose of exchanging knowledge, sparking ideas, and discussing current developments and challenges in the field of teaching and learning IL in both theory and practice. While the main focus will be on Information Literacy skills, their role in higher education and their impact on students’ success, the conference committee encourages contributions on a range of themes addressing the following topics: • Information literacy; • Information literacy education skills in higher education; • The state of art of information literacy education in Morocco and the Arab World; • The role of libraries and librarians in education; • Faculty-librarian collaboration to integrate information skills in education; • The role of libraries in students’ academic success; • Information literacy and ethical/social issues; • Information literacy and digital empowerment; • Information literacy and social change; • Information literacy across disciplines; • News literacy; • Fake news; • Digital literacy; • Critical thinking"
The deadlines are: Abstract Submission - November 30, 2019 (maximum length of abstracts 300 words); Notification of Acceptance - December 5, 2019; Submission of Final Papers Ready for Publication - March 15, 2020.
Manuscripts/abstracts should be submitted in WORD format; Times New Romans 12; Standard Page Format; 7000 words maximum for the final paper. The working Language is English.
Submissions of abstracts are to be done by e-mail to; cc: including your name, title (Dr., Prof., etc.) organisational affiliation, and e-mail address; Title of the paper; Short biography of each participant, including key publications. "Please note that applicants whose papers are accepted for presentation in the conference should take in charge their round ticket to Fez, Morocco and their accommodation, while the organizers will cater for lunch for two days."
For further details/enquiries, contact: Dr. Abdelhamid NFISSI, Coordinator
Photo by Sheila Webber: autumn colour, November 2019

Embedding Library Services in an Engineering Research Group

Not a new report, but one I came across recently (the authors are at the University of Cambridge, UK): Lamb, K., & Tumelty, N. (2017). Embedding Library Services in an Engineering Research Group.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Bursaries for #LILAC20

Competitive bursaries for the UK's information literacy conference, LILAC (taking place April 6-8 2020 in Nottingham, UK) are on offer. Closing date for applications is 1st December 2019, 5pm UK time. There are "5 free places for librarians working in the following under-represented sectors/communities in the UK: BAME (sponsored by University of Sheffield Information School [i.e . my own department]); Schools; Further Education; Public; Health (e.g. NHS - please note; librarians working in Higher Education who support health subjects are not eligible to apply)." The bursary covers the conference fee for all sessions and social events, plus travel expenses up to UK £225. "To be eligible for a place you must be a librarian, volunteer or information professional working in the above mentioned sectors/communities in the UK. You will have to show your commitment to information literacy by writing a short personal statement explaining what benefits you would gain from attending the conference, and how you intend to use your conference experience in your work." Go to

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Presentations from the The Innovative Library Classroom conference 2019

Following on from my post earlier today, there are presentations from previous The Innovative Library Classroom conferences on their website. The 2019 conference included:
- Slides and transcript of the keynote Innovating Against a Brick Wall: Rebuilding the Structures That Shape Our Teaching (​Veronica Arellano Douglas​)
- Poster of Designing Effective Research Assignments: The Library Can Help! (Robert Miller and Cynthia Thomes, University of Maryland University College)
- Slides of Teaching Innovation: Three Methods for Encouraging Creative Problem Solving (Adam Rogers, Colin Nickels, & Emily Higgs, NC State University)
- Slides of Taking Back the One-Shot: Designing a Menu of Instruction to Connect Information Literacy with University Outcomes (Jennifer Castel, Kelly Faulkner, & Sarah Campbell | Johnson & Wales University)
- Slides of Sharing the Responsibility: Librarians and Faculty Developing an Information Literacy Community (Stephanie Crowe - UNC Wilmington and Meghan Wanucha Smith - East Carolina University)
For the 2019 conference go to
Photo by Sheila Webber: Squash, Blackheath Farmer's market, November 2019

Call for proposals: Innovative Library Classroom

There is a call for proposals (deadline 25 November 2019) for the The Innovative Library Classroom (TILC) 2020, taking place June 4-5 June 2020 in Williamsburg, VA, USA. The theme is Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Are Not Synonyms. "Although the acronym EDI may imply that equity, diversity, and inclusion are one entity, each has value on its own. While equity, diversity, and inclusion inform each other, we need to understand and address each concept individually in order to create meaningful educational experiences that can benefit all of our students. DeEtta Jones summarizes the distinctions with this comparison, “[I]f your organization is a sports stadium, diversity would ask, ‘Who is at the game?’ Inclusion would ask, ‘Are everyone’s seats comfortable?’ Finally, equity would ask, ‘Has anyone been left out of the park? If so, why?’” You can propose posters, presentations, and 7-minute lightning talks. Full info at:
Photo by Sheila webber: Rudbeckia, Sheffield, November 2019

