Tuesday, February 28, 2023
- Dr. Serap Kurbanoglu (Information Science department, Hacettepe, Turkey) spoke (in English) on Disinformation literacy: is it time to reconfigure IL instruction?
- Dr. Jesús Lau (Profesor/investigador, Universidad Veracruzana, México) spoke (in Spanish) on Plagio, info-habilidades y integridad académica [Plagiarism, info-skills and academic integrity]
- Camilo Ayala Ochoa (Jefe del Departamento de Contenidos Electrónicos y Proyectos Especiales, Dirección General de Publicaciones y Fomento Editorial, UNAM, México) spoke (in Spanish) on Alfabetismos aumentados y editores disminuidos [Augmented literacy and diminished editors]
- Dr. Estela Morales Campos (Investigadora del Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliotecológicas y de la Información, UNAM, México) spoke on (in Spanish) Informacion, etica y el binomio biblioteca-escuela [Information, ethics and the library-school binomial - I think this was about how the library could also be a school, rather than about "library schools"]
- Dr. Daniel Márquez Gómez (Director General de Estudios de Legislación Universitaria, UNAM, México) also spoke. Recording (5 hours, though it does include a break) is at https://www.facebook.com/100064816655687/videos/965214094465015 reports in Spanish here and here
Photo by Sheila Webber: freesias at the market, February 2023
Monday, February 27, 2023
Sunday, February 26, 2023
"To make information literacy instruction accessible to our users, it is important to practice inclusive and equitable pedagogy wherever possible. One effective and manageable way is by incorporating the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) into one-shots, learning objects, asynchronous instruction, embedded instruction, general presentation skills, and more. UDL helps account for visible and invisible disabilities, neurodiversity, preferred learning modalities, and different communication styles to provide equitable access to information in any learning environment. This webinar will outline the principles of UDL and demonstrate how to translate them into tangible options for equitable information literacy instruction in a variety of modalities." Register at https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oSKzt6UFQXaNJPSFfyyAAg
Photo by Sheila Webber: tulips at the market, February 2023
Saturday, February 25, 2023
Priced journal Library & Information Science Research
(Volume 45, Issue 1, 2023) has a special issue focusing on research methods in information behaviour. It includes:
- A methodological framework for studying visual information practices Zack Lischer-Katz
- Toward community-engaged information behavior research: A methodological framework Jia Tina Du, Clara M. Chu
- Documenting the fun: Studying artistic information-creating behavior using research diaries Lo Lee, Melissa G. Ocepek
- The hidden, manipulated, and secret information world of gambling addiction: Maximizing use of in-depth, narrative interviews to understand social impact Crystal Fulton
- What is next for information world mapping? International and multidisciplinary approaches to understanding information behaviors/practices in context Vanessa L. Kitzie, Tien-I Tsai, Konstantina Martzoukou, Millicent N. Mabi, Devon Greyson
- Thinking like a bricoleur: New forms of rigor in research on information experience Martin I. Nord
- Companion animal representation and voice in information behavior research Niloofar Solhjoo, Anne Goulding, Maja Krtalić
- Examining nonsuicidal self-injury content creation on TikTok through qualitative content analysis Valerie Lookingbill
- Hiker on trail: Information practices in the wild. A mixed methods approach to investigate real-time mobile technology use by long-distance backpackers Perla Innocenti, Ed Hyatt, Morgan Harvey
Go to https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/library-and-information-science-research/special-issue/10JPQNXKN72
Photo by Sheila Webber: catkins, February 2023
Thursday, February 23, 2023
Today is the third day of the UNESCO Internet for Trust conference. It is streaming at the moment here http://webcast.unesco.org/events/2023-02-IFT/# (select 23rd February, and the language).
This page https://www.unesco.org/en/internet-conference has the draft guidelines that are open for comment until 8 March 2023, and the conference programme.
