Friday, September 30, 2022

#aWomansWork photos

The Centre for Ageing Better has added new images to its age-friendly free-to-use image database. These new photos are images of older women at work. You will see they are in a variety of work situations and have various body types etc. The Centre publicised this by encouraging older women to tweet a photo of themselves at work with the hashtag #awomanswork [I think drawing on the motto "A woman's work is never done"] so I have illustrated this post with the picture I tweeted (taken by me) rather than one of theirs. 

I do use their image database already, and I encourage others to do this as well. When you search on "older person" on general-purpose free image databases, you tend to come up with either the awful wrinkly-hand images or impossibly aspirational pictures. Part of media and information literacy is being aware of the impact these images have on the people concerned.

The database is at

Thursday, September 29, 2022


The schedule for the next LIS Pedagogy sessions is available. "LIS Pedagogy Chat is a community of practice for faculty and practitioners who teach in library and information science." These online sessions are on Fridays at 2pm US Eastern time (which is normally 7pm UK time - exceptions are when the clocks go back/forward at different times in the USA and other countries)
The next webinar is on 7 October 2022, Teaching Source Evaluation with the ACT UP Method, led by Dawn Stahura (Simmons University) "The ACT UP model combines source evaluation with grassroots activism. We’ll chat about using this model with students and how it opens up opportunities for conversations about information, privilege, and critical approaches to information."
Future sessions are on: Preparing Students to be Intellectual Freedom and Information Policy Advocates; Connecting the Classroom to the Real World: Pedagogical Approaches to Prepare New Archivists; The Emotional Labor of Teaching.
To register (free) and to access the archives (slides and discussion notes from previous sessions) go to
Photo by Sheila Webber: Feast for squirrels, September 2022

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Call for Nominations for 2023 LIRT Librarian Recognition Award & Innovation in Instruction Award

There ia a call for nominations for the 2023 LIRT Librarian Recognition Award and the LIRT Innovation in Instruction Award. Deadline for nominations is January 15, 2023. More information on the LIRT Awards website
- "The Librarian Recognition Award is given in acknowledgement of a practicing librarian’s contribution to the development, advancement, and support of information literacy and/or instruction in any type of library. Self-nominations are welcome" Criteria are: "Contributions to library literature on topics related to instruction/information literacy. These contributions can consist of both formal and informal publications; Key role in the creation of an instruction/information literacy program or project that has shown potential for wide-spread sharing and replication; Impactful participation within local, regional, national, and/or international level professional organizations that are devoted to the support and promotion of library instruction and information literacy in any type of library."
- "The LIRT Innovation in Instruction Award is given in recognition of a library’s contributions to the development, advancement, and support of information literacy and/or instruction in any type of library. The award will be given to a library that has done one (or more) of the following: Revamped its public instruction program in response to a new technology, an assessment report, etc.; Initiated a public program that utilizes best practices of instruction in combination with new methods of delivery; Created an original type of instruction, e.g., team-taught interdisciplinary research sessions, a novel form of outreach, etc. Practice(s) will be prioritized over scholarship with preference for innovative practices that are low-cost and can be easily reproduced."
Photo by Sheila Webber: shadows in the park, September 2022

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

New articles: Intellectual Freedom

Just published, a special issue of the open access IFLA Journal (vol. 48 no. 3) which focuses on Intellectual Freedom. It includes:
- A declaration for all seasons: The IFLA Statement on Libraries and Intellectual Freedom by Alex Byrne
- Intellectual freedom and alternative priorities in library and information science research: A longitudinal study by Gabriel J Gardner
- Navigating complex authorities: Intellectual freedom, information literacy and truth in pandemic STEM information by Kate Mercer, Kari D Weaver and Khrystine Waked ("This article presents an illustrative case study, using the example of scientific information around the safety and efficacy of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to demonstrate how modern scientific information sharing is shaped by the ways in which misinformation and fake news spread.")
- Transcribing public libraries as revitalized ethical spaces by Alison Frayne
- Automating intellectual freedom: Artificial intelligence, bias, and the information landscape by Catherine Smith
- Analysis of professional secrecy in Ibero-America: Ethical and legal perspectives by Alonso Estrada-Cuzcano and Karen Lizeth Alfaro-Mendives
- Intellectual freedom: Waving and wavering across three national contexts by Shannon M Oltmann, Toni Samek and Louise Cooke
- Long tail metaphysics: The epistemic crisis and intellectual freedom by Sarah Hartman-Caverly
Download the whole issue at: or


