Friday, February 28, 2020

Sheffield Hallam Library & Skills Centre Teachmeet: Student Voices #SHUTeachmeet

The 3rd annual Sheffield Hallam University Library and Skills Centre Teachmeet will be held on 5 May 2020, in Sheffield, UK. The theme is: The student voice: how do we actively involve our students in the development, delivery and evaluation of our services. The event is free, and aimed at higher education library staff and academic study skills practitioners working in the region. They seek 5 presenters, who will have up to 15 minutes each.
"Topics could include: Partnership projects with student unions Student & staff committees or working groups UX including research projects Co-production, design and delivery Innovative student employment or internships Inverted learning. If you are interested in presenting at the Teachmeet please book a ticket and email Karen Dolman on with a title and brief overview of your presentation by Friday 20 March 2020. "
There is a little more information, and the presentations from last year's event at
Photo by Sheila Webber: Sheffield Station

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Online course: Addressing Misinformation and Fake News: Resources and Strategies

Addressing Misinformation and Fake News: Resources and Strategies is an online course running from March 2nd to 29th, 2020, taught by Sarah Morris, costing US $175. "Participants will... discuss and define misinformation and gain a deeper understanding of what misinformation has looked like historically and currently; explore strategies for addressing misinformation with their patrons; examine the unique role libraries and librarians can play in addressing issues posed by misinformation; explore ways in which information literacy skills can be used to combat misinformation; and develop plans for ways they continue to explore and address misinformation in their work and in their home institutions." More details at

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

cfp 7th Annual LILi Conference #LILiConf2020

There is a call for proposals for the 7th Annual LILi Conference, to be held July 30, 2020, in Walnut, California, USA. The theme is Full Focus 2020: Engaging Our Library Communities and the deadline for proposals is 27 March 2020. "What strategies has your institution found for grabbing and holding attention? How do we bring our teaching and learning to life? Have you made meaningful changes to your physical space, your approach to hosting programs, or your outreach efforts to boost engagement? During classes or workshops, does your audience stand, move around, raise their hands to answer questions, play games, do exercises alone or in teams, use their cellphones to respond to polls? These are just a few of the types of active learning methods that librarians are using, in person and online, to get and keep attention and to improve learning and retention. What has worked for you? What have you learned from failures? How have you measured success?" A wide range of possible topics are suggested. "Gamification of all kinds; Fun ideas for library orientation or one-shot sessions; Quick and effective ways to integrate technology- Kahoot!, pallet, Google surveys, browser plug-ins, and more; Digital literacy in online courses; Teaching and learning with primary sources; Tips for stellar public speaking; Improving user experience (UX), whether physical or digital; Creating inviting and safe spaces where people love to spend time; How to increase turnout for library programs, keep families coming back, and help patrons build a culture of literacy at home; Interventions for a range of barriers to learners’ engagement(Inclusive instructional design: Ways to make class discussions more inclusive of introverts, more accessible to learners of all kinds; Cultural competencies in LIS; Helping faculty switch to low- or no-cost textbooks (and the effect it has on student learning/success); Trauma-informed teaching, social and emotional learning (SEL) topics; Ways to incorporate active learning into instruction sessions); Student-created/directed IL learning objects (open pedagogy practices): (Students honing their learning and understanding of IL concepts/skills by teaching others; Students as knowledge and content creators).You can propose a 10-20 minute presentation, a lightning talk, or a poster session. Registration form at

Monday, February 24, 2020

New journal: #Misinformation Review

The Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) publishes the Misinformation Review "a new format of peer-reviewed, scholarly publication. Content is produced and “fast-reviewed” by misinformation scientists and scholars, released under open access licensing, and geared towards emphasizing real-world implications. All content is targeted towards a specialized audience of researchers, journalists, fact-checkers, educators, policy makers, and other practitioners working in the information, media, and platform landscape." They welcome submissions which have "empirical research on misinformation from all fields – quantitative and qualitative – and encourage submissions that define misinformation in all its variations, estimate its prevalence and impact, document media manipulation tactics, evaluate interventions (including education, content moderation, debunking, and regulations), and culturally and historically situate the institutions that define the media ecosystem today. Priority will be given to research with clearly-stated real-world implications."
The journal homepage is here
The first issue (volume 1 issue 1) was published on 14 January 2020, and the articles and commentary pieces are:
- “Fake news” may have limited effects beyond increasing beliefs in false claims by Andrew M. Guess, Dominique Lockett, Benjamin Lyons, Jacob M. Montgomery, Brendan Nyhan and Jason Reifler
- How trust in experts and media use affect acceptance of common anti-vaccination claims by Dominik Andrzej Stecula, Ozan Kuru and Kathleen Hall Jamieson
- Cross-Platform Disinformation Campaigns: Lessons Learned and Next Steps by Tom Wilson and Kate Starbird
- Emphasizing publishers does not effectively reduce susceptibility to misinformation on social media by Nicholas Dias, Gordon Pennycook and David G. Rand
- Russian Twitter disinformation campaigns reach across the American political spectrum by Deen Freelon and Tetyana Lokot
- Answering impossible questions: content governance in an age of disinformation (COMMENTARY) by John Bowers and Jonathan Zittrain
- Redesigning consent: big data, bigger risks (COMMENTARY) by Joan Donovan
Vol 1 issue is here
Photo by Sheila Webber: not misinformation, a photo from the picket line, February 2020

Sunday, February 23, 2020


Registration is open for the Icepops (copyright literacy) conference, which takes place on 7 July 2020 in Cardiff, Wales. "Devised by Chris Morrison and Jane Secker (the UK Copyright Literacy team) and run in conjunction with the CILIP Information Literacy Group, the day will include keynote speakers, a world café, lightning talks and much more! ... This year’s themes will include copyright education, games and play, copyright and cultural heritage, Open GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) creativity and the relationship of copyright literacy to information literacy and scholarly communication and building copyright literacy communities: nationally and internationally."
Registration at Costs: £125 + VAT for a full price ticket; £100 + VAT per ticket for speakers, students and members of CILIP.
Icepops info at

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