Monday, November 18, 2019

#Twitter and Media and Information Literacy #MILclicks

As part of Global Media and Information Literacy week, Twitter released an updated Teaching and Learning with Twitter Guide stating that the Guide "now has media and information literacy as its focus". It has collaborated with UNESCO on this. The main chapter topics are:
Media & Information Literacy and Global Citizenship Education; Media & Information Literacy and Digital Citizenship; Digital etiquette; Dealing with Cyberbullying; Nurturing your Digital Footprints through Media & Information Literacy Footprints; Controlling your Digital Footprint; Controlling your Experience on Twitter; Media & Information Literacy Skills in the Digital Space; UNESCO’s Five Laws of Media & Information Literacy; Learning Activities for Educators and Development Actors; Twitter - The Digital Staffroom; plus some examples.
The link is at and the direct download is

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Online courses: SoTL; Student Engagement

Two courses running in February from Library Juice:
- Techniques for Student Engagement in Library Instruction, 3 February - 1 March 2020, taught by Kristin Ziska Strange, US $175. "How do we engage students in their own learning, especially in short, one-shot library instruction sessions? In this workshop we will examine a variety of student engagement techniques, focusing on Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning, problem solving, and metacognition. Over the course of four weeks we will examine up to 10 of these techniques and how they can be applied in traditional, blended, and online classes. We will especially uncover approaches that will work for one shot library sessions. In groups we will examine one or two student engagement techniques in detail, and explore how these might work in our own contexts. We will also develop a plan for applying a student engagement technique in our own practice. This will be a discussion intensive workshop in which it will be essential to follow a close schedule of information presentation, interaction, and assessment."

- An Introduction to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 3 February - 1 March 2020, taught by Lauren Hays, US $175."The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is a movement in higher education to study teaching and learning in order to improve both. Typically, SoTL scholars draw from their own disciplinary expertise when conducting research. Research findings are then shared publicly with the teaching and learning community. In this course, participants will learn about the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and identify ways for involvement. Participants will also walk away with ideas for SoTL research."
Photo by Sheila Webber: Sheffield Botanic Gardens, November 2019

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Recent articles: improv; IL Framework; learning objects; financial literacy

Selected items from the last few issues of open access journal College & Research Libraries News:
- Hosier, A. (2019). I was once a world famous magician: Using improv to improve performance in the classroom. College & Research Libraries News, 80(8), 456.
- Beech, V., & Kowalik, E. (2019). From cradle to grave: The life cycle of a digital learning object. College & Research Libraries News, 80(10), 560. "Most librarians have probably experienced finding that a website they liked has disappeared, perhaps a video on YouTube, a tutorial, or even just an informative webpage.  ... Since we also place links to some of these items on our library webpages, disappearing websites create broken links or “link rot.” Librarians are also creators of some of these disappearing websites."
- Collier, J. (2019). Pick your battles: Re-examining the Framework for community colleges. College & Research Libraries News, 80(9), 494. " ... reception of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education has been lukewarm among community college librarians. Many librarians who work in community colleges believe the Framework is meant for four-year schools and research-based institutions. By closely re-examining the Framework and recognizing student needs, community college librarians can use the Framework much more effectively."
- Magi, T. (2019). Why discovery tools and information literacy are not enough: Reconnecting with reference sources. College & Research Libraries News, 80(10), 573.
- Mross, E., & Reiter, L. (2019). Partners in financial literacy: Outreach to student entrepreneurs. College & Research Libraries News, 80(10), 575. " ... universities and academic libraries are increasingly supporting student entrepreneurs through both curricular and extracurricular programming to help them develop new startups and small businesses. Though libraries are instrumental in providing access to business development information, they may miss a key service area for successful entrepreneurship—financial literacy programming."
Photo by Sheila Webber: hedge, Greenwich Park, October 2019

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

#MOOC: Information Literacy Online

The MOOC: Information Literacy Online has been released. The MOOC is available in: English, German, Catalan, Spanish, Croatian and Slovenian. There are six main modules:
Module 1: Orienting in an information landscape
Module 2: Research is a journey of inquiries
Module 3: The power of search
Module 4: Critical information appraisal
Module 5: Information use: the right and fair way
Module 6: Let’s create something new based on information and share it!
Additionally there are a couple subject-specific modules (in the English-language version, but only one in the German and Croatian versions and none in the Spanish). There is text and pictures, plus some videos and quizzes.
This is the outcome of a European project (articles etc. about the project here - this article gives an interesting and detailed account of the guiding principles and practicalities).
The content can also be re-used under a Creative Commons license.
Go to