Monday, September 26, 2022

Webinar: SUNY Exploring Emerging Technologies for Lifelong Learning and Success

The next LILi Show & Tell webinar is on 5 October 2022, 10.00-11.00 US Pacific Time (which is e.g. 18.0-19.00 UK time) SUNY Exploring Emerging Technologies for Lifelong Learning and Success "This session will introduce how libraries can take advantage of the State University of New York (SUNY) Exploring Emerging Technologies for Lifelong Learning and Success (#EmTechMOOC). EmTech is an online learning opportunity targeted to the needs of college students, faculty, and anyone interested in learning about the value and implications of using emerging technologies for personal and professional growth. Registration is free and the session will be recorded." Register at
Photo by Sheila Webber: apples and pears, September 2022

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Digital Futures for Learning

An interesting-looking forthcoming education book by one of the team at the University of Edinburgh who have done thoughtful and innovative work on online learning (they are responsible for the Manifesto for teaching online) is Digital Futures for Learning: Speculative Methods and Pedagogies by Jenn Ross: more details at

Friday, September 23, 2022

Webinar: the ethics of online safety and security for young people

There is a webinar on 4 October 2022, 15:45 - 16:45 (BST) on The ethics of online safety and security for young people This reports on the outcomes of a project funded by the Scottish Government and supported by Digital Xtra Fund . "As part of this free online session, you will be the first to find out about our new freely available eBook that will be released next month, packed with resources for children aged from 9 to 13 years old on the following:
Theme 1: Online Behaviours
Theme 2: The Internet of Things
Theme 3: Online Terms and Conditions
Theme 4: Identifying Phishing and Scams
Theme 5: Private and Personal Information.
We will also share details on how to join a series of 5 free workshops organised for teachers, librarians, parents and anyone involved with young people."
The session is led by Dr Konstantina Martzoukou (Robert Gordon University)

Photo by Sheila Webber: Sunflowers at the Farmers Market, September 2022

Thursday, September 22, 2022


 This week is Banned Books Week - also follow at and see the North American campaign
Today (22nd September) at 12 noon US Central time (which is, e.g., 6pm UK time) there is a free webinar Banned Books Week - Practical Strategies for Defending Books in Your Library "we’ll use ripped-from-the-headlines scenarios as discussion prompts to provide practical strategies and resources that librarians can use to inform their defense of challenged materials", registration at

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

RAILS conference online

The Australian conference that focuses on research in the library and information field, RAILS, will take place online 29-30 November 2022. The theme is Off the RAILS: Changing Research for Changing Times. It is free of charge. It runs in 10.15-15.00 on 29th and 15.00-20.30 on the 30th - in Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) (You can find the time in your country at for10am on 29th here).
Speakers include: Carol Tenopir (Scholarly reading: What has changed, what hasn’t changed, and what might change in the future); Lisa Given (Enabling research-based practice in library and information science: A preliminary model from the LISRA project); Chin Ee, LOH (New Times, New Methods: How to Be a Data-Savvy LIS Researcher and Practitioner; Gill Hallam (The interplay between research and practice in the ALIA Professional Pathways initiative; Mary-Anne Kennan (Getting published).
More details at and registration at
Photo by Sheila Webber: more rosehips, September 2022

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Call for LiLi Show and Tell presentations

LiLi is seeking Show & Tell presentators for the 2022-2023 year. "Each Show & Tell will feature a 20-40 minute demonstration by one or two information professionals demonstrating a tool or theory related to teaching information literacy. Each demonstration will be followed by a 10-20 minute Q&A. For presenters who are unable to present live, arrangements can be made to pre-record your session." Example topics include: Education technology & tools; Information literacy instruction in schools; Adult information literacy instruction; Health literacy; Civic and community engagement; Feminist pedagogy; Universal design for learning - there are more examples listed on the website at and also a link to past examples. To volunteer, email LILi Web Committee Chair, April Sheppard, at

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Effective Educational Ecosystems: Solutions for Open Digital Content

