Friday, January 21, 2022

Call for proposals: The Innovative Library Classroom (TILC) 2022

The Innovative Library Classroom (TILC) 2022 will be held as a physical conference on 2-3 June 2022 in Williamsburg VA, USA. Deadline for proposals is 18 February 2022. The theme is "Connection. How does that word relate to your teaching and learning in libraries? Possible interpretations: ways to connect with faculty, students, or colleagues; connecting ideas or concepts in the classroom or in your teaching practice; forging connections between library instruction and assignments or classroom community. We hope this theme will help you brainstorm ideas, but we will welcome any proposals related to innovative practices related to teaching and learning in libraries."
Holly A. Smith, archivist at Spelman College, is their keynote speaker. Proposals are invited for 3 session types: posters; 50-minute presentations; 7- minute lightning talks. More info at by Sheila Webber: Chapelgarth, December 2021

Thursday, January 20, 2022

First call: Critical Approaches to Libraries Conference #CALC2022

There is a first call for proposal for the 3rd Critical Approaches to Libraries Conference (CALC), taking place online, 25-26 May 2022. They have a "two-stage CfP with the first stage reserved for speakers from groups who are underrepresented and/or marginalised in academia, librarianship and traditional conference programmes. These include People of Colour/BAME/Non-White, English is an additional language, LGBTQIA+, Disabled people [physical, mental-health or learning disability], Neurodiverse people, Deaf presenters and those from Working Class backgrounds."
The deadline for the first call for proposals is 13 February 2022. There will be a 2nd call in February. The proposal form is here There is more information on their Call for Papers online guide.
Photo by Sheila Webber: skeleton birch branches, December 2021

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

New articles: Media education; Multiliteracy; Disinformation; Teachers' digital and media and information literacy

The new issue of the open access journal Comunicar (vol 30 no. 70, 2022) has a focus on New challenges for teachers in the context of digital learning. Articles are in English and Spanish - if you want to change the language, click the flag on the top right of the screen (e.g. a Union Jack for English). Articles include:
- Disinformation and multiliteracy: A systematic review of the literature Jesús Valverde-Berrocoso, Cáceres (Spain), Alberto González-Fernández, Cáceres (Spain) & Jesús Acevedo-Borrega, Cáceres (Spain).
- Critical media literacy to improve students' competencies Walter-Antonio Mesquita-Romero, Sibundoy (Colombia), Carmen Fernández-Morante, Santiago de Compostela (Spain) & Beatriz Cebreiro-López, Santiago de Compostela (Spain).
- Teachers' perspectives for a critical agenda in media education post COVID-19. A comparative study in Latin America Julio-César Mateus, Lima (Peru), Pablo Andrada, La Serena (Chile), Catalina González-Cabrera, Cuenca (Ecuador), Cecilia Ugalde, Cuenca (Ecuador) & Sebastián Novomisky, La Plata (Argentina).
- ICT and Media competencies of teachers. Convergence towards an integrated MIL-ICT model Alfonso Gutiérrez-Martín, Segovia (Spain), Ruth Pinedo-González, Segovia (Spain) & Cristina Gil-Puente, Segovia (Spain).
The whole issue is at
Photo by Sheila Webber: Christmas trees out for collection no. 3, January 2022

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

WHO EPI-WIN videos on fighting #infodemics and #misinformation

If you are interested in health and fighting misinformation, you will be interested in the Youtube channel of the World Health Organization EPI-WIN (Information Network for Epidemics) which includes, for example:
- Using local songs and storytelling to engage remote communities with health messages (November 24 2021)
- Numerous videos from the 3rd WHO infodemic manager training (November/December 2021) including:
Debunking Misinformation with Audio Dramas on WhatsApp;
Tackling the Covid-19 Infodemic in the Caribbean
Helping Canadians to Vaccinate with Confidence
The channel is at
Photo by Sheila Webber: snow, November 202