Monday, November 11, 2019

Fighting Fake News with Information Literacy eCourse

A priced online short course is the Fighting Fake News with Information Literacy eCourse, which runs 6 January to 2 February 2020. It is taught by Melissa Mallon and Megan Mallon and costs US $250 "In this four-week eCourse, you’ll learn how to develop and enhance students’ critical information and digital literacy skills. The instructors share techniques and strategies for teaching students how to analyze and critique news and media sources that can apply in a variety of settings. You'll also get an opportunity to make immediate connections between the course content and your own professional environment. You will leave this course with specific lesson plans, activities, and assessments that you can use to help your students become media literate in today’s digital society." More info at
Photo by Sheila Webber: walking dogs in Greenwich park, October 2019

Friday, November 08, 2019

Call for proposals #LOEX2020

There is a call for proposals for the The LOEX (US, Information Literacy) Conference , to be held in Ypsilanti, USA, May 7-9, 2020. Deadline for proposals is November 22 2019. You can propose a Presentation or an Interactive Workshops. there are 6 core themes: Assessment: Building in Quality Control; Innovation: Forging Ahead for 21st Century Learners; Leadership: Stepping Up to the Line; Failures and Problem-Solving: Retooling and Reinventing; and Collaboration and Outreach: Assembling Production Teams. For more info go to

Teaching with Digital Primary Sources

A recent publication is: Gormly, B. et al (2019). Teaching with Digital Primary Sources: Literacies, Finding and Evaluating, Citing, Ethics, and Existing Models. "This white paper explores the opportunities and challenges of teaching with digital primary sources, including relevant literacies and issues in finding, evaluating, and citing digital primary sources, emphasizing ethical use and concluding with existing models for teaching." It "seeks to think through the limitations and affordances of teaching, researching, and otherwise working specifically with digital primary sources"
Photo by Sheila Webber, taken in Second Life (TM Linden Lab)

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Webinar: Social Media in the Age of Misinformation

The Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) has a webinar which is free to members and US $25 to non-members. It is on 12 November 2019 at 11-12 US Eastern time (which is, e.g. 4pm-5pm UK time): Social Media in the Age of Misinformation. "YouTube is one of the most important platforms for the networked public sphere. The site is a search engine, social network, repository, and alternative to television. Its algorithms also contribute to the formation of filter bubbles and the spread of misinformation. In this talk, "Misinformation in the Networked Public Sphere: The Case of YouTube," Jonas Kaiser [Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society and Associate Researcher at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet & Society] will talk about his research on YouTube in Germany, the United States, and Brazil. Based on the example of videos about the Zika virus, Kaiser will highlight the risks of algorithms in the context of misinformation. Learning Objectives: - Participants will learn about filter bubbles on YouTube. - Participants will learn about the case study of health misinformation in Brazilian YouTube - Participants will learn about the risks of recommendation algorithms - Participants will develop a more critical understanding of misinformation in the networked public sphere"
Go to for more info
Photo by Sheila Webber: National Maritime Museum, October 2019

Searching with pubmed

There's a recording of a webinar held in June 2019 on Searching with pubmed. It has presentations: How to search PubMed: The easy way (Margaret Vugrin); Searching PubMed Like an Expert: The Evolution (Nancy Adams, Marie C. Cirelli); Teaching PubMed Basics: An Active, Flipped Pedagogical Approach (Virginia Desouky); The Amazing Research Race: PubMed Edition (Annie Zeidman-Karpinski). Go to for the recording and the powerpoints.
Photo by Sheila Webber: Sheffield, October 2019

Monday, November 04, 2019

Information Literacy as part of deterrence against "emerging forms of warfare"

This morning I was excited to hear information literacy mentioned as a way of combating disinformation: nothing new to readers of this blog, but it was on a discussion on the BBC Radio 4 news programme Today, and mentioned by a non-library person. It was Elisabeth Braw, director of RUSI's (Royal United Services Institute), Modern Deterrence Project, who felt that we all have a responsibility to check before we share information. She identified that the country that "is most resilient with disinformation is Finland where disinformation ... information literacy is taught in schools." and she went on to say how important it was to teach information literacy in the curriculum.
I have been discussing disinformation with students here in the information school and we have noted how this has become a broader political issue, but it is interesting to see information literacy and social resilience placed firmly within the scope of a project looking at ways of deterring against "emerging forms of warfare", noting that "Together with the armed forces’ capabilities, such societal resilience can function as a crucial deterrent."
The recording of the radio programme is here (right at the end of the 3 hour broadcast, at about 2 hrs 55 minutes- someone from the Oxford Internet Institute was also part of the segment) and the Modern Deterrence Project is here
Photo by sheila Webber: plane over Greenwich Observatory, October 2019

Sunday, November 03, 2019

Featured Teaching Librarian @Earth2Brooke

Brooke Duffy (Coordinator of Instruction Librarian at Seton Hall University) is the Featured Teaching Librarian on the ACRL blog: read more about her ideas and experience here: