Friday, February 21, 2020

Call for proposals: Oregon Information Literacy Summit 2020

The Oregon Information Literacy Summit 2020 will take place on May 30, 2020, at Lane Community College, Eugene, Oregon, USA. Proposals (for presentations, interactive workshops, guided discussions, panels, round table discussions, or poster presentations) will be accepted until March 13th 2020. The Summit is organised by the Information Literacy Advisory Group of Oregon (ILAGO) . "Examples of topics that may be of interest include, but are not limited to: Equity in Library Instruction; Care and Feeding of library instructional programs; Mentoring librarians who are new to teaching in college settings; Collaborations between librarians and other instructional faculty; Information literacy across the curriculum and in the disciplines; Expanding critical thinking and information literacies in the K-16 continuum; IL teaching demonstrations; building info literacy activities into assignments, the librarian as consultant." The form for the proposals is at:

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Recent articles: Indigenous studies; Curriculum mapping; Speed dating at the reference desk

The latest issue of open access journal College and Research Libraries News (vol 81 issue 2) is available. It includes:
- Knowing when to cry uncle: Balancing instructional initiatives - by Angie Cox, Jim Kelly, Chris Neuhaus
- Exploring worldviews and authorities: Library instruction in Indigenous Studies using Authority is Constructed and Contextual - by Michael Dudley
- Reference speed dating: Creating a spark at the reference desk - by Sarah Kantor
Go to

The previous issue (vol 81 issue 1) included:
- Curriculum mapping in academic libraries revisited: Taking an evidence-based approach - by Katy Kavanagh Webb
Photo by Sheila Webber: signs of winter, signs of spring, February 2020

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Webinar: Nursing Information Literacy Framework

Since January 2018, the ACRL Health Sciences Interest Group (HSIG) has been working to revise the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Nursing (2013), taking into account the ACRL Information Literacy Framework and the work of the American Association of Colleges of Nurses. They have undertaken a literature review, research and consultation and there is a webinar on the Nursing Information Literacy Framework companion document on March 12, 2020. It is at 11:00am US Central Time (which is, e.g., 4pm UK time - it's that week when some parts of the world have changed the clocks and others haven't, so I'd advise checking here ). The webinar appears to be free. It says "Join us to gain an understanding of the Nursing Information Literacy Framework companion document. And make the comparison and contrast between the Nursing Information Literacy Framework companion document and Framework for Information Literacy."
Go here for information about the development of the document
Go here to register for the seminar
The ACRL group aim to have recommendations for a framework for information literacy in higher education for nursing by Autumn 2020.
Photo by Sheila Webber: reflections, Charing Cross, February 2020

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Media literacy word of the week

Frank Baker's media literacy word of the week is an interesting idea. He says "Each week, I tweet and post on Facebook a word (or phrase) that 21st century students should know and understand. (You don’t have to use THIS week’s word—pick one from the growing list.) I recommend that educators ask students to locate a news story which uses that word/phrase; be sure they understand its meaning and be aware of the word/phrase when they encounter it in the news or popular culture".
The word (or rather, phrase) for this week is “Native Advertising”

Monday, February 17, 2020

Recent articles: School libraries around the world; Gamification; Digital literacies; Inquiry approach; Fiction as information

Published online are Proceedings of the 48th Annual Conference of the International Association of School Librarianship and the 23rd International Forum on Research in School Librarianship, held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, October 21-25, 2019. They include some interesting articles relevant to information literacy. The home page is here:
To pick out a few:
- Fiction as Information: A Look at Reading as Information Source by Mary Ann Harlan. This includes a literature review (looking at reading and information literacy) and a study of 16/17 year olds. (North America) The author concludes " ... that fiction as a form of art is a way to engage our emotions, to explore our world, a way to learn"
- Pedagogical centre: A way of empowering and transforming a school library by Therése Haglind, Emmelie Ernst, Ulrika Boström (Sweden) "This paper will present a process of development, successful in our school; a cooperation between Pedagogical centre, teachers and management"
- School library concepts developed by an inquiry-approach curriculum organization by User experiences and perceptions about the Ideal Libraries document of the International Baccalaureate by Anthony Tilke (Netherlands)
- Gamification in School Libraries by Dejan Šiptar (Croatia)
- Digital and information literacies and the school library: A case study by Yvonne L Barrett (Turkey)
- School Library Perspectives from Asia: Trends, Innovations and Challenges in Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan by Chin Ee Loh, Annie Tam, Daisuke Okada (not about IL< but useful background)
Photo by Sheila Webber: Farmers' market, February 2020

Saturday, February 15, 2020

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

A Saturday good read: The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade by Audrey Watters at Hackeducation. Some of my favourites are "The End of Library" Stories (and the Software that Seems to Support That) [NB - these are the debacles or myths that she is debunking - she is is not arguing in favour of these things!], TurnItIn (and the Cheating Detection Racket), Blockchain Anything, "Everyone Should Learn to Code", "The Flipped Classroom" Go to:
Photo by Sheila Webber, taken in the 3D virtual world Second Life - Shredded, January 2020

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Call for papers: #WBIMLC 2020: Conference on Information and Media Literacy in the Western Balkans

