Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Online/in person: Understanding more about Media Literacy

On 28 September 2022 at 18:30 UK time (BST) there is a free event which can be attended online or in person in London: Understanding more about Media Literacy. It is organised by SLA Europe and  hosted at the Business & IP Centre at the British Library. Stéphane Goldstein will be talking about the Media and Information Literacy Alliance (MILA). There is a limit of 20 in person attendees "with drinks and nibbles in a local pub after the event".
"MILA was set up in mid-2021 to promote media and information literacy in the UK, with a view to getting this better recognised as a vital contribution to society. In this presentation, Stéphane Goldstein, MILA’s coordinator, will explain how the Alliance came about; how it fits into current UK public policy developments; what it has achieved to date; and how it brings together organisations and individuals interested in working collaboratively to champion media and information literacy and to influence policy and practice. MILA was originally founded by CILIP and the CILIP Information Literacy Group, but its remit extends beyond the library world. The presentation will be an opportunity to discuss the increasing relevance of media and information literacy and how this might relate to the interests of the SLA Europe community."
Register here:

Photo by Sheila Webber: August sky, 2022

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

UK's Media Literacy Programme Fund call for proposals

There is a call, closing 19 September 2022, for applications to the UK Government's (Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport) Media Literacy Programme Fund. It is aimed at "organisations undertaking media literacy activity that tackles the media literacy challenges in the Online Media Literacy Strategy."
The interventions have to be with populations in England.
I think I mentioned before that the Strategy did not take proper account of the work that libraries already do in this area, but libraries should certainly qualify.
"In year 1 of the fund, we are inviting bids for projects that meet one or more of the following strategic priorities: vulnerable users: providing support to vulnerable users who are currently underserved by media literacy initiatives; evaluation: implementing new or robust approaches to evaluation that improves understanding of the effectiveness of media literacy interventions; misinformation and disinformation: undertake activity to effectively build audience resilience to misinformation and disinformation"
"The fund is open to proposals for a wide range of media literacy interventions. This could include, but is not limited to: traditional educational interventions; upskilling professionals or other actors to support those they work with (i.e. train-the-trainer); tech-based solutions; awareness campaigns; evaluation of existing media literacy initiatives. The fund will welcome proposals for new and innovative activity, and activity that builds on existing media literacy work that has been proven to be effective. Rigorous evaluation of the effectiveness of projects will be a key requirement for funding."
More information at
Photo by Sheila Webber: Warning, August 2022

Monday, August 29, 2022

Webinar: Making sense of academic research for information & cultural practitioners

A webinar on 21 September 2022 15.00-16.30 UK time (BST) is Making sense of academic research for information & cultural practitioners. Cost is UK £15. The webinar is led by Sarah McNicol
It "will explore how to find relevant academic research and use it to improve your own service.... This introductory session, designed for practitioners with limited previous experience of academic research, will demystify some of the language used in academic papers and describe how to relate the research to your own situation - focusing on the aspects of articles that are likely to be most relevant from a practitioner perspective."
Register at
Photo by Sheila Webber: sunlight through leaves, August 2022

Sunday, August 28, 2022

Critical Conversations in LIS

There is a #Critical Conversations in LIS [Library and Information Science] webinar series starting on 22 September 2022, all at 3.30pm US Eastern time, organised by the University of South Carolina, USA.
- 22 September 2022: Carrie Banks: Nothing About Us Without Us: Inclusive Services for Youth with Disabilities at Brooklyn Public Library
- 29 September 2022: Kate Reynolds: Finding Solidarity In Storytime
- 6 October 2022: Alvin Irby: Cultivating the Reading Identity of Black Boys
- 13 October 2022: Dr. Emily Knox and Dr. Shannon Oltmann: What's so critical about intellectual freedom?
- 27 October 2022: Angel Truesdale: “Diversity Work” is Labor
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Photo by Sheila Webber: white rose, August 2022

