Friday, December 30, 2022

Online courses: Zines; OERs; Active learning

Some January online short courses from Library Juice Academy are:
- Introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER): US $200.00; January 2 - January 29 2023; Tutor Colleen Sanders. "This interactive four-week course supports librarians in facilitating OER adoptions, even if your institution has yet to invest resources in OER initiatives. Through applied learning, peer interaction, and instructor feedback, you’ll practice the skills librarians need to be catalysts for OER at our institutions."
- Zines for Critical Reflection and Pedagogy: US$300.00; January 2 - February 12 2023; Tutors : Dawn Stahura, Des Alaniz. "This course is for anyone who is interested in learning more about zines. During the six-weeks we will learn what zines through the lenses of critical pedagogy and social justice."
- Active Learning Strategies: US $200.00; January 2 - January 29 2023; Tutor Mimi Otten. "This course will explore active learning strategies for both in-class and online courses and instruction. Cooperative, collaborative, problem-based, and project-based learning will be explored. Reviewing assessments of active learning strategies will also be discussed"

Photo by Sheila Webber: leaf in the snow, December 2022

Thursday, December 29, 2022

New Jersey, USA, Senate approves information literacy bill

The New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL) announced that on November 21 the New Jersey Senate (USA) approved the S588/A4169 Information Literacy Bill. This directs the State Board of Education to adopt New Jersey Student Learning Standards in information literacy. "Information literacy content would include: The research process and how information is created and produced; Critical thinking and using information resources; Research methods, including the difference between primary and secondary sources; The difference between facts, points of view, and opinion; Accessing peer-reviewed print and digital library resources; The economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information; and The ethical production of information." You can download the bill at and there is a press release here.

Photo by Sheila Webber: the wreath at no 29, December 2022

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Building Resiliency: Media Literacy as a Strategic Defense Strategy for the Transatlantic

Tessa Jolls, president of the Center for Media Literacy, produced a report last autumn, Building Resiliency: Media Literacy as a Strategic Defense Strategy for the Transatlantic It was the output of a Fulbright-NATO Security Studies Award. The report is in 5 Parts:
Part I: The Underpinning for Media Literacy.
Part II: Undercurrents of Change: The Context Driving Media Literacy Growth.
Part III: Where Media Literacy Fits as a Strategic Defense Strategy in NATO Countries
Part IV: Recommendations, which address systemic needs, so that media literacy may be spread, institutionalized and sustained. Part V: The Ecosystem for Media Literacy in NATO Countries.
Part VI: "Part VI gives an analysis from a small survey conducted in first quarter, 2022, to learn about the journals, conferences, seminars and institutes, and organizations that researchers and practitioners in the media literacy field support and typically engage with. This survey was comprised of 63 people whom Tessa Jolls personally interviewed and requested information in a short survey form; 24 participants responded to the survey, and results were compiled and reported based on these responses."
Access the report at

Photo by Sheila Webber: wreaths of South London, December 2022

Monday, December 26, 2022

Health information tips

A resource created by the World Health Organization (WHO) is Your life, your health: Tips and information for health and well-being. Its aim is to be accessible by people in different parts of the world and at different life stages and the main section Know your rights includes subsections Your right to information and Your right to be heard, and sections for different life phases. Each subsection has a series of bullet points, links to related sections and sometimes links to videos and publications. :
Photo by Sheila Webber: wreath in South London, December 2022

Sunday, December 25, 2022

Merry Christmas!

A very merry Christmas to all readers of the Information Literacy weblog! 

Photo by Sheila Webber: the wreath I made this year, December 2022

Friday, December 23, 2022

Proceedings and recordings of the Canadian Association for Information Science 2022

Recordings from the June 2022 Canadian Association for Information Science online conference are available at and there is some very interesting stuff there, although most not directly associated with information iteracy. The nearest to this blog's core area are:
- Reimagining information overload by Janet Allen, Alexia Baggetta & Maya Fernandez Contreras
- Fact checking after truth by Maria Haigh
- “They act like we are going to heaven”: Information crafting, misinformation, and settlement of Bangladeshi immigrants in Canada by Nafiz Shuva
Written proceedings are in their journal at and from their I will additionally pick out
- Search engine paths not taken: Revisiting early insights and exploring future challenges to enrich search methods curriculum by Virginia M Tucker.
By the way, I blogged it a while back, but there is still a call out (til 31st January) for the 2023 CAIS conference

