Friday, December 31, 2021

Transition and information literacy

As we leave behind 2021 and move to 2022, here are some articles on transition:
- Bent, M. (2008). Perceptions of Information Literacy in the Transition to Higher Education. National Teaching Fellowship Project Report. Newcastle University. open access (research carried out in the UK as part of a National Teaching Fellowship. The aim was "to investigate the conflicts and congruencies between staff and student perceptions of information literacy in the transition to higher education, particularly in Chemistry and English" and data was gathered through interviews, focus groups, survey and also workshops developing findings with professionals. It includes some discussion of Threshold Concepts and information literacy - well before ACRL addressed this connection).
- Hicks, A. (2020). Negotiating change: Transition as a central concept for information literacy. Journal of Information Science. (early online publication - open access)
- Salisbury, F. & Karasmanis, S. (2011) Are they Ready? Exploring Student Information Literacy Skills in the Transition from Secondary to Tertiary Education. Australian Academic & Research Libraries, 42(1), 43-58. (reports on a results of questionnaire/test of 1029 first year health science students: one of the most useful recommendations identifies the value of inderstanding more about the existing skill/knowledge of the students, so you can develop a programme that builds on this).
- Varlejs, J. & Stec, E. (2014). Factors Affecting Students' Information Literacy as They Transition from High School to College. School Library Research, 17. Open access at (interesting study in which they assessed information literacy through a few different means in a first year university course, then identified the schools the students had previously attended, and interviewed librarians in schools where students had either scored very well or poorly. They identify a number of factors that appear to influence the information literacy of new university students, but in particular identify an aspect that wasn't talked about (i.e. the administration and culture of the schools) as being an important hidden factor)
Photo by Sheila Webber: the wreath at number 31, December 2021

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Algorithms; Virtual communications

A couple of videos from the Center for Media and Information Literacy, Temple University, USA
- The Power of Algorithms "Guests Judith Donath and Michael Kearns join host Sherri Hope Culver to share their expertise on algorithms and discuss how they affect our everyday lives."
- A New Reality: Trends in Virtual Communications "Dr. H Branch Cosett, UPENN Neurology professor and operator of a VR lab, and Paige Gross, head technical reporter of Philly, share their expertise on the future of augumented reality."
Photo by Sheila Webber: memories of snow in November 2021

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Information Literacy and fashion

From the most recent issue of priced publication Library Trends:
Warschaw, O. (2021). Information Literacy for Fashion Students: Translating Visual and Tactile Cues into Searchable Key Terms. Library Trends, 70(1), 3-11. "Emerging fashion researchers often have their first experience with visual and tactile research in postsecondary school. Fashion librarians and educators must be able to assist students in adapting their perspective to include analyses of characteristics like color, silhouette, fabric, weave, and embellishment, in addition to familiarity with the fashion scholarship. However, translating visual and tactile cues into searchable vocabulary bridges can be difficult and exposes a gap in information literacy. In this article the author shares three information literacy exercises that librarians may combine with institution-specific resource instruction to guide students in developing a useful vocabulary for image- and object-based research and meeting their unique educational needs." 

A superficial search for other fashion-related articles included:
- Duncan, A. (2019). Crossing the threshold: innovations in information literacy. Spark, 4(1). (open access) "This case study reflects on the use of threshold concepts (Meyer and Land, 2003) within the teaching of information literacy. It describes three embedded classes which were devised and delivered by an Academic Support Librarian, alongside a Fashion Management Course Leader at London College of Fashion. The article examines how and why the sessions were structured around threshold concepts of information literacy, reflecting on the benefits of the intervention."
- Thompson, L. (2017). Fashioning the Framework: Information Literacy for Fashion Studies. Art Documentation, 40(2), 304-315. (priced)
- Art Libraries Society of North America. (2017). ARLIS/NA Core Competencies for Art Information Professionals. (open access)
Photo by Sheila Webber: the wreath at number 29, December 2021

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Source Evaluation: Supporting Undergraduate Student Research Development