The opening session was recorded here in English, here in French and here in Spanish. This page has campaign materials for Internet for Trust (visuals, a few videos etc.) https://trello.com/b/TvhyxTvH/internet-for-trust and this is one of the campaign videos
Wednesday, February 22, 2023
The call for proposals has been extended to 28 February 2023 for the QQML2023 (15th Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference) to be held in hybrid form, online and in Heraklion, Crete, Greece 30 May -3 June 2023. The conference theme is Library as a promoter of democracy and active citizenship. You can submit Special and Contributed Sessions, Oral Papers, Best Practices, Workshops or Posters see http://www.qqml.org/description-of-the-contribution/
The invited Speakers are: Jeffrey JK Kelly; Professor Heidi Julien; Qianxiu Liu; Professor Nikos Panagiotou; Mark Pompelia.
"The target group and the audience are library professionals in a more general sense: professors, researchers, students, administrators, stakeholders, technologists, museum scientists, archivists, decision makers and managers, information scientists, librarians, records managers, web developers, IT specialists, taxonomists, statisticians, marketing managers, philologist, subject and reference librarians et al."
More details (of subthemes, contribution types etc.) at http://www.qqml.org/call-of-proposals/
Photo by Sheila Webber: tulips, February 2023
Tuesday, February 21, 2023
A very useful document is The national searching guidance, which has been updated this month (February 2023) and is scheduled to be reviewed regularly. It is produced by library and knowledge workers in the UK's National Health Service (NHS). It starts with guidance for each stage of an evidence search (i.e. planning, execution, results). Although the focus is on searches related to health (since it is "intended for Knowledge and Library Services (KLS) staff tasked with searching the evidence
on behalf of NHS staff.") these general guidelines and prompts are more widely useful.
Following general guidance on each stage of a search are sections with detailed guidance for specific types of search. They follow the same structure of planning-execution-results. Some types of search (e.g. Evidence Searching for Commissioning) are specific to the NHS, but others (e.g. Evidence Searching for Coursework/Study or Evidence Searching for a Business Case) provide a useful framework for other subject areas/sectors as well.
The planning-execution-results format is very useful, for example, in the Evidence Searching for Patient Information: Creating Information Resources for Patients section, where the Results section includes links to good-quality guidance on how to write for non-specialists. Go to https://sites.google.com/site/healthliteraturesearchers/the-national-searching-guidance
This document is embedded in the Searching and Training Forums Wiki, again maintained by library and information professionals in the NHS which has other useful sections e.g. to do with search tools. https://sites.google.com/site/healthliteraturesearchers/Home
Photo by Sheila Webber: street trees at dusk, February 2023
Monday, February 20, 2023
The CILIP Information Literacy Group (ILG) has organised a webinar on 21 February 2023 at 12.00 noon UK time (GMT) (tomorrow!, sorry, only just spotted it) Information Literacy barriers, enablers and measuring tools for Higher Education
"In this webinar, Ellen Nierenberg, Librarian at Inland Norway University is planning to discuss various barriers and enablers to IL development and to recommend practices for librarians and other educators. She will share some of her PhD-research results on the development of students as information literate individuals in higher education and present the tools she devised to measure this. "
There is a call for proposals for the 10th Annual Virtual LILi (Lifelong Information Literacy) Conference which will be held 27 July 2023, 12:30 - 15:30 US Pacific time (PDT) and 28 July 2023 9:30 - 13:30 US Pacific time.
Proposal Deadline is 1 April 2023 and the conference theme is Small Victories in Information Literacy! The conference is online.
"LILi (Lifelong Information Literacy) is accepting proposals for lightning talks, presentations, and poster sessions relating to this year’s virtual conference theme, Small Victories in Information Literacy! We are celebrating small victories in information literacy that others can adapt or model. We recognize that not all wins are on a grand scale and not everyone is in a position to change a program completely or start something big. Small scale victories (and even failures!) can offer clues and data to support new or even updated initiatives. And, upon reflection some of our greatest successes arise from a series of small experiments and victories!"
