Sunday, December 05, 2021

Others' blog posts: information worlds; storytelling

 A couple of interesting posts from other blogs:
- Little, H.B. (2021, 3 December). Different Information Worlds: More Than a “Filter Bubble”. Knowledge Quest. https://knowledgequest.aasl.org/%e2%80%8bdifferent-information-worlds/ [Discusses the different information worlds that students, parents and educators may live in, with interesting links to other articles etc.]
- Jarson, J. (2021, 29 October). From clicks toward concepts in the information literacy classroom. ACRL blog. https://acrlog.org/2021/10/29/from-clicks-toward-concepts-in-the-information-literacy-classroom/ [talks about the value of storytelling]
Photo by Sheila Webber: autumn branches, November 2021

Saturday, December 04, 2021

Libguide: Evaluating websites and blogs

 Highlighting another Libguide, this time from the University of Akron School of Law library (USA) on Evaluating websites and blogs, with tabs of information and advice relating to: authority, accuracy, scope, currency, official/authentic sources, fake news. There is an update date of November 15 2021 (though I haven't checked myself that all the links are working etc!) Go to https://law.uakron.libguides.com/c.php?g=495106&p=3388091

Photo by Sheila Webber: snow animal, November 2021

Friday, December 03, 2021

Rauru Whakarare Evaluation Framework

There is now a te reo version, in addition to the existing English version, of the Rauru Whakarare Evaluation Framework: entitled Rauru Whakarare: He Anga Arotake. This framework was first developed a few years ago, and is introduced thus "The Rauru Whakarare Evaluation Framework provides a kaupapa Māori-informed approach to evaluation that enables us to critique and engage deeply with the information that surrounds us. It is available for teachers, students and librarians in all educational contexts to start a conversation about information quality and its contribution to our learning. We integrated Māori concepts into the framework to promote deeper engagement with the information evaluation process than can be captured using English terms. We believe that the Māori concepts contain an embedded spirituality and metaphor that is often lost in a purely literal English translation." The Framework can be used under a creative commons license, and the page which describes the Framework and links to resources in both languages is here: https://informationliteracyspaces.wordpress.com/rauru-whakarere-evaluation-framework/

Thursday, December 02, 2021

ACRL Information Literacy Framework Libguide

The Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI) maintains a Libguide about the ACRL Information Literacy Framework with pages for each frame including variously summaries of the key aspects of the frame, links, ideas for activities, a literature review (mostly dated March/April 2020) for each frame, etc. Go to https://libguides.palni.edu/c.php?g=185459&p=1224981

Photo by Sheila Webber: snowpeople advancing towards the bandstand, November 2021

Wednesday, December 01, 2021

Open access book: Metaletramento (Metaliteracy)

There is a Portuguese translation of Tom Mackey and Trudi Jacobson's 2014 book Metaliteracy . It is available as an open online resource 

Mackey, T. & Jacobson, T. (2021). Metaletramento. http://www.valentim.bsb.br/metaletramento/

I wrote a 2 page preface to the book so I was excited to see my words in Portuguese! It includes the interactive features such as annotating. The translation & publication was supported by The Brazilian Institute of Information in Science and Technology (IBICT), Research Unit of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI) in partnership with UNESCO and ALA/Neal-Schuman Publishing. Mackey & Jacobsen reported this in their Metaliteracy blog.

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Webinar: Building trust: Faith leaders engagement in vaccine confidence

An interesting webinar which I think is related to information literacy (evaluation of and trust in information) on 2 December 2021 13.00-14.00 CET (which is, e.g., 12 noon-1pm UK time): Building trust: Faith leaders engagement in vaccine confidence, organised as part of the World Health Organization's Infodemic inititaive.
"A discussion with faith leaders and faith-based organizations highlighting the role of faith leaders in building trust and vaccine confidence during the pandemic response. What were the facilitating factors, and what were the barriers? How can we apply the lessons learned during COVID-19 and for future health emergencies?"
The speakers are: Rabbi Gustavo Kraselnik (Spiritual leader of the Congregation Kol Shearith Israel in Panama since 2002; Executive Director of the Panamanian Jewish Congress; member of the Interfaith Committee of Panama); Priestess Beatriz Schulthess (President, Indigenous Peoples Ancestral Spiritual Council; Honorary President, Religions for Peace, Indigenous, Costa Rica); Judge Mohammad Abou Zeid (Head of the Family Court of Sidon; Imam and preacher at Aisha Mosque in Sidon, Lebanon; independent consultant for World Vision International, wrote the Islamic adaptation of WVI Channels of Hope COVID-19 Vaccine module); Dr Manoj Kurian (Coordinator at Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, World Council of Churches); Sister Agatha O. Chikelue (Executive Director, Cardinal Onaiyekan Foundation for Peace. Chair, Religions for Peace-International Women's Coordinating Committee). Register at https://bit.ly/WHORfPComms2

Photo by Sheila Webber: leaves (before the snow), November 2021

Monday, November 29, 2021

Webinar: media literacy for all

The next EAVI Conversation is on Tuesday 30 November 2021 at 16.00 CET (which is, e.g., 3pm UK time), with Alexandre Le Voci Sayad who is co-Chair of the International Committee of UNESCO's Media and Information Literacy Alliance. The focus is on Media Literacy for all including "Analyse the role of educators and learners; Identify the critical role of developing specific skills nowadays and the significance of lifelong learning; Examine how cities can educate their citizens for the media" Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1Sl0slP7TTOgpD5OZLyYIw

Photo by Sheila Webber: snowman today, November 2021

Sunday, November 28, 2021

New directions in AI: formation of an IFLA Special Interest Group on Artificial Intelligence

There is an online meeting on New directions in AI: formation of an IFLA Special Interest Group on Artificial Intelligence on 6 December 2021 at 4pm UTC (UK time); 5pm CET; 11am US EST. This exploratory meeting will: "give an overview of the current state of AI in libraries; discuss the goals and objectives; gather 25 signatories who intend to actively participate in the activities of the SIG for a petition to be submitted to the Professional Council; propose a satellite meeting and main session at IFLA WLIC 2022 in Dublin, Ireland." "Artificial intelligence applications are increasingly a part of the library space: in chatbots, embedded in library systems, used for automated indexing and classification, and integral to robots. The IT Section is sponsoring the formation of a Special Interest Group in AI (AI SIG). ... If the SIG is approved we will also hold the first business meeting to nominate a Convenor and seek volunteers to serve in roles including Secretary and Communications Coordinator. Registration at https://bnf-fr.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0kfuGopzssH9z17Zw0Xy2tahGPDZATZlZ-

Friday, November 26, 2021

Recent articles: Workplace information literacy; Information Behaviour in the pandemic

Middleton, L. & Hall, H. (2021). Workplace information literacy: a bridge to the development of innovative work behaviour [IWB]. Journal of Documentation, 77(6), 1343-1363. https://doi.org/10.1108/JD-03-2021-0065 "The purpose of the work reported in this paper was to investigate a further set of possible determinants of the development of IWB: those that are information-related." using mixed methods "A set of information-related determinants of the development of IWB is evidenced, adding to the list of determinants that are already well documented. Notably workplace information literacy (IL) appears to furnish a bridge between determinants of the development of IWB and workplace learning."

