Thursday, March 31, 2022

New articles: privacy literacy; online teaching; primary source literacy; relational teaching; trauma-informed practice

I thought I should mention other articles (in addition to the one mentioned yesterday) in the latest issue (volume 22 no. 1) of priced publication portal: libraries and the academy. It includes:
- “Making It Happen”: Building Relational Teaching into the Online World of COVID-19 by Carol A. Leibiger, Alan W. Aldrich
- Privacy Literacy: From Doomscrolling to Digital Wellness by Alexandria Chisholm, Sarah Hartman-Caverly
- Primary Source Literacy in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond by Heidi Craig, Kevin M. O’Sullivan
- Keep Teaching: Leveraging Disruption as a Catalyst for Change by Rachel W. Gammons, Suzanne Wilson, Lindsay Inge Carpenter, Benjamin Shaw ("In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the University of Maryland (UMD) Libraries quickly switched to online teaching and learning. This disruption created a chance for innovation, allowing the UMD Libraries to scale back nonessential functions and focus on improving mission-critical work.")
- Reexamining Geospatial Instruction through the “Digital Place” by Méch Frazier, Kelsey Rydland ("This article discusses how the authors changed their approach to geospatial and data analysis instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic.")
- Imperfect and Flexible: Using Trauma-Informed Practice to Guide Instruction by Katherine Nelsen, Kate Peterson, Lacie McMillin, Kimberly Clarke - Bridging the Digital Divide: Wi-Fi Hot Spots as a Means of Digital Equity by Meghan Salsbury, Mary Anne Hansen
- Fish, Not Fishing Lessons: A Pragmatic Reprioritization of Reference Services by Sarah E. Fancher, Sarah H. Mabee ("Reference services in academic libraries often focus on user education and giving students the skills to perform their own searches. This article describes a new Research Concierge Service established in response to the COVID-19 pandemic by Ozarks Technical Community College (OTC) in southwest Missouri. The service entails library staff curating a small number of sources in response to a student’s research request. In many cases, the librarians’ guidance has led to sustained interactions with students, refining their questions and helping them to focus their research interests. The Research Concierge Service has become so popular that the high level of individual contact it requires may eventually exceed the capacity of OTC’s limited staff. OTC librarians believe, however, that such personal interactions are more valuable than any of their current opportunities for group tutorials or library instruction.")
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Photo by Sheila Webber: windows in my room, Chapelgarth, March 2022

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

A Compassionate Approach to IL Instruction: What We Can Learn from the COVID-19 Pandemic

I realise that I missed advertising an ACRL webinar today which was on Incorporating Compassionate Teaching Strategies into Information Literacy Instruction (sorry! - watch out to see if it appears in the ACRL Youtube channel). However, I had at least noted an article by the presenter on the same topic, so here it is:
White, E.B. (2022). A Compassionate Approach to IL Instruction: What We Can Learn from the COVID-19 Pandemic. portal: Libraries and the Academy, 22(1), 151-175.
"This article explores the pedagogy of teaching during a pandemic, with an emphasis on compassionate teaching. It identifies the educational barriers that college students faced with the rapid shift to online learning and considers how their experiences might provide insights for librarians. The recommendations for library practice include selecting a small number of essential learning outcomes for each instruction session, supplementing in-person or synchronous online sessions with asynchronous materials, and establishing a sense of community within the classroom. In addition to these suggestions, the author shares a narrative of her experiences incorporating compassionate pedagogy into online library instruction."

Monday, March 28, 2022

Short course: Critical Information Literacy Instruction in an Age of Misinformation

There is a short course running 2nd-27th May 2022: Critical Information Literacy Instruction in an Age of Misinformation. The tutor is Sarah Morris.  The course is on Moodle and is primarily asynchronous. "This four-week course will consider what information literacy instruction can be in a world increasingly beset by misinformation and disinformation, with a particular focus on ways to take a more holistic approach to information literacy instruction by integrating critical information literacy, metaliteracy, and mindfulness into our pedagogical work. Critical information literacy, with its focus on the context in which information is produced and disseminated, metaliteracy, with its focus on empowering individuals to consider their own unique role in an information ecosystem, and mindfulness, with its focus on self-reflection and self-awareness, can all be incredibly powerful ways to gain a deeper understanding into how misinformation functions. ...
"Learning Outcomes:
- Define and discuss misinformation and the challenges it can pose for information literacy instruction approaches
- Examine and consider different, holistic approaches to information literacy instruction that incorporate theories such as critical information literacy
- Develop an action plan for developing approaches to information literacy instruction that address misinformation
Cost: ACRL member: US $135.85; ALA member: $188.10; Nonmember: $209.00
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Photo by Sheila Webber: log, Chapelgarth, March 2022

