Friday, March 31, 2023

#ACRLFramework sandbox

There is an ACRL Information Literacy Framework Sandbox Upload-a-thon on19 April 2023, at 13.00-14.00 US Central time (which is, e.g. 19.00-20.00 UK time). "If you created info lit teaching materials that you would like to share, join the event" Speakers are Renee Kiner (Public Services Librarian University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, USA);  Rosalinda Linares-Gray (Collections & Research Services Librarian Fort Lewis College, USA); Lauren Wallis (First Year Experience and Student Success Librarian University of Delaware, USA)/ Registration at
As background, this webinar explains the sandbox and there are instructions about organising an upload a thon (which will give you more of an idea of what to expect than does the above link) arre here
Photo by Sheila Webber: daisies, March 2023

Thursday, March 30, 2023

Webinar: Teaching Material, Visual, and Political Literacy: Primary Sources in Library Instruction

The ACRL Instruction Section Teaching Methods Committee has organised Teaching Material, Visual, and Political Literacy: Primary Sources in Library Instruction on 3 April 2023 at 13.00 US Central time (which is, e.g. 19.00 UK time). It is free. "In this session attendees will be able to describe how to use primary sources to teach a variety of information literacies" The speakers are all at the University of Kentucky in the USA: Colleen Barrett (Rare Books Librarian, Special Collections Research Center); Jay-Marie Bravent (Graduate Outreach & Teaching Archivist, Special Collections Research Center); Anu Kasarabada (John G. Heyburn Archivist, Special Collections Research Center): Taylor Leigh (Hispanic Studies & Political Science Librarian, William T. Young Library). Register at
Photo by Sheila Webber: more signs of spring, March 2023

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Call for proposals extended: #CALC23

The 2nd call for papers for CALC (Critical Approaches to Libraries Conference) 2023 has been extended to 9 April 2023. The conference takes place online, 24-25 May 2023. You can propose any topic related to critical librarianship you can use this page as a prompt - and if in doubt email the conference organisers who will give you some helpful feedback about whether your proposal fits the theme. The call for papers page is here:
Photo by Sheila Webber: heather outside the Sheffield UCU office - it is in UCU colours! March 2023

Sunday, March 26, 2023

Maddie is Online showcase

There is an online showcase event on 27 March 2023 at 6pm (UK time): Maddie is Online': Ethics of Online Safety and Security Final Showcase. You will see the 5 short-listed video cartoon stories created by young people as part of the Maddie is Online projecton, on the ethics of online safety and security. The winner of this schools competition will be announced during the session. The project is funded by the Scottish Government, supported by Digital Xtra Fund.
"During the session we will play all the video stories, followed by the final announcement of the winning team that will be selected by an external panel. Our five stories are: 'Friend Finder', 'Lucy the Influencer', 'Violet', 'Yphone Scam' and 'Yolo Classroom'. They all have some important lessons for online safety by young people and their own scripts, characters and voice-overs. Several teachers/librarians also took part in the stories."
Register at

Saturday, March 25, 2023

Bradley's take on AI chat

Online expert Phil Bradley had stepped back profesionally, but happily he has now re-engaged, in particular in examining Chat AI tools. You can find some short videos on his Youtube channel - the latest is a short test of Bard
Image created by Sheila Webber with Midjourney: evidently it doesn't know what "Bard" is yet; prompt was Bard, Google’s alternative to ChatGPT, anime style, judgement, Phil Bradley  BTW I don't try and tweak the prompts much, I'm interested in what it comes up with when I feed in key words from my posts

Thursday, March 23, 2023

Webinar: KeyWordPlay: #Playfulness in Information Literacy

LiLi logo

LiLi (Lifelong Information Literacy) has organised a webinar KeyWordPlay: Playfulness in Information Literacy on 5 April 2023 at 10.00-11.00 US Pacific time (which is e.g. 18.00-19.00 UK time). It is led by Jay Edwards. "A library user takes an active role in searching. Their success not only depends on their knowledge of search strategies, but their tendency to persist and change their strategies on the fly. Successful searchers are those who experiment, explore, and even play. But how do we teach flexibility and creativity in a time-limited classroom setting? How do we teach someone to persist when they're on their own, or to navigate new information environments in the future? ... Learn how the language of play can reframe the vocabulary of the ACRL Framework. See how various librarians have integrated games into library instruction to teach a balance of strategy and flexibility in time-limited classroom settings."
Register here
Fill in this form if you can't attend but would like the recording