Monday, January 17, 2022

Webinars: LIS Pedagogy chat

There are further sessions scheduled for LIS Pedagogy chat, the webinar series in which a topic relevant to library and information teaching is presented and discussed. They are at 2pm US ET (which is, for example, 7pm UK time), normally on Fridays. You need to register for each event. There are also links to presentations and notes from previous sessions. Go to
- January 28 Critical Approaches to Youth Services - Moderators: Amy Pattee, Simmons University, & Lucia Cedeira Serantes, Western University
- February 18 Disability and Accessibility - Moderator: Heather Hill, Western University
- March 11 Critical Cataloging - Moderator: Emily Drabinski, City University of New York
- April 29 Critiquing Course Evaluations - Moderator: Toni Samek, University of Alberta
- May 20 Preparing Students for Community Engagement - Moderator: Mega Subramaniam, University of Maryland
Photo by Sheila Webber: bedroom, Chapelgarth, December 2021

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Combatting Covid-19 misinformation

Ofcom's page with links on Combatting Covid-19 misinformation  has sections on: Fact checking &  debunking; Information sources from official sources and organisations; Support for parents and children; Actions by online platforms; Countering vaccine misinformation. I couldn't find information about when it was last updated (possibly not for a year).
Photo by Sheila Webber: Christmas trees out for collection no. 2, January 2022

Friday, January 14, 2022

Challenging ageism: A guide to talking about ageing and older age #nomorewrinklyhands

A useful guide for avoiding ageism when writing, using images etc. was published by the Centre for Ageing Better a month ago:
Centre for Ageing Better. (2021). Challenging ageism: A guide to talking about ageing and older age. The press release is here and this is the guide
The hashtag in my title refers to the lazy use of "folded wrinkled hands" images to accompany stories about older people (which is mentioned as a "do not do" in the guide). At the end of the guide it has some actions (including challenging 'internalised ageism such as describing yourself as “past it” or “having a senior moment”') and they link to their useful image databank (which I have drawn on here)

Credit: Mark Eptein.(n.d.) Mr G. Published by Centre for Ageing Better under a CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) license

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Podcast: Leaders & Legends of Online Learning

An education podcast that's been going for a while is Leaders & Legends of Online Learning, in which Mark Nichols interviews people who have expertise in online learning. The latest podcast (at time of writing) is with Professor Phillip Dawson and a couple of earlier ones I would pick out are Professor Mpine Makoe and Dr George Veletsianos. The podcast pages give links/readings for each interviewee.
Go to

Photo by Sheila Webber: Christmas trees out for collection no. 1, January 2022

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Information Literacy & Library Research

The Sherratt Library at Southern Utah University, USA has just updated its LibGuide on Information Literacy & Library Research which has tabs on: Introduction to Information Literacy (includes "Joining the scholarly conversation"); Planning and Research Questions; Searching; Finding & Evaluating; Synthesizing; Reflecting; Creating and sharing (includes "Information has value"). Although this is obviously designed for learners at that university, you can see it as a useful example and source of ideas.
Go to

Photo by Sheila Webber: lounge in Chapelgarth, December 2021

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Nominations for the Information Literacy Award

There is a call for nominations for the Information Literacy Award 2022. The deadline for nominations (which can include self-nomination) is 14 February 2022 (17.00 GMT/UK time). This award "recognises an outstanding UK-based practitioner or researcher". It is sponsored by the CILIP Information Literacy Group and the Information School at the University of Sheffield (i.e. my Department!). "The award is open to all practitioners, researchers and academics working in the IL field within the United Kingdom. Nominations may be from any sector. We welcome nominations for individuals as well as for groups/teams. The winning individual or team will receive £500 for personal use and £500 for their nominated charity." You can submit a written application or a video. Nominations will be judged upon evidence of impact within the past 3 years only.
More information at

Monday, January 10, 2022

Course: Scaffolding Information Literacy

An online course from Andrea Baer Scaffolding Information Literacy runs February 7 – March 2, 2022, price: US $200
"In this 4-week course participants will learn about various scaffolding techniques, reflect on their own related teaching experiences and approaches, and apply scaffolding to developing or revising an instruction plan of their choice. Course Structure Week 1: Foundations in Scaffolding: Theory, Principles, & Techniques Week 2: Instructional Contexts: Identifying Learning Outcomes & Anticipating Stumbling Blocks Week 3: Creating Learning Experiences & Learning Supports Week 4: Self-Regulated Learning, Flexible Learning, and the Iterative Nature of Scaffolding Learning Outcomes."
More info at
Photo by Sheila Webber: wreath at no. 10, December 2021 (the last of this series)

Sunday, January 09, 2022

Call for proposals: 7th International Conference on Communication & Media Studies