Friday, August 26, 2022

Webinar: Writing the abstracts: the art with many motifs

A free Pre-Conference Webinar for the VICLIS 2022 conference is on 30 August 2022 at 14.00-15.00 India Standard Time (which is, e.g., 09.30-10.30 BST) Writing the abstracts: the art with many motifs It will be lead by Dr. (Mrs.) Namali Suraweera (Director, Inter-Faculty Center Coordinating the Modular System/ Senior Lecturer, Department of Library & Information Science, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka) and the Moderator is Dr. Upul Lekamge (Head of Department, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Department of Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences and Languages, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka)
Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 838 8165 8000 Passcode: #vclic

New Book: Digital Literacy, Inclusivity and Sustainable Development in Africa

Just published: Asamoah–Hassan, H. (Ed.) (2022). Digital Literacy, Inclusivity and Sustainable Development in Africa. Facet Publishing. ISBN: 9781783305117. Cost: £65 paperback, £130 hardback; 35% discount for CILIP members.
"This important book features contributions from libraries across Africa outlining how they have approached the shift towards a better and more widespread digital literacy." The chapters are:
- Digital Gap in Global and African Countries: Inequalities of Opportunities and COVID-19 Crisis Impact Syden Mishi, Godfred Anakpo
- E-skills and Wages in Tunisia Najeh Aissaoui
- Digital Literacy in Africa: A Case Study of Kenya National Library Services Thika Miriam Mureithi
- Digital transformation in city of Johannesburg Library Services through the provision of E-Learning services Jeff B Nyoka
- National Library of Nigeria and the Promotion of Digital Equity Glory Okeagu, Okwuoma Chidumebi Chijioke, Daship Na'angap, Solape Oshile
- Driving Digital Literacy - An Assessment of GhLA's Interventions Against the COVID-19 Impact on Library Services Hayford Siaw
- Impact of COVID-19 on Digital Divide: Perspectives of an Educator and a Librarian in Botswana Lynn Jibril, Priti Jain
- Digital literacy Skills Investigation among Third Year Bachelor of Library and Information Science Students of Makerere University Faridah Muzaki, Sarah Kaddu, Eric Nelson Haumba
- ICT Training for Children with Hearing-Impairment Rachel Andisi
- Underscoring the Value of Digital Literacy as a Tool for Reducing Unemployment and Enhancing Workplace Productivity Lanre Abubakar Folurunso and Emmanuel Omeiza Momoh
- Backwards Design Modelling of Digital Literacy in Africa Oluwaseun David Adepoju
More information at

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Critical Approaches to Libraries Conference: final summer event #CALC22

The final CALC (Critical Approaches to Libraries Conference) free webinar this summer is on 7 September 2022 at 13.45-17.00 BST. They are "revisiting some of our past speakers from CALC2020 and CALC2021 and getting an update on the work they presented, what they've been doing since and any future actions they're planning."
Tickets are available at Eventbrite .
They encourage attendees to re/familiarize themselves with the past work of the speakers:
Speaker Bios/Recordings:
- Sarah Hammond - Recording of session from CALC2020
- Yohanna Anderson and Caroline Ball - #ebooksos - #ebooksos homepage
- Ramona Naicker - Abstract, recording and slides from CALC2021

Details and materials from past webinars are at  

Photo by Sheila Webber: sun in the park, August 2022

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Recent articles: Health literacy; COVID and #infolit; Enterprise search; Information behaviour of pets and people; Refugee information behaviour

- Ashraf, S., Batool, S., Sulehri, I., Eman, S., Rehman, A. & Mahmood, K. (2022). Measuring Everyday Health Information Literacy: A Survey of Pakistani Married Working Women. Libri, 72(2), 97-107. (priced article) 

- Lloyd, A. and Hicks, A. (2022). Saturation, acceleration and information pathologies: the conditions that influence the emergence of information literacy safeguarding practice in COVID-19-environments. Journal of Documentation,  78(5), 1008-1026. 

-  Lykke, M., Bygholm, A., Søndergaard, L.B. and - Byström, K. (2022). The role of historical and contextual knowledge in enterprise search.  Journal of Documentation, 78(5), 1053-1074. 

- Solhjoo, N., Krtalić, M. and Goulding, A. (2022). Pets and people: information experience of multispecies families.  Journal of Documentation,  78(5), 1092-1108. 