Zimmerman, M.S. (2021). Health information-seeking behavior in the time of COVID-19: information horizons methodology to decipher source path during a global pandemic. Journal of Documentation, 77(6), 1248-1264. https://doi.org/10.1108/JD-01-2021-0022. The aim was "To determine the differences, as represented by information horizons mapping, in the health information-seeking behavior from a group of participants between March 2019 and April 2020 of the novel coronavirus pandemic." 149 participants drew information horizons maps & did a health literacy test, this was repeated before and after the start of the pandemic "There is a statistically significant difference in the increased number of sources and the ranked quality of the sources that people used during the pandemic. Participants were much more likely to use credible sources and news sources, especially if they were older, more educated and had higher literacy levels – both health and information. They also relied heavily on social media. The participant group in the pandemic had a much heavier reliance on sources that are often used in a passive encountering way but engaging with them in an active information-seeking manner. The health information-seeking behavior in this study did not adhere to other research that found issue with information overload, avoidance and cyberchondria in response to crisis situations." 

Ke, Q., Du, J.T. and Ji, L. (2021). Toward a conceptual framework of health crisis information needs: an analysis of COVID-19 questions in a Chinese social Q&A website. Journal of Documentation, 77(4), 851-870. https://doi.org/10.1108/JD-10-2020-0173 "This study collected the COVID-19-related questions posted on a Chinese social Q&A website for a period of 90 days since the pandemic outbreak in China. A qualitative thematic approach was applied to analyze the 1,681 valid questions using an open coding process. ... A taxonomy of information need topics for a health crisis context that identifies 8 main categories and 33 subcategories was developed, from which four overarching themes were extracted. These include understanding, clarification and preparation; affection expression of worries and confidence; coping with a challenging situation and resuming normal life; and social roles in the pandemic."
Photo by Sheila Webber: branchlet of autumn leaves, November 2021

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Online event: Nailed It! Stories of Failure, Setbacks, and Where We Go From There

Free online event: Nailed It! Stories of Failure, Setbacks, and Where We Go From There on 3 December 2021 at 9.00-13.00 US Pacific time (which is, e.g., 17.00-21.00 UK time). It is organised by CARLDIG-S (California Academic Reference Librarians Discussion Interest Group-South).
"This program will offer an opportunity for library professionals to share their encounters with frustration or failure in areas of reference and the lessons they learned. Can you think of a time that, despite your best intentions, things just didn't go according to plan? This is the program for you! While we don't often discuss failure in our lives, it is important to normalize these conversations and embrace failure in our places of work. Failures mean we are experimenting, innovating, and creating new opportunities for growth. Through sharing our own stories, we can inspire others as they work through their own workplace challenges. So let's talk about failure!"
The "Tentative" programme includes lightning talks Instructional Fail: How an Active Learning Activity Led To a Title IX Discussion and What’s the Answer? Lessons Learned from Assessing Tutorial Questions, and breakout topics include IL instruction.
Go here for more information and registration: https://carldigs.libguides.com/home
Photo by Sheila Webber: autumn carpet of leaves, November 2021

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

ACRL Framework companion document: Research Competencies in Writing and Literature

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has just published a Companion Document to the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education: Research Competencies in Writing and Literature. This elaborates the framework in relation to this subject area. It aims to provide librarians with
"1) concepts for improving information literacy for novice and expert learners of writing and literature,
"2) tools to help create learning objectives for information literacy instruction in these same areas, and
"3) ways to align their teaching practices with the ACRL Framework."
The pdf is at https://www.ala.org/acrl/sites/ala.org.acrl/files/content/standards/framework_companion_LES.pdf
You can also find this document in the Standards, Guidelines, and Frameworks section of the ACRL website https://www.ala.org/acrl/standards
Photo by Sheila Webber: Agapanthus heads, November 2021

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Online course: Discovering Google’s databases: meet the hidden family

A UKeiG Zoom Course is Discovering Google’s databases – meet the hidden family, presented by information expert Karen Blakeman. It runs 10.00-13.00 UK time. "This online course looks at Google’s collection of databases, their features, and when and how to use them effectively." The cost, including presentation slides and documentation, is UKeiG/CILIP members £50 + VAT, non-members £80 + VAT 

It is running on 25 November 2021: details here https://www.cilip.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1565978&group=201314
and 7 December 2021 details here https://www.cilip.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1569784&group=

Photo by Sheila Webber: autumn branchlet, November 2021

Monday, November 22, 2021

Call for contributions: Critical Information Literacy

There is a call for contributions for a Special Issue of the open-acces Journal of Information Literacy on Critical Information Literacy. The issue will be published June 2023 and the deadline for contributions is 9 January 2023. It special issue is edited by Lauren Smith and Alison Hicks.
Contributions "are welcomed in a wide range of formats. We will consider traditional manuscripts focusing on theory or research but are also keen to receive practice-based contributions and those taking unconventional forms. These could include zines, photo- or video-essays, research agendas, collaborative discussions, or audio recordings" As well as contributions, they are seeking mentors to support authors through the process.
They say that the aim "is twofold: to expand on the rich knowledge sharing occurring in critical information literacy practice; and to highlight explorations of this work from a research perspective. What is the nature of the ways the body of theoretical and research literature on critical information literacy is (and is not) reflected in practice? How are social changes influencing discourse in librarianship, and in turn, the boundaries between theory, research and practice related to critical information literacy?"
For more information go to https://ojs.lboro.ac.uk/JIL/announcement/view/44

Photo by Sheila Webber: remembering summer roses 2, June 2021

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Online short courses: Critical Information Literacy; Online Instructional Delivery

Forthcoming Library Juice Academy short online courses include:
- Online Instructional Delivery. December 6 2021 - January 2 2022 Cost US $200. Leader Mimi O'Malley. "This four-week course walks participants through the instructional delivery and facilitation of an online course. The course pays attention to instructor social presence and feedback. This course delves into online instructor strategies for pacing online students on task and remedying student misbehavior in the online classroom." Go to https://libraryjuiceacademy.com/shop/course/267-online-instructional-delivery/
- Critical Information Literacy. Cost US $300. January 3 - February 13 2022. Leaders: Dawn Stahura, Des Alaniz. "Over the six weeks of this course, we will examine core concepts of critical information literacy and critical pedagogy by discussing descriptive biases and controlled vocabulary, knowledge creation and scholarly communications, critical source evaluation and expertise, and using zines, archives, and cultural objects in instruction to highlight multiplicities of knowledge organization." Go to https://libraryjuiceacademy.com/shop/course/234-critical-information-literacy/

