Monday, March 04, 2024

Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy

logo of Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy

The call for papers for the Georgia [USA] International Conference on Information Literacy has been extended to 8 March 2024. The conference is online, and will be held 19-20 April 2024 with the conference theme: Information Literacy in the Age of AI.
“We invite proposals that speak to the theme of information literacy in the age of AI, including, but not limited to, teaching critical information literacy, ethical considerations in using AI in research and teaching, the role of AI in misinformation and disinformation, AI technologies for research, assessing student work, librarian-educator partnerships, challenges and possibilities for diversity and inclusion in the age of AI, and the importance of human librarians and instructors in information literacy.”
Go to https://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/gaintlit/

Friday, March 01, 2024

Webinar/ discussion: The Query Search Method

Photo by Sheila Webber of shadows and sun in the Botanic Gardens in February 2024

The next LIS Pedagogy chat is The Query Search Method: Teaching Database Searching for Contemporary Reference Services on 8 March 2024 at 14.00 US Eastern time (which is, for example, 19.00 UK time). "Vanessa Irvin (East Carolina University, USA) and Sarah Nakashima (University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, USA) will share their innovative approach to synthesizing database search techniques with reference services. The Query Search Method (QSM) brings criticality, literacy studies, and reflective inquiry into reference services that are now primarily technology-driven for a holistic, sociocultural consideration of the interaction between librarians and patrons and the questions they both ask in library settings."
Registration at https://www.lispedagogychat.org/schedule-registration
Photo by Sheila Webber: shadows and sun in the Botanic Gardens, February 2024

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Call for proposals: Digital Pedagogy Institute

Photo by Sheila Webber of  crocus in February 2024

There is a call for proposals for the 2024 Digital Pedagogy Institute (DPI) which takes place online on 13-15 August 2024. It is co-sponsored by the University of Toronto Scarborough Library, Brock University, Toronto Metropolitan University, and University of Waterloo, Canada. The deadline for proposals is 19 April 2024.
Streams include:
A. Critical Ideologies and Digital Pedagogy.
B. Digital (de)colonialism.
C. Inclusivity, Accessibility, and Digital Pedagogy.
D. Sustainability, Renewability, and Environmental Costs in the digital sphere.
E. Digital Pedagogy and the Post-Truth society.
F. Digital Pedagogy and Emerging Technologies.
Formats are presentations and tool demos/workshops
More details and proposal submission at https://forms.gle/hZBjF7hrcj3FYRQB7
Photo by Sheila Webber: crocus, February 2024

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Age positive image library moves #nomorewrinklyhands

OLder person using an ipad - Image published under CC0 1.0 Universal via Centre for Ageing Better

The Centre for Ageing Better's age positive image library has moved to https://www.agewithoutlimits.org/image-library This is a "free-to-use collection of over 3,000 photos of older people. The photos seek to show a positive and realistic depiction of later life, and to challenge negative stereotypes that we sadly too often see." I particularly like the age-friendly icons collection, and I urge people this resource to use it if they want a photo representing older people. Image published under CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) via Centre for Ageing Better

Monday, February 26, 2024

MIL Hackathon winners

Photo by Sheila Webber of trees in the botanic gardens February 2024

An article on the UNESCO website reports on the results of a Media and Information Literacy hackathon that took place in Indonesia in December 2023. It was part of a project Social Media 4 Peace and the hackathon was co-sponsored by UNESCO and the Nakara Foundation.
"49 people representing 5 media and 5 university teams from Bandung, Indramayu, Jakarta, Manado, Malang, Solo, and Sukabumi were selected to be the ten finalists competing in two categories of the hackathon – one for media and one for university students."
The media category was won by Tagih Janji (Bail the Promises) by ZonaUtara.com, North Sulawesi. Tagih Janji doesn't appear to be still available (there is a link in the UNESCO article but it is dead). However there is a display of screenshots from entrants I found at https://nakara.odoo.com/hackathon-display
The winner of the student category was a chrome extension, AI Hoax Buster, created by a team from the Islamic University of Raden Rahmat (UNIRA), Malang.
More details at https://www.unesco.org/en/articles/unesco-welcomes-winners-media-and-information-literacy-hackathon-indonesia-pathway-peaceful-polls
Photo by Sheila Webber: trees in the botanic gardens, February 2024