The latest article in the open access journal ITLWTLP is:
Iris Jastram, Claudia Peterson and Emily Scharf (2021, 13 October). Source Evaluation: Supporting Undergraduate Student Research Development. In the Library with the Lead Pipe. "Each year since 2008, librarians at Carleton College read samples of sophomore writing as part of the Information Literacy in Student Writing project. The data captured through this project combined with our experiences in consultations and instruction sessions give us a richer understanding of undergraduate information literacy habits. We highlight two challenges for novices: evaluating and selecting sources, and understanding the purpose and methods of integrating sources into written work. We discuss the evidence that leads us to these conclusions and the methods we use to promote student development in these priority areas."
They provide a link to the project website, which includes the rubric they use in marking the work and their marking guidelines

Photo by Sheila Webber: view from Chapelgate window, December 2021

Monday, December 27, 2021

Global MOOC and Online Education Conference

In early December the Global MOOC and Online Education Alliance and UNESCO IITE (Institute for Information Technologies in Education) and held the virtual Global MOOC and Online Education Conference 2021.
On the conference page you can see each of the tracks, and if you click on a track you get a short overview of key themes and embedded vidoes of the relevant part of the conference. Tracks included: Equitable and Quality Online and Blended Teaching and Learning; Metaverse and Immersive Technology in Teaching and Learning; Designing and Delivering the Most Career-relevant Online Programs.
Photo by Sheila Webber: the wreath at number 27, December 2021

Sunday, December 26, 2021

Online fact checking training

The Poynter Institute announced, earlier this month, that it is adapting its training sessions on "online fact checking" to Brazil, Spain and Turkey, in partnership with, respectively, Projeto Comprova, Newtral and Istanbul Bilgi University. This is the story on the Poynter website There is information about Poynter's Media Wise project here
Photo by Sheila Webber: Chapelgarth skline, December 2021

Saturday, December 25, 2021

Merry Christmas to all information literacy enthusiasts!

A merry and information literate Christmas to you! As usual on Christmas Day, the photo is of the wreath I made out of offcuts from this year's Christmas tree. It is getting a bit damp outside, but the cool and rain will keep the greenery fresh....

Friday, December 24, 2021

Music and Information literacy

A lazy seasonal search ("information literacy" christmas) failed to find any actual articles applying information literacy in a Christmas context. However, I did get a hit for the word Christmas (albeit in passing) in an article about IL and music, so I decided that I would go with music as the theme for this Christmas Eve blog post. Firstly, the article that mentions Christmas carols in passing:

- Kimball, K. & O'Connor, L. (2010). Engaging Auditory Modalities through the Use of Music in Information Literacy Instruction. Reference & User Services Quarterly, 49(4), 316-319. (open access) It gives examples using music relating to the ACRL IL Standards. 

Moving on from the Standards to the Framework:
- Conor, E. (2016). Engaging Students in Disciplinary Practices: Music Information Literacy and the Acrl Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education. Notes, 73(1), 9-21. (not open access) "This article presents possible ways to implement the Framework, using the author’s collaboration with Reed College Associate Professor of Music Morgan Luker as a case study." 

Something different from standards or frameworks from Australia: Lupton's illuminating research into the information literacy of music students and tax law students (also helps you think about what does "information" itself mean in a music context):
- Lupton, M. (2008). Information literacy and learning. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology. (open access)

Next, a bibliography
- Duffy, M.(2018) Contemporary Analysis of Information Literacy in Music: A Literature Review and Selected Annotated Bibliography. Music Reference Services Quarterly, 21(2), 45-77. (I think this is opne access) 

Finally, a book (definitely not free!)
- Christensen, B., Conor, E. & Ritter, M. (2018). Information Literacy in Music An Instructor's Companion. A-R Editions & Music Library Association.