Photo by Sheila Webber: remembering summer roses, June 2021

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Recent articles: peer observation of teaching; issues of streaming

Catching up on issues of the open access College & Research Libraries News: today volume 82 number 8 (September 2021) which includes:
- Teaching Squares: Improving instruction through observation and self-reflection by Maoria J. Kirker, Mary K. Oberlies, Carolina Hernandez, Sara DeWaay ("Ideally, a square is composed of four instructors from multiple disciplines across the university. Throughout a semester, the square members set goals, observe a class session of each member, reflect on their observations, and meet to share their reflections.")
- Streaming access in a fractured world: Designing LibGuides with student users in mind by Sarah Gilchrist, Debbie Li, Erin Toepfner (looks at issues of streaming media online)
Go to: https://crln.acrl.org/index.php/crlnews/issue/view/1605/showToc
Photo by Sheila Webber: Chinese lanterns, November 2021

Friday, November 19, 2021

Understanding Well-being Data @Suoman

An interesting new set of resources based on work by my Information School colleague Dr Susan Oman is Understanding Well-being Data. This online exhibition explores with a critical perspective the questions "What is well-being? How is it understood by different people in different times and places? What is the role of data in understanding well-being, and how can better understanding of well-being data improve shared understanding of societal problems, and make for a more understanding society?"
Go to https://player.sheffield.ac.uk/exhibits/understanding-wellbeing-data There are some short animations (I've embedded the first below) and they are based on her new book:
Oman. S. (2021). Understanding Well-being Data:Improving Social and Cultural Policy, Practice and Research. Springer. ISBN-13: 9783030729394

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Webinar: Accessibility Helps You Share More, Share Better

The IFLA Audiovisual and Multimedia Section (AVMS) have organised a 1 hour free webinar Accessibility Helps You Share More, Share Better on 23 November 2021 at 11:30-12:30 (US EST - so, e.g., that is 16.30-17.30 UK time). "We want to share our content with as many people as possible and this means making it accessible. There are many ways to look at accessible content. Some of these are obvious and some are less obvious. Librarian Jessamyn West will look at “born digital” content and share resources and tips to help content producers and sharers reach the widest audience they can."
Registration is required: go to https://www.ifla.org/events/webinar-accessibility-helps-you-share-more-share-better/
Photo by Sheila Webber: autumn branches, November 2021

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe #EPALE

EPALE is the Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe project, a "multilingual, open membership community of adult learning professionals, including adult educators and trainers, guidance and support staff, researchers and academics, and policymakers." There is a good deal of material on the website, including reports & guides, OERs and MOOCs at https://epale.ec.europa.eu/en

As examples: a recent report published a few weeks ago is Essential needs of educators to support seniors and earlier this month they posted links to various outcomes from a project on How to design, implement and promote change-oriented adult education in the fields of democracy and digitalisation
An upcoming webinar is on 24 November 2021 at 10am CET (which is, e.g., 9am UK time) on Artificial Intelligence and Adult Education, which will be streamed here

Photo by Sheila Webber: scattered autumn leaves, November 2021

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Call for papers: @ISIC2022

There is a call for papers for the 2022 Information Seeking in Context (ISIC) conference which takes place 26-29 September 2022 in Berlin, Germany. "The bi-annual ISIC-conference is the academic home of the Information Behavior research community and focuses on contextualized information activities, expressed in different framings such as ‘information behavior’, ‘information practice’, ‘information seeking’, ‘information experience’ and others." You can submit full or short papers (the complete paper, rather than an abstract), posters, panel discussions or workshops, and there is a doctoral workshop. Deadline for everything except the doctoral workshop is 31 January 2022, deadline for the doctoral workshop is 7 February 2022. More information at https://pages.cms.hu-berlin.de/ibi/isic-2022/call/

Monday, November 15, 2021

Racism as a Form of Persistent Malinformation @Projectinfolit

The most recent essay in the Project Information Literacy Provocations series is: Tell Me Sweet Little Lies: Racism as a Form of Persistent Malinformation by Nicole Cooke. "Racist/racialized malinformation is the phenomenon of how we are conditioned, socialized, and repeatedly bombarded with racist and negative images and stereotypes. These stereotypes are repeated and normalized until they become malinformation. But how can these deleterious and destructive forces be eliminated? They need to be addressed and battled just as other societal ailments are, and critical cultural literacy can aid in this fight." Cooke explains what she means by critical cultural literacy and its relationship with other literacies, and outlines the persistence of racism as a form of malinformation (malinformation being false information which aims to do harm). Go to https://projectinfolit.org/pubs/provocation-series/essays/tell-me-sweet-little-lies.html
Photo by Sheila Webber: autumn leaves, November 2021

Sunday, November 14, 2021

How to Teach Critical Thinking

The Reboot Foundation has produced a guide for teachers on How to Teach Critical Thinking. The Reboot Foundation is "devoted to elevating critical thinking." "Based in Paris, the foundation is entirely supported by the generosity of Bruno and Helen Lee Bouygues" so obviously it will reflect their perspectives on critical thinking. However, from a quick scan of the pdf guide (which isn't very long) it looks as though it could provide some useful ideas and activities. https://reboot-foundation.org/teachers-guide-to-critical-thinking/#.
Photo by Sheila Webber: casting a long shadow, November 2021

Friday, November 12, 2021

MOOC: Disinformation Step by Step

The YouVerify project (I think this project part of Savoir Devenir) funded by the European Union and based in France, has launched the MOOC: Disinformation Step by Step, which starts on Monday 15 November 2021 and lasts a month. It will be given in three languages: French, Spanish and English and is aimed at a wide range of people including educators, students, journalists, librarians, youth workers. Being a MOOC, it is open and free and you can get a digital badge on completion. It has 6 modules: critical thinking, Media and Information Literacy (MIL), disinformation, verification, refutation and building MIL projects. There is a particular focus on visual disinformation. It is led by MIL expert Professor Davina Frau-Meigs. Register here: https://hub5.eco-learning.eu/course/disinformation-step-by-step/

 

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Call for proposals: SCIL Works