There is a call for proposals for the 7th International Conference on Communication & Media Studies, NIU Galway, Galway, Ireland, which runs 25-26 August 2022. The focus is: Democratic Disorder: Disinformation, the Media and Crisis in a Time of Change. It will be a blended conference (online and physical).
"The Communication & Media Studies Research Network offers an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of the role of the media and communications in society. We seek to build an epistemic community where we can make linkages across disciplinary, geographic, and cultural boundaries. We invite proposals addressing one of the following themes. Theme 1: Media Cultures Theme 2: Media Theory Theme 3: Media Technologies and Processes Theme 4: Media Business Theme 5: Media Literacies." (I did publish this call several months ago, it's still open)
More info at

Photo by Sheila Webber: Galway sky, 2014

Friday, January 07, 2022

Registration open for #LILAC22

Bookings are open for LILAC 2022 (the UK's information literacy conference), currently planned as a physical conference in Manchester, UK, 11-13 April 2022. To register a place, you need first to register as a member of the website, or login to your existing account. Costs are (all include VAT):
- CILIP Individual Member Rate: Full Conference (inc. conference dinner etc.) £395
- Speaker & Early Bird Rate: Full conference as above: book by 11 February 2022) £415
- Non Member Rate: Full Conference (as above) £46
  -CILIP Individual Member Rate: Day Delegate £185
- Speaker & Early Bird Rate (book by 11February 2022): Day Delegate - £195
- Non Member Rate: Day Delegate - £215
- Networking Evening - £40
N.B. If you paid for the 2020 conference and agreed to defer the conference fee, this should be applied to the 2022 conference (though I don't think they have sent out notices about that yet - at least I haven't had one) so don't pay twice!
Go to:

Thursday, January 06, 2022

Webinar: Realist Reviews and Syntheses: What are they and where do I start?

Lancaster University Library has organised a Systematic Review Conversations event on 13 January 2022 1pm - 2pm UK time (GMT): Realist Reviews and Syntheses: What are they and where do I start? The presenter is Professor Andrew Booth (School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), University of Sheffield) who is a long-time expert in systematic review.
"Realist reviews (also known as realist syntheses) have witnessed a dramatic and sustained rise in popularity since first being advanced in 2004. Methods for systematic reviews of effectiveness hold limited capacity to gather and analyse evidence on why and under what circumstances interventions are effective. Realist reviews address this challenge by presenting evidence from diverse sources, selected according to relevance and rigour, to explore how a complex intervention works, for whom and under what circumstances."
The event is online via MS Teams and booking is required
Photo by Sheila Webber: grey day, bare twigs, December 2021

Wednesday, January 05, 2022

New articles: Library UX; Objects; Critical Thinking; Academic freedom

The latest issue (vol 83 no. 1) of open access journal College & Research Libraries contains:
- Fostering Critical Thinking in First-Year Students through Information Literacy Instruction by Mandi Goodsett, Hanna Schmillen ("Through a series of in-depth interviews, the researchers sought to understand how academic librarians who primarily instruct first-year college students conceive of, teach, and assess critical thinking skills in relation to information literacy.")
- Academic Freedom and (Anti) Social Media? by Wendi Arant Kaspar
- Toward a Critical Turn in Library UX by Maura Seale, Alison Hicks, Karen P. Nicholson ("We contend that UX would benefit from a deeper engagement with user-centered theories emerging from Library and Information Science (LIS) and critical and feminist perspectives on practice, embodiment, and power or risk perpetuating oppressive, hegemonic ideas about the academic library as a white space and its users as able-bodied.")
- Standing Out or Blending In: Academic Libraries in the Crowded Informal Learning Space Ecosystem by Erica Lynn DeFrain, Jennifer Thoegersen, Miyoung Hong ("Using mixed methods, this study examines the relationship between students’ use, satisfaction, and productivity needs at five discrete locations at a large public university.")
- Why Objects Matter in Higher Education by Joanna Cobley ("This article provides insight into what happened when students engaged with authentic historical artifacts for the purposes of learning for the first time.")
Go to