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Webinar: Asynchronous Learning and Scalar

Photo by Sheila Webber of tree Branches against the sky in February 2024

The next free LiLi webinar is on 6 March 2024 at 10.00 US Pacific time: Asynchronous Learning and Scalar: A Beginner’s Experience with Creating Learning Modules led by Charmaine Henriques (International Studies Librarian at Herman B Wells Library, Indiana University, USA)
"The Covid-19 pandemic shined a light on digital education. Librarians used commonly known software and applications like Microsoft PowerPoint, Google Docs, and Canvas for online instruction. While it was logical to utilize these resources, there are other lesser-known user friendly options that could help librarians (especially those who are newer to asynchronous learning) with creating learning objects. One such possibility would be Scalar, a multimedia digital publishing platform. This presentation will give an overview of how a librarian with limited online education experience used Scalar to produce a leaning module for an upper-level undergraduate seminar."  The session will be recorded.
Register at https://northampton-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0qc--oqD8pH9ZrPTOJtObSlO0S8tHyQgpz#/registration
Photo by Sheila Webber: Branches not yet spring, February 2024

Saturday, February 24, 2024

New report on Generative AI and Disinformation

Photo by Sheila Webber - I think these are hellebores in February 2024

"Researchers from several EU-funded projects on AI and disinformation that are carried out in dialogue with EDMO have joined forces and just published a new white paper. Its goal is to deepen understanding of the disinformation-generation capabilities of state-of-the-art AI, as well as the use of AI in the development of new disinformation detection technologies, along with the associated ethical and legal challenges. The authors conclude by revisiting the challenges and opportunities brought by generative AI in the context of disinformation production, spread, detection, and debunking."
Bontcheva, E. (ed.). (2024). Generative AI and Disinformation: Recent Advances, Challenges, and Opportunities. https://edmo.eu/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Generative-AI-and-Disinformation_-White-Paper-v8.pdf
Photo by Sheila Webber - I think these are hellebores, February 2024

Friday, February 23, 2024

Webinar: Tik Tok Infolit

Image by Sheila Webber using Midjourney AI, prompt iphone screen, tiktok video, fluffy cat, kawaii --ar 9:16 --v 6.0

RUSA has organised a free webinar on 28 February 2024 at 18.00 UK time (13.00 EST)  Tik Tok Infolit. "Many are turning to TikTok, YouTube Shorts, and other short-form video platforms as their main sources of information. What implications does this shift have for information literacy instruction, content curation, research guides, and the other traditional ways that libraries mediate and promote access to information?
"Join us for an online conversation where we all can share ideas about how we can respond to this seismic shift in information seeking behavior, and perhaps if we should respond at all? Attendees will leave with actionable insights and a more proactive course for approaching the complexities of information literacy in the digital age."
Register at https://ala-events.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYpdeyopjkiE92QPsf84UwKhjqB8TBNKQr5#/registration
Image by Sheila Webber using Midjourney AI, prompt iphone screen, tiktok video, fluffy cat, kawaii --ar 9:16 --v 6.0

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Webinar: Working together for Information Integrity

Image by Sheila Webber using Midjourney AI, promt serene landscape, green palette, hyper real, grass trees spring flowers, the words information integrity in bold font

An IFLA event on 7 March 2024 at 14.00 UTC (the same as GMT/UK time) is Working together for Information Integrity: the Role of Libraries in Europe. Speakers are Divina Frau-Meigs @divinameigs (Media Sociologist, Sorbonne University, France); Paul Kilkenny (Assistant Principal, Digital Policy Analyst, Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Ireland); Sherri Aldis, Director, UN Regional Information Centre, Brussels, Belgium) and Ertugrul Cimen (Chair, IFLA Europe Regional Division Committee, Turkey)
"We are at a time of growing awareness of both the opportunities that advances in knowledge bring, and the threats of inaccurate or harmful speech. In this context, the UN Secretary General, already in 2021, highlighted the importance of information integrity as a key determinant of success in wider policy efforts. This work is advancing rapidly towards publishing a UN Code of Conduct on Information Integrity in the coming months, which will address mis- and disinformation, hate speech, and protecting ourselves and our communities from harmful content.
"Libraries meanwhile have long focused on how to ensure that users have the possibility to access high-quality information, and the skills to appreciate and use it. This experience and expertise, as well as their reach across societies, makes them powerful potential partners in advancing this agenda."
It addresses the questions: What does information integrity mean? What are the key issues and questions behind the upcoming UN Code of Conduct on the topic? How are libraries impacted by mis- and disinformation? What can we learn from each other to counter this? How can libraries realise their potential to contribute, at all levels, to building a healthy information environment?
Register here: https://www.ifla.org/events/working-together-for-information-integrity-the-role-of-libraries-in-europe/
Image by Sheila Webber using Midjourney AI, promt serene landscape, green palette, hyper real, grass trees spring flowers, the words "information integrity" in bold font

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Recent articles: Serendipity; Information quality; Libraries in computer games; Informal carers; Capital and information practice; Fake news

Photo by Sheila Webber: Snow, February 2024

The latest complete issue of the priced Journal of Documentation (Volume 80 Issue 1, 2024) includes:
- Does serendipity matter in knowledge management? Organizational sharing and use of encountered information by Sanda Erdelez, Yuan-Ho Huang, Naresh Kumar Agarwal
- Parsing through paradigms: uncertainty and decision-making in human information behavior by Juliana Mestre
- Capital as the outcome of information practices: a study of devotees and monks of a Theravada Buddhist Temple by Hilary Yerbury, Michael Olsson, Pethigamage Perera
- Addressing the information needs of informal carers in Malawi: a healthcare intervention based on co-creation by Efpraxia D. Zamani, Laura Sbaffi, Khumbo Kalua
- Fake news as systematically distorted communication: an LIS intervention by John Buschman
-Exploring perceived online information quality: a mixed-method approach by Boryung Ju, J. Brenton Stewart
- A systematic review of information source preference research by Huan Zhong, Zhengbiao Han 
- Depiction of library use in video games: a content analysis by Emerson Taylor, Chern Li Liew
Go to https://www.emerald.com/insight/publication/issn/0022-0418/vol/80/iss/1
Photo by Sheila Webber: Snow, February 2024

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Y-skills publications

ykills logo

"The EC-funded research network ySKILLS aimed to identify the actors and factors that undermine or promote the wellbeing of children aged 12–17 in a digital age". There is a list of publications here: https://yskills.eu/publications/
The summary report outlining recommendations and principles concerning digital skills and literacy and children's rights is:
Livingstone, S., Stoilova, M., & Rahali, M. (2023). Realising children’s rights in the digital age: The role of digital skills. ySKILLS. https://zenodo.org/records/10201528

Monday, February 19, 2024

Webinar: Information Literacy and Artificial Intelligence

The CILIP Information Literacy Group has organised a webinar on Information Literacy and Artificial Intelligence (AI) on 20 March 2024 at 13.00-14.30 GMT (UK time). "This event is aimed at information literacy practitioners and library staff keen on acquiring knowledge and insight into the issues and implications of new AI technologies on IL." The cost is £3 to ILG members, £5 to thers. Speakers are:
Sarah Pavey (independent education consultant who worked as a school librarian for over 20 years): Generative AI in the School Environment.
Anne-Lise Harding (Strategic Training Lead at the House of Commons): Using AI in a parliamentary context.
Josh Rodda (Learning Development Librarian at the University of Nottingham): The relationship between AI and traditional ideas of authorship.
Rosie Jones (Director of Student and Library Services and interim Director of Student Learning and Academic Registry at Teesside University): (1) Exploring the boundaries for libraries, is this another crossroads where we are deciding whether to lead or contribute, are we even part of the conversation? (2) Does AI increase the digital divide?
The session will finish with a discussion moderated by Dr Jane Secker (Associate Professor in Educational Development at City, University of London).
More details and registration at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/information-literacy-and-ai-roundtable-tickets-826960600417

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Survey on Open Educational Resources on Algorithmic Literacy