Photo by Sheila Webber: snowy lane, December 2022

Thursday, December 22, 2022

Cranky Uncle: #misinformation game

The Cranky Uncle game "uses cartoons and critical thinking to fight misinformation" It was developed by John Cook, a researcher at Monash University, Australia, based on his research about ways of countering misinformation. As it notes in Cook et al. (2022) "The game combines psychological research into active inoculation, critical-thinking work on misleading rhetorical techniques, communication research into cartoon debunking, and gamification." The game is available free on iPhone and Android, and as a browser game. The game is available in English, Dutch, German, Spanish and Portuguese.
Go to
Cook, J. et. al (2022) The cranky uncle game—combining humor and gamification to build student resilience against climate misinformation. Environmental Education Research [advance online publication]. 10.1080/13504622.2022.2085671
See also: Cook, J. (2021). Cranky Uncle: a game building resilience against climate misinformation. Plus Lucis, (3).

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Presentations from Critical Librarianship and Pedagogy Symposium #CLAPS2022

Presentations (slides & recordings) from CLAPS 2022 (Critical Librarianship and Pedagogy Symposium) are available. Go to the following link and scroll to Past Conferences 2022
Picking out some of the ones more directly related to information literacy, they include:
- Teaching Toward Wholeness: Empowering Relationality in the Information Literacy Curriculum (Garcia Mazari, Sheila; Hobscheid, Maya; Grand Valley State University; University of California, Santa Cruz)
- Constructing & Revising a User-Centered Curricular Toolkit (Borges, Lizzy; Rusk, Faith; San Francisco State University)
- Accessible access, universal design, and the limits of inclusion in open educational resource development: an interactive workshop (Abumeeiz, Salma; Johnson, Matthew Weirick; UCLA Library)
- What evidence? Whose evidence? Bringing a critical pedagogy perspective to the teaching of evidence-based practice in the health sciences (Torian, Stacy; Conklin, Jamie; New York University; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill )
- Roadblocks in partnership: Teaching faculty, librarians, and the implementation of critical information literacy pedagogy (Nolte, Amandajean F.; Pratesi, Angela; Cox, Angie; University of Northern Iowa; Bowling Green State University; University of Northern Iowa)
- The hidden curriculum of heteronormativity in library instruction (Weeks, Thomas; Augusta University)

Photo by Sheila Webber: Western Park, snow, December 2022

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Webinar: Rethinking and measuring librarian impacts on student success

Higher Education Library Technology (HELibTech) offers a free webinar on 11 January 2023, at 15.00 to 16.00 London time (GMT) on Rethinking and measuring librarian impacts on student success: Supporting information literacy offers an opportunity for academic librarians to play a key role in students' academic success. "Library Consultant Ken Chad will be in conversation with Jared Oates to discuss his analysis of the issues, potential ways forward and the implications for library technology. Jared Oates is co-founder and COO at Niche Academy, which provides solutions to librarians looking to deliver more effective information literacy programmes. Prior to starting Niche Academy, Jared was the Director of Product Strategy for SirsiDynix. Jared is a writer, software engineer, and an entrepreneur. Over many years working with hundreds of libraries, he’s spent a lot of time thinking about the challenges they face and the unique ways they can positively impact their communities"
Register for the webinar at
A recording of the webinar will be made available to those who register
Photo by Sheila Webber taken at Winterset Hollow in Secind Life, December 2022

Monday, December 19, 2022

An introduction to school librarianship

A free short course from the Open University is An introduction to school librarianship. It has 8 segments including one on Independent study and information literacy with subsections
1 Identifying and retrieving information
2 Supporting independent learning
3 Plagiarism and basic referencing techniques
Go to
Photo by Sheila Webber: snowy leaves, December 2022

Friday, December 16, 2022

Call for proposals for online forum

The ACRL Teaching Methods Committee has a call for proposals for a presentation at their 2023 Virtual Forum to be held online in March 2023. "This is an opportunity for librarians and library workers to showcase innovative teaching methods, assessment, and theoretical approaches. The forum is a 45-minute presentation followed by 15-minutes of Q&A ... Past topics include critical race pedagogy, gendered labor and instruction, visual literacy, and assessment." Past events are listed at
Deadline for propoals is 30 December 2022 - fill in this form
Photo by Sheila Webber: snowy park, December 2022