Photo by Sheila Webber: the wreath at number 24, December 2021

Thursday, December 23, 2021

MIL workshop in Qatar

The Ministry of Education and Higher Education of Qatar last week held a workshop on Media Information Literacy (MIL), discussing development of MIL in Qatari primary and secondary schools. This is part of a study commissioned by UNESCO Gulf States & Yemen Office in Doha, Qatar. See the release & photos at

Photo by Sheila Webber: Chapelgarth, tree and sky, December 2021

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Information Literacy for Mortals @ProjectInfoLit

The last in Project Infolit's Provocations series for 2021 (14 December) is Information Literacy for Mortals by Mike Caulfield. Caulfield developed the SIFT approach for evaluating information: (S)TOP; (I)nvestigate the Source; (F)ind better coverage; (T)race claims, quotes, and media back to the original context. His blog has interesting discussion on fact checking as well as links to his publications etc. In the Provocation, Caulfield makes an argument that, in terms of fact checking, less can be more, in that if you spend too much time examining sources from every angle it may become confusung rather than illuminating. He also focuses on everyday life "the citizen is often not looking for academic precision, but to make good decisions under conditions of uncertainty". To read the article go to:

Photo by Sheila Webber: walking near Chapelgarth, December 2021

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Recent articles: Journalism; active learning; disciplinary standards; teaching assistants; international students

The last issue of priced journal Portal: libraries and the academy (volume 21 issue 4) includes:
- Redesigning a Journalism Course to Integrate IL: A Case Study by Piotr S. Bobkowski, Karna Younger, John C. Watson
- Participation and Presence: Interrogating Active Learning by Alison Hicks, Caroline Sinkinson
- Teaching Assistants’ Research Assignments and Information Literacy by Glenn Koelling, Alyssa Russo
- An Analysis of References to Information Literacy in National Disciplinary Standards by Kendall Faulkner, Tiffanie Ford-Baxter
- Understanding Ethics and Quality in Information Literacy: A Multidimensional Approach by María Pinto, Dora Sales, Rosaura Fernández-Pascual
- “Hay muchos Méxicos”: A New Approach to Designing International Information Literacy Instruction by Alison Hicks, Bronwen K. Maxson, Betsaida M. Reyes
- Effects of Students’ Demographic and Academic Characteristics on Library Use: A Perspective from Pakistan by Alia Arshad, Faiqa Mansoor, Khalid Mahmood
Go to
Photo by Sheila Webber: the wreath & bells at number 21, December 2021

Monday, December 20, 2021

Half day online course: How to write a literature review

CILIP's Library & Information Research Group has organised an online course on 25 January 2022 10.00-12.30 UK time, How to write a literature review. "Suitable for: those who want to undertake research into an aspect of library practice, those who are interested in doing a systematic or scoping review in relation to library practice." The tutor is Professor Alison Brettle. It covers "Why it is important to undertake a literature review; The difference between a traditional literature review, a scoping review (and when to use them); Challenges and solutions for doing a literature review; Signposting to further resources"
Price (Including VAT) CILIP Member £15; Student/Unwaged £5; Non-member £20. Go to
Photo by Sheila Webber: skyline, Chapelgarth, December 2021

Sunday, December 19, 2021

Final Report: Information Disorder

The Aspen Institute’s Commission on Information Disorder delivered their Final Report: Information Disorder on November 15 2021 and this 80-page report, which particularly focuses on a US context, can be freely downloaded.
Information disorder "denotes the broad societal challenges associated with misinformation, disinformation, and malinformation". They make: Recommendations to increase transparency; Recommendations to build trust; and Recommendations to reduce harms. Go to

Photo by Sheila Webber: winter road, Chapelgarth, December 2021

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Webinar: EduMediaTest, an Interactive Tool for Evaluation of Media Literacy Skills in secondary education school students

EKOME in partnership with UNESCO Media & Information Literacy Alliance, Europe Sub-Chapter Mediterranean Group has organised a webinar on the EduMediaTest, an Interactive Tool for Evaluation of Media Literacy Skills in secondary education school students on Monday, 20 December 2021, 17.00 - 18.30 EET (Athens time, which is, e.g. 15.00-16.30 UK time) and live streamed through EKOME Facebook (@ekomemedia). Speakers are: Mittzy Arciniega (researcher at Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, and scientific coordinator of EduMediaTest project from Spain), Tânia Soares (Head of Media Analysis Department at ERC in Portugal) and Robert Tomljenovic (Vice President of AEM in Croatia). They will present and discuss the MIL challenges set by the new EU project, co-funded by Creative Europe / Media Literacy for All. The webinar will be moderated by Irene Andriopoulou, UNESCO MIL Alliance co-Secretary General and Head of Research, Studies & Educational Department of EKOME, also national partner of EduMediaTest.
The link to the EduMediaTest project is here
Register for the webinar here:
Photo by Sheila Webber: a beautiful day at Chapelgarth, December 2021