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

Tuesday, January 04, 2022

New book: Research, practice and innovation in deaf multiliteracies

A new open access book:
Webster, J. & Zeshan, U. (Eds.) (2021). Read, write, easy: Research, practice and innovation in deaf multiliteracies. Ishara Press. "This book is the first of two volumes on deaf multiliteracies based on research with deaf children and adults in India, Uganda and Ghana. Multiliteracies include not only reading and writing but also skills in sign language, drawing, acting, digitally mediated communication, and other modes. The book covers a variety of themes including the assessment of learners' progress, pedagogical issues as seen from teachers' perspectives, and issues related to curricula. Authors discuss, for instance, the use of multimedia portfolios for tracking the learning of deaf primary school children, the training needs of deaf teachers, and a collaborative approach to curriculum development."
The book is based on findings from a project, and the first chapter introduces the project (Peer to Peer Deaf Multi-literacies) and also explains the use of "multiliteracies", namely: "skills in sign languages, written English, drawing and other forms of visual representation, editing of multimodal productions, and forms of technology-mediated communication that combine different modalities." (p.10)
Chapters include, for example: The storymakers mini-project: Encouraging children’s multimodal writing by Julia Gillen and Uta Papen (there is a video explaining the storymaker process here

Photo by Sheila Webber: the wreath at number 4 (you may have noticed that I have been matching the door numbers with the date of the blog post, they are not all in the same street, btw!), December 2021.

Monday, January 03, 2022

New Journal: Open Scholarship of Teaching and Learning #SoTL

A new journal is Open Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. "While there is no disciplinary focus of the journal, we work with section editors who are teaching in all areas of higher education, and discipline-specific or themed special editions are welcome. oSoTL submissions could include ... Reflective practice; Course evaluation; Learning, teaching or assessment case study of practice; Debates around SoTL" It has open peer review. Volume 1 issue 1 includes an interesting mix of articles:
- Simone Eringfeld - Data music album Please Hold: A sonic account of studying and teaching at the university during Covid-19 - the Youtube channel with her music tracks presenting her research findings is at
- Phil McAleer, Helena M. Paterson - Improving pedagogy through Registered Reports
- Chrissi Nerantzi - Gems, buds and slippers or what a series of visualisation tells us about the Learning and Teaching in Higher Education tweetchat (#LTHEchat) - see here for more about #LTHE
- Dawne Irving-Bell - Dangerous Ideas: Dare to Share
- Nathalie Tasler  - Living by the proverb: Developing as a creative teacher in higher education
- Mireilla Bikanga Ada  - Master's students' perceptions of final year project supervision : On-campus vs online
- Paula S. Karlsson - Essay about finding scholarship
- Alice S. N. Kim - Teaching and Learning Research (TLR) In Action - the TLR website is here

For the contents page, go to

Photo by Sheila Webber: ho ho ho, December 2021

Saturday, January 01, 2022

A happy new year - and celebrating connections @ischoolpam @valibrarian

I hope 2022 brings you health and joy, and lots of information literacy! At the start of the new year I want to celebrate some people I've worked with closely on information literacy in 2021.

- Firstly, Bill Johnston. Earlier in the year we co-presented a talk on Older People in the Post-Truth Era: Countering Ageism by Developing Age Friendly Media and Information Literate Cities (#AFMIL) for the ECIL 2021 conference, which is recorded here
His latest project is a book that was just published, All of Our Futures, on Scottish Policy for older people (including the importance of information iteracy in their lives). For some reason the page is inaccessible at the moment (I will do a proper blog post when it returns), but this is the blog post introducing it, from his co-author, Craig Dalzell of Common Weal.

- Secondly, my iSchool colleague, Dr Pamela McKinney. One of the external things we did together this year was a virtual workshop on Theory of Change to evaluate information literacy initiatives for the ECIL 2021 conference, and this is the introductory video at this link
One of Pam's recent publications is: Shire, W. & McKinney, P. (2021). Web 2.0 tools and information literacy instruction in UK university libraries. Journal of Information literacy, 15(2). (open access)

- Finally, in the 3D world, Second Life, I have worked with and presented with Dr Valerie Hill. At the AvaCon Open Simulator conference in December 2021 (this is a conference for educators in virtual worlds (VWs) Val and I presented (within a VW) on Digital Citizenship for Cyborgs and Avatars. This is the recording (our presentation starts at 2 hours 34 minutes) Also, this is a recent article by Val:
Hill, V., & Mackey, T. (2021). Embracing metaliteracy: Metamodern libraries and virtual learning communities. College & Research Libraries News, 82(5), 219.
Picture taken by me in the 3D virtual world, Second Life.