For the full call and ideas for proposals go here https://lili.libguides.com/lili2023
and there is an FAQ here https://lili.libguides.com/lili2023/faq
Proposals must include a title, abstract of up to 300 words, and 1-3 main learning objectives/takeaways for the audience. Presenters must also agree that sessions will be recorded and publicly posted online following the conference.
Submit proposals here https://tinyurl.com/yfvxvhvn For questions, contact Esther Grassian, firstname.lastname@example.org, or April Sheppard, email@example.com
Friday, February 17, 2023
Ofcom's media literacy effort (Badged as Making Sense of Media) has commissioned and launched a guide to evaluating media literacy initiatives: a guide which can also be useful for evaluation of information literacy teaching and projects. This is Making Sense of Media’s Evaluation Toolkit "a series of how-to guides for planning and carrying out an evaluation of a media literacy intervention."
Accompanying the main document are: a glossary; an evaluation framework template; some "Top tips: Interviews and focus groups" and "Top tips: Surveys and quizzes"; as well as an annotated list of media literacy research articles and reports (2019-to date) and list of "Media literacy initiatives". What is lacking is reference to ML/IL initiatives from libraries, and I assume that they will welcome further suggestions.
Go to https://www.ofcom.org.uk/research-and-data/media-literacy-research/approach/evaluate/toolkit
Thursday, February 16, 2023
The latest issue of LOEX Quarterly (vol. 48 issue 4, 2022) includes the following. You have to be a LOEX member to access the articles (though it may be worth contacting the authors):
- Perceived Authority, Real Consequences: Research-Informed Practices to Teaching Students about Authority & Misinformation by Camille Abdeljawad https://commons.emich.edu/loexquarterly/vol48/iss4/3/ (there is a paragraph about this work in this LOEX conference report) and their presentation is here
- Pedagogical Approaches to Undergraduate Research Experiences in LIS by Hailley M. Fargo and Rosalinda Hernandez Linares-Gray https://commons.emich.edu/loexquarterly/vol48/iss4/4/
- Yes-And/Or/Not: Information Literacy and Instruction Through an Improvisational Lens by Jay A. Edwards. https://commons.emich.edu/loexquarterly/vol48/iss4/5/ The presentation from the LOEX conference is here
(Thanks to Esther Grassian for alerting me)
Photo by Sheila Webber, taken in the 3D VW Second Life, February 2023
Wednesday, February 15, 2023
Last year a report on a literature review and analysis by Dr Peter Cruickshank, Dr Bruce Ryan, and Marina Milosheva (Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland) was published: Information literacy impact framework. The report describes their search approach and the information they extracted from the research papers that they selected. The general lessons they drew from it were that components of impactful IL interventions are: evaluation should be around effectiveness and outcomes; choice of clear frameworks and structures to measure impact; ensuring integration and relevance of the intervention; collaboration between stakeholders; design of content and delivery methods; repetition and follow-up; management buy-in and budget. The report is here: https://infolit.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/IL-impact-framework-final-report.pdfFor some reason missed from this report is a substantial report by my colleague Dr Pam McKinney:
McKinney, P. (2014). Information literacy and inquiry-based learning: Evaluation of a five-year programme of curriculum development. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 46(2), 148-166. (Open access copy at https://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/78126/) "This paper reports on the evaluation of a selection of curriculum development projects undertaken at a UK University that implemented inquiry-based learning and information literacy development. Data was collected using a “Theory of Change” evaluation methodology and analysed using a qualitative thematic approach. It was found that educators need to make explicit to students the need to develop information literacy to support their inquiries, and that dedicated approaches to facilitation from peers, librarians and academics are helpful when designing inquiry-based learning."