Sunday, March 27, 2022

New articles: hate speech

The new issue of the open access journal Comunicar (vol 30 no. 71, 2022) has a focus on Hate speech in communication: Research and proposals. 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 are:
- Adolescents’ motivations to perpetrate hate speech and links with social norms by Sebastian Wachs, Potsdam (Germany), Alexander Wettstein, Berna (Switzerland), Ludwig Bilz, Senftenberg (Germany) & Manuel Gámez-Guadix, Madrid (Spain).
- Hate speech and social acceptance of migrants in Europe: Analysis of tweets with geolocation by Carlos Arcila-Calderón, Salamanca (Spain), Patricia Sánchez-Holgado, Salamanca (Spain), Cristina Quintana-Moreno, Salamanca (Spain), Javier-J. Amores, Salamanca (Spain) & David Blanco-Herrero, Salamanca (Spain).
- Hate speech analysis as a function of ideology: Emotional and cognitive effects by Natalia Abuín-Vences, Madrid (Spain), Ubaldo Cuesta-Cambra, Madrid (Spain), José-Ignacio Niño-González, Madrid (Spain) & Carolina Bengochea-González, Madrid (Spain).
- A systematic literature review of the representations of migration in Brazil and the United Kingdom by Isabella Gonçalves, Mainz (Germany) & Yossi David, Mainz (Germany).
- When negativity is the fuel. Bots and Political Polarization in the COVID-19 debate by José-Manuel Robles, Madrid (Spain), Juan-Antonio Guevara, Madrid (Spain), Belén Casas-Mas, Madrid (Spain) & Daniel Gómez, Madrid (Spain).
- Twitter and human trafficking: Purposes, actors and topics in the Spanish-speaking scene by Alba Sierra-Rodríguez, Granada (Spain), Wenceslao Arroyo-Machado, Granada (Spain) & Domingo Barroso-Hurtado, Cáceres (Spain).
- Special Education Teacher’s professional development through digital storytelling by Ozgur Yasar-Akyar, Ankara (Turkey), Cinthia Rosa-Feliz, Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), Solomon Sunday-Oyelere, Luleå (Sweden), Darwin Muñoz, Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) & Gıyasettin Demirhan, Ankara (Turkey).
- Detection of traits in students with suicidal tendencies on Internet applying Web Mining by Iván Castillo-Zúñiga, Aguascalientes (Mexico), Francisco-Javier Luna-Rosas, Aguascalientes (Mexico) & Jaime-Iván López-Veyna, Zacatecas (Mexico).
- Booktokers: Generating and sharing book content on TikTok by Nataly Guiñez-Cabrera, Chillán (Chile) & Katherine Mansilla-Obando, Santiago (Chile).
- The relationship of Twitter with teacher credibility and motivation in university students by Facundo Froment, Sevilla (Spain), Alfonso-Javier García-González, Sevilla (Spain) & Julio Cabero-Almenara, Sevilla (Spain).
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Friday, March 25, 2022

Call for chapters: Libraries Empowering Society through Digital Literacy

There is a call for Chapters for a book to be published as part of the IFLA/De Gruyter Library Publication Series. The title is Libraries Empowering Society through Digital Literacy, edited by Prudence Dalrymple, Heather Todd, Luisa Marquardt and Charles Wanjala. Abstracts, maximum 200 words are due by 31 March 2022. If accepted, draft chapters are due by 1 August 2022.
The book will be "about the need for, and impact of, digital literacies in libraries to support lifelong learning and empowerment. The term 'digital literacy' includes media literacy, digital capability along with information literacy. This book will examine ways in which all types of libraries can ensure that information in multiple digital formats is used effectively in many settings by various groups of learners.'"
The book is aimed at "educators and information professionals who are committed to creating a digitally capable society in school, public and academic libraries. ... The book’s goal is to share best practice and disseminate successful approaches to accessing, understanding and using information, using different tools, media, and platforms, in various learning environments, both in person and virtually."
There is more detail about topics and submission at
Photo by Sheila Webber, taken in Second Life, February 2022