Image by Sheila Webber using Midjourney AI using prompt woman administering questionnaire survey, office setting, line drawing, pastel wash - it has 2 women sitting opposite each other with pen and paper

Library and information professionals are being asked to complete a survey partly funded by the US Institute of Museum and Library Services on Open Educational Resources on Algorithmic Literacy (grant number RE-254893-OLS-2). "The survey will ask about your questions, interests, and experiences supporting algorithmic literacy. We define algorithmic literacy as awareness and understanding of the role algorithms and computation processing plays in information access and literacy, in your library. The purpose of this research study is to explore how academic and public libraries understand and approach algorithmic literacy and possible community-driven strategies for building upon their current approaches. This study will also produce a report detailing these findings and open educational resources (OER) addressing the expressed needs and interests of participants." The survey is at https://cornell.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ba9BraCaTSFEp2C and there is an information sheet at  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AHCAa_24TUCfFlb1HP5LiHvzh8eQDdUcqzzt425WKWQ/edit
Image by Sheila Webber using Midjourney AI using prompt woman administering questionnaire survey, office setting, line drawing, pastel wash

Friday, February 16, 2024

Keeping up with primary source literacy

Photo by Sheila Webber of a deep pink camellia in Fubruary 2024
Latest in ACRL's keeping up with ... series is Keeping up with primary source literacy. As usual it has summaries, definitions and links to further reading (including about teaching). Go to  https://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/keeping_up_with/primary_source_literacy
Photo by Sheila Webber; camellia, Fubruary 2024

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Information & Democracy: Education, Access, Libraries, and Society

Photo by Sheila Webber of snowdrops in February 2024

The Institute for Information Literacy at Purdue University, USA, has a virtual symposium, Information & Democracy: Education, Access, Libraries, and Society (ID:EALS) on 16 April 2024 at 9:00-16:00 USA EST (which is 14:00-21:00 UK time). The theme for this year’s symposium is Information & Identity.
"This event will showcase various scholarly approaches exploring how information is used to disempower and empower diverse communities. ID:EALS will feature researchers whose work investigates the role of information literacy in relation to different sociocultural identities, such as race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation".
Speakers include: Dr. Megan Threats on InFormation for Health Justice: Utilizing Intersectionality Theory in (Health) Information Practices Research and Dr. Ellie Sayyad Abdi on Enhancing Refugees' Information Experiences.
More information & registration: https://www.lib.purdue.edu/IILP/Annual-Symposium
Photo by Sheila Webber: snowdrops, February 2024

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Mixed Methods Systematic Reviews

Photo by Sheila Webber of a bench in the snow taken in February 2024

Two series of priced online expert training sessions concerning mixed methods systematic reviews, which "combine qualitative and quantitative evidence to answer complex applied health and public health questions." All times are GMT (UK time, and note that the UK doesn't leap forward to BST until 31 March, and the USA starts 3 weeks earlier, so there may be a different time difference from usual in those weeks if you are outside the UK)
1. Mixed Methods Systematic Reviews. Optional introduction. 8 March 2024 13.30-14.30 and Half-day live sessions on 12, 14, 18 & 20 March 2024 at 13.30-16.00.
Tutors: Dr Katy Sutcliffe, Dr Meena Khatwa, Dr Gillian Stokes, Dr Preethy D'Souza and Dr Michelle Richardson (UCL), Prof Joanne Greenhalgh and Judy Wright (University of Leeds), Prof Helen Elsey (University of York)
"The course is for you if you are interested in understanding how mixed-method synthesis provides a deeper understanding of complex interventions and their implementation. It is suitable for you if you already have an understanding of systematic review methods – i.e. you have had in-depth training and/or conducted a systematic review (either quantitative or qualitative) before. The course looks at purpose and value of mixed-methods systematic reviews and covers methods for synthesising qualitative and quantitative research including explanatory sequential, exploratory sequential, and convergent synthesis methods including an overview of realist synthesis methods. The mixed methods course is NOT suitable for you if you are new to systematic reviews as it does not provide basic systematic review (screening, data extraction, quality assessment) or meta-analysis training. 