Southern California Instruction Librarians (SCIL) will host SCIL Works on 28 January 2022 as a virtual half-day conference. This "offers librarians the opportunity to share their best practices, innovative pedagogy, and creative solutions with colleagues. SCIL Works 2022 will focus on the many ways librarians have combined their skills built during the pandemic in online instruction with our new in-person services." The deadline for proposals is 3 December 2021.
Suggested topics may include but are not limited to: The many locations of instruction- zoom, in person, hybrid, outdoors, indoors, small group? Adapting in-person activities for masks and social distancing; Shifting virtual activities (back) to a face-to-face environment or new situations; Ensuring accessibility to a diverse population; Asynchronous vs synchronous instruction; Student engagement; Managing behind-the-scenes work Proposals can be for a presentation (20-minute presentation where the presenter shares his/her research or an effective program or practice with participants, with an additional 5 minutes for Q&A.) or Lightning Round (live, 5-minute poster session or slide deck. This presentation could briefly describe a program or initiative, highlight an online tool or tutorial, or exhibit an assessment process or instrument.)
Complete the Proposal Submission form by 3 December 2021: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdTM9rjxLdGO-BF3didG1V62xqYM9m33uvqBONCMehCI4LceA/viewform
Photo by Sheila Webber: autumn sky, November 2021

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Webina 11 November: Launch of the Global Standards for Media and Information Literacy Curricula Development Guidelines #MILCLICKS

The launch of the Launch of the Global Standards for Media and Information Literacy Curricula Development Guidelines, co-organized by UNESCO and the Republic of Serbia, in cooperation with the European Commission takes place on 11 November 2021 at 15.00-16.30 (CET) (which is, e.g., 14.00-15.30 UK time). UNESCO published the revised MIL curriculum Media and Information Literate Citizens: Think critically, Click Wisely in September 2021 (with the summary version published earlier in April 2021) and now they are producing these standards.
"The Standards focus on necessary processes at various levels of society and offer an integrated set of core and common learning outcomes that all stakeholders seeking to develop integrated curricula on media and information literacy should consider. This document is a non-prescriptive policy brief. Its primary target groups are policy makers responsible for curricula development and media and information literacy related programmes, curriculum developers and planners, educators, NGO leaders, experts and practitioners implementing media and information literacy related curricula." They say that "This resource will be made available in multiple languages for all Member States of UNESCO, as well as civil society actors" and I will post a link when it is available. Register for the event at https://unesco-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Q1ROJYz8SXyt8ZN7wOtEHA

Monday, November 08, 2021

Edumedia test

The EduMediaTest has been developed within the European Commission's Media Literacy for All programme. It is "an online questionnaire designed to carry out an initial assessment of the media literacy of pupils aged 14 to 18, as well as to improve their media skills, based on the results obtained, using training materials that are freely available on this website" If you fill in your details you will be given a code so you can access the questionnaire and administer it to learners. You do not get individual feedback for each learner, but aggregated feedback for the whole cohort that you tested, one result for each of 6 dimensions: language; technology; reception [of the media message]; production & diffusion; ideology; aesthetics. The idea is that then you are able to discuss the results with the class and devote more time to developing the aspects that the class did less well in. There are some support/training materials provided for each dimension, which include at least some of the questions (I don't know if it is all of them, since I haven't applied for the questionnaire), and the follow up material you might use to explore the issue further. In fact this could be useful even if you don't use the questionnaire. The material is available in several European langauges; English, Irish Gaelic, Catalan, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Slovenian and Croatian. Go to https://edumediatest.eu/en

Sunday, November 07, 2021

Online half-day course: Interactive Tools for Online Presentations and Teaching

The UK electronic information Group (UKeiG) is running a half-day online CPD course on Interactive Tools for Online Presentations and Teaching, 10.00-13.00 UK time on 19 November 2021. Delegates will explore a range of tools including: - Menti; Kahoot!;  Prezi Next; Google Slide; Padlet "By the end of the training participants will have learned about a variety of interactive tools, tried them all out, and be able to make an informed choice as to when to use them in their online presentations, lectures, workshops, or orientation sessions." Course leader is Ned Potter (Academic Liaison Librarian at the University of York, and a Trainer for various organisation). Costs are  UKeiG/CILIP members £50 + VAT - Non-members £80 + VAT - Employer Partner staff £65 + VAT. Booking and more info at https://www.cilip.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1559662&group=201314

Photo by Sheila Webber: autumn leaves and sky, November 2021

Saturday, November 06, 2021

New book: Facilitating Effective Sixth Form Independent Learning: Methodologies, Methods and Tools

A new book from Facet Publishing is Facilitating Effective Sixth Form Independent Learning: Methodologies, Methods and Tools by Andrew K. Shenton. ISBN: 9781783305582. Andrew Shenton has published extensively on the topics of information literacy and school libraries. The publisher's site says "Facilitating Effective Sixth Form Independent Learning is a comprehensive guide for educators looking to support independent learning in the Sixth Form. It takes the reader on a step-by-step journey showing how an appropriate teaching programme may be set up and offers proven tools and strategies that can be adopted in the classroom. The book advises on how a worthwhile research question may be formulated and establishes the importance of teaching unifying methodologies, in addition to individual techniques, before various means of finding information are identified. It develops an approach to help students think systematically about the available options and considers methods for evaluating information and managing time. The book then addresses the construction of essays and reports and then guides readers through understanding and implementing the Information/Writing Interaction Model (IWIM). Further coverage includes strategies for countering plagiarism and numerous suggestions for promoting student reflection."
Further information including a sample chapter https://www.facetpublishing.co.uk/page/detail/facilitating-effective-sixth-form-independent-learning/
Photo by Sheila Webber: nmore autumn leaves, November 2021

Friday, November 05, 2021

New articles: Measuring informed learning; Undergrads and assignments; Services to users with disabilities; Search phrases

The latest issue of open access journal College & Research Libraries (Vol 82, No 7) includes:
- Developing the Informed Learning Scale: Measuring Information Literacy in Higher Education. Michael Flierl, Clarence Maybee, and Emily Bonem.
- Exploring the Development of Undergraduate Students’ Information Literacy through Their Experiences with Research Assignments. Amanda L. Folk.
- Citation and Referencing Support at an Academic Library: Exploring Student and Faculty Perspectives on Authority and Effectiveness. Lydia Dawe, Jackie Stevens, Bob Hoffman, and Morgann Quilty.
- What Information Are We Providing to Users with Disabilities? An Analysis of ARL Libraries’ Accessibility Webpages. Amelia Brunskill, Catherine Lantz, and Kavita Mundle. 
- Reference and Instructional Services to Postsecondary Education Students with Intellectual Disabilities. Mirah J. Dow, Bobbie Sartin, and Brady D. Lund.
- Phrasing in Reproducible Search Methodology: The Consequences of Straight and Curly Quotation Marks. Katie Barrick and Amy Riegelman. "The study found that 42.5 percent of platforms ignored curly quotation marks and interpreted the test term as a phrase, 30 percent of the bibliographic platforms acknowledged curly quotations and completed the phrase search, and one platform flagged curly quotation marks as an unsupported character."
Go to https://crl.acrl.org/index.php/crl/issue/view/1608/showToc
Photo by Sheila Webber: autumn leaves, November 2021