-  Kainat, K., Eskola, E.-L. and Widén, G. (2022). Sociocultural barriers to information and integration of women refugees.  Journal of Documentation,  78(5), 1131-1148.

Photo by Sheila Webber: flowers at the farmers market, August 2022

Monday, August 22, 2022

Policy paper: Women’s Health Strategy for England

The strategy paper published by the Department of Health and Social Care on 22 July 2022. Women’s Health Strategy for England, includes a section Information and awareness that starts by saying that
"Through the call for evidence, we heard of the importance of high-quality information provision – from school education through to support for adults. Overall, family or friends was the main source of health information (74%), followed by Google (71%), other online search engines and blogs (69%), GPs or healthcare professionals (59%), and the NHS (54%)."
The ambitions are that "girls and boys receive high-quality, evidence-based education on women’s health from an early age. ..... women and girls are empowered through access to education and information to maintain their health and wellbeing, and make informed decisions about their healthcare throughout their lives. .... information is accessible to all women and girls – in particular under-served populations or those who need materials in alternative and non-digital formats."
This recognition of the importance of information is welcome. What isn't so welcome is the fact that there appears to be not a single reference to libraries or librarians in the whole document. It also mentions NHS Digital, but not NHS Knowledge and Library Services (rather ironic, considering the 3rd ambition about including non-digital formats).

Photo by Sheila Webber: perhaaps not best for women's health, but adding to quality of life: hot chocolate in a Butler's chocolate cafe, Dublin

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Curriculum, community, context, sustainability: A reflection

On 29 July I gave a keynote at the IFLA WLIC 2022 Satellite Conference: SET Training School: Towards a Curriculum for Social and Digital Inclusion and Lifelong Learning entitled Curriculum, community, context, sustainability: A reflection. The slides for this presentation are embedded below

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Recordings from the 9th Annual LILi Conference

There are recordings from the 9th Annual LILi Conference (LifeLong Information Literacy), held in July 2022.
The full recording is at
The individual recordings of the presentations and lightning talks are at where you can also see the programme (which has lots of interest packed into one day!).

Photo by Sheila Webber: sun in the park, August 2022

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Webinar: How to Reach (Almost) All Learners with Universal Design for Learning

A free webinar on 25 August 2022 at 2-3pm USA Eastern time (which is, e.g., 7-8pm UK time) How to Reach (Almost) All Learners with Universal Design for Learning. Led by Thomas Tobin and organised by the Canadian Contact North/Contact Nord organisation "This webinar shares low-effort “do-them-right-now” design techniques that reduce student anxiety and pressure, reduce your instructor colleagues’ frustrations (and your own), and allow you to focus on engaging student interactions, especially for those living in small, rural, remote and Indigenous communities."
Go to

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

New Book: Intersections of Open Educational Resources and Information Literacy

A new book from ACRL is:
Cullen, M.A. & Dill, E. (Eds). (2022). Intersections of Open Educational Resources and Information Literacy. ACRL. ISBN 978-0-8389-3673-3 Price: US $112.00; ALA Member $100.80. (However - there is also an open access pdf - see below)
The sections are: Teaching Info Lit with OER; Librarian Support of Open Pedagogy/OER; Social Justice/Untold Stories; Student Advocacy; Spreading the Love: Training Future Advocates and Practitioners.
Go to for the details and this page also has a link to the open access pdf version

Monday, August 15, 2022

Media and Information Literacy news

A couple of UNESCO-related news items. Firstly, various news outlets have reported on Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, saying why he thinks that Media and Information Literacy (MIL) is important. This is as plans go ahead for Nigeria hosting the in-person Global MIL Week conference in October 2022.
Oyedeji, N. (2022, 7 August). UNESCO confab to boost war against fake news, misinformation – Lai Mohammed. 