2. Searching the Evidence for Mixed Methods Reviews  Optional introduction 21 March 2024 13.30-14.30 and Half-day live sessions 25 & 27 March 2024 13.30-16.00
Tutors: Judy Wright and Natalie King (University of Leeds)
"The course has basic and advanced elements, some sessions are split to cater for both researchers and experienced librarians. The course covers search techniques, sources, reporting methods and reference management that are most useful in mixed methods systematic reviews. This includes: search filters, forwards & backwards citation searching, CLUSTER searching, grey and published literature sources, reporting standards, tips for tracking search activities and managing large search results in EndNote.
See course website for fees and further details: https://medicinehealth.leeds.ac.uk/dir-record/short-courses/958/mixed-methods-systematic-review-and-searching-the-evidence
Photo by Sheila Webber of a bench in the snow, February 2024

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Teaching Tips for Information Professionals

Photo by Sheila Webber of snowdrops in February 2024

A priced online course Teaching Tips for Information Professionals lead by Andrew Walsh, on 23 April 2024 13:00-16:00 BST (UK time). Cost is £49.46. "An afternoon of basic teaching tips for archivists, librarians & other info workers, backed up by a short (PDF) book." More information, and registration, at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/teaching-tips-for-information-professionals-tickets-831487831487
Photo by Sheila Webber: snowdrops, February 2024

Monday, February 12, 2024

Seniors United Against Misinformation

Photo by Sheila Webber of snow in February 2024

Seniors United Against Misinformation: A European Initiative for Media Literacy. An interesting project "We are a EU-funded project that unites three partners from diverse backgrounds and industries. We are united by a strong belief in the power of collaboration and knowledge sharing to tackle society's biggest challenges. We welcome the opportunity to share our experiences with any organization interested in joining us on this journey." https://www.wearesum.eu/
Photo by Sheila Webber: snow, February 2024

Saturday, February 10, 2024

Algorithms of Resistance

A new open-access book:
Bonini, T. & Treré, E. (2024). Algorithms of Resistance: The Everyday Fight against Platform Power. The MIT Press. https://doi.org/10.7551/mitpress/14329.001.0001ISBN electronic: 9780262377485 " While accounts of platform power tend to come across as bleak and monolithic, Algorithms of Resistance shows how people can resist algorithms across a variety of domains. Drawing from rich ethnographic materials and perspectives from both the Global North and South, authors Tiziano Bonini and Emiliano Treré explore how people appropriate and reconfigure algorithms to pursue their objectives in three domains of everyday life: gig work, cultural industries, and politics. "
Image created by Sheila Webber using Midjourney AI using the prompt algorithms of resistence in the style of Paul Klee

Friday, February 09, 2024

New articles: Texts+podcasts; teaching to teach; virtual cohorts

The February 2024 issue of open access College & Research Libraries News is now available and includes:
- Terri Artemchik, Kirk Kirk, Eleanor Colbert, and Sarah Rebecca Velazquez Gaglio. Teaching to Teach: Developing a Collaborative Instruction Training Program for MLIS Interns.
- Ruth Monnier and Nena Schvaneveldt. Cohorts Building Community: Fostering Connection in Virtual Cohorts.
- Amy Barlow. Pairing Texts and Podcasts: Teaching Scholarship as Conversation in First-Year Seminar.
Go to https://crln.acrl.org/index.php/crlnews/issue/view/1652/showToc
Photo by Sheila Webber: Snow, February 2024

Thursday, February 08, 2024

Call for proposals: 22nd Annual Illinois Information Literacy Summit

Information Literacy Summit logotype

The rere is a call for proposals for the 22nd Annual Illinois Information Literacy Summit to be held on 19 April 2024 at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. USA. It is organised by the College of DuPage Library and the DePaul University Library. Deadline for proposals is 15 February 2024. (It says Feb 1st on the intial link on website but it has been extended)
Keynote speaker is Dr Troy Swanson (Library Department Chair at Moraine Valley Community College, USA). "We are seeking presenters to lead engaging and interactive discussions about media and information literacy, library instruction, and interdisciplinary collaboration. We are especially interested in breakout sessions and panels related to this year's theme: Tuning In: Navigating Capacity, Collaboration, & Cognition in Information Literacy. At this year's Summit, we're interested in exploring our "bandwidth" for information literacy and considering the topic from a wide range of perspectives."
They mention: Individuals' cognitive and emotional bandwidth for processing the vast amounts of information we encounter as students, researchers, and as citizens; Individual and organizational bandwidth in the workplace; Critical perspectives on tools and partnerships that seek to enhance our bandwidth.
More information at https://www.infolitsummit.org