There is a call for papers for the International Scientific Conference of Librarians, WBIMLC 2020: Conference on Information and Media Literacy in the Western Balkans, to be held 10-12 June 2020 in Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina. You can submit proposals for a full paper, Presentation, Round table discussion, Poster session, Train-the-trainers workshop or PechaKucha. The abstract submission deadline is 10 April 2020. The theme is Information Literacy in the Modern World and a wide variety of media and information Literacy topics are welcomed. More information at

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

New articles: Digital stewardship; Information behaviour; Wikipedia assignments; #DataLiteracy ; IL and WeChat

Volume 46 issue 1 (2019) of the priced Journal of Academic Librarianship includes the following articles:
- Integrating digital stewardship into library instruction: An argument for student (and librarian) success by Elizabeth Blackwood
- Almost in the Wild: Student Search Behaviors When Librarians Aren't Looking by Sarah P.C. Dahlen, Heather Haeger, Kathlene Hanson, Melissa Montellano
- A perspective on Wikipedia: Approaches for educational use by Laurie M. Bridges, Meghan L. Dowell
- A Different Ball Game: Physical Education Students' Experiences in Librarian-led Wikipedia Assignments by Emily S. Kingsland, Marcela Y. Isuster
- Shaping scholarly communication guidance channels to meet the research needs and skills of doctoral students at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology by Esther White, Lizette King
- The effects of subtitles and captions on an interactive information literacy tutorial for English majors at a Turkish university by Leanna Fry Balci, Peter J. Rich, Brian Roberts
- Examining authority and reclaiming expertise by Laura Saunders, John Budd
- Exploring data literacy via a librarian-faculty learning community: A case study by Theresa Burress, Emily Mann, Tina Neville
- Information literacy education in WeChat environment at academic libraries in China by Jinchi Guo, Jie Huang and
- The repository, the researcher, and the REF: “It's just compliance, compliance, compliance” by Carolyn Ten Holter (an article based on her dissertation research here at Sheffield University iSchool!)
Go to
Photo by Sheila Webber: Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, February 2020 (seeing this)

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Library Instruction Leadership Academy #LILACNY2020

Rather confusingly there is a second information-literacy event called LILAC. The Library Instruction Leadership Academy (LILAC 2020) is at Cornell University, New York, USA, July 16 & 17, 2020. A call for proposals will come out later this month.
Photo by Sheila Webber: calm before the storm last Saturday, on Charing Cross station.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Online course: Developing Signature Pedagogies in Information Literacy

ACRL is running a priced online course Developing Signature Pedagogies in Information Literacy from 17 February 2020 to 14 March 2020. "Signature pedagogies are specific ways of teaching that move students to develop the habits of mind of a professional or disciplinarian (Ciccone, 2009). This concept is widely discussed in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning literature in other disciplines, but has yet to make its way into common conversation in information literacy. Throughout the four weeks, participants will spend time in conversation to deepen their understanding of the mental processes they go through when they work with information, while also discussing commonly used pedagogies to teach information literacy. Participants can expect to engage in readings and discussion about signature pedagogies. The end product in the course will be a lesson plan that includes the use of an identified pedagogy that teaches habits of mind necessary to be literate in information." Costs are: ACRL member: US $135; ALA member: $175; Nonmember: $205; Student: $75
Go to for more information
Photo by Sheila Webber: Rainbow chard (it was tasty) and cabbage, February 2020.

Instruction and Outreach for Diverse Populations: Native/Indigenous Librarians and Students

There are 2 webinars organised by the ACRL Instruction Section’s Instruction for Diverse Populations Committee and the Library Marketing and Outreach Interest Group: Instruction and Outreach for Diverse Populations: Native/Indigenous Librarians and Students. Part 1 is on February 28th 202 at 11am US Pacific time, 2pm US Eastern time, which is e.g. 7pm UK time and the 2nd part on May 21st 2020 at the same times of day. As far as I can see, it is free to register. "Part 1 of this series will introduce the work of Native librarians working in different types of academic libraries, and the information needs of Native American/Indigenous students in higher education. Part 2 will share the specifics of our speakers’ work with Native/Indigenous students, with a focus on instruction and outreach." Speakers include: Naomi Bishop (Akimel O’otham Pima, Gila River Indian Community, Health Sciences Librarian, University of Arizona, College of Medicine-Phoenix); Kevin Brown (Diné Nation from Chinle, Arizona, Program Specialist, Indigenous Nations Library Program, College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences, University of New Mexico); Carrie Cornelius (Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin & Prairie Band Potawatomi, Acting Supervisory Librarian, Haskell Indian Nations University).
Register for Part 1 at
Register for Part 2 at

Friday, February 07, 2020

Digital Literacy Reconsidered

Digital Literacy Reconsidered was a webinar organised by UTS (University Technology Sydney), Australia, on 4 February 2020. It discusses the meaning of digital literacy, what learners need to know, how it fits with similar concepts etc. There are recordings:
Amelia Johns: (20 minutes)
Heidi Julien: (16 minutes) - this is embedded below
Event information:
Questions and answers: (48 minutes, audio only)
Thanks to Konstantina Martzoukou for alerting me to this!