I've only just heard aout an online event related to the UNESCO Media and Information Literacy initiative: Effective Educational Ecosystems: Solutions for Open Digital Content taking place today (17 September) at 13.00-14.30 US Eastern time (which is, e.g. 18.00-19.30 UK time) as part of the Transforming Education Summit (TES) 2022 at United Nations HQ in New York, USA.
There is a webcast: you go to and search for ‘ Effective Educational Ecosystems: Solutions for Open Digital Content’, conference room 1, 17 September.
"This side event will examine how Governments can leverage two key UN instruments – representing globally adopted norms and standards in the area related to open educational content: the 2019 UNESCO OER Recommendation and the United Nations General Assembly Resolution A/RES/75/267 on Media and Information Literacy and related MIL guidelines. Discussions will center on how these instruments guide creation of the crucial digital ecosystems needed for the establishment and maintenance of free, high quality open educational resources and platforms, while building educators’ and learners’ media and information literacy for critical and effective engagement with information, technologies and media."

Friday, September 16, 2022

Young Scot and the European Youth Information Charter

One of the presentations at the webinar I was at last week was from Young Scot. They have a Get Informed website and have a section on Information Literacy at which includes their own commitment to provide information in line with the European Youth Information Charter. The latter document seeks "to guarantee the right of young people to complete, reliable and updated information" and so is worth looking at if you provide information to young people."
Photo by Sheila Webber: Teddy, September 2022

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Keeping up with ... #peerReviewWeek

The latest in ACRL's Keeping Up With .... series is Keeping up with ... peer review week. As usual it is a short publication with brief explanation, suggested articles and links, all to do with peer review (including some articles troubling the notion). It is here

I hadn't realised Peer review week was a thing, but it is next week: The organisations behind it are mostly publishers of various kinds.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

European Project: BRIDGE

At the Scottish event I presented at last week, they mentioned Information and Digital Literacy at School. A Bridge to Support Critical Thinking and Equality Values for Primary Education Using Children’s Literature and Transmedia (BRIDGE) a new European project targeted at school children aged 8-11 that  "endeavours to foster information literacy (as well as digital, visual and media literacy) as a vital basis for educating an informed citizenry that will stand up to disinformation, hate speech and fake news". There are partners in Spain, Turkey, the UK, Italy, Finland and Greece. Since it has only just started there is not much on the website at the moment, but it is worth keeping track of.
Go to
Photo by Sheila Webber: autumn flower, red dahlia (possibly "Bishop of Llandaff" according to Google images), September 2022

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

16th European Conference on Games Based Learning

The 16th European Conference on Games Based Learning takes place 6-7 October 2022, in Lisbon, Portugal, but you can participate online (though I'm not sure whether all the tracks are being streamed).The information is at

Monday, September 12, 2022

Freedom of expression, media and Information literacy and digital competencies to support peace and human rights

A recent 16-page publication from UNESCO is Freedom of expression, media and Information literacy and digital competencies to support peace and human rights: thematic paper (Available in English and French). It is one of several "thematic papers developed by UNESCO to inform the Revision of the 1974 Recommendation concerning education for international understanding, co-operation and peace". It summarises key changes in the communication landscape since 1974, identifies the role of Media and Information Literacy (and addresses some ther topics, such as developing digital competencies) and has recommendations on how the 1974 recommendations could be revised. It includes a reference list.
Photo by Sheila Webber: September sky, 2022

Saturday, September 10, 2022

Webinars: C&RL One-Shots Special Issue Conversations #CRLOneShots

Following on from Thursday's post, there are 2 webinars in which you can "meet the authors" of the special "critiquing the one shot" issue of College and Research Libraries.
C&RL One-Shots Special Issue Conversations, Part 1. 21 October 2022, 13.00 US Central time (which is, e.g., 19.00 UK time). "Authors will discuss their articles, respond to questions, and engage with participants" Panelists include: Annie Pho, Wynn Tranfield, and Doug Worsham; Dani Brecher Cook; Sofia Leung; Karen P. Nicholson & Maura Seale; Lalitha Nataraj; Sajni Lacey. Moderated by Nicole Pagowsky.
Go to 

C&RL One-Shots Special Issue Conversations, Part 2. 16 November 2022, 13.00 US Central time (which is, e.g., 19.00 UK time). Panelists include: Kristina Clement; Yi Ding; Veronica Arellano Douglas & Joanna Gadsby; Nora Almeida; Urszula Lechtenberg & Carrie Donovan; Gina Schlesselman-Tarango & Monideepa Becerra. Moderated by Nicole Pagowsky.
Go to 

