Thursday, May 06, 2021

New articles: contra one-shots; transactional distance

The latest issue of open-access College and Research Libraries (vol 82 no 3)includes:
- Pagowsky, N. (2021). The Contested One-Shot: Deconstructing Power Structures to Imagine New Futures. College & Research Libraries, 82(3), 300. "This guest editorial will discuss one-shots in the context of effective teaching practices; assessment; and power structures related to care-work and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)."
- Charles, L., & DeFabiis, W. (2021). Closing the Transactional Distance in an Online Graduate Course through the Practice of Embedded Librarianship. College & Research Libraries, 82(3), 370. (abstract) "Using the practice of embedded librarianship, a professor from the Graduate School of Education and the Education Librarian at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey collaborated to investigate its impact on the inherent transactional distance that exists in an online graduate course. Using Michael G. Moore’s three relational distances existing in the online environment—“teacher-student,” “student-student,” “student-course content”—the authors added two areas—”instructor-librarian” and “student-librarian”—that can close the transactional distance in online courses. Through course activities, structure, and access to the embedded librarian and specific library resources, students had increased opportunities for engagement, thereby reducing transactional distance."
- A book review by Natasha Jenkins of: Mallon, M. (2020). Partners in Teaching and Learning: Coordinating a Successful Academic Library Instruction Program. Lanham, MD: Rowan & Littlefield. (ISBN 978-1-5381-1884-9). Review at
Photo by Sheila Webber: ornamental cherry, April 2021

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Registration open for FestivIL by LILAC

FestivIL by LILAC, taking place onine on 6-8 July 2021, is open for booking - there are limited numbers, so book soon. Delegates can choose to attend all three half-days or choose a specific half-day: 6 July (1.00pm – 5.30pm BST (UK time); 7th July (9.00am – 1.30pm BST); 8th July (1.00pm – 5.30pm BST). The costs are: Full event £50 plus VAT; Per half day £20 plus VAT. More info including programme at and registration at

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

#LibrariesAreEssential to Tackling Misinformation

In the leadup to the Scottish elections taking place this Thursday, CILIP Scotland assembled some pages summarising evidence about the relevance of libraries to various issues, for people to bring to the attention to the political parties and their candidates. One such page is #LibrariesAreEssential to Tackling Misinformation, which has links both to reports detailing the problem of misinformation (without special reference to libraries) and to evidence that libraries have worked to tackle misinformation and the problems it causes. Go to You can also see on this page (scroll down a little) the questions that CILIPS posed to all the Scottish political parties about their position on libraries, and the parties' responses (all the major ones have responded as of today).
Photo by Sheila Webber: A bright future? April 2021

Monday, May 03, 2021

ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Sandbox recording

On 27 April 2021 there was a 30 minute webinar on using the ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries) Framework for Information Literacy Sandbox  Speakers Jane Hammons, Alicia Vaandering and Kari D. Weaver talked about contributing to the sandbox and searching it to find material you could use in your own information literacy teaching. The recording is at
Photo by Sheila Webber: tulips and hedges, April 2021