Thursday, February 06, 2020

Registration for #LOEX2020 on February 7th

The US information literacy conference, LOEX normally sells out in the first day, so you need to get in quickly for a place. Registration opens on February 7th at 1pm US Eastern time, which is 10am US pacific time, and, for example, 6pm UK time. The event will take place May 7-9 2020 in Ypsilanti, USA. Go to
LOEX members get priority, so you can't assume you have a place until it is confirmed. Instructions on how to make a payment after you register will be on the registration confirmation page. The programme is at

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Call for videos: Inspire, Enable, Engage and Connect

There is a call from the The IFLA Audiovisual and Multimedia Section and Metropolitan Libraries for "interested professionals from any library to submit a short (10 minutes or less) video or multimedia work for the open session to be held during IFLA WLIC in Dublin, Ireland on 15-21 August, 2020, on the theme: Inspire, Enable, Engage and Connect: Video and Multimedia Productions by and for Libraries and Library Users." They seek "creative works no more than ten minutes in length that illustrate how libraries, library staff and/or library users inspire, enable, engage and connect with one another." I'm sure that some of you have been inspiring people to Information Literacy through videos! Deadline for submission of video clips and accompanying abstracts is 15 March 2020. More information at

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

New articles: Reddit; Point-of-Need teaching; Librarians as developers; PIL scale; Misinformation

The latest issue of the open access journal Communications in Information Literacy has been published (Volume 13, Issue 2, 2019). The articles are:
- Reddit as an Analogy for Scholarly Publishing and the Constructed, Contextual Nature of Authority by Anna M. White
- Conceptual and Procedural Knowledge: A Framework for Analyzing Point-of-Need Information Literacy Instruction by Amy VanScoy
- Academic Librarians’ Experiences as Faculty Developers: A Phenomenographic Study by Michael Flierl, Clarence Maybee, and Rachel Fundator (the four categories they discovered were: Connector – connects instructors to pedagogic or technology experts; Facilitator – guides instructors through course design; Colleague – nurtures mutually beneficial relationship with instructors; Developer – develops instructors to transform their approach to teaching)
- Initial Development of the Perception of Information Literacy Scale (PILS) by Matthew Doyle, Britt Foster, and Mariya A. Yukhymenko-Lescroart (they say they are responding to "a lack of valid and reliable Framework-based scales for assessing students’ knowledge practices and dispositions")
- From Syndication to Misinformation: How Undergraduate Students Engage with and Evaluate Digital News by Cara Evanson and James Sponsel
Go to
Photo by Sheila Webber: St Georges (lecture theatre and home of peregrines), February 2020

Monday, February 03, 2020

California Conference on Library Instruction #CCLI2020

The California Conference on Library Instruction takes place at the University of San Francisco, USA, on May 29, 2020. The theme is Deconstructing and Reconstructing Assessment, with keynote speaker Nicole Branch. "A limited number of early bird tickets are available for US $65 and will be available until they sell out. Regular tickets are $75, and library student tickets are $40." Go to
Slides from the 2019 event, and a recording of the keynote, are here
Photo by Sheila Webber: More Chegworth Fram apples at the Farmers' market, February 2020

Sunday, February 02, 2020

Library Instruction West programme available #liw20

The programme for Library Instruction West (taking place in Seattle, USA on July 22-24, 2020) is available. LIW "is a two-day conference dedicated to exploring teaching and learning in libraries. LIW is a grassroots conference that is run by the conference hosts with no formal structure, dues, or governance. LIW conferences have followed the LOEX conference model of a limited number of attendees, promoting an intimate atmosphere for library professionals to learn and share experiences and ideas." The keynote is Dr. Melissa Villa-Nicholas. Registration will open February 18 202 and it always sells out very quickly. More information at
Photo by Sheila Webber, Venice, 2006

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Recent articles: staying sane whilst teaching high-enrollment classes; Finland and fake news; Assessment

Two just published, one from Autumn last year
- Rodriguez, J. and Bucciarelli, E. (2020, January 28). Strategies for Staying Sane While Providing Research Support and Instruction in High Enrollment or Research-Intensive Programs. Journal of Creative Library Practice. "Managing the duties of an academic liaison librarian can be a challenge, especially when the liaison departments have high student enrollments. Two librarians from separate comprehensive Michigan universities assigned to the schools of Health Sciences and Nursing, representing ~4,000 students per semester and with 37 years combined experience, discuss a myriad of strategies used to provide instruction and research support both in-person and online for high enrollment programs and tips for keeping sane." (open access journal article)

- Henley, J.(2020, January 29). How Finland starts its fight against fake news in primary schools. The Guardian.
One of resourcesmentioned is the The Media Literacy Index 2019 Unfortunately, with the UK's exit from the European Union sadly only hours away, the comments are more about political posturing than pointing out how librarians have been working at information literacy for years.