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Call for proposals: Infodemic Management: Strategies for Combatting Health Mis/Dis/Malinformation

There is a call by the IFLA Health and Biosciences Libraries Section for a one-hour session at the WLIC 2022 (World Library and Information Congress: IFLA conference): Infodemic Management: Strategies for Combatting Health Mis/Dis/Malinformation. WLIC will be held in Dublin, Ireland, 26-29 July 2022. The deadline for proposals is 4 April 2022.
There will be a panel with 4 speakers "who will address Strategies for Combatting Health Misinformation, Disinformation, and Malinformation ... we welcome diverse perspectives and encourage submissions that cover practices across different health-related areas and different regions of the world and that highlight successful interventions for improving people’s access to and use of quality and accurate health information. Infodemics occur when rapid flows of information combine with information voids and conflicting or confusing messaging to make it difficult for people to find information and make informed decisions to protect their health and the health of their communities. Librarians play a critical role in improving the information ecosystem and strengthening public health response by ensuring people have access to accurate health information, in a usable format, from a trusted messenger, at the right time to promote healthy and informed decision making. ...
"Using the World Health Organization’s Public Health Research Agenda for Managing Infodemics as a reference, we seek proposals that recommend strategies for
1. measuring and monitoring the impact of infodemics during health emergencies,
2. detecting and understanding the spread and impact of infodemics,
3. responding and deploying interventions that protect against the infodemic and mitigate its harmful effects,
4. evaluating infodemic interventions and strengthening the resilience of individuals and communities to infodemics, or
5. promoting the development, adaptation, and application of tools for managing infodemics."
Possible topics include: Strategies for listening to community concerns and risks; Strategies for promoting understanding of risk and health expert advice Strategies for building resilience to mis/dis/malinformation; Strategies for engaging and empowering individuals and communities to take positive action
Note that you have to register for the WLIC conference and be present in Dublin to give the talk. Instructions: submit an abstract of 350-500 words by April 4, 2020 and send it to Bethany McGowan ( together with this information: Presenter’s Name; Presenter's Title; Institutional affiliation; Country; Email address; Presentation Title. You also have to include the statement "I understand that if my presentation is accepted that I will be expected to make this presentation by attending the WLIC in Dublin and will assume all financial responsibilities to do so"
Photo by Sheila Webber: Bench, woods, Chapelgarth, March 2022

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Fact-checking, multiliteracy and up-to-date evaluating skills

In a blog post for IFLA CPDWL, Jarkko Rikkilä (coordinator, Tampere City Library – Regional Development Task, Finland) describes a Finnish training programme for librarians about fighting misinformation.
Rikkilä, J. (2022, March 21). Future-proof librarian, part 1: Fact-checking, multiliteracy and up-to-date evaluating skills.
In a further blog post, Rikkilä interviews Malin Klintholm and Victoria Lagerqvist about a Swedish project working with Wikimedia.

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Presentations from The Innovative Library Classroom 2021

They are publicising the 2022 The Innovative Library Classroom (TILC) conference (to be held on 3 June 2022 at William & Mary (university), USA), so I thought I'd highlight the posters and presentations that are uploaded from the 2021 TILC, which can be found at I assume that the universities are all in the USA as they don't mention the country.  

*** Posters [NB - scroll to the bottom of the poster and click on "Click here to enlarge poster" to get a legible version - that may seem obvious, but to start with I zoomed in on the poster, which doesn't work]
- Bringing Inclusive and Accessible Teaching Strategies to the One-Shot by Dayna Durbin & Jade Bruno (UNC-Chapel Hill)
- DIY Web Design for a Small Academic Library by Kelsey Molseed (Randolph College)
- Everybody In! User-centered Design of a University Libraries’ Tutorials Page by Valerie Linsinbigler, Janna Mattson, Anna Murphy-Lang, & Christopher Lowder (George Mason University)
- "Adulting 101" in the Academic Library: Developing a New Workshop Series for Undergraduate Students by Cait Kennedy (UNC Chapel Hill)
- Give Them the Platform: Student Led Workshops by Colin Nickels & Malaka Friedman (NCSU)
- Needle in the Haystack: Using LEAP Principles and Practices to Help Students Navigate Information Overload by Barbara Petersohn & Amanda Nash (University of North Georgia)  