Photo by Sheila Webber: winter sky, December 2022
Tuesday, February 14, 2023
The Centre for Ageing Better has collaborated with Independent Age to add about 700 photos to its database of Age-Friendly images, that are free to use. "The new photos illustrate the experiences of people who are often underrepresented – those who live on low incomes, identify as LGBTQ+ or are aged 70 and above. ... This project hopes to both amplify participants’ voices and increase the visibility of the underrepresented communities involved." https://ageing-better.org.uk/diversifying-ageing-fresh-perspectives-image-libraryPhoto: Caminada, A. (2022). Women socialising. https://ageingbetter.resourcespace.com/?r=14120&k=08a1de8880 CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0)
Sunday, February 12, 2023
Online courses from Library Juice Academy starting in March:
Librarians as OER [Open Educational Resource] & Textbook Affordability Leaders. Cost US $200.00, Runs March 6 - April 2 2023. Course leader: Colleen Sanders . "By the end of this course, you will be able to: Consider your library’s current and potential roles in institutional course materials delivery systems and policies; Critically examine the current landscape of commercial textbook affordability strategies, including bookstore outsourcing, inclusive access, and OER-based products; Explore how values of access, equity, academic freedom, and student data privacy intersect with course materials delivery systems and policies; Develop advocacy strategies that advance learner-centric academic freedom in OER & textbook affordability efforts" https://libraryjuiceacademy.com/shop/course/314-librarians-as-oer-textbook-affordability-leaders/
Photo by Sheila Webber: produce from the farmers' market (there are apples in the bag), January 2023
A blog post on the UK academic/scholarship blog The Conversation, authored by a political science Professor based in Canada, identifies the need for information literacy:
Wittebols, J. (2023, January 15). Information literacy courses can help students tackle confirmation bias and misinformation [blog post]. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/information-literacy-courses-can-help-students-tackle-confirmation-bias-and-misinformation-197489
Also some interesting discussion in the comments
Saturday, February 11, 2023
The deadline for the European Conference on Information Literacy 2023 has been extended to 15 February 20123 (from the original of 1st February) so there are still a few days to get in your proposals! The call for papers is here https://ecil2023.ilconf.org/
Wednesday, February 08, 2023
The draft programme is now available for the LILAC conference, which takes place in Cambridge, UK, 19-21 April 2023 at https://www.lilacconference.com/lilac-2023/conference-programme
I will also highlight some other contributions from University of Sheffield colleagues and graduates:
Delphine Doucet who presents findings from her MA LISM dissertation on Authority of knowledge: historians on Wikipedia in higher education;
Pam McKinney, Corin Peacock and Andrew Cox present on The information literacy practices of LGBTQ+ students’ self-tracking: attitudes to data collection, data privacy and data sharing; and
Laura Woods presents some early insights from her current PhD studies Reading between the lines: Information literacy in engineering education standards
Tuesday, February 07, 2023
An article in the latest issue of Liber Quarterly is:
Sanches, T., Antunes, M. L., & Lopes, C. (2022). International standards for information literacy: the inspiration for national practices. LIBER Quarterly: The Journal of the Association of European Research Libraries, 32(1), 1–22. https://doi.org/10.53377/lq.11131
It includes a perspective on IL development, and has a table drawing out specific features of various information literacy frameworks (from the ACRL Standards (2000) to the ACRL Frameowork (2016). Their discussion leads on to presentation of the Portuguese Recommendations for Academic Libraries (2020–2022) which have 4 dimensions
- "Teaching and learning support, specifically in the promotion of IL skills and in fostering digital fluency and user empowerment.
- "Research and scientific publication support, especially in the context of Open Science.
-"Professional and organisational development places the librarian at the centre of the process and the institutions as synergy aggregators for continuous improvement actions.