Wednesday, February 07, 2024

Recent articles: Outcomes; Disinformation; Print/digital preferences; Social media evaluation; Searching as strategic exploration

I need to catch up on articles from the Journal of Academic Librarianship (a priced publication)! The last 2 issues of Volume 49 (2023), include the following:
- Miller, K. Kaufmann, K. & Trnka, R.E. (2023). Measuring outcomes: Information literacy instruction assessment in a cross-institutional study. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 49(6), article 102796. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acalib.2023.102796.
- Chomintra, M. (2023) Assessing the use of critical literacies in mis/disinformation literacy instruction. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 49(5), article 102762. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acalib.2023.102762. Rather curiously this article posits in the abstract that "The approaches to mis/disinformation in libraries and information studies have largely been grounded in two forms of literacy education; media literacy and digital literacy" but it is interesting in taking selected lesson plans uploaded to the ACRL sandbox and project CORA and doing a text analysis, including for Equity diversity inclusion and social justice terms.
- Chyne, R.C., Khongtim, J. & Wann, T. (2023). Evaluation of social media information among college students: An information literacy approach using CCOW. The Journal of Academic Librarianship. 49(5), article 102771. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acalib.2023.102771. CCOW = Credentials, Claims, Objectives, Worldview. "The findings highlighted significant differences in the evaluation of social media information following the implementation of the CCOW information literacy approach."
- Dahlqvist, C.(2023). Cognitive and motivational qualities of task instruction: Cognitive appraisals and achievement emotions of Swedish primary teacher students. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 49(6), article 102797. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acalib.2023.102797.
- Johnson, B. & Reed, E. (2023) The impact of cultural capital on searching as strategic exploration in incoming first-year students. The Journal of Academic Librarianship,49(6), article 102807, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acalib.2023.102807.
- Yu, C. (2023). Integrating Information Literacy and Academic Writing: Developing a Self-Assessment Scale of Information-Based Academic Writing. The Journal of Academic Librarianship,49(6), article 102804. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acalib.2023.102804.
- Shehata, A. & Eldakar,M. (2023). Scholarly communication practices and attitudes of Egyptian junior researchers: An exploratory study. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 49(6), article 102811, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acalib.2023.102811.
- Matthews, J. & Johnson, A. (2023). Preferring print: The planned behavior and preferences of first-generation college students in the academic library. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 49(6), article 102813. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acalib.2023.102813.

Image by Sheila Webber using Midjourney AI with prompt librarian heroine saving books in a forest --niji 5 cute

Tuesday, February 06, 2024

Call for proposals for the Library Instruction Together Conference

Library Instruction Together conference logo

The 2024 Library Instruction Together Conference takes place physically in Tennessee, USA, on 10 May 2024 and online via Zoom on 22 May 2024. The theme is Bridging the gaps.
"One goal of Library Instruction Together is to bring together librarians from across various corners of the profession—from academic and special libraries to those serving K-12 schools and the public. But it’s not always easy to make these connections outside of our own professional specialties, which led us to wonder… How do you “bridge the gaps” in your own work? " Suggested topics are:
- Reaching out to multiple generations of patrons
- Forming partnerships with new stakeholders
- Collaborating with colleagues from other institutions and across various types of libraries
"In addition to this theme, LIT 2024 also welcomes submissions that are relevant to library instruction more broadly."
Submit a proposal using the LIT 2024 Conference Proposal Form. Conference website at https://libraryinstructiontogether.org/

Monday, February 05, 2024

Media Literacy and Media Education Research Methods

A new book is:
Fastrez, P. & Landry, N. (Eds.) (2023). Media Literacy and Media Education Research Methods: A Handbook. Routledge. eBook ISBN 9781003045366 https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/edit/10.4324/9781003045366/media-literacy-media-education-research-methods-normand-landry-pierre-fastrez