*** Presentations
- Building cultural competence through critical self-reflection: Tools for the instruction librarian by Chapel D. Cowden & Lu Gao (University of TN Chattanooga & SUNY Albany)
- Building Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity into the ACRL Authority is Constructed and Contextual Frame for information evaluation instruction by Sally Neal (Bulter University)
- Making the Virtual Library Classroom Accessible: Incorporating Universal Design for Learning into Video Conferencing and Embedded Librarianship by Samantha Peter & Kristina Clement (University of Wyoming)
- Failure as a Prime Directive: Kobayashi Maru: Librarian Edition by Mary K. Oberlies, Alexandra Flores, & Paul Showalter (William & Mary)
- “This Is Biased Because It’s About Immigration”: How an Exercise about Authority Became Something More by Sarah Reynolds (Longwood University)
- Gender-Affirming Library Classrooms and Other Spaces by Teresa Doherty (Virginia Commonwealth University)
- Active Learning in the Liaison Multiverse by Julie Arendt, Sergio Chaparro & Bettina Peacemaker (Virginia Commonwealth University) 

*** Lightning Talks
- How to Change (and Even Reduce!) Library Services Without Losing Friends by Jennifer A. Stout (Virginia Commonwealth University)
- Answering the Call: Teaching Synthesis through Reading Strategies by Joan Clark (US Coast Guard Academy)
- ¿Por Qué No Los Dos?: Emboldening Writing Center Peer Consultants in Providing Research Support by Carolina Hernandez (University of Houston)

Photo by Sheila Webber: early blossom, March 2022

Monday, March 21, 2022

New articles: Workplace IL; Information behaviour of people with aphasia; News literacy; Virtual communities; Model of information seeking

There is a new issue of the open access journal Information Research (volume 27 issue 1). It includes
 - Muhammad Asif Naveed, and Muhammad Kamran. Workplace information literacy: the case of investigation officers from Punjab Police, Pakistan.
- Kanwal Ameen and Salman Bin Naeem. Post-truth era: news behaviour and news literacy skills of university librarians
- Naresh Kumar Agarwal. Integrating models and integrated models: towards a unified model of information seeking behaviour
- Birgit Kvikne, and Gerd Berget. "My words were completely gone." A qualitative study of the information seeking behaviour of people with aphasia
- Hsiu-Hua Cheng, and Chi-Wei Chen. Why people lurk in theme-oriented virtual communities: integrating achievement goal theory and cognitive dissonance theory.
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Photo by Sheila Webber: Daffodils, March 2022

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Webinar: Online library instruction: Best practices for live synchronous teaching

A priced webinar from ACRL on 12 April 2022 at 2pm-3pm US Eastern time (which is, e.g. 7pm-8pm UK time) is Online library instruction: Best practices for live synchronous teaching. The tutor is Jason Puckett (Online Learning Librarian and Associate Professor at Georgia State University Library in Atlanta, Georgia, USA).
"Synchronous online library instruction -- classes delivered live via Zoom, Webex, or other conferencing platforms -- have become much more common in the past year, but most of us never learned in library school how to approach this teaching format. This session will help your live online classes become a little less nerve-wracking: learn how to take advantage of the live online classroom environment, discuss some advantages and limitations compared to the in-person classroom, and how to make the most of your time with students." It will cover: Advantages and disadvantages of synchronous online instruction; Moving from the classroom to the videoconference; Essential core competencies for online teachers.
Cost is: ACRL member: US $50; ALA member: $71; Nonmember: $79.
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Photo by Sheila Webber: yet more snowdrops, Chapelgarth, March 2022

Friday, March 18, 2022

Keeping Up With… Economic Data Literacy

The latest in ACRL's Keeping up with series is Keeping Up With… Economic Data Literacy. As usual it is a concise document, in this case outlining the competencies addressed in a microcredential in economic data literacy developed by the Library Services and the Economic Education team at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, USA.
Photo by Sheila Webber: crocus, Chapelgarth, March 2022