Friday, December 17, 2021

New articles: sources in composition essays; supporting English learners; synthesis review services

The latest issue of the open access journal Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (Vol. 16 No. 4) has been published. It includes:
- It’s What’s on the Inside That Counts: Analyzing Student Use of Sources in Composition Research Papers by James W Rosenzweig, Frank Lambert, Mary C. Thill
- Generation 1.5 and Academic Libraries: Strategies for Supporting English Learners (ELs) in Reference and Instruction by Megan Margino Marchese (review article)
- Cultivating Our Practice: A Reflection on Library Synthesis Review Services in the Context of Patient-Oriented Research by Catherine Boden, Angie Gerrard 

plus evidence summaries, including: Library Staff Need More Support in Order to Alleviate Teaching Anxiety and Public Libraries Help Patrons of Color to Bridge the Digital Divide, but Barriers Remain
Go to

Photo by Sheila Webber: the wreath at number 17, December 2021

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Webinar: Using Project Outcome to Assess and Improve a First-Year English Composition Information Literacy Program

There is a free webinar which is part of ACRL's Project Outcome, taking place at on 14 January 2022 at 3pm US Central time (which is e.g. 9pm UK time): Closing the Loop: Using Project Outcome to Assess and Improve a First-Year English Composition Information Literacy Program. "Join us for a free webinar with librarians from DeSales University where you will learn how to set up and implement Project Outcome for Academic Libraries in a university library. We will discuss how to handle difficulties of implementation as well as how to process results." Registration at
Photo by Sheila Webber: Xmas wreaths, door no. 16,  December 2021

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Call for proposals: Expanding the Conversation: Digital, Media, and Civic Literacies In and Out of the Library

There is a call for proposals for the 20th Annual Information Literacy Summit, which has the theme Expanding the Conversation: Digital, Media, and Civic Literacies In and Out of the Library, and takes place online on 29 April 2022. It is organised by College of DuPage Library and DePaul University Library, USA. The deadline for proposals is 21 January 2022. 

"We are seeking presenters to lead engaging and interactive discussions about information literacy and library instruction. We are especially interested in breakout sessions and panels which explore the evolving nature of information literacy and are related to this year’s theme" Suggested themes are
"Digital literacies: How do we make invisible algorithms (and their impacts) visible? What do critical digital literacies look like?
"Media literacies: How do we engage with media literacy in the classroom? In our daily lives? How do we evaluate new forms of media and changing information ecosystems?
"Civic literacies: What opportunities do we have to engage with questions around social justice and democratic participation? How does information shape civic engagement?
"Partnerships promoting information literacy across departments, campuses, institutions: How do we work with first year writing programs to embed key literacies into the core curriculum? What are good examples of media information literacy resources that can be reused across institutions?"
For more information and the proposal submission form go to

Photo by Sheila Webber: London view, December 2021

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Recent webinars: Learning analytics; Evidence synthesis

Two recent recordings of Association of College and Research Library (ACRL) webinars:
- Recording of Libraries and Learning Analytics: Facts, False Choices, and Future Forays (November 15, 2021) Speakers: Megan Oakleaf, Ken Varnum, Becky Croxton. 1 hour.
- Recording of the ACRL PPIRS (Politics, Policy and International Relations Section) webinar: Evidence Synthesis and politics, policy & international relations [including the librarian's role in evidence synthesis] (December 8 2021). Speakers: Emily Keller, Andrew Dudash, Annelise Sklar, & Sarah Young. 1 hour. They mention the Evidence Synthesis Methods Interest Group