Chapters include (this is most of them): Documenting media practices to define media literacy competence A qualitative approach; Participatory action research and media literacy Toward engaged, accountable, and collaborative knowledge production with marginalized communities;  Studying the Media Education Practices of Young Children at Home (this chapter is open access from the link above); Observing literacy practices in the “Third Space” Research methods; Researching Media Literacy Practices Using Both Critical and Posthuman Inquiry; Methodological considerations in researching teachers' views and practices of media literacy; A research methodology aimed at analyzing teaching practices in relation to the development of digital skills in a university setting; Design-based research into the co-creation of teaching activities for the theoretical refinement of a multimodal media literacy competency model; Quantitative Methods for Assessing Media Literacy in Evaluations of Health Promotion Intervention Programs Using Media Literacy Education;  Issues of Pedagogy, Alignment, and Context in Assessing Measures of Media Literacy; Proposed methodologies for a socio-anthropological approach to the analysis of institutional discourses in international comparison; Analyzing school curricula, training programs, and learning material A method in media education; Quick-Scan Analysis as a Method to Analyze and Compare Media Literacy Frameworks; Critical discourse studies for research on media and information literacy projects An illustrated discussion of seven methodological considerations; Rethinking media education policy research and advocacy A deliberative approach.
Photo by Sheila Webber: Coffee and cute cake at The View (which is at 13 Caledonian Road, London, UK, about 10 minutes walk from King's Cross station) it is a social enterprise with art by women in the justice system https://theviewmag.org.uk/the-view-cafe/

Sunday, February 04, 2024

Podcasting course

A new course priced self-paced course from research communications expert Andy Tattersall is How to create your own Academic Podcasts. It "that will teach you how to create, publish and promote your own academic podcast". The introductory section is free (as are a few snippets from later in the course): you have to register (free) to access them. It is worth doing to give you an idea of the course's format, so you can decide whether you want to pay (£75). Go to https://andy-s-school-aeae.thinkific.com/courses/your-first-course
Photo by Sheila Webber, taken in the 3D virtual world Second Life

Saturday, February 03, 2024

Making Sense of Media Bulletin: January 2024; Everyday misinformation

Ofcom (the United Kingdom's communication watchdog, with a remit for media literacy) has issued its latest bulletin on nedia literacy at https://www.ofcom.org.uk/research-and-data/media-literacy-research/bulletin
I will pick up on a couple of the links in further posts, but I'll start with the Everyday Misinformation Project https://everyday-mis.info/ The Bulletin specifically links to a new publication
- Hall, N.-A., Chadwick, A., & Vaccari, C. (2023). Online misinformation and everyday ontological narratives of social distinction. Media, Culture & Society [early online publication]. https://doi.org/10.1177/01634437231211678 "We show how people engage in everyday ontological narratives of social distinction. These involve making a variety of discursive moves to position one’s “taste” in information consumption as superior to others constructed as lower in a social hierarchy. This serves to enhance social status by separating oneself from misinformation, which is presented as “other people’s problem.”"
Photo by Sheila Webber: dawn at the tram stop, January 2024

Thursday, February 01, 2024

Power hours: AI tools; AI prompts; AI search engines; Using Canva

The next Power hours run by Phil Bradley and his team are:

- AI Tools for information professionals 2 February 2024 12:00-13:00 GMT (UK time) "See AI in action and learn how you can use it to develop, change and improve your daily work, and indeed your own career." Register at http://tinyurl.com/2ht2amjx 

- AI Prompt engineering and plug-ins 16 February 2024 12:00-13:00 GMT (UK time) "Learn more about Chatbots, what they can do, what they can’t do (and why!) and how to write good prompts to get the best out of them." Register at http://tinyurl.com/bd5k98nv 

- AI Search engines  1 March 2024 12:00-13:00 GMT (UK time) "How are the latest developments in AI being used with search engines to improve the accuracy and relevance of search results?" Register at http://tinyurl.com/bdct68mh