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Webinar: Designing Email Challenges for Remote Teaching and Learning

A webinar on 28 March at 13.00 US Central time, which is 19.00 UK time, organised by ACRL ULS PDC: Designing Email Challenges for Remote Teaching and Learning. The speakers are Jen Bonnet, Social Sciences and Humanities Librarian, University of Maine, USA and Senta Sellers, Business Librarian. Miami University, USA.
"Teaching and learning has changed as a result of the pandemic, and many of those changes are here to stay. As many of our institutions continue to embrace more online instruction, e-mail based challenges can provide a flexible way to meet the needs of varied learner populations. In an email challenge activity, participants receive a task each day, for five days, designed to build their skills around the challenge theme, such as advanced research techniques, finding funding, or identifying misinformation on social media. This approach to instruction allows for diverse participation by anyone with an internet connection and an email address regardless of their location, while also providing flexibility for asynchronous education. Whether you or the students you’re teaching are doing their work remotely, an email challenge may be the perfect fit for your library’s educational initiatives."
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Photo by Sheila Webber: more snowdrops, Chapelgarth, March 2022

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Short online courses: credit-bearing IL class; Fake news; Inclusive learning design

Library Juice Academy short online courses in April 2022

- Developing a Credit-Bearing Information Literacy Course (cost US $200.00; Dates: April 4 - May 1). Tutor: Jessica Critten
"The one-shot is still the most common mode of teaching information literacy, so most library-focused professional development opportunities reasonably focus on that model. However, that leaves librarians who are asked to teach a semester-long information literacy course to seek strategies elsewhere. This class is designed to fill that gap, to translate skills honed in one-shots to a new format." 

- Addressing Misinformation and Fake News: Resources and Strategies (cost US $200.00; Dates: April 4 - May 1). Tutor: Sarah Morris
"This course introduces librarians to the topic of misinformation and provides them with resources, definitions, approaches, and strategies they can employ in their institutions to address the topic of misinformation with patrons. Each section of this online course provides participants with resources, tools, studies, and readings they can explore, opportunities for hands-on exploration, and chances to apply what they learn about misinformation to their home institutions and programs." 

- Inclusive Instructional Design (cost US $200.00; Dates: April 4 - May 1). Tutors: Kristina Clement and Samantha Peter
"This course is for librarians and archivists who: teach information, digital, archival, or data literacy sessions; designs tutorials, resources, or guides for users; and/or are interested in accessibility and inclusion in information literacy. Librarians and archivists encounter a diverse group of users in their work to share information; some of these users may include people with disabilities, first-generation students, adult learners, and more. In order to make our information literacy practice accessible to all, it is important to incorporate elements of Inclusive Instructional Design. Inclusive Instructional Design is a highly effective blend of Universal Design for Learning, Backwards Design, Accessibility, Community Building, and Reflective Assessment that can be incorporated into information literacy instruction and learning objects. Inclusive Instructional Design accounts for visible and invisible disabilities, learning styles, and communication styles to provide equitable access to information in any learning environment. As information literacy instruction and access to information is at the core of what many information professionals do, it is important to design instruction and learning objects to intentionally be as inclusive as possible. This course will introduce simple ways to incorporate Inclusive Instructional Design into information literacy instruction and guide participants through each of these pedagogical principles using readings, activities, and discussions."

Photo by Sheila Webber: View from my woindow day 2, Chapelgarth, March 2022

Recent articles: learning spaces; soundscaping; presence; digital learning #postdigital

Volume 4, issue 1, of the journal Postdigital Science and Education focuses on The Postdigital Learning Spaces of Higher Education. Articles include:
- Exploring Inequalities in the Social, Spatial and Material Practices of Teaching and Learning in Pandemic Times by Jos Boys (open access)
- Realising the Good University: Social Innovation, Care, Design Justice and Educational Infrastructure by Peter Goodyear
- Presence, Absence, and Alterity: Fire Space and Goffman’s Selves in Postdigital Education by Lesley Gourlay (open access)
- Teaching Novice Teachers to Enhance Learning in the Hybrid University by Magda Pischetola
- Soundscaping Learning Spaces: Online Synchronicity and Composing Multiple Sonic Worlds by Kati Fargo Ahern (I dipped into this one - an interesting discussion - one interesting discussion at the end (to cater for students with different needs/preferences) is allowing students to choose their virtual break out room according to the communication mode that is used there e.g. "(1) individual, quiet room; (2) audio discussion; (3) Google doc discussion; (4) video-on discussion." (I think I'd add "text chat discussion" to that list)
- #OurPlace2020: Blurring Boundaries of Learning Spaces by Dewa Wardak, Carmen Vallis & Peter Bryant.
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Photo by Sheila Webber: snowdrops, Chapelgarth, March 2022