- "Design and provision of services and partnerships that facilitate and enhance the creation of networks for cultural expression, including the preservation and dissemination of documentary heritage"
Photo by Sheila Webber: Aberystwyth beach, again, January 2023
Monday, February 06, 2023
Library Trends (Volume 70, Number 4: priced publication) has a special issue on the Joy of Information.It includes haiku composed by information science students and these are some of the articles:
- Love Is a Lens: Locating Love in Library and Information Studies by Mary Greenshields, Sarah Polkinghorne
- Finding Joy in Uncertainty by Amanda S. Hovious
- A Return to the Stone Age: Rock Art as Joyful Information Practice during COVID-19 by Bonnie J. Tulloch
- Aftercare, Not an Afterthought: Providing Access to Records to Adults Formerly in Care by Camille Moret, Abigail Wallace
- Pleasure and the Practice of Classification by Amanda Belantara, Emily Drabinski
- Taking Flight with Document Diffraction by Alex Urban
- PLATO Lessons: Rediscovering the Joy of Information in an Innovation Age by Paul F. Marty
- Manifestations of Joy of Information in Everyday Information Behavior Research by Reijo Savolainen
It is badged as "Spring 2022" but is the latest issue. Go to https://muse.jhu.edu/issue/49935
Photo by Sheila Webber: joyful rocks and shingle on Aberystwyth beach, January 2023
Sunday, February 05, 2023
Last month, there was a post on the Microsoft site:
Badanes, G. (2023, January 25). In the digital age, democracy depends on information literacy [blog post]. https://blogs.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2023/01/25/information-literacy-national-news-literacy-week/
As you can see from the URL, it was commemorating news literacy week, but I found it interesting that they badged it as "Information literacy", although the examples they give are mostly focused on misinformation and media literacy.
It was authored by someone from their Democracy Forward inititiative, which as you can guess from the title is particularly focused on combatting misinformation that could undermine the democratic process. Of course the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation has been a strong supporter of libraries.
Photo by Sheila Webber: on Aberystwyth beach, January 2023
Saturday, February 04, 2023
Go to https://hub8.eco-learning.eu/course/connected-and-critical-learning-it01/
Photo by Sheila Webber@: Aberystwyth beach again, January 2023
Thursday, February 02, 2023
The next Copyright webinar is Literacy Copyright Law and AI on 10 February 2023 at 11.00 UK time (GMT), where the expert guest is Margaritha Windisch " Her current research projects are related to copyrights and Artificial Intelligence, where she explores, among others, the question of authorship for AI-generated artworks." (I have seen discussions on library fora about how to cite AI-authored work, and journals have started to make statements about how AI collaboration should be acknowledged). You can find more information and the link to Blackboard Collaborate (not registration needed) here https://copyrightliteracy.org/2023/02/01/webinar-58-copyright-law-and-ai/.Picture by Sheila Webber/Midjourney with the prompt copyright literacy intellectual property primary colours
Wednesday, February 01, 2023
From the last 2 issues of priced journal portal: Libraries and the Academy
- Hammons, J. (2023). A Profile of Teaching and Learning Departments in ARL Libraries. portal: Libraries and the Academy 23(1), 111-144. https://doi.org/10.1353/pla.2023.0001
- Ferguson, J.S. (2023). Flipping the (COVID-19) Classroom: Redesigning a First-Year Information Literacy Program during a Pandemic. portal: Libraries and the Academy 23(1), 145-168. https://doi.org/10.1353/pla.2023.0002
- Miyaoka, M., Toolsidass, R., & Magee, M. (2023). Embedded Librarians and Scaffolding for Remote Learning. portal: Libraries and the Academy 23(1), 169-195. https://doi.org/10.1353/pla.2023.0010
- Daines, J.G., III, Kopp, M.G., & Skeem, D.M. (2022). Bridging the Gap: Competencies for Teaching with Primary Sources. portal: Libraries and the Academy 22(4), 855-878. https://doi.org/10.1353/pla.2022.0045
- Ma, L.F.H., Horban, Y., & Skachenko, O. (2022). Enhancing Academic Integrity in Academic Libraries: The Experience in Hong Kong and Ukraine. portal: Libraries and the Academy 22(4), 797-810. https://doi.org/10.1353/pla.2022.0042