Secondly, there is a short report on a training session organised by UN Lebanon via UNESCO, for 15 young people, to help youth combat hate speech and misinformation under the Youth Countering Hate Speech and Misinformation project
Lebanese youth learn to stand up to hate speech. (2022, 12 August).
I also came across a series of short Youtube videos from UNESCO Beirut Office Verified - Youth Countering Hate Speech and Disinformation - the first one is here (n.b. I haven't viewed them)

Photo by Sheila Webber: my hydrangea, August 2022

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Using Social Media to engage Communities with Local History Workshop

The IFLA Local History and Genealogy Section has organised a free webinar on 23 August 2022 15.00-16.30 CET (which is, e.g., 14.00-15.30 UK time) Something Old, Something New ー Using Social Media to engage Communities with Local History Workshop which has a number of interesting speakers from different countries and sectors. More information at
Photo by Sheila Webber: washing on the line, August 2022

Saturday, August 13, 2022

COVID19 and #misinformation

A special issue of the open access Journal of Medical Internet Research (vol 24 no 7, 2022) focused on Social Media, Ethics, and COVID-19 Misinformation. It contains a lot of articles, for example:
- Inoue, M., Shimoura, K., Nagai-Tanima, M. & Aoyama, T. (2022). The Relationship Between Information Sources, Health Literacy, and COVID-19 Knowledge in the COVID-19 Infodemic: Cross-sectional Online Study in Japan. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 24(7):e38332.
"An online cross-sectional study was conducted in November 2021. Participants were 477 individuals aged 20-69 years. After obtaining consent to participate in the study, participants were asked about sociodemographic indicators, sources of health-related information, health literacy, and COVID-19 knowledge. Sources of health-related information were categorized into 4 types: mass media, digital media, social media, and face-to-face communication. The Spearman rank correlation test was conducted to determine the relationship between health literacy, the number of correct answers to COVID-19 knowledge, and the number of information sources used. Multiple regression analysis was conducted with health literacy and the number of correct answers as dependent variables, the 4 media types as independent variables, and age and sex as adjustment variables.
"Mass media was the most frequently used source of information, followed by digital media, face-to-face communication, and social media. Social media use was significantly higher among individuals aged 20-29 years than among other age groups. Significant positive correlations were found between health literacy, the number of positive responses to COVID-19 knowledge, and the number of information sources used. Multiple linear regression analysis showed that health literacy is associated with access to information from digital media and face-to-face communication. Additionally, COVID-19 knowledge was associated with access to information from mass media, digital media, and face-to-face communication."
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Photo by Sheila Webber: Rowan berries, August 2022

Thursday, August 11, 2022

How many sources are needed? The effects of bibliographic databases on systematic review outcomes

An interesting preprint, which takes articles which were identified in german systematic reviews of educational topics, and identifies which of 7 databases contain the articles (the databases were: Catalogue of the German National Library; Education Research Complete; ERIC; FIS Bildung Literaturdatenbank/ German Education Index; Google Scholar; LearnTechLib; Web of Science Social Science Citation Index).
- Keller, C., Heck, T. & Rittberger, M. (2022). How many sources are needed? The effects of bibliographic databases on systematic review outcomes. in: Aizawa, A., Mandl, T., Carevic, ., Hinze, A.,Mayr, P. & Schaer, P. (Eds). Proceedings of the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries in 2022 (JCDL '22), hybrid conference, Cologne, Germany and online, June 20 - 24, 2022. New York : Association for Computing Machinery.
"The database coverage showed high variations and clearly indicates that one source on its own does not cover a sufficient amount of relevant literature. Some databases are very similar in coverage, while national and discipline-specific databases hold publications that cannot be found elsewhere. Google Scholar outperformed all databases regarding recall. However, due to poor precision this database is considered inadequate for review purposes" - the latter sentence highlights that Google Scholar yields by far the largest % of the articles - but although they are there, you wouldn't necessarily find them if you were using a subject (rather than a known item) search. In the original search some of these items could only be found through hand searching. There are also observations on why the authors of the original systematic reviews did not find items in other databases, when the items were in fact there. This includes the poor quality of metadata, and sometimes over-specific searches.
Photo by Sheila Webber: dry heath, summer 2018

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Recent articles: Librarians and IL education; schools and literacy policies; COVID19 information; Information behaviour; Teachers' self-efficacy