Thursday, November 04, 2021

Webinar: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in OER

The Community and Junior College Libraries Section (CJCLS) section of the Association of College and Research Libraries has organised a free online workshop on 30 November 2021 at 9am US Pacific time (which is, for example, 5pm UK time): Coffee & Conversations: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in OER (online educational resources). Register by 22 November 2021. "Participants will engage in facilitated breakout rooms to discuss a variety of topics related to DEI and OER including how campuses are handling access to technology, faculty support, and dual enrollment issues. Bring your own experiences with OER initiatives at your institutions." Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScJknN03Z2PzOlXgF74y8CxJQmDiH0lwRb2ryWSSmfaRfDvdA/viewform

Wednesday, November 03, 2021

Data Literacy with, for, and by Youth

An interesting project that was mentioned at the ASIS&T conference that took place earlier this week is Data Literacy with, for, and by Youth which has produced some resources that can be used in developing people's data literacy. Young people were involved in co-designing them. You can download the materials in one pdf, or as individual sheets. They cover topics such as surveillance, algorithms and data privacy https://sites.google.com/pratt.edu/data-activism-for-youth/home

Photo by Sheila Webber: Weston Park, October 2021

Tuesday, November 02, 2021

Webinars on disinformation, AI misconceptions, digital citizenship etc. @_eavi

EAVI, an EU-funded organisation focused on media literacy, has organised a series of free webinars: EAVI Conversations:
- Technology and people (Lee Hibbard, Diplo Foundation & Council of Europe), 9 November 2021 16.00 CET (which is, e.g., 15.00 UK time)
- Don't trust your brain (Yannis Sarakatsanis, Youtuber/actor), 11 November 2021, 18.00 CET
- Disinformation (Claire Wardle, First Draft), 16 November 2021, 16.00 CET
- AI misconceptions, 18 November, 18.00 CET
- Trust in the Media, 23 November 2021 16.00 CET
- Online vs offline activism, 25 November 2021, 18.00 CET
- Digital activism & climate change, 2 December 2021, 18.00 CET
- Digital Citizenship, 7 December 2021, 16.00 CET
- Digital well-being, 9 December 2021, 18.00 CET
More details on speakers, and registration, at https://eaviconversations.eu/

Monday, November 01, 2021

New Book: Critical Library Pedagogy in Practice

Just published: Brookbank, E. & Haigh, J. (2021). Critical Library Pedagogy in Practice. Innovative Libraries. ISBN ‎ 978-1911500216
You can purchase it e.g. here, here or here, but (according to one of the Editor's tweets) chapters will also be made available on open access, possibly this is the place to monitor for that.

Photo by Sheila Webber: hydrangea, October 2021.

Friday, October 29, 2021

Speaking at #GlobalMILweek

Today I was excited to speak in the session of the UNESCO Global Media and Information Literacy Week Feature Conference that focused on: World Cities Day meets Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2021: MIL Cities to address climate misinformation. The other speakers were: Dr. Alton Grizzle (Programme Specialist, Communication and Information Sector, UNESCO) who is the leading light in UNESCO's MIL campaign; Hussein Orekoya (Civil Engineer, Future of Cities in Africa, Nigeria); Dr. Felipe Chibás Ortiz (Associate Professor, University of São Paulo); Muhammad Radwan (The Glass Room Project Lead, Tactical Tech). I was too focused on the session to liveblog, but some links are:
- The MIL Cities framework and the MIL CLICKS campaign ("Think critically, click wisely"!) highlighted by Dr Alton Grizzle
- The online Glass Room Misinformation exhibition https://theglassroom.org/misinformation-edition/ which was presented by Muhammad Radwan of Tactical Tech " In this exhibition you can explore how social media and the web have changed the way we read information and react to it.... All exhibits are presented through a series of animations, visualisations and apps that can be experienced on desktop and mobile". The Glass Room has also been a physical exhibition aimed at creating critical engagement with digital technology.
- The MIL Cities Network, which was presented by Dr. Felipe Chibás Ortiz. There is a book just published which I will feature in a separate post, but here I will highlight a recent journal article on UNESCO MIL Cities Network As Opportunity for Development in Africa which was published a couple of months ago and the MIL Cities Network on Facebook, where they offer webinars etc.
- The Climathon - an ideathon running this week and "a city-based programme ... that offers a clear pathway to action and interaction - an opportunity for cities and citizens to co-create local ideas to shared climate challenges" mentioned by Hussein Orekoya who also talked about his work with a number of other youth organisations he is involved with.

My own presentation focused on the need to see older people as active and creative agents in the Media and Information Literate city. It is embedded below 

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Webinar: Full Title: A look at the ‘Media and Information Literacy Alliance (MILA)’ and the ’Maddie is Online’ Digital Literacy project #GlobalMILweek

On Friday 29 October 2021 there is a free webinar: Celebrating UNESCO Global MIL Week 2021 in Scotland: A look at the ‘Media and Information Literacy Alliance (MILA)’ and the ’Maddie is Online’ Digital Literacy project at (UK time) 15:00 – 16:00. Presenters are Jacqueline Geekie and Dr Dina Martzoukou. To register go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/celebrating-mil-week-tickets-191683308937

Also a reminder that the 2nd FOIL webinar is also on 29 October, 10-11.00 UK time: FOIL Masters: Emerging Voices in Media & Information Literacy Research. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/foil-masters-emerging-voices-in-media-information-literacy-research-tickets-187490096927

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

A treasure trove of resources for #GlobalMILweek @Infoschoolsheff - MIL for the public good

To celebrate Global Media and Information Literacy Week, students in the Information Literacy classes in the Information School, University of Sheffield, UK, have curated a set of annotated links to resources to do with Media and Information Literacy for the public good, the theme of this year's Global MIL Week. Here is the link to the resource: https://padlet.com/s_webber/globalmilweek21

The resources are conveniently listed on a padlet, and are in three key topic areas: MIL for those in crisis situations; Public Libraries supporting MIL; MIL combatting mis/disinformation in the pandemic.  Information Literacy is a core module, which I coordinate, on both our  MA Library and Information Services Management and MA Librarianship programmes.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Celebrate #GlobalMILweek with videos from #ECIL2021 !

There is a bounty of video recordings presented at the European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL) in September 2021. These are the prerecorded videos (not videos of the sessions) so they are mostly 20 minutes long. Browse them here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb2mDRVfxpW5oTOneSj77SQ/videos - I will highlight a few of them individually in posts after Global MIL week.