Thursday, December 15, 2022

Recent articles: annual review of IL literature; Financial literacy; Searching in literary studies

The latest issue of Reference Services Review (priced journal) vol. 50 issue 3/4 includes
- Library instruction and information literacy 2021 by Carolyn Caffrey and colleagues. [This is the useful annual annotated bibliography - 482 items in 80 pages!]
- Libraries and financial literacy by P├ęter Kiszl, Bea Winkler
- Financial literacy resources in US public libraries: website analysis by Ash E. Faulkner
- Search tools and scholarly citation practices in literary studies by Carl A. Lehnen, Glenda M. Insua
Go to

Photo by Sheila Webber: snowy leaves, December 2022

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Interactive Tools for Presentations and Teaching

There is a UKeiG CPD Zoom Course on 17 February 2023 at 10.00-13.00 UK time (GMT) Interactive Tools for Presentations and Teaching. The course leader is Ned Potter
"The course will up-skill experienced presenters and teachers, but also benefit junior colleagues who are keen to develop their online support service experience. It's relevant to anyone who delivers induction sessions and information skills workshops, or otherwise are keen to embrace interactive tools to improve their online communications with staff, students and work colleagues, or at conferences and events.... By the end of the training participants will have learned about a variety of interactive tools, tried them all out, and be able to make an informed choice as to when to use them in their online presentations, lectures, workshops, or orientation sessions." Tools include Menti, Prezi, Google Slides & Padlet.
The cost is: £80+VAT or £50+VAT for UKeiG/CILIP members. More details here:

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Call for proposals: Engaging Students in Library Instruction- Experimentation and Innovation Lightning Round

The ACRL Instruction Section (IS) Virtual Engagement Committee (VEC) is seeking 3-4 proposals for Engaging Students in Library Instruction- Experimentation and Innovation Lightning Round. Submission deadline is 23 December 2022 " What has worked well for you in classroom or workshop instruction, whether in person or online? Has there been a new teaching strategy that you have experimented with in a library setting? How do you help cultivate connection and engagement in the classroom? Whether your experience involves centering student collaboration, developing a new learning object, discussing critical information literacy, exploring active learning or other ideas, consider sharing your innovation in this Lightning Round. Each of the 3-4 presenters will be allotted 10-12 minutes during the Lightning Round session to share their experiences and practical teaching strategies. We welcome the sharing of practical takeaways and ideas for application (such as teaching tools, learning objects, lesson plans, activities, etc.). The session will conclude with a 10-15 min Q and A with all the presenters." They are using this rubric to assess proposals. I assume it is online, though I don't think they state that. Submit proposals on this form:
Photo by Sheila Webber: oak leaves on the grass, November 2022 

Monday, December 12, 2022

ConnectedLib Toolkit

Not specifically information literacy, but the ConnectedLib project has created useful material that can help with engaging with a local community, in particular concerning services to young people. "With funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) [in the USA], the ConnectedLib Toolkit helps librarians incorporate digital media into their work with youth to promote connections across learning contexts."
They have created a toolkit at (with sections: The Connected Learning Mindset; Community-Centered Services; Youth Development; Mentoring; Capacity; Civic Engagement; Assessment & Evaluation; Designing Connected Learning Services).
There is a free virtual conference on 15-16 March 2023, aimed at library staff in rural and small libraries. If you are interested in participating you have to fill out this form by 15 December 2022. Since this is a USA initiative and the form only gives an option to fill in "State" and not "country" it may be the conference is only for people based in the USA, but it doesn't state that explicitly.

Sunday, December 11, 2022

Alexandre Sayad

Alexandre Sayad is a journalist and media literacy expert who has been co-chair of UNESCO Media and Information Literacy Alliance international committee and active in a lot of initiatives. His website has links and embeds of some material, in particular his work in Brazil (Portuguese language)

Thursday, December 08, 2022

Western Balkan Information and Media Literacy Conference - free access tomorrow online