The latest published issue of Journal of Librarianship and Information Science (vol. 54, issue 3) includes the following (priced unless marked as open access)
- The expanding circles of information behavior and human–computer interaction by Tim Gorichanaz, Sukrit Venkatagiri
- Relegating expertise: The outward and inward positioning of librarians in information literacy education by Alison Hicks, Annemaree Lloyd (open access)
- Information and information resources in COVID-19: Awareness, control, and prevention by Mohammadhiwa Abdekhoda, Fatemeh Ranjbaran, Asghar Sattari (open access)
- Information seeking behaviors of environmental journalists by Stacy Gilbert, Philip B. White, Kathryn Tallman
- The role of the library within school-level literacy policies and plans in Australia and the United Kingdom by Margaret K. Merga
- Teachers’ perceived information literacy self-efficacy by Miri Shonfeld, Noa Aharony, Noa Nadel-Kritz
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Photo by Sheila Webber: my hydrangea, August 2022

Tuesday, August 09, 2022

Building community partnerships through digital literacy workshops

A priced webinar from ACRL: Building community partnerships through digital literacy workshops on 11 August at 2-3pm US EAstern time (which is, e.g., 7-8pm UK time) "Digital Matters Interim Director Rebekah Cummings will share her experiences at the University of Utah partnering with the College of Education to disseminate online digital literacy training to 7-12 grade teachers. In this session, we will discuss the initial needs assessment, building community partnerships, creating a digital literacy curriculum, and delivering the content online in 2021 and in-person in 2022. This interactive session will explore how the instructors mixed practical digital literacy skills such as podcast production and video essays with relevant digital literacy concepts such as misinformation, digital citizenship, and ethical use of online sources. Engage in exercises used with the teachers such as online investigative journalism and an interactive game designed to gather social media followers. Be challenged to consider how we they unlock their own ivory towers to disseminate digital and information literacy to their communities." Cost: ACRL member: US$50; ALA member: US $71; Nonmember: US$79. Registration and more details at
Photo by Sheila Webber: poster at WLIC, July 2022

Monday, August 08, 2022

Call for proposals #BOBCATSSS2023

The theme for the Bobcatsss 2023 conference is: A New Era: Exploring the Possibilities and Expanding the Boundaries. It takes place 25-27 January 2023 and the deadline for proposals is 12 September 2022. The conference is based on the campus of Oslo Metropolitan University (Norway) but there will be a hybrid attendance possibility. The co-organisers with OsloMet are University College London, UK, and University of Borås, Sweden. The conference "will explore the possibilities for services and programming and the expansion of physical and virtual boundaries in this new era for libraries, archives and information services" Subthemes include: Universal design; User communities; Gaming; ; Information behavior and practices (for the full list follow the link). BOBCATSSS was started as a conference "for students by students" and still has strong student involvement. Go to
Photo by Sheila Webber: Howth harbour, July 2022

Sunday, August 07, 2022

New articles: Critical media literacy; Digital games; Media literacy

There is a new issue of the open access journal comunicar (No. 73, October 2022) which has the theme Future Education: Prospective for sustainability and social justice. As usual articles are in Spanish and English. Articles include:
- The COVID-19 infodemic among young people and adults: The support of critical media literacy by J.-Roberto Sánchez-Reina, Barcelona (Spain) & Ericka-Fernanda González-Lara, Puebla (Mexico).
- Learning strategies through digital games in a university context by Fernando-Silvio Cavalcante-Pimentel, Alagoas (Brazil), Margarida Morais-Marques, Aveiro (Portugal) & Valdick Barbosa-de-Sales-Junior, Alagoas (Brazil).
- Secondary education students and media literacy in the age of disinformation by Eva Herrero-Curiel, Madrid (Spain) & Leonardo La-Rosa, Madrid (Spain).
- Emoticons in student-professor email communication by Alenka Baggia, Maribor (Slovenia), Anja Žnidaršič, Maribor (Slovenia) & Alenka Tratnik, Maribor (Slovenia).
Photo by Sheila Webber: Docklands near convention centre, Dublin, July 2022