- Head, A.J., Bull, A.C. and MacMillan, M. (2019) Asking the Right Questions: Bridging Gaps Between Information Literacy Assessment Approaches. Against the Grain, 31(4). (this is one of their open access articles - the focus is on evaluation/impact as much as assessment).
Photo by Sheila webber: Farmers' market, December 2019

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Student bursaries for #LILAC20

Student 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 7th February. "The award (named in honour of former Information Literacy Group Vice Chair Rowena Macrae-Gibson) entitles two students to attend LILAC. The award includes a full conference place, including networking evening and conference dinner, and UK travel and accommodation expenses up to the value of £225. The award is aimed at newly qualifying professionals. We welcome applications from full-time or part-time students (including distance-learners) registered for a UK-based first degree or taught postgraduate qualification in information/library studies or information literacy (IL). It is not essential that applicants are current members of CILIP or its Information Literacy Group." For more info go to

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Digital Media and Library Instruction

I missed this priced publication last year: Moorefield-Lang, H. (2019). Digital Media and Library Instruction [special issue]. Library Technology Reports, 55(5). It includes: Library-Podcast Intersections by Steve Thomas; Flipped Learning Environments by Lucy Green; Taking Your Library Instruction to YouTube by Heather Moorefield-Lang; A Librarian’s Journey in Blogging by Lucas Maxwell. Go to
Photo by Sheila Webber: the last Xmas wreath - someone had tossed into the branches of the cherry tree, Sheffield, January 2020

Monday, January 27, 2020

Innovating pedagogy 2020 #IP2020report

The Open University, in collaboration with the National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL), Dublin City University, Ireland, have produced the latest edition of Innovating Pedagogy. This "proposes ten innovations that are already in currency but have not yet had a profound influence on education in their current form." As usual, there are a few pages on each theme, explaining what it is and listing a few resources. The themes are: Artificial intelligence in education; Posthumanist perspectives; Learning through open data; Engaging with data ethics; Social justice pedagogy; Esports; Learning from animations; Multisensory learning; Offline networked learning; Online laboratories.
Go to

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Lifelong learning and democracy

A podcast (21 minutes) just posted, with Dr Jay Derrick of the Centre for Post-14 Education and Work, UCL, on Lifelong learning and democracy, talking about the need for adult education, and the way in which it has declined in the UK:  "Adults are facing issues of access to lifelong learning opportunities ... Arguing about the importance of informal learning and adult education: the latter has unfortunately has been suffering a decline in support over the past years in the UK, making it more difficult for people to engage with." - it is an episode in the podcast FE News podcast

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Recent articles: Learning outcomes in science course; Information use after graduating; Biology students' strategies and perceptions

Articles in the last 2 issues of the open access journal Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship include:
Gainey, M. et al. (2019) The Evolution of Information Literacy Learning Outcomes in Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Science Courses. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, (93). "We collaborated with faculty at [institution name] to create [ACRL] Framework-inspired information literacy learning objectives for first-year and third-year science undergraduates and are continuously refining the objectives as the curriculum continues to evolve. This article describes our learning objective design and refinement process, challenges encountered, and ideas on how to create opportunities for embedding information literacy into a curriculum. We also share our full activity lesson plans and assessment tool."

Williams, B., Harvey, B., & Kierkus, C. (2019). Health Information Use After Graduation. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, (93). "This study aimed to determine which information resources Grand Valley State University (GVSU) alumni from four health science programs utilize in clinical practice. It also explored alumni opinions of their educational experiences at GVSU in relation to information literacy and library resources. A survey was administered to alumni who had graduated with a degree in athletic training, nursing, physical therapy, or physician assistant studies. We received 451 valid responses (12.8% response rate). The survey focused on specific resources used in the professional workplace, GVSU preparation for information literacy in the workplace, alumni confidence in information literacy skills, and additional preparation that could have been helpful after graduation. Survey responses are reported by discipline and degree earned."

Lantz, C., & Dempsey, P. R. (2019). Information Literacy Strategies Used by Second- and Third-Year Biology Students. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, (92). "Results from focus groups with 23 second- and third-year biology students revealed gradual gains in information literacy (IL) abilities and dispositions needed for them to join the community of scientific practice as laid out in the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. Students were consumers of information and not yet producers of information. They interacted often with primary research articles but struggled to use research tools effectively; remembered active learning vividly; and relied on video resources, Google, and discussions with peers and instructors to define terms and understand results. "

Jankowski, A., & Sawyer, Y. E. (2019). Biology Student Perceptions of Information Literacy Instruction in the Context of an Essential Skills Workshop Series. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, (92). "The University Libraries at the University of New Mexico reconfigured their established library instruction program for biology as part of a broader grant-funded essential skills workshop series for STEM students. This initiative standardized supplementary instruction through seven in-person and online workshops delivered to students through the Biology Department’s four core undergraduate laboratory courses. Post-workshop feedback data were gathered from students throughout the two-year grant period. The present study analyzes this data set—including 3,797 completed student surveys from both library and non-library workshops over the course of four semesters—with the goal of understanding STEM student perceptions of the value of information literacy skills as compared to the general and disciplinary value of other essential intellectual and practical skills. The findings suggest that undergraduate biology students generally perceive information literacy to be among the most valuable and relevant skills introduced through the workshop series. The results have the potential to inform information literacy instruction practices and collaborative efforts with broader essential skills education programs."
Photo by Sheila Webber: The Mall, London, January 2020

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Conference programme for #LILAC20 available

The draft programme for the LILAC (UK information literacy) conference is available. The conference takes place in Manchester. UK, 6-8 April 2020.
I'm looking forward to running a workshop on the Wednesday, with my colleague Dr Pam McKinney and Professor Annemaree Lloyd and Dr Alison Hicks from University College London on Spaces, materiality and information literacy practice: mapping information landscapes as a way to improve user support and Pam is also presenting The information literacy of food and activity tracking in 3 communities: parkrunners, people with type 2 diabetes and people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (coauthored with Andrew Cox & Laura Sbaffi).
Pam and I will be liveblogging from the conference as usual and the Information School here at Sheffield is one of the sponsors.
Go to and click on draft programme.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Call for moderator for #ACRL Instruction Section Current Issues Virtual Discussion Forum