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

AI Tools to Create and Curate Content in Higher Education

A useful set of annotated links A Snapshot of AI Tools to Create and Curate Content in Higher Education has been assembed by Contact North | Contact Nord (a Canadian education site): it covers Text mining tools, Automated grammar and punctuation checkers, Sentiment analysis tools, Content curation tools, Plagiarism and originality checkers, Speech-to-text and Text-to-speech. Go to
Photo by Sheila Webber: daisies, March 20

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

ASIS&T 2023 Mid-Year Conference

The Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) 2023 Mid-Year Conference takes place online 11-13 April 2023, with the three days timed to take place in 3 different time zones so there is something for everyone (though unless you like attending conferences in the middle of the night it is unlikely you will participate in all 3 days). The programme is here (scroll to the bottom to click to days 2 and 3). The theme is: Expanding Horizons of Information Science and Technology and Beyond. This is a priced conference, and the early bird raes end on 31 March - they are listed here
Full details at

Monday, March 20, 2023

UX in Libraries: Connections and Collaborations

The in-person user experience conference UX in Libraries: Connections and Collaborations takes place 6-8 June 2023 in Brighton, UK. The keynote speakers are Marie Østergård (Library Director of Aarhus Public Libraries) and Dr Arun Verma ,there is a pre-conference workshop with Andy Priestner . More information at They offer sponsored places: 2 to staff from public libraries (or further education) and 1 to a BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) delegate, application deadline 31 March 2023

Call for proposals: WLIC poster session

There is a call for posters for the World Library and Information Congress, being held in Rotterdam, Netherlands, 21-25 August 2023. The application deadline is 1 April 2023. The conference theme is Let’s work together, Let’s Library with the sub-theme of Building a sustainable future through the Sustainable Development Goals (although I think these themes can be interpreted broadly) More information at You have to attend the conference in person to present the poster. There are normally a great many posters at a WLIC poster session (well over 100) and also you get lots of visitors.
Photo by Sheila Webber: the poster area at the 2022 WLIC

Friday, March 17, 2023

Webinar: AI-Driven Search Engines: A Comparative Study

There is a free webinar organised by the SLA on 5 April 2023, at 6pm BST (UK time): AI-Driven Search Engines: A Comparative Study, given by longtime search expert Marydee Ojala. She will "share a preview of her talk on AI search capabilities and results, which she'll also be giving at this year's MLA | SLA 2023 Conference in Detroit [USA]. ... Advances in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning have affected the search technologies that power search engines used for general as well as scholarly research. Google and Google Scholar remain a staple for free web searching, But newer entrants, such as Neeva and Consensus, change search behaviour and influence results. This study compares the search capabilities and results among several search engines used across multiple disciplines and considers the impact of the content base used by each."
Register at
Image by Sheila Webber and Midjourney with prompt marydee ojala, information today, head & shulders, anime style

Thursday, March 16, 2023

New articles: Data cultures; Older adults' proxies; e-health literacy

There is is a new issue (volume 28 issue 1, 2023) of the open access journal Information Research. It includes:
- Data Cultures: a scoping literature review by Gillian Oliver, Jocelyn Cranefield, Spencer Lilley, Matthew Lewellen ("This paper reports the outcomes from a literature review of the concept of data cultures as the first step in extending the body of knowledge relating to information culture in the information science domain and raising awareness of the need for further research.")
- Internet use and e-health literacy among tuberculosis patients in the Directly Observed Therapy Centre, Lagos State, Nigeria by Olalekan Moses Olayemi, Timothy Shola Abolarinwa
- Social Media by Proxy: how older adults work within their ‘social networks’ to engage with social media by Gemma Webster, Frances VC Ryan
Go to

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

New articles: SoTL; Communication skills; Learning outcome engagement; Reading; Health equity