Friday, August 05, 2022

Libraries and Literacies in the Metaverse #WLIC2022

At WLIC 2022 last week in Dublin I presented a poster co-authored with Dr Valerie Hill (USA) and Rossanna Barrios-Llorens (Puerto Rico) entitled Libraries and Literacies in the Metaverse. It is embedded below and there are references and links here. On the right you see Dr Joe Sanchez in front of the poster. Our abstract was
"In uncertain times, virtual libraries connect patrons to vital information that they may not be able to access in the physical world. They can also be sanctuaries from pandemic and war. Librarians (including the co-authors) have worked in virtual worlds for 15 years (e.g. Webber & Nahl, 2011) and the Community Virtual Library in the 3D virtual world Second Life exemplifies global connectivity, with volunteers collaborating internationally to enact diversity for information access. A current exhibit, "Social Determinants for Access to Information: Virtual World Library Exhibition" includes 3D rooms filled with resources on racial diversity, gender diversity, issues of changing literacies, digital legacy, confirmation bias, digital citizenship, and the digital divide. Visitors interact with content and share a sense of place and presence through embodiment in the metaverse, providing advantages beyond web platforms such as Zoom. Our poster shares examples of using 3D virtual worlds for librarianship through international collaboration across learning communities. The 3D virtual library is a real space where librarians can offer services such as reference work, exhibits, workshops, conferences and discussions, and embed themselves into virtual spaces without the boundaries of physical space (e.g. Hill, 2016; Hill, 2021)." 

Thursday, August 04, 2022

Russia-Ukraine ConflictMisinfo Research Portal

Today I learnt about the Russia-Ukraine ConflictMisinfo Research Portal, a project of the Social Media Lab at Ted Rogers School of Management, Toronto Metropolitan University, Canada and led by Anatoliy Grudz. The portal has
- the Russia-Ukraine ConflictMisinfo Dashboard, an interactive tool "for monitoring online misinformation and disinformation about the Russia-Ukraine war. It tracks and visualizes debunked claims from 100s of trusted fact-checkers worldwide. Debunked claims are collected live and auto-translated into English, Ukrainian and Russian." and
- a Russia-Ukraine ConflictMisinfo Geo-Map "A geo-visualization of debunked claims about the Russia-Ukraine war that specifically reference a geographical location."
- Additionally it has "A curated list of projects and initiatives aimed at investigating and countering Russian propaganda and disinformation on and offline." and a "Curated list of publicly available datasets for studying dis- & misinformation campaigns on social media in the context of the Russia-Ukraine war."
The website is here
Photo by Sheila Webber: librarians with Ukrainian flag at World Library and Information Conference last week

Tuesday, August 02, 2022

Recent articles: Community college students; Engineering students and researchers; Competence in data management

The latest issue of open access journal College & Research Libraries (Vol 83, No 4, 2022) has been published at Articles include:
- Community College Students’ Perceptions of Their Information Literacy Needs by Don Latham, Melissa Gross, Heidi Julien, Felicia Warren, Lindsey Moses
- Identifying Scholarly Search Skills Based on Resource and Document Selection Behavior among Researchers and Master’s Students in Engineering by Yasuko Hagiwara, Emi Ishita, Yukiko Watanabe, Yoichi Tomiura (the comparison of the responses from the 2 groups is useful in identifying what  skills students need to learn in finding and evaluating research articles)
- Reflection and Analysis of Implementing a Free Asynchronous MOOC to Build Competence in Biomedical Research Data Management by Julie Goldman, Nevada Trepanowski
Photo by Sheila Webber: Ireland's Eye, July 2022

Monday, August 01, 2022

IFLA-UNESCO Public Library Manifesto #WLIC2022

The new version of the IFLA-UNESCO Public Library Manifesto was launched at the WLIC last week and can be found here I note that one of its misions is (my emphasis)
"initiating, supporting and participating inliteracy activities and programmesto buildreading and writing skills, and facilitating the development of media and information literacy and digital literacy skills for all people at all ages, in the spirit of equipping an informed, democratic society"
Photo by Sheila Webber: conference centre, Dublin, Ireland, July 2022