A moderator is sought for the June 2020 ACRL Instruction Section Current Issues Virtual Discussion Forum. "The 2020 forum will take the form of a panel discussion. One hour will be allotted for the entire forum, with the moderator expected to provide a brief introduction of the topic (10-15 minutes) before facilitating discussion among panelists. They will then welcome larger audience questions and discussion for the final 10-15 minutes of the forum. Once a moderator is selected, members of the Discussion Group Steering Committee will work with them to create a call for panelists." The proposal will be judged on: Clarity of focus; How well the topic lends itself to meaningful discussion; Observed significance of the proposed issue for library workers and learners. The deadline for proposals is 27 February 2020. The application form is at
Picture taken by Sheila Webber in the 3D VW Second Life, January 2020

Monday, January 20, 2020

Call for papers: How Fake News Impacts and Engages the Library Mission and Services #WLIC2020

There is a call for papers for the open session on How Fake News Impacts and Engages the Library Mission and Services, organised by IFLA's News Media Section, jointly with the Digital Humanities SIG, FAIFE, and CLM. The session will be during the IFLA Conference Dublin, Ireland, 15-22 August 2020. Deadline for proposals is 29 February 2020. "What’s true in an age of fake news and alternative facts? Fake news and alternative facts dog users of news media and media researchers. The pace of this development is rapidly increasing in digital media. With regard to this IFLA Open Programme Session, ‘fake news’ is defined as “news that conveys or incorporates false, fabricated, or deliberately misleading information, or that is characterised as or accused of doing so” (Oxford English Dictionary). ‘Alternative fact’ is defined as “a theory posited as an alternative to another, often more widely accepted, theory” (Collins dictionary)." Full information at

Online course: Introduction to Design Thinking

This course runs from 3 February 2020 to 1 March 2020, and costs US $175. Introduction to Design Thinking, taught by Carli Spina "will walk participants through the theory behind [design thinking] and offer a chance to gain hands-on experience with each step in the Design Thinking cycle. Participants will learn how libraries have found success through Design Thinking and techniques for bringing Design Thinking to any type of library." "At the end of this course, students will be able to: - Define Design Thinking and understand each of the steps in the process; Understand how Design Thinking has been applied in a range of library settings; Apply the steps of the Design Thinking process; Build prototypes; Ideate and develop ideas, including as part of a group. More info at

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Staff Learning and Development #teachmeet

There is a free afternoon Staff Learning and Development teachmeet at West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds, UK, on 24 January 2020. This event is organised by the CILIP Academic & Research Libraries Group (Eastern Division). "Come along to listen or participate – informal micro-presentations of 9 minutes are sought. Share your ideas or experience of library staff training and learning and development" Information at
Photo by Sheila Webber: Xmas wreaths of east Sussex, 6, January 2020

Friday, January 17, 2020

Free access to journal Learning and Teaching until Jan 31; Politics students' information literacy

There is free access to the journal Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences (LATISS) until 31 January 2020. You need to go to and then register, and when it asks you for a redemption code you enter Education20 This is apparently in recognition of International Day of Education on January 24. The code does not give you access to any other Berghahn journals

I would highlight in particular: Thornton, S. (2019). A longitudinal comparison of information literacy in students starting Politics degrees. Learning and Teaching, 12(2), 89-111.
"This article presents a longitudinal study of a survey used to expose the information literacy levels of two groups of firstyear Politics/IR students at a British university and, using the logic of ‘most similar design’, make informed inferences about the level of students’ information literacy on coming into tertiary education." Thornton compares results from a 2017 study with results from a very similar study carried out in 2009. He notes at the end "Though not part of the longitudinal comparison, the student responses to the new questions regarding social media and preferred website sources suggest, if anything, the need for information literacy education at university will only increase. They suggest there are more potential pitfalls for those current students trying to navigate a safe path to knowledge (particularly political knowledge) than were faced by earlier cohorts. Furthermore, despite some of the more hyperbolic expectations of the ‘digital natives’ literature (Prensky 2001), it seems – as Paul Kirschner and Pedro De Bruyckere (2017) have argued – there is no reason to suggest those born into a digital world are any more naturally adapt at navigating it than previous generations."
Photo by Sheila Webber: Polling station, May 2018

International Day of Education free conference 24 January #EducationDay

Should you happen to be available on 24 January 2020 and able to go to Paris, there is a free conference at UNESCO HQ to celebrate the International Day of Education. The programme is here. You don't have to register in advance, just turn up with some ID. UNESCO often stream at least part of their events, so they may be livestreaming. The home page for the day is at

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Webinar: Creating References Using Seventh Edition APA Style