Friday, October 22, 2021

Webinars: Information literacy as a continuum for a successful transition to higher education; Educators’ Education and Training on Information Literacy

The IFLA School Libraries and Information Literacy Sections have organised two free webinars "exploring perspectives on the role of information literacy education in fostering a smooth transition throughout a learner’s formal education journey from pre-Kindergarten to 20 and beyond". They both take place during Global Media and Information Literacy week on Zoom. For both, register before 25 October 2021 

- Information literacy as a continuum for a successful transition to higher education. 27 October 2021, 14.00-16.00 (CEST). Speakers are: Elisabeth Burns (Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, USA) on PK-20 Information Literacy Standards: Perspectives on Implementation in the US; Kapil Vasudev, Amanda Folk, Jane Hammons, and Ann Hidal (The Ohio State University Libraries, USA) on Building Connections Between School and Academic Librarians in Columbus; Lim Bee Ang (Ngee Ann Polytechnic Library, Singapore), and Lim Hwa Shan (Nanyang Polytechnic Library, Singapore) on Towards a Digital Life@PolysTM Framework: Transformation of Digital & Media Literacy in the Polytechnic Libraries in Singapore. More info at https://www.ifla.org/events/information-literacy-as-a-continuum-for-a-successful-transition-to-higher-education/ 

- Educators’ Education and Training on Information Literacy. 28 October 2021 18.00-20.00 (CEST). Speakers are: Lesley Farmer (California State University, Long Beach, CA, USA) on Fake News as a Fulcrum for Lifelong Information Literacy Education; Amy Wong (St Peter’s School, York, UK) on Empower yourself, empower your learners: Building a network to support the development of your teaching practice; Durga Murari and Varsha Varma (SNDT Women’s University College of Education, Pune, India) on Teaching student teachers to teach information literacy. More info at https://www.ifla.org/events/educators-education-and-training-on-information-literacy/

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Proposals sought for online symposium: Business Reference in Academic Libraries

The Business Reference in Academic Libraries Committee wants proposals for presentations for an online symposium (via Zoom) on 14 December 14 2021, at 12noon-17.00 US Eastern Time (which is, for example, 17.00-22.00 UK time). Deadline for proposals is 2 November 2021.
"We welcome interactive proposals that discuss and address professional change and we encourage materials that attendees can take-away in such topics as: Instruction: Designing effective instruction and new teaching techniques and content; Research: Planning and/or fulfilling research projects and grants; Outreach: Building sustainable liaison relationships and collaborations; Professional development: Navigating the new terrain of connecting, networking, and engaging for learning and growing; Services: Expanding service offerings as an information professional"
Proposals should be for a 45-minute session (30 minutes for presentation with 15 minutes for facilitated discussion and/or question-and-answer) that relates to an aspect of applied academic business librarianship. ... "Suggested topics should fall under the broad heading of lessons learned from the experience of living and working during an ongoing global pandemic."
Include in your proposal: Title (50 words or less): Interesting and descriptive Abstract (250 words or less - a summary of your presentation); Session outcomes (2-3 outcomes - describe what participants will learn during your session that they can apply at their library or in their role as a business librarian);  Long Description (Describe how you will engage participants in an online session and make your presentation interactive); Detail the practical components of your presentation (what will you teach attendees that will enrich their professional practice?) 

Submit proposals at https://forms.gle/TfgfoC5fwGgiagd29 to submit proposals. They advise looking at the BRASS webinar best practices guide for tips: https://brass.libguides.com/webinar_best_practices

I will also highlight this group's twice yearly publication with short articles, including ones focused on information literacy https://www.ala.org/rusa/sections/brass/publications/academicbrass
Photo by Sheila Webber: more Michaelmas daisies (and butterfly), October 2021

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Webinar: the UK's Media and Information Literacy Alliance

CILIP & the CILIP Information Literacy Group have organised a free webinar on 28 October 2021 at 12 noon-13.00 UK time (as part of Global Media and Information Literacy week), in which Nick Poole, CEO of CILIP, Dr Jane Secker, Chair of the Information Literacy Group and Anne-Lise Harding, Deputy Chair of the Information Literacy Group will introduce and discuss the UK's Media and Information Literacy Alliance (MILA), which was set up over the summer. Register at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-media-and-information-literacy-alliance-a-timely-webinar-tickets-190224726277?

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Webinars: Paths, nodes and edges of information literacy research; Emerging Voices in MIL research #MILCLICKS

FOIL (The Forum on Information Literacy) is celebrating Global Media and Information Literacy week with two free webinars. As a FOIL member I'm excited to be presenting in the first one, as is my colleague Pam McKinney. The events are on Zoom, so please register in advance.

- The paths, nodes and edges of information literacy research. 28 October 2021, 10am-11am UK time. Speakers: Dr Alison Hicks, Dr Charlie Inskip, Prof. Annemaree Lloyd, Dr Pam McKinney, Dr Geoff Walton, Sheila Webber, Dr Drew Whitworth. "This event will provide tantalising insight into information literacy research that is currently being carried out by members of FOIL (Forum on Information lIteracy). Celebrating Global Media and Information Literacy Week, the event will be of interest to researchers, practitioners and students who are engaged with Information Literacy, and also to people who are interested in carrying out information literacy research themselves. Talks will include a focus on information literacy and older people [that's my bit!]; bibliometric studies of information literacy, psycho-physiology and information literacy, the UK information literacy research agenda, internet access and information literacy, and a presentation of the recent Facet title, The Qualitative Landscape of Information Literacy Research. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-paths-nodes-and-edges-of-information-literacy-research-tickets-187487729847 

- FOIL Masters: Emerging Voices in Media & Information Literacy Research. 29 October 2021, 10-11am UK time. "This one-hour session, organised by FOIL (the Forum On Information Literacy), presents the work of outstanding Masters' students whose 2021 dissertations focused on an aspect of media and information literacy. Speakers include:
Maud Cooper (University College London): Emerging artists in transition: What role does information play in understanding success and failure?;
Jo Lapham (University of Sheffield): The value of librarian-led information literacy lessons for Higher Education students in the Further Education college environment;
Antony Njuguna (University College London): They are essential workers: how the information literacy librarians kept international students engaged during the pandemic lockdown." Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/foil-masters-emerging-voices-in-media-information-literacy-research-tickets-187490096927

Monday, October 18, 2021

World Evidence-Based Healthcare Day - resources & webinar #WorldEBHCday

EBHC logo

The 20th October is World evidence based healthcare day https://worldebhcday.org/, with the theme The role of evidence in an infodemic. Their website includes a blog (you can submit a blog post also, the link is at the top of the page) and links to some articles, reports etc. 