You are welcome to submit questions ahead of time, for either session, here:

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

Friday, September 09, 2022

#CEDMO Conference - Europe tackles Infrmation Chaos

The CEDMO Conference: Europe tackles Infrmation Chaos takes place 22-23 September 2022, organised by the Central European Digital Media Observatory. The physical conference (in Prague) is sold out, but you can register for online free.The parallel sessions are:
(22 September) Impact of Disinformation on Society; Changing Hearts and Minds? The Role of Fact-checking; Technology and AI; Look Who’s Talking: Chinese and Russian Propaganda and Disinformation in Europe
(23 September) Disinformation, Media Freedom and Journalism; Ukraine and COVID-19 - Challenges and Lessons Learned; Media and Information Literacy in the Age of Global Crisis and Confrontations; Epistemic Democracy.
Go to

Thursday, September 08, 2022

UNESCO's Media and Information Literacy initiatives #MILCLICKS

Today I was invited to speak at the webinar: Building a Media, Digital and Information Literate Scotland organised by Scotland’s Information Literacy Community of Practice and CILIP Scotland. Below are my slides and these are the links and references. 

Main UNESCO MIL site: 
Short Twitter video
Global MIL week:

Doyle, A. (2019). Analyzing the laws of MIL: a Five-step scientific conversation on critical information literacy. Communications in Information Literacy, 13(1), 114-126.
Garner, S. (2005). High-Level Colloquium on Information Literacy and Lifelong Learning: Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt: November 6-9, 2005.
Grizzle, A. et al. (2013). Media and Information Literacy: policy and strategy guidelines.
Grizzle, A. et al. (2021). Media and information literate citizens: think critically, click wisely! Media & information literacy curriculum for educators and learners. ISBN 978-92-3-100448-3.
Haider, J. & Sundin, O. (2022). Paradoxes of media and information literacy: the crisis of information. Routledge.
Owens-Ibie, N. (Ed) (2019). Media and information literacy: non-formal education guide for all platforms.
UNESCO. (2005). Beacons of the Information Society: The Alexandria Proclamation on Information Literacy and Lifelong Learning.
UNESCO. (2020). Evaluation of UNESCO’s work in the thematic area of media and information literacy (MIL).
UNESCO. (2022). Global Standards for Media and Information Literacy Curricula Development Guidelines. Available here
UNESCO. (2019). Global Framework for Media and Information Literacy Cities (MIL Cities).
UNESCO Communication and Information Sector. (2013). Global Media and Information Literacy Assessment Framework: country readiness and competencies.
UNESCO Section for Global Citizenship and Peace Education. (2022). Addressing conspiracy theories: what teachers need to know.
Yanaze, M. & Chibás, F. (2020). From smart cities to MIL cities. 

New articles: Disrupting Narratives of the One-Shot Instruction Model

The new issue of open-access College and Research Libraries (Vol 83, No 5, 2022) is a special issue focusing on: Critique as Care: Disrupting Narratives of the One-Shot Instruction Model. It includes the following articles - go to to access them
- Annie Pho, Salma Abumeeiz, Kristina Vela Bisbee, Nisha Mody, Renee Romero, Wynn Tranfield, and Doug Worsham. You Only Get One Shot: Critically Exploring and Reimagining the One-Shot Instruction Model.
- Dani Brecher Cook. Is the Library One-Shot Effective? A Meta-Analytic Study.
- Sofia Leung. The Futility of Information Literacy & EDI: Toward What?
- Karen P. Nicholson and Maura Seale. Information Literacy, Diversity, and One-Shot ‘Pedagogies of the Practical’.
- Zoe Bastone and Kristina Clement. Serving Everyone or Serving No One? Examining the Faux-Equity of the One-Shot.
- Yi Ding. Feminized Flexibility, One-Shot, and Library Professionalism: Oxymoron or Opportunity?
- Veronica Arellano Douglas and Joanna Gadsby.The Power of Presence: One-Shots, Relational Teaching, and Instruction Librarianship.
- Lalitha Nataraj and April Ibarra Siqueiros. ‘Slow Your Roll’: Making Time for Reflection and Diverse Epistemic Practices in Library Instruction.
- Nora Almeida. Library Tautology: A Reenactment of the One-Shot.
- Urszula Lechtenberg and Carrie Donovan. Undoing Our Instructional Past: Envisioning New Models for Information Literacy.
- Sajni Lacey. Racial Imposter Syndrome, White Presenting, and Burnout in the One-Shot Classroom.
- Gina Schlesselman-Tarango and Monideepa Becerra. The Critical Information Literacy Leadership Institute as Alternative to the One-Shot: Q & A with a Faculty Partner.
- Colleen Hoelscher. One-Shots in Special Collections and Archives: Moving from Gatekeeper to Guide.
- Michele Santamaria and Jessica Schomberg. It Doesn’t Matter How Many ‘Doses’: One-Shots Aren’t Cures.
Photo by Sheila Webber: Another August sky, 2022