There is a free one-hour webinar on February 13, 2020 at 1pm US Central Standard Time (which is 7pm UK time) on Creating References Using Seventh Edition APA Style. This is a chance to hear people at APA talk about the new edition. The speakers are: Hayley S. Kamin, Chelsea L. Lee, and Timothy L. McAdoo (Content Development Managers with the APA Style team of the American Psychological Association).  "Join members of the APA Style team as they provide an in-depth look at the simplified reference system by describing the rationale behind it, how to format references using it, and the ways in which references are easier to create because of it. The webinar will then answer one of the most frequently asked Style questions: how to cite a work found online. The APA Style experts will use real-life examples to walk through the process of creating references for a variety of common webpages and websites, including ones with missing or hard-to-locate information, found via a database, and needing electronic source information (DOIs, URLs, and retrieval dates)."
Go here to register
Photo by Sheila Webber: clematis vitalba, January 2020.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Do you have initiatives/ resources on online safety for UK citizens? Landscape Mapping Exercise - open til Friday 17 January

There is a UK Government survey (also linked below), which is only open until Friday. It aims "to map media literacy initiatives currently underway, which are focused on online safety and minimising harm, and are available for users in the UK". Although it mentions MEDIA literacy, if you have an information literacy initiative that actually serves the same purpose, it would be good to have it included. It DOES ask for a lot of detail about initiatives including funding, takeup and any evaluation.

The way it is written makes it easiest to fill in if you had a limited term project aiming at a specific group (in my view). However, for example, if you are in a public library which does training and support of people needed advice on this, or (say) an NHS, school or university library which has an outreach programme or has created an open-access digital resource that could train or advise people on this topic (video, tutorial etc.), then I think those would qualify.

I didn't follow the questionnaire all the way through, but their list of "what is provided" consists of:
-Training - of teachers, support workers, service providers etc
- Research – on any aspect of media literacy...
- Networking Platforms – conferences, seminars, meetings, online and offline forums, newsletters and databases.
- Campaign – awareness-raising with a desired behaviour change...
- Policy Development – major consultations, published reports and recommendations
- Provision of Funding – for media literacy activities delivered by third parties...
- End-user engagement – grass-roots projects that provide support and information to end-users via face-to-face, phone or online contact.
- Provision of resources – information leaflets, video, audio, lesson plans, curriculum modules, websites etc. (my emphasis)

Also the list of "skills or capabilities" that are aimed for is as follows (overlapping with IL, in my view)
- Media use: Ability to search, find and navigate and use media content and services safely
- Critical thinking 1: Understanding how the media industry works and how media messages are constructed
- Critical thinking 2: Questioning the motivations of content producers in order to make informed choices about content selection and use
- Critical thinking 3: Recognising different types of media content and evaluating content for truthfulness, reliability and value for money
- Critical thinking 4: Recognising and managing online security/safety risks
- Creative skills: creating building and generating media content
- Participation and engagement 1: interaction, engagement and participation in the economic, social and cultural aspects of society through the media
- Participation and engagement 2: promoting democratic participation and fundamental rights
Intercultural dialogue: including challenging radicalisation and hate speech

The press release said "The UK Government committed to developing an online media literacy strategy in the Online Harms White Paper, published in April 2019. As part of this the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport have appointed a consultancy, RSM UK, to undertake a comprehensive mapping exercise to identify what actions are already underway. The consultancy has developed a framework to record and characterise the media literacy initiatives available to UK users and is in the process of populating this framework to help DCMS understand the nature of the initiatives and any gaps in provision.
"If you represent an organisation that provides or funds any media literacy initiatives to users in the UK, it would be very helpful if you could complete this brief survey."

This is the link to the online questionnaire, which asks "some questions about the issues that you are trying to resolve, your target user groups, and delivery methods."
Contacts for questions are and

If you are interested in digital literacy mapping, you may also be interested in the report on Mapping Digital Literacy Policy and Practice in the Canadian Education Landscape (from MediaSmarts) and the 2016 report on media literacy in 28 European Union countries Mapping of media literacy practices and actions in EU-28 (though it is not very comprehensive, at least for the UK).
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Recent articles: News literacy; Critical media literacy; Media and youth in the Middle East

Volume 11 issue 3 of the open access journal Journal of Media Literacy Education is the latest to be published. Articles include:
- News literacy and fake news curriculum: School librarians’ perceptions of pedagogical practices by Lesley Farmer
- Hosting and healing: A framework for critical media literacy pedagogy by Dorotea Frank Kersch and Mellinee Lesley
- Professors’ perspectives on truth-seeking and new literacy by Zachary W. Arth, Darrin J. Griffin, and William J. Earnest
- Abolish censorship and adopt critical media literacy: A proactive approach to media and youth in the Middle East by Abeer AlNajjar
Go to
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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

2nd Call for proposals: Critical Approaches to Libraries #CALC2020

The second stage of the Call for Papers is open for the Critical Approaches to Libraries (CALC 2020) conference, taking place 13 May 2020, at Coventry University, UK. This is an open call for presentations from any interested presenters, which closes on 9 February 2020. "Our aim in this conference is to provide a space to share and range of ideas and practices in all areas of critical library practice, including (but not limited to) decolonisation, critical information literacy and critical pedagogy, equality, diversity and inclusion library work and services and representation of marginalised groups in society, academia and collections. Similarly we are interested in sharing experiences and practices from all areas (collections, liaison, teaching and learning etc.) and sectors of library work (HE, FE, health, public, school and special libraries and special collections)."
There are multiple options available for submitting abstracts including written and video abstracts.
The call for papers is at
Abstract submission is at and the Help guide here