Monday, March 14, 2022

New articles: Engineering students; Cognitive authority; E-learning adoption; Entrepreneurs in China; EFL students

Priced journal Libri has published Volume 72 Issue 1 which includes:
- Fostering Knowledge Sharing Behavior Among Pakistani Engineering Students: Role of Individual and Classroom Related Factors by Muhammad Safdar, Syeda Hina Batool, Khalid Mahmood
- Cognitive Authority as an Instance of Informational and Expert Power by Reijo Savolainen
- Technological Readiness and Computer Self-efficacy as Predictors of E-learning Adoption by LIS Students in Nigeria by Omorodion Okuonghae, Magnus Osahon Igbinovia, John Oluwaseye Adebayo
- Information Inequality among Entrepreneurs in Rural China by Zhenjia Fan, Pnina Fichman
- Digital Literacy of EFL Students: An Empirical Study in Vietnamese Universities by Lan Anh Thuy Nguyen, Anita Habók
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Photo by Sheila Webber: walk in the woods, Chapelgarth, March 2022

Sunday, March 13, 2022

Webinar: Is search better with metadata? A real life experience

A webinar in the Exploring Information Retrieval series is on 17 March 2022 at 18.30-19.45 UK time, organised by ISKO and BCS: Is search better with metadata? A real life experience by longtime search/IR expert Marjorie Hlava. It is free to BCS or ISKO members, £10 otherwise. "This lecture will explore practical issues, using examples of searching, the uses of controlled vocabularies and metadata filters in creating a better search experience from the point of view of an implementor of such systems". Register here:

Photo by Sheila Webber: snowdrops, Chapelgarth, March 2022

Friday, March 11, 2022

Streaming panel: The Story of the News

There is a livestream of an expert panel hosted by The British Library, The Story of the News, on 17 March 2022, 18.00-19.00 UK time. "The Story of the News will feature award winning broadcaster Ayshah Tull chairing a discussion with four University of Sheffield academics who have contributed to the book accompanying the British Library's upcoming exhibition, Breaking the News. The panel will discuss continuities and changes in our understanding of 'the news' over 400 years, and draw on their expertise in journalism practice, theory, and history, to reflect upon different themes in the wider story of news. Jackie Harrison will show how the news has always had a civil power which it exercises in the way it tells stories of our concerns about identity, what or who is legitimate and who or what places us at risk. Tony Harcup will tell the story of how the powerful have long tried to suppress independent and critical news, and will also look at some of the ingenious ways in which journalists and other citizens have resisted censorship. Adrian Bingham will tell the story of how the news media has participated in political battles and sought to advocate for different positions. James Whitworth will tell the story of how Second World War newspaper cartoonists embodied the national mood as well as occasionally subverting their newspapers' editorial line. "
Join the live stream on the day at
Photo by Sheila Webber, Sheffield University, November 2021

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Webinar: Using Analogies & Pop Culture to Teach Information Literacy

Next in the great LiLi Show and Tell series is April Sheppard on Using Analogies & Pop Culture to Teach Information Literacy, on 6 April 6 2022, at 10.00-11.00 US Pacific time, which is 18.00-19.00 UK time.
"Among some students and patrons, librarian-led instruction has a bad reputation for being boring, stuffy, and full of even-more-boring jargon. April Sheppard (Arkansas State University) will show how using analogies and pop culture in information literacy instruction can shatter these stereotypes and help you become the “hilarious” librarian who “makes a boring topic interesting.” She will give tricks to help make library instruction and resources less intimidating while also showing how humor, the unexpected, and pop culture can alleviate library anxiety, lead to higher participation and success in information literacy classes, and foster deeper connections between library personnel and their learners."
Register at and the series home page is
Photo by Sheila Webber: the sheep at Chapelgarth Estate are unimpressed by my references to pop culture, March 2022