Photo by Sheila Webber: All that's left of yesterday's snowman, November 2021

Monday, December 13, 2021

New articles: librarian researcher; IL course for faculty; ACRL Framework

The latest issue of open access Canadian Journal of Academic Librarianship / Revue canadienne de bibliothéconomie universitaire (CJAL/Rcbu) (volume 7) includes:
- Faculty and Librarian Perceptions of Librarians as Researchers: Results from Semi-Structured Interviews by Maureen Babb ("Librarian research was found to be sometimes unsupported and therefore difficult to conduct, but valuable to librarians and the discipline of librarianship. Additionally, librarian research was found to improve relations between librarians and faculty, and more broadly, was found to create a more collegial academic climate.")
- Insiders' Perspectives on the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy An Interview with Trudi Jacobson and Craig Gibson/ Retour sur le Référentiel de l’ACRL avec ceux qui l’ont créé entretien avec Trudi Jacobson et Craig Gibson by Jean-Michel Lapointe, Craig Gibson, Trudi Jacobson
- Creation of an Online Library Instruction Course for Faculty by Diane Zerr, Tasha Maddison Go to

Photo by Sheila Webber: Snowman on the wine, November 2021

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Recent books from ALA: Strategies for Teaching Adult Learners; Scholarly Communications Cookbook

These links are to the e-book versions.
- Miller, M.L. (2021). Mind, Motivation, and Meaningful Learning: Strategies for Teaching Adult Learners. American Library Association, ACRL. ISBN 978-0-8389-3895-9. Cost US $64.00; ALA Member $57.60.
- Buljung, B. & Bongiovanni, E. (Eds) (2021). The Scholarly Communications Cookbook. American Library Association, ACRL. ISBN 978-0-8389-3848-5. Cost US $62.00; ALA Member $55.80.
Photo by Sheila Webber: Greenwich Park, December 2021

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Other blogs: Guest lecturing; Academic skills

Highlighting another couple of posts from other people's blogs:
- National University of Ireland, Galway. (2021, 3 December). Service of the Month: Academic Skills and the Academic Writing Centre. "The Academic Skills Team in the Library supports the information and research needs of NUI Galway undergraduate and taught postgraduate students." They quote the CILIP definition of information literacy and give examples of their resources and services.
- Reece. (2021, 15 November) Learning from Lecturing. BizLibratory. "Recently I had my first experience as a guest lecturer. The students were from a variety of social sciences areas and included (non-business) undergraduate students at all levels. ... This experience also got me thinking about what I could learn from guest lecturing and bring back to the research instruction I do, as well as how to integrate similar types of teaching into my work more regularly. I wanted to share some things I have learned from working on this lecture that I hope to apply to all my teaching." [Author is a business librarian at a Canadian University]
Photo by Sheila Webber: hedges and leaves, November 2021

Friday, December 10, 2021

Webinar: Literacy & Representation: Teaching Media & Visual Literacies Across Communities

The IFLA Audiovisual & Multimedia Section has organised a webinar on 14 December 2021 09.00-10.00 US Eastern time (which is, e.g 14.00-15.00 UK time): Literacy & Representation: Teaching Media & Visual Literacies Across Communities. "Attendees of this presentation will learn how to incorporate media and visual literacy into their classrooms, to be more aware of a variety of perspectives and communities, and how to encourage and create a safe and inviting space where all learners can be vulnerable and grow." Presenters: Nicholae Cline, Librarian for Media Studies, Gender Studies & Philosophy; Jackie Fleming, Librarian for Visual Literacy and Resources; Monique Threatt, Head, Media Services (Indiana University Bloomington Libraries, USA).
Register at
More information at

Photo by Sheila Webber: memories of the farmers market, in August 2021

Thursday, December 09, 2021

Recording: Advancing an International Multi-Stakeholder Framework for Digital Communications Companies to Promote Media and Information Literacy

Embedded below is the recording of an important panel that took place today as part of the Internet Governance Forum, supported by UNESCO and the European Union: Advancing an International Multi-Stakeholder Framework for Digital Communications Companies to Promote Media and Information Literacy. The panellists were: (as Chair) Mr Tawfik Jelassi, Assistant Director-General, Communication and Information Sector, UNESCO; Ms Vera Jourova, Vice President and Commissioner, European Commission; Ms Samia Bibars, Minister Plenipotentiary and Director, Monitoring & Crisis Management Department Media & Information Sector, Arab League (Speaking on behalf of the Secretary General of the Arab League); Ms Silvia Bacher, Founder, Las Otras Voces, Member of the UNESCO Media and Information Literacy Alliance; Ms Sonia Gill, Secretary General, Caribbean Broadcasting Union; Ms Sinéad McSweeney, Global Vice President of Public Policy, Twitter; and Ms Clair Deevy, Director of Global Policy Programs, WhatsApp. 