Monday, January 13, 2020

Approaches to Teaching Information Literacy in Practice

The half day event Approaches to Teaching Information Literacy in Practice, held in London, UK, has changed date. It will now be run on 6 March 2020, with a session in the morning and a repeat session in the afternoon. It is run by Dr Jane Secker and Sarah Pavey. Price: CILIP members £90 plus VAT, CILIP Employer Partner £115 plus VAT, non-members £140 plus VAT. For more info and registration go to
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Friday, January 10, 2020

Information Literacy Awards 2020

The Information Literacy awards sponsored by the (UK) CILIP Information Literacy Group and LILAC conference committee have been launched. There are 2 awards: (1) The award for achievement in the field of information literacy (IL) is open to all practitioners, researchers and academics working in the IL field within the UK. (2) The Digital Award for Information Literacy is sponsored by the Open University and rewards an innovative/high impact digital resource developed by a UK-based individual or group. Full information at The deadline for nominations is 7th February 2020 (17:00 GMT)

Thursday, January 09, 2020

Recent books: Learning in Information-Rich Environments; Political polarisation + i-learn Libguide

Neumann, D., Tecce DeCarlo, M., Lee, V., Greenwell, S. and Grant, A. (2019). Learning in Information-Rich Environments: I-LEARN and the Construction of Knowledge from Information. Cham: Springer.
This is the 2nd edition of the book "Drawing primarily from research and theory in three distinct but related fields—learning theory, instructional systems design, and information studies—it presents a way to think about learning that responds directly to the actualities of a world brimming with information. The second edition also includes insights from digital and critical literacies and provides a combination of an updated research-and-theory base and a collection of instructional scenarios for helping teachers and librarians implement each step of the I-LEARN model."

There is a Libguide for the I-LEARN model here, by the way

Baer, A., Schroeder, R. and Cahoy, E. (2019). Libraries Promoting Reflective Dialogue in a Time of Political Polarization. ACRL. Examples of chapter titles "Sociology of Information Disorder: An Annotated Syllabus for Informed Citizens" (also open access here), "Climate Change Conversations in Libraries (A Sabbatical Training Adventure)", "Red Shirts and Citizens’ Councils: Special Collections and Information Literacy in the College Classroom", "“The Earth Is Flat” and Other Thresholds: A Critically Reflective Cross-disciplinary Conversation in the Post-truth Era"
Added on 10 January: Thanks to Thomas Hapke for alerting me to this page that links to open-access versions of most of the chapters - on a website created by teh book's authors.
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Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Call for papers: Information Literacy in LIS programs in the Developing Countries

There is a call for papers for the open session on Information Literacy in LIS programs in the Developing Countries, organised by IFLA LIS Education in Developing Countries Special Interest Group and the Information Literacy Section. The session will be during the IFLA Conference Dublin, Ireland, 15-22 August 2020. Deadline for proposals is 28 February 2020.
"There is an increasing awareness about the prospective and important role of LIS education in the dissemination of information literacy through the changing trends and societies. Implementing powerful learning strategies in librarianship, academic, and practical sectors through which awareness about the importance of information in today's life, business and education should be a vital role of LIS education in developing countries. This call to action urges LIS educators to work on their program plans and curricula.
"This session’s goal is to provide a clear view of the presence of information literacy components in LIS programs worldwide with a special focus on developing countries. We are particularly interested in proposals which explore the following issues: The impact of new information technologies on library education; The experiences of LIS educators in introducing information literacy course within their curriculums.; Implementation of IL through e-learning for librarians and library users
LIS departments’ role in IL awareness in their institutions."
Full information at

Tuesday, January 07, 2020

Integrating information Literacy

Not new, but I just came across it.
Feekery, A. (2013). Conversation and Change: Integrating Information Literacy to Support Learning in the New Zealand Tertiary Context Learning Designs and Teaching Strategies, Research Methodologies. PhD Massey University. This addressed the research question "What factors impact on the successful embedding of information literacy across the four-year Bachelor of Environmental Planning (BEP) programme to support students to be effective learners in higher education?" using participatory action research. Insights and recommendations are also here if you don't want to read the thesis. I have mentioned Feekery before in connection with the Information Literacy Spaces blog. The full thesis is at -

In case you are interested, I came across it whilst searching for articles from this other PhD study of IL integration in New Zealand higher education (I had had a sudden blank about the author's family name and was doing a lazy search to re-find them)
Wang, X. (Li) (2010). Integrating information literacy into higher education curricula: An IL curricular integration model. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.
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Monday, January 06, 2020

Recent articles: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning #SoTL - Librarians; Writing; Scoping; Transformative spaces

The latest issue (Vol 7 No 2, 2019) of Teaching & Learning Inquiry, the open access journal of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL), has a number of interesting articles, including

- McClurg, C., MacMillan, M., & Chick, N. (2019). Visions of the Possible: Engaging with Librarians in SoTL. Teaching & Learning Inquiry, 7(2), 3-13. This proposes different ways in which librarians might be engaged with the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and is particularly relevant to this blog.