The latest issue of Reference Services Review (priced journal) vol. 51 issue 1, 2023, includes
- “We turn the lens … on ourselves:” assessing digital primary source library instruction through the lens of scholarship of teaching and learning by Peggy Keeran
- Teaching undergraduates to develop concise and compelling scholarly communication through storytelling by Tiffanie Ford–Baxter, Kendall Faulkner - Tracking student learning outcome engagement at the reference desk to facilitate assessment by Michael D. Current
- The reader's way: student process guiding library practice by Annie R. Armstrong, Glenda M. Insua, Catherine Lantz
- Libraries advancing health equity:a literature review by Amanda J. Wilson, Catherine Staley, Brittney Davis, Blair Anton (this article is open access)
Go to: by Sheila Webber: dusk, February 2023

Monday, March 13, 2023

Center for Countering Digital Hate

The Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), which produces material and runs campaigns to highlight misinformation and hate speech in social media, has recently produced a TikTok parents guide. After looking at their material and doing a little googling it seemed to me that their material was worth considering if you are putting together guides and teaching material, but they do seem to have an agenda (though a left rather than right wing one - and they certainly don't like TikTok!) that might influence some of their material.

Image by Sheila Webber and Midjourney, created with prompt tiktok, monster, hate, fantasy style, pastels (as you may gather I have run out of new pictures of flowers, vegetables and trees: as spring is coming I should have more nature photos soon, though)

Sunday, March 12, 2023

#HILJclub discusses "Google is goodish"

HILJClub aims to encouraging engagement with articles published in HILJ (Health Information & Libraries Journal). Someone writes an introduction to their chosen article and sets articles for discussion in the comments. The latest contribution is by Rachel Holmes (Clinical Librarian, Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust, UK) who introduces:
Lacey, P. (2021) Google is goodish: An information literacy course designed to teach users why Google may not be the best place to search for evidence Health Information and Libraries Journal, 39 (1), 91-95.
Holmes set the questions:
- Should health librarians accept that Google searching is here to stay and start to teach such sessions as these or should we still be trying to promote the more traditional use of the medical and nursing literature databases?
- What else can usefully be included in information literacy sessions taught by health librarians?
- Will you change your practice as a result of reading this article? If so, tell us how!
You will see some interesting responses in the comments, and you are free to add your own thoughts.

Image by Sheila Webber & Midjourney: this rather odd image (perhaps in a doctor's waiting room in an outpost of some unknown country) was created with the prompt: google searching goodish clinical poster

Saturday, March 11, 2023

Libraries and Sustainable Development

Decorative image alluding to SDGs
The Libraries for Sustainable Development (LSD) website "was created to feature and bring together information to act on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and sustainable development, in general". Created by the Mortenson Center, University of Illinois, USA, there are "Information Action Briefs" for libraries for each UN SDG. Go to or
I would also remind people about IFLA's extensive and sustained work around the SDGs and libraries:

Thursday, March 09, 2023

Information and Democracy: Education, Access, Libraries, and Society (ID:EALS) Symposium

The Purdue University Institute for Information Literacy has organised the Information and Democracy: Education, Access, Libraries, and Society (ID:EALS) Symposium on 12 April 2023 (online only, 10.00-16.30 US Eastern time, which is e.g. 15.00-21.30 UK time) and 13 April 2023 (online and in person, 13.00-18.00 US Eastern time e.g. 18.00-23.00 UK time). There is a very interesting lineup including:
- Mike Caulfield (University of Washington) Interpretation and Context in “Stream-Based” Information Literacy
- Nicole Cooke (University of South Carolina) Disinformation and the Literacy Landscape
- Anish Vanaik (Purdue University), Dwaine Jengelley (Purdue University) and Rolfe Peterson (Susquehanna University) Seeing and Unseeing Racism: Explorations of salience and the Black Lives Matter Movement
- Bethany McGowan (Purdue University) Service-Learning Projects Can Improve Societal Resilience to Misinformation
plus contributions from students and award winners.
Go to:
Photo by Sheila Webber: daffodils early spring, March 2023

Wednesday, March 08, 2023

International Women's Day - #DigitALL #IWD2023

The United Nation's theme for International Women's Day is DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality. This "celebrates the women and girls who are championing the advancement of transformative technology and digital education. IWD 2023 will explore the impact of the digital gender gap on widening economic and social inequalities. The event will also spotlight the importance of protecting the rights of women and girls in digital spaces and addressing online and ICT-facilitated gender-based violence." See this UN news story. There is an event livestreaming today 8 March 2023, at 10.00–11.30 USA EST (which is, e.g., 15.00-16.30 UK time) - go to and you should see the schedule in your time zone. 