It was heartening to hear the speakers, from different regions and sectors, stress the importance of Media and Information Literacy (MIL): it seems that MIL is being propelled further up the agenda internationally. Amongst other things, Mr Jelassi mentioned the recent endorsement by UNESCO's General Council of the of the Windhoek +30 declaration on information as a public good.

Wednesday, December 08, 2021

LIRT awards

The ALA LIRT (Library Instruction Round Table) invites nominations for two awards created to recognise excellence in information literacy teaching. Winners receive a US $1,000 award, a plaque, and a US $500 stipend to be used to attend the 2022 ALA Annual Conference. The 2 awards are:
- The LIRT Librarian Recognition Award "honors a practicing librarian for their contributions to information literacy and instruction."
- The LIRT Innovation in Instruction Award "honors a library for their innovative approach to information literacy and instruction."
Deadline for nominations is 15 January 2022. You can self-nominate or nominate someone else.
Further information at
Photo by Sheila Webber: autumn leaves, November 2021

Tuesday, December 07, 2021

New articles: Preschool IL; IL and citizenship; Critical insights into IL tutorials; Tutorial for transition to Masters; Doctoral students' & law students' digital literacy; Cartoons

There is a new issue (volume 15 no. 3) of the open-access Journal of Information Literacy. The articles are as follows (there are also conference reports and an editorial):
- Kindergarteners building a library of their own by Hilde Terese Drivenes Moore, Irene Trysnes [a project that involved preschool children creating and sharing digital stories]
- ‘Informed’, ‘active’ and ‘engaged’? Understanding and enacting information literacy from a UK citizenship perspective by Simon Paul Cloudesley
- ‘Babe… you're a bit of a know it all’: Student love and breakup letters to a library research skills tutorial by Danielle Dennie, Susie Breier
- (Mis)information, information literacy, and democracy by Pascal Lupien, Lorna Rourke
- A qualitative investigation of the digital literacy practices of doctoral students by Diane Louise Bell
- Step Up to Masters by Daniel John Pullinger, Jiani Liu [reports on the research and development of an online information literacy resource supprting transition to Masters level study]
- The implementation and embedding of digital skills and digital literacy into the curriculum considering the Covid-19 pandemic and the new SQE by Matthew Carl, Louise Worsfold [SQE=Solicitors Qualifying Examination]
- Capturing the big picture by Navroop Gill, Elena Springall [reports on research into academic librarians perceptions of challenges and supports in teaching information literacy]
- Cartooning the Cambridge University Libraries by Clare Louise Trowell
Go to

Photo by Sheila Webber: late autumn tree, November 2021

Monday, December 06, 2021

Webinar: The ACRL Framework ... Shaping the Companion Document for Instruction for Education

There is a free online event focusing on the Education Companion Document to the ACRL Information Literacy Framework, which is being developed. It is on 10 December 2021 at 14.00-15.30 USA Eastern time (which is, e.g. 19.00-20.30 UK time):  The ACRL Framework and Teacher Education: Shaping the Companion Document for Instruction for Education .
"What do education librarians and faculty need from a companion document to the ACRL Framework? The EBSS Instruction for Educators Committee invites you to join colleagues to discuss how the new Education Companion Document to the Framework (a work in progress) could support your work with teacher education faculty and students. This workshop will give you a chance to discuss and provide feedback in small groups. Help shape the new document!" You need to register well in advance, by 17.00 USA Central time (which is, e.g. 23.00 UK time) on 8 December at
This is the link to the draft Instruction for Education: Companion Document for the ACRL Framework. and there is more information about the event here (including discussion questions)
Photo by Sheila Webber: boots and leaves, November 2021

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. [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. [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

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:

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

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.

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.