The Health and Biosciences (HBS) Section and the Evidence for Global and Disaster Health (E4GDH) Special Interest Group (of IFLA) have organised a free webinar Librarians Lead in Times of Crisis: Specialised Evidence-Based Information Services Support Infodemic Management on 20 October 2021 at 14.00-15.00 CEST (which is, e.g., 13.00-14.00 UK time).
"This session will explore how society today expects libraries to be not just information service providers, but to also serve as catalysts for community engagement. The mission of librarians is to improve society through facilitating knowledge creation, preservation, and dissemination. When the pandemic hit the nation, the majority of libraries had to close their doors. Libraries nationwide took the opportunity to transform their service to various types of formats and continue the provision of essential information services to their user communities. Various types of innovative and virtual information services have been developed and implemented. Libraries have been providing specialized evidence-based information services in health-related environments and to the general public."
"Presenter Feili Tu-Keefner, PhD, Associate Professor, College of Information and Communications, University of South Carolina, will discuss how librarians have stepped up to being leaders to the communities they serve, especially focusing on how librarians have gone far and beyond to provide non-traditional library services to their communities." This talk draws on "three situation-specific studies on the provision of disaster health-information services by public libraries. The significance of creating diversified workforces in libraries, as well as how to integrate equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in the libraries’ strategic plans will be also addressed."
"Presenter Caroline De Brún, DipLIS, Knowledge and Evidence Specialist – South West, Knowledge and Library Services, UK Health Security Agency, will provide practical examples of how the UK Health Security Agency (formerly Public Health England) Knowledge and Library Services and the IFLA Evidence for Global and Disaster Specialist Interest Group have supported library users and librarians during the pandemic."
Registration at https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_MLRsS48UROqXCtSSRPj9lg

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Call for #LOEX2022 Conference proposals

There is a call for proposals for the major North American Information Literacy conference, LOEX 2022 which will be a physical-world conference on 5-7 May 2022, in Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA. The theme is We Can Do It!: Retooling Library Instruction for Today's Learning Environments and the deadline for proposals is 29 November 2021. You can propose 50-minute long presentations and interactive workshops. This year’s tracks are:
- Pedagogy: Instructional Nuts and Bolts
- Assessment: Building in Quality Control
- Innovation: R&D in Information Literacy Instruction
- Leadership: Stepping Up to the Line
- Failures and Problem-Solving: Overhauling and Reinventing
- Collaboration and Outreach: Assembling Diverse Production Teams
More details at http://www.loexconference.org/breakout-proposals/

Friday, October 15, 2021

Webinar: Learning to Teach in MLIS Programs: Research, Experiences, & Ways Forward

Project Information Literacy has organised a free webinar Learning to Teach in MLIS Programs: Research, Experiences, & Ways Forward on 29 October 2021, at 10.00-11.00 US Pacific time (which is, e.g. 18.00-19.00 UK time) It is a follow up to the Provocations essay by Kirsten Hostetler "Drawing on the experiences she heard from librarians in her research, Dr. Hostetler lays out four recommendations, and highlights existing models, including UArizona’s Graduate Certificate in Instruction and Teaching for Librarians and Information Professionals." "In this conversation moderated by Nicole Pagowsky, we will also hear from Monica Lourenco and Sarah O’Hare, two recent UArizona graduates, about their experiences in the transition from MLIS programs to teaching roles. Yvonne Mery will provide additional insights on the development of UArizona’s model program, and how it is evolving to serve the profession." There is information at https://projectinfolit.org/virtualchat-learning-to-teach/ and you register at Register in advance for this meeting here https://arizona.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkc-ippjkvGNHdyciggih8LAXxHdH-iaXd

Photo by Sheila Webber: Michaelmas daisies, October 2021

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Call for proposals: #LILAC22 Conference

There is a call for proposals for the LILAC (Information Literacy) conference taking place 11-13 April 2022 in Manchester, UK. The theme is Moving Forward. The deadline for proposals is 9 November 2021, 5pm UK time on the dot (which is, e.g. 12 noon US Eastern time). The current plan is for this to be a physical-world conference.
"We welcome proposals which address information literacy from all sectors and contexts. ... What are you going to do as we continue to work through, and hopefully move past, the pandemic? The last 18 months have presented many challenges to our practice but how is information literacy evolving within your sector and what will we continue to do? We ask that your presentation makes explicit reference to your innovative practice or research in information literacy. LILAC is committed to encouraging diversity at the conference and we would specifically like to encourage proposals from members of the BAME community and other under-represented communities and sectors."
You can propose a workshop, short or long presentation, panel, or some other format.
There is more information at https://www.lilacconference.com/lilac-2022/call-for-presentations

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Webinars: copyright and online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic

There is a series of free webinars, hosted by the Association of Learning Technology (ALT), on copyright and online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. "The webinars are free to all and aimed at those interested in talking about copyright challenges at the current time and how we can address them. We have published a page full of resources and the original blog post that led to us starting this series on Copyright, Fair Dealing and Online Teaching in a time of Crisis." You don't need to register, and they are held in a Blackboard Collaborate classroom and are listed on the ALT website. Forthcoming webinars are:
- Report on a survey on the Copyright and Online Learning webinars by Irene Barranco Garcia University of Greenwich/Drill Hall Library and a discussion on the future of the webinar series: 11.00-12.00 noon UK time (so it starts, e.g., 6am US Eastern time, 12 noon Paris time), 15 October 2021.
- Becoming a copyright specialist. Presentations and discussions with institutional copyright specialists reflecting on their experiences and opportunities for supporting the community: 11.00-12.00 noon UK time, 12 November 2021.
More information at https://copyrightliteracy.org/upcoming-events/webinars-copyright-and-online-learning/
Recordings of previous webinars are here https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxoWy14N6f8tSHes4OhkB6YAzIc6U0U85

Photo by Sheila Webber: Spider lilies, October 2021

Monday, October 11, 2021

Call for proposals: California Conference on Library Instruction

There is a call for proposals for the California Conference on Library Instruction, taking place online on 13 May 2022. The deadline for proposals is 12 November 2021. The theme is Engaging in Speculative Pedagogy: Reimagining Library Futures with Creative Foresight. "CCLI invites presenters to share the ways their instruction work imagined or adapted something new in their setting and/or the ways their current work explores and contains the groundwork for a future vision. The push by some librarians to resist dominant structures and policies by imagining something different has opened the door to new possibilities. The possibilities latent in library work, in openness and universal access, require that librarians change, demolish and build. Emerging instruction pedagogies and practices based on these possibilities are humanizing librarians and our users, as well as creating visibility through greater representation. Possibilities for deconstruction of the dominant paradigm arise from librarians seeking out nontraditional publication formats and challenging long held conventions and practices (e.g., controlled vocabularies) that no longer hold up. When librarians see students’ realities, we are catalyzed toward not only radical creation of new programs, policies, collections, and spaces; but also new approaches to instruction. Putting the traditional and safe aside — allowing ourselves to engage in the speculative — has the power to propel our imaginations and dream the impossible."
Proposals can be for: Online synchronous 60-minute presentation or panel, with active learning to engage attendees and opportunities for discussion; Online synchronous 75-minute active learning workshop ; Online synchronous 10 minute lightning talk.
More information at https://www.cclibinstruction.org/call-for-speaker-proposals-2022/