Wednesday, March 09, 2022

Edelman Trust Barometer 2022

Earlier this year Edelman published the Edelman Trust Barometer 2022. This is a substantial survey carried out every year (this time in November 2021), using online interviews. The statistics they quote are "28 Countries; 36,000+ Respondents; 1,150+ Respondents/Country" and the focus is the extent to which people trust various bodies, agencies and professions: notably Government, the media and business. For example "trust in government has fallen in 17 of the 27 countries we tracked" but this varies: China's Government is most trusted by its citizens, with trust levels increasing, whilst (for example) "the developed democratic governments of Germany, South Korea and Italy have moved into the distrust category since last year".
There is growth in concerns about fake news in a majority of countries (although of course that begs the question of what respondents counted as "fake news"). You can download the report, which is essentially a 72 page powerpoint presentation (with details about the survey questions and data collection at the end).
A few details I will pick out are: the diagram on p12 with a diagram illustrating "Government and media feed cycle of division and disinformation for votes and clicks; NGOs and business pressured to take on societal problems beyond their abilities"; a chart on p16 that shows much lower trust ratings given by poorer respondents compared with richer respondents; a chart on p.35 showing that "When low income respondents are well informed, they are more trusting than high income respondents who are not" (we1l informed meant "Follow news regularly (Consult 3+ news sources daily; Read business and/or public policy news) and Seek quality information (Consult news sources with which they disagree; Check information against multiple sources)"
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Photo by Sheila Webber: view from the window, Chapelgarth, Match 2022

Tuesday, March 08, 2022

Women's history month calendar #iwd22

To celebrate International Women's Day (IWD) here's a Womens History Month 2022 calendar created by by Heather Dawson (using an app called Myadvent - I think I will use it for Media and Information Literacy week!) 

The graphic on the right is from a resource created by UN Women which has "partnered with the visual artist Burcu Köleli to develop imagery illustrating the 2022 [IWD] theme Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”. You can find teh images to downlaod and use freely at

Monday, March 07, 2022

New books: Community College Libraries: assessment - and - IL teaching

Two books just published by the US Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)
- Pinkley, J & Casey, K. (Eds).  (2022). The Community College Library: Assessment. ACRL.  Price US $72.00 ALA Member $64.80 ISBN: 978-0-8389-3901-7 (ebook Price: $50.00 ISBN 978-0-8389-3900-0)
- Pinkley, J & Casey, K. (Eds). (2022). The Community College Library: Reference and Instruction. ACRL. (Price US $98.00 ALA Member $88.20 ISBN: 978-0-8389-3768-6 (ebook Price: $70.00 ISBN 978-0-8389-3902-4)

Photo by Sheila Webber: plum blossom, February 2022

Sunday, March 06, 2022

2022 LILi virtual conference

The 2022 LILi free, one day, virtual conference Teaching and Learning: Introducing New Topics, Pivoting Online, and Starting from Scratch will take place online, on 8 July 2022 10.00-15.00 US Pacific time (18.00-23.00 UK time). There is a call for proposals, deadline 1 April 2022. Submit proposals at
"Lifelong Information Literacy (LILi) Group welcomes everyone interested in topics of lifelong information literacy to submit proposals for engaging and interactive presentations related to this year’s virtual conference theme, Teaching and Learning: Introducing New Topics, Pivoting Online, and Starting from Scratch. We are exploring approaches for creating, adapting, and reimagining instruction and services in an ever-changing landscape. After the uncertainty of the last two years, those working in libraries and K-12 schools have had to pivot to new modes of instruction multiple times, sometimes at the last minute. We have also been asked to take on new roles and to teach ourselves and our students about new disciplines, tools, and more. How can we continue to offer timely, crucial services in uncertain situations? And how can we balance library services with the understanding that our patrons and staff are facing unprecedented challenges, stressors, and more?"
More information about LILi at

Saturday, March 05, 2022

New articles: Asychronous courses; Perceptions of misinformation; Science students information needs; LGBTQIA+ Information Practices