The Western Balkan Information and Media Literacy Conference 2022, theme Information Literacy: combatting disinformation, working for truth in a Digital World, is today and tomorrow (online and in person). It is possible to join tomorrow online for free. Starting at 10am (in Bosnia, 9am UK time) tomorrow's presentations are:
- Sonja Spiranec (Croatia) Information Literacy in post-times: golden age or mid-life crisis.
- Jerald Cavanagh (Ireland) Impact Evaluation of Information Literacy Initiatives in the Western Balkans
- Dilara Begum (Bangladesh) Importance of Information Literacy to Support Open Access Movement
- Mary Sengati-Zimba (United Arab Emirates) Characteristics of a Sustainable Information Literacy Program: Lessons from Zayed University
- Jerald Cavanagh (Ireland), Padraig Kirby (Ireland) Developing Information and Research Skills for Business, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (INRS).
- Yaren Sargin (Turkiye), Ratko Knezevic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) Importance of English language for international mobilities of students and professors
- Ismail Serageldin (Egypt) Humans, Machines, and the Future of Books.
The Zoom link is in the programme which I have uploaded here
Photo by Sheila Webber: Early winter branches, December 2022 

Wednesday, December 07, 2022

New articles: IL & the body; faculty-focused model; bias; teaching IL; IL in COVID

There is a new issue of open access Journal of Information Literacy (vol 16 no. 2). It includes four reports from the LOEX (US information literacy) conference, book reviews and these articles:

- Information literacy and the body in the Kente-weaving landscape by Franklin Gyamfi Agyemang, Nicoline Wessels
- The faculty-focused model of information literacy by Jane Hammons
- Teaching and its discontents by Heidi Julien, Melissa Gross, Don Latham - Breaking down bias by Joel M. Burkholder, Kat Phillips
- Students, academic reading and information literacy in a time of COVID by Jane Secker, Elizabeth Tilley
Go to
Photo by Sheila Webber: More apples at the farmers market, November 2022

Monday, December 05, 2022

Recording: Cultivating Partnerships in Digital Humanities: Strategies, Tips, and Lessons Learned

There is a recording of the webinar held on 14 November 2022 Cultivating Partnerships in Digital Humanities: Strategies, Tips, and Lessons Learned presented by Max Evjen, Sharon Ladenson, Kristen Mapes, and Amanda Tickner; all at Michigan State University. It was sponsored by the ACRL ULS Professional Development Committee. The session included a "discussion exploring partnerships between the library and digital humanities (DH) colleagues at Michigan State University (MSU) ... collaborative work in developing spaces, programs, outreach, and events to connect scholars from across campus engaging in digital scholarship in the humanities and social sciences"  The video (40 minutes) is at
Photo by Sheila Webber: Dickens reading in Second Life, December 2021

Sunday, December 04, 2022

Ghana's Media and information literacy market roadshow

The German broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) has a detailed report about an initiative in which its Kenyan partner Penplusbytes literally went out on the streets to make people aware of misinformation and ways to combat it. Their initiative included playing a radio drama in different languages (Twi, Ga, Ewe, Hausa and English) about misinformation found online, a dance contest and handing out flyers which mostly consisted of infographics. This was part of Global MIL week celebrations. The report is here:
Bodine, A. (2022, 2 December). Ghana's market roadshow: Media and information literacy for semiliterate users.

Saturday, December 03, 2022

Social Annotation Tools

The latest in the ACRL Tips and Trends series is Social Annotation Tools (which "facilitate the collaborative markup and discussion of digital documents or web based content by a group of individuals") and as usual it consists of a few pages which concisely define the topic, discuss applications and drawbacks, and give useful links.  Download it at
Photo by Sheila Webber: colourful cauliflowers, November 2022

Thursday, December 01, 2022

California Conference on Library Instruction : call for for proposals extended

The Call for Proposals for the in-person conference California Conference on Library Instruction, to be held on 2 June 2023 at the University of San Francisco, USA, has been extended to 12 December 2022. The theme is Power and Empowerment: Labor, Agency, and Dynamic Relationships in Academic Libraries. "In our 50th anniversary of the California Conference on Library Instruction, we seek to examine the many power structures that influence the work of library instruction. Our work exists within structures that experience tensions between labor and power. We have the responsibility to recognize our power/authority in our space, yet we acknowledge challenges. We are constrained by budgets, lack of power, existing power structures, understaffing, and expectations to do with what we are given. We have the ability to empower students with information literacy and instruction through careful thought and understanding of their needs. We engage in work that challenges conventional wisdom, but we have constraints. Many other power dynamics impact our work as well. We are interested in how you have empowered yourself, your colleagues, your students, your campus, and your community".
More information at