Friday, October 08, 2021

Call for nominations: Global Media and Information Literacy Alliance Awards 2021

There is a call from the International Steering Committee of the UNESCO Media and Information Literacy Alliance for nominations for the Global Media and Information Literacy Alliance Awards 2021. "The Awards recognize excellence and leadership in the field of media and information literacy and are presented annually... The Global Media and Information Literacy Awards will recognize information/library, media and technology specialists, educators, artists, activists, researchers, policy makers, NGOs, associations and other groups integrating MIL in an exemplary and innovative way in their work and related activities. Specifically, the awards will recognize excellence and leadership in six sectors: Education, Research, Policy, Advocacy, Media and Communication, and Information sectors." Deadline for submissions is 20 October 2021. Go to https://en.unesco.org/globalmilweek/2021/globalmilwards/nomination for more information and the nomination form

Thursday, October 07, 2021

Webinar: Children online: from findings to frameworks

There is a webinar on 9 October 2021 at 14.00-17.00 UK time Children online: from findings to frameworks (AoIR) which is part of a project (CO:RE - Children Online Research and Evidence) about research into questions to do with children's engagement with technology. This webinar is part of an effort to enable people to engage with, and create, theory. "We would like to invite you to join an interactive discussion on how to move beyond empirical findings and think about theoretical approaches that can inform the current debates on children and digital technologies. What is theory good for and how can it be done well? What tools can we use to help us structure what we know?"
Register (free) at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/children-online-from-findings-to-frameworks-aoir-tickets-170129617265 There is also their "theory toolkit" which is developing here: https://core-evidence.eu/children-online-from-findings-to-frameworks/
Photo by Sheila Webber: boskoop apple from a neighbour's tree, October 2021

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

The Qualitative Landscape of Information Literacy Research

Another new book from Facet Publishing, of great interest to information literacy researchers!
Lloyd, L. (2021). The Qualitative Landscape of Information Literacy Research: Perspectives, Methods and Techniques. Facet Publishing. ISBN: 9781783304059 Price £50. "It introduces and describes the key approaches taken by qualitative researchers, identifying core and specialist methods, techniques and theories. In each chapter, examples will illustrate how theory, types of pedagogical frameworks, methods and tools have been used. Coverage includes: theory and key concepts of information literacy; social theory framework and their application to information literacy research; exploration of the pedagogical frameworks that inform information literacy; a range of qualitative methods that shape information literacy research; data collection techniques research design." More information at https://www.facetpublishing.co.uk/page/detail/the-qualitative-landscape-of-information-literacy-research/?k=9781783304059

Tuesday, October 05, 2021

Playing Games in the School Library

A new book is: Pavey, S. (2021). Playing Games in the School Library: Developing Game-Based Lessons and Using Gamification Concepts. Facet Publishing. ISBN 9781783305339. Price £45. A "resource for those looking to explore the use of game-based learning and gamification in the library setting. It illustrates how game play can be developed through applying learning theory to practice, exemplified by case studies taken from a variety of international contexts." There are more details and the introduction at https://www.facetpublishing.co.uk/page/detail/playing-games-in-the-school-library/?K=9781783305339

Sunday, October 03, 2021

New articles; Needs of dissertation students; Evaluating IL teaching; Evaluating Baidu Scholar

Final catch-up with issues of the Journal of Academic Librarianship (a priced publication), this time Volume 47 issue 5 (September 2021) which includes the following:
- Skills, support networks, and socialization: Needs of dissertating graduate students by Carl A. Lehnen https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acalib.2021.102430
- Assessing library instruction: A study of the relationship between attendance, retention, and student success by Laura B. Wright https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acalib.2021.102431
- Construction and analysis of the user satisfaction evaluation system for Baidu Scholar by Kun Zhang, Yuxing Qian, Jianping He, Fenfang Cao https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acalib.2021.102435

Photo by Sheila Webber: Butterfly (just seen) on michaelmas daisies, September 2021

Thursday, September 30, 2021

It's arrived! UNESCO's new curriculum for the information literate citizen #MILCLICKS

UNESCO has just published a very substantial (400 page!) open-access document:
Grizzle, A. et al. (2021). Media and information literate citizens: think critically, click wisely! Media & information literacy curriculum for educators and learners. ISBN 978-92-3-100448-3. https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000377068.locale=en At the moment it is just in English. 

This is a 2nd edition of their MIL Curriculum for teachers, but this time they are identifying it as a curriculum for all people. It will take a while to examine it thoroughly. A quick glance shows that it is still biased towards media literacy, rather than information literacy (e.g. in putting more attention to "media" than to other types of information, in paying more attention to young people's engagement with media than other age groups'; giving many more examples of other media literacy frameworks than IL ones).
However the scope is expanded and improved from the previous edition, and it covers some very interesting aspects of the field: a rich sourec to mine for education in information literacy! The introduction includes an explanation of the importance and impact of MIL, and has diagrams and tables outlines: knowledge, skills and attitudes for MIL; the contribution of information literacy. media literacy and digital literacy; learning outcomes and comptencies; vaues and attitides that can be encouraged by MIL; the curriculum framework (based around three themes: (1) Knowledge and understanding of information, media and digital communications for sustainable development, peace, and democratic discourses and social participation. (2) Evaluation of content and related institutions. (3) Production and use of content. 

They then relate the modules in the curriculum to MIL competencies:
1. Understanding the Role of Information, Media, and Digital;
2. Understanding Content and its Uses.
3. Accessing Information Effectively and Effciently and Practicing Ethics
4. Critically Evaluating Information and Information Sources and Ethical Practices.
5. Applying Digital and Traditional Media Formats.
6. Situating the Sociocultural Context of Information, Media, and Digital Content.
7. Promoting MIL Among Learners/Citizens and Managing Required Changes.
Following this there is a short section on pedagogy and a list of related frameworks and guides 

Most of the document consists of detailed information on the modules for the curriculum, each module split into units. For each unit there are sections on: key topics; learning objectives; Pegagogical approaches and Activities; Assessment. There is variation between the units - some of the sections outline specific suggested activities, some section rather summarise key themes and topics under that heading. The assessment section is generally just a list of assessment types (e.g. "Written examinations, presentations/viewings, Participation in group learning activities, Production of information-education-communication materials (e.g. posters, brochures, infographics, social media cards, vlogs), Research paper, Investigative story/report" (I haven't examined each unit yet, but all the ones I've looked at so far are like that). 

The modules are 1. Foundation module (introduction). 2. Understanding IT 3. Research, content cycle, digital information processing, intellectual property 4. MIL competencies to tackle hate speech 5. Audience and global citizenship 6. Representation in media and information 7. How media and technology affect content 8. Privacy, data protection and you 9. Internet opportunities and challenges 10. Advertising and MIL 11. AI, Social media and MIL competencies 12. Digital media, games and traditional media 13. Media, technology and the sustanable development goals. 14. Capstone.
I'll probably blog some more about this, there's a lot to take in!