The latest issue of open access journal College & Research Libraries (Vol 83, No 2, 2022) includes:
- Information Literacy Instruction in Asynchronous Online Courses: Which Approaches Work Best? by Elizabeth Pickard, Sarah Sterling
- Faculty Perspectives on Mis- and Disinformation across Disciplines by Laura Saunders
- Navigating the Network: An Exploratory Study of LGBTQIA+ Information Practices at Two Single-Sex HBCUs by Justin de la Cruz, Amy Winfrey, Stephanie Solomon
- Science Students’ Information Literacy Needs: A Survey of Science Faculty on What and When Each Skill Is Needed by Richelle Witherspoon, Philip Taber, Alex Goudreau
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Friday, March 04, 2022

Free webinar: Ageism and the Library Workplace: Strategies for Those Experiencing Discrimination Based on Perceptions of Age

I have been invited to be part of a panel in a free webinar organised by the ALA Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship (COSWL) on 11 March 2022 at 6pm UK time/ 1pm US Eastern Time: Ageism and the Library Workplace: Strategies for Those Experiencing Discrimination Based on Perceptions of Age. "Age discrimination can happen while job searching and while on the job. Unfortunately, hostility and discrimination are experienced by library workers of all ages. This webinar seeks to look at ageism in the library workplace and provide resources and strategies for those experiencing ageism and their allies to identify ageism, self-advocate and/or support them. What does ageism in libraries look like? How does staffing structures in libraries help mitigate or perpetuate ageism within the profession? Are opportunities in libraries limited based on age? These and other questions will be addressed as we discuss effective strategies that women can employ to combat being undermined in the workplace. We’ll explore ways to support female colleagues experiencing ageism. We will also examine what employers can do to assure the contributions of women are not devalued."
The speakers are: Vicki Burger, SHRM-SCP, Organizational Development Consultant, USA; Lessa Kanani'opua Pelayo-Lozada, ALA President-Elect and Adult Services Assistant Manager, Palos Verdes Library District, USA; and Sheila Webber, Faculty Member, University of Sheffield (UK) Information School (that's me ;-)
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Photo by Sheila Webber: mimosa tree, February 2022

Thursday, March 03, 2022

"World" Book day @WorldBookDayUK

Today was World book day in the UK and Ireland (not to be confused with the international World Book Day on 23 April). There is a website here with some resources and ideas:

Recent articles: Temporality; COVID19 information needs; Carers' information trust; Images; Critical literacy; Serendipity; Health information seeking

Covering the 2 most recent issues of the Journal of Documentation (priced publication). Articles in volume 78 issue 2 ( include:
- A systematic literature review on image information needs and behaviors by Hyerim Cho, Minh T.N. Pham, Katherine N. Leonard, Alex C. Urban
- The information trust formation process for informal caregivers of people with dementia: a qualitative study by Laura Sbaffi, Sarah Hargreaves
- “So many things were new to us”: identifying the settlement information practices of newcomers to Canada across the settlement process by Danielle Allard
- Characteristics of the health information seeking behavior of LGBTQ+ individuals: a systematic review on information types, information sources and influencing factors by Romy Menghao Jia, Jia Tina Du, Yuxiang Chris Zhao
- Sharing experiential information in online discussion: the case of coping with the COVID-19 epidemic by Reijo Savolainen
- COVID-19 and the social organization of knowledge in Wikipedia: a study of social representations by Marcin Roszkowski, Bartłomiej Włodarczyk
- In quest of goldilocks ranges in searching for information on the web by Anna Matysek, Jacek Tomaszczyk
- Serendipity in human information behavior: a systematic review by Yaxi Liu, Chunxiu Qin, Xubu Ma, Huigang Liang 

Articles in volume 78 issue 1 ( onclude
- Time and temporality in library and information science by Jutta Haider, Veronica Johansson, Björn Hammarfelt
- Documenting multiple temporalities by Pamela J. McKenzie, Elisabeth Davies
- Making time/breaking time: critical literacy and politics of time in data visualisation
by Veronica Johansson, Jörgen Stenlund
- Timeliness in information sharing within creative industries. Case: Finnish game design by J. Tuomas Harviainen, Miikka J. Lehtonen, Sören Kock
- Information literacy as a site for anticipation: temporal tactics for infrastructural meaning-making and algo-rhythm awareness by Jutta Haider, Olof Sundin

Photo by Sheila Webber: plum blossom, February 2022