I'm celebrating friends' and colleagues' digital expertise and also their research into digital practice and exclusion e.g. Dr Sharon Wagg.
Below is the UN's short video explaining its theme and goals.

Tuesday, March 07, 2023

Webinar: Beyond Universal Design for Learning

A free online presentation: Beyond Universal Design for Learning presented by Amanda Roth and Dominique Turnbow has been rescheduled to 10 March 2023 at 13.00 USA Central Time (which is, e.g. 19.00 UK time). It is sponsored by the ACRL ULS Professional Development Committee
"While helpful, UDL is just a starting point for inclusive learning. As a profession, we need to move beyond UDL because it falls short of inclusive design practices. Inclusive design, defined by the Inclusive Design Research Center, considers the full range of human diversity with respect to ability, language, culture, gender, age, and other forms of human difference. In this webinar, we'll explore the question of how to support all aspects of equity, diversity, and inclusion within learning object design and development. You'll discuss Universal Design for Learning benefits and shortcoming for designing inclusive learning objects and explore inclusive design practices.
Register at Photo by Sheila Webber: Crocus, March 2023

Monday, March 06, 2023

Maintaining a Safer Online World for Children and Young Adults in Libraries

screenshot of report cover

A new report from IFLA was just published: Creating and Maintaining a Safer Online World for Children and Young Adults in Libraries: A Report on the 2021 Safer Internet Day Baseline Survey for the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
"This report provides the results of a baseline survey of safe internet practices in libraries for children and young adults around the world. This survey was created by members of IFLA’s Libraries for Children and Young Adults (C&YA) Section, with the goal of finding out: What would help librarians create and maintain a safer online world for children and young people?" The carried out a survey of librarians, with 482 responses. Most respondents were putting " significant effort into educating children and young adults on how to use the internet safely" and examples of how they are doing that are given, as well as the issues that librarians face.
"A key message for decision makers, resource allocators and policy makers is that as librarians provide a point of intervention with children and young adults there is a need for continuing professional development and training opportunities, some of which could be sourced via IFLA and the wider library community, perhaps in partnership with the SID [Safer Internet Day] organisation. Another theme was about resources, which also extended to organisational issues in the work environment including calls for better software and good network connections. There was a perceived need for international guidelines and policy support from national library associations" Go to

Friday, March 03, 2023

Approaches to curriculum and learning design across UK higher education @sheilmcn

At the end of last year a report for JISC by Helen Beetham and Sheila MacNeill was published: Approaches to curriculum and learning design across UK higher education which reports on a questionnaire and interview study. At the end is a useful list (with links) of learning design models and frameworks (soooo many acronyms!) that is useful to anyone designing learning.
Sheila MacNeill has an interesting blog, and she blogged yesterday reflecting on this theme
Photo by Sheila Webber: tulips at the market, February 2023

Thursday, March 02, 2023


In the UK and Ireland today is World Book Day (the rest of the world celebrates it on 23 April!) The home page is here and if you are involved in reading development you may find some of the downloadable resources useful. I'll also highlight the post on my department's blog, contributed by some of my colleagues, in which they identify favourite books

Wednesday, March 01, 2023

Intercultural perspectives on Information Literacy

There are recordings from the Intercultural perspectives on Information Literacy project's Intercultural Perspectives on Information Literacy and Metaliteracy conference, that took place on 25 February 2023. This project involves experts and students from different countries working together, and then the students making presentations on their projects. In 2022/3 it was Intercultural Perspectives on Information Literacy and Metaliteracy: A transnational online course with partners from Germany, Bosnia-Herzegovina, India and the USA (see here). The student presentation videos are
- Researching and comparing national initiatives to foster information literacy
- Impact of algorithms on information consumption - Gamification of information literacy learning scenarios
- Corporate misinformation and financial scandals
- Digital rights for a digitally literate citizen
- Building Research Capacity through Information Literacy
- Surveillance and data protection on the Internet
- Google as an information gatekeeper

The recordings are at

Image created by Sheila Webber and Midjourney AI, using prompt Intercultural, transnational, Information Literacy, Metaliteracy, online, learning, paul klee