Wednesday, September 07, 2022

Call for papers & registration: Western Balkan Information and Media Literacy Conference 2022

The Western Balkan Information and Media Literacy Conference 2022, theme Information Literacy: combatting disinformation, working for truth in a Digital World, takes place on 8-9 December 2022 in Bihać, Bosnia & Herzegovina, together with the 11th International Summit of the Book 2022.
The deadline for abstracts is 23 October 2022 (for Presentation, Roundtable discussion, Poster session, Workshops, Symposia or PechaKucha) and the list of possible topics (very wide ranging)  is at
Keynote Speakers are Ismail Serageldin, Founding Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina; Serap Kurbanoğlu, Professor at the Department of Information Management of Hacettepe University, Turkey; Sonja Špiranec, Professor at the Department of Information & Communication Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia.
The website with more information is at

Photo by Sheila Webber: rosehips, September 2022

Tuesday, September 06, 2022

How to report misinformation online

The World Health Organization has a site: How to report misinformation online which has links to the pages on various social media that give instructions on how to report misinformation

Photo by Sheila Webber: duck, August 2022

Saturday, September 03, 2022

Informed Choice Project

An interesting initiative in Canada is the Informed Choice Project which is focused on countering misinformation about vaccination and "aims to leverage a Canada-wide network of HCWs [health care workers] and volunteers to tackle misinformation in the social media ecosystem." There are training modules and then volunteers are supposed to engage in conversation on social media a few times a week, to counter vaccine hesitancy. There are also links to other sites: List of Tools That Fight Misinformation Online; Verified - An Initiative Aimed at providing reliable, accurate information about COVID-19; A Guide to Anti-Misinformation Actions Around the World; Harvard Misinformation Review.
Go to
Photo by Sheila Webber: casting a long shadow, August 2022

Thursday, September 01, 2022

Misinformation - articles and a taxonomy

 Firstly, via the World Health Organization's Infodemic Management Newsflash; their just-published Public health taxonomy for social listening on monkeypox conversations - basically a checklist to enable you to categorise what kinds of issues are being discussed about Monkeypox on social media. The aim is to be able to analyse the conversation in particular regions/languages or channels, so that you can then develop an effective strategy to combat misinformation (by targetting the issues that are being most discussed and are the soiurces of most misinformation). There are sections for: the cause; the illness; the treatment; the interventions; the information.

Secondly a couple of articles:
- Alwan, A., Garcia, E., Kirakosian, A. & Weiss, A. (2021). Fake News and Libraries: How Teaching Faculty in Higher Education View Librarians’ Roles in Counteracting the Spread of False Information. Partnership, 16(2), 1–30.
- Borah, P. (2022). The Moderating Role of Political Ideology: Need for Cognition, Media Locus of Control, Misinformation Efficacy, and Misperceptions About COVID-19.  International Journal of Communication, 16 I thought this article was interesting for the idea of "misinformation efficacy" (derived from Bandura's concept of self-efficacy) Abstract "Along with the horrific impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been another attack alongside termed as the “infodemic.” The main purposes of the current study are to examine (1) the association between literacy variables and misperceptions about COVID-19 and (2) the moderating role of political ideology on these relationships. The findings from a survey conducted in the United States show that self-identified liberals, need for cognition, and misinformation efficacy were negatively related to misperceptions about COVID-19. Findings from Hayes’s PROCESS model 1 show meaningful moderating effects of need for cognition, media locus of control, and misinformation efficacy with political ideology. Implications are discussed."