- Healey, M., Matthews, K. E., & Cook-Sather, A. (2019). Writing Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Articles for Peer-Reviewed Journals. Teaching & Learning Inquiry, 7(2), 28-50. This is an excellent paper in identifying different types of article that you could write, and proposing a writing framework for each of them. "We discuss the process of producing four types of SoTL-focused writing for peer-reviewed journals: empirical research articles, conceptual articles, reflective essays, and opinion pieces. Our goal is to support both new and experienced scholars of teaching and teaching—faculty/academics, professional staff, and students—as they nurture and further develop their voices and their identities as scholars of teaching and learning and strive to contribute to the enhancement of learning and teaching in higher education. We pose three related sets of overarching questions for consideration when writing about teaching and learning for peer-reviewed journals and offer heuristic frameworks for publishing in the four specific writing genres listed above. We also discuss how to get started with writing, preparing to submit, and responding to reviewers, focusing on the importance of contributing to and creating scholarly conversations about teaching and learning."

- Chick, N., Nowell, L., & Lenart, B. (2019). The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: A Scoping Review Protocol. Teaching & Learning Inquiry, 7(2), 186-197. - this describes how they plan to do a scoping review, including listing the databases and definitions and providing an example search strategy in ERIC.

- Drane, L. E., Lynton, J. Y., Cruz-Rios, Y. E., Watts Malouchos, E., & Kearns, K. D. (2019). Transgressive Learning Communities: Transformative Spaces for Underprivileged, Underserved, and Historically Underrepresented Graduate Students at Their Institutions. Teaching & Learning Inquiry, 7(2), 106-120.

Whole issue at
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Sunday, January 05, 2020

Call for proposals: Critical Approaches to Libraries #CALC2020

The Critical Approaches to Libraries (CALC 2020) conference will take place 13 May 2020, at Coventry University, UK. There is a first call for papers aimed specifically at under-represented groups: Person of Colour / BAME / Non-white; People for whom English is an additional language; LGBTQI+; Person with a disability / disabled person (physical, mental or learning disability); Deaf presenters.
"The conference will cover many different aspects of critical practice in libraries and librarianship including (but not limited to) decolonisation, critical pedagogy and EDI issues in libraries, research and academia." Abstracts can be submitted in various ways, written or in video. " For written abstracts you also have the choice of a traditional abstract or using our guided abstract option to give a more structured approach. If none of these work for you, please do get in touch and we can discuss a more bespoke option that meets your needs." The website is at The call for papers is at; the form to submit an abstract is at; and this is the call for papers help guide.
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Saturday, January 04, 2020

Consultation on revision of the Information Literacy Competency Standards for #Nursing

The North American Information Literacy Competency Standards for Nursing are being revised to align them with the ACRL Information Literacy Framework (the nursing standards were based on the old ACRL IL Standards) and input is sought. "Our intended audience is librarians, especially those connected with information literacy (IL) instruction for Nursing and the Health Sciences. We are seeking information on how you've been using the ACRL Framework thus far in instructional sessions/contexts for Nursing and the Health Sciences. We are also capturing information on instructional technologies as connected to this topic and whether you would be interested in seeing the draft of the Framework for IL in Higher Ed in Nursing when it's ready." Go here for the survey
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Friday, January 03, 2020

Recent articles: Attitudes to IL; Computational thinking and IL

Ata, R. & Yıldırım, K. (2020). Analysis of the Relation Between Computational Thinking and New Media Literacy Skills of First-Year Engineering Students. Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 29(1), 5-20. [priced] "The study first aimed to reveal self-reported computational thinking and new media literacy skill levels of first-year engineering students with various demographics such as gender, departments, and internet use frequency. It was then aimed to test whether there is a significant relation between computational skills and new media literacy skills. The study group consisted of 112 engineering candidates who were enrolled at the engineering faculty of a university in Mugla city in Turkey. ... Findings suggest that engineering student participants consider their computational thinking and new media literacy skills to be sufficient. In addition, while the variables such as gender and department were not found to be affecting to the computational thinking and new media literacy levels, internet use frequency was found to be affecting. Furthermore, the study results indicated that the relationship between participant’ computational thinking and new media literacy level is statistically significant and positive."

Adekunle, A. et al. (2019). Attitude of Undergraduate Students to Information Literacy: Bowen University Experience. Journal of Balkan Libraries Union, 6(1), 1-11. [open access] "The study investigated the rationale behind undergraduates’ apathy for information literacy (IL) programme at Bowen University, Nigeria. A descriptive survey design was adopted for the study and a multi-stage sampling method was used to select a sample size of five hundred participants spread across disciplines and levels of study. ... Results show that students’ attitude to information literacy significantly influences their information literacy skill and students’ perception of information literacy significantly influences their information literacy skills. Although perception of IL does not predict influence of IL on students, attitude to IL determines the influence of IL on students’ information literacy skills. The study further revealed that the erroneous equation of technology literacy with information literacy was largely responsible for students' lukewarm disposition to information literacy."
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Wednesday, January 01, 2020

An information literate 2020!

Let's hope that there is more information literacy in the world in 2020 than there was in 2019! One piece of good news came at the end of 2019, "when 193 Countries Proclaimed Global Media and Information Literacy Week ... On 25 November 2019, one hundred and ninety-three countries unanimously proclaimed Global MIL Week as official at the 40th Session of the UNESCO General Conference." Go to for more information.
Photo by Sheila Webber: December sky, South London, 2019.