- Creating video content with Canva – a Librarian’s Power Hour led by Bev Humphrey on 12 April 2024 12:00-13:00 GMT (UK time) "Canva offers many video creation tools which include scores of templates and copyright free music, thus enabling you to create videos suitable for a range of platforms and purposes e.g. for posting on TikTok, Instagram or other social media sites." Register at http://tinyurl.com/32tft2w5
Photo by Sheila Webber: winter branches, Botanic gardens, January 2024

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Drawing upon Stories in Teaching LIS Topics

The next LIS Pedagogy Chat is on 9 February 2024 at 14:00 US Eastern time (19:00 UK time) Drawing upon Stories in Teaching LIS Topics How can we use stories in teaching LIS topics? led by Rebecca Morris (University of Pittsburgh, USA) "We’ll gather to share strategies for integrating a range of practical scenarios in the classroom and online courses, including simulations, short scenarios, and instructor-created or textbook case studies and stories." Register (free) at https://www.lispedagogychat.org/schedule-registration
Photo by Sheila Webber: January 2024 Farmers' Market

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

CONUL annual seminar: Defining ‘AI’ in Teaching & Learning

librarian heroine saving books in a forest

The CONUL Annual Seminar 2024 is Defining ‘AI’ in Teaching & Learning: the role of libraries in Access and Inclusion; Academic Integrity; and Artificial Intelligence taking place in person in Dblin, Ireland on 1 March 2024. Book by 27 February 2024. Cost is €60 for CONUL Members, €75 for Non-CONUL Members, €10 for Students and the unwaged.
Go to https://conul.ie/annual-seminar-2024/
Image by Sheila Webber using Midjourney AI - prompt librarian heroine saving books in a forest

Monday, January 29, 2024

Social media affecting vaccination

Image of woman dressesd in orange in a face mask, outline of a\ city, globes floating

An interesting resource on the bmj website is How are social media influencing vaccination? Understanding online behaviour and health outcomes It mainly includes links to articles, but also has an introduction to the topic. " this collection brings together original research examining the diverse relationships between social media use and vaccination beliefs and behaviours globally. The research studies included in this collection were funded through AHO’s Vaccine Confidence Fund. Further Analysis and Opinion articles, commissioned by The BMJ, explore the challenges of carrying out research in this nascent field and in drawing insights for policy action."
Go to https://www.bmj.com/social-media-influencing-vaccination
Image by Sheila Webber using Midjourney AI and prompt vaccine hesitancy, soothing colours (not sure that Midjourney's idea of "soothing" is the same as mine)

Saturday, January 27, 2024

Philippine Association for Media and Information Literacy

poster advertising the Philippine Association for Media and Information Literacy conference

PAMIL (Philippine Association for Media and Information Literacy) is an organisation for Media and Information Literacy educators, trainers, practitioners, and advocates in the Philippines. It is the official Philippine Chapter of the UNESCO MIL Alliance. There is a small amount of information on its website https://pamil.org.ph/about/ but they seem to use Facebook to distribute current information https://www.facebook.com/PAMIL.PH
At the moment they are advertising the hybrid 6th National Forum on MIL event which takes place February 9-10 2024. Note that of course it takes place in the Philippines time zone.
It is priced but the prices for online participation are very low - look on Facebook for the best information, and here is the registration form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScM_AwAz61wI0lEhSoGbckUaqJ0fnN0wGqnKl6CxgnOdc0zTA/viewform Last date for registration is 31 January 2024

Friday, January 26, 2024

Global Media and Information Literacy Award winners 2023

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The winners of the UNESCO-sponsored Global Media and Information Literacy Awards 2023 have been announced. They recognise excellence and leadership in five sectors: Education, Research, Policy, Advocacy, Media and Communication/Information Industries. Congratulations to all!
1st Prize: Mr. Felipe Chibas Ortiz, Brazil and Ms. Irene Andriopoulou, Greece
2nd Prize: Mr. Jose Reuben Q. Alagaran, Philippines and Ofcom, UK
3rd Prize: Library Association of Trinidad and Tobago (LATT), Ms. Aichurek Usupbaeva, Kyrgyzstan and Mr. Shawky Salem, Egypt.
Image by Sheila Webber using Midjourney AI

Thursday, January 25, 2024

#LILAC24 programme and registration

The programme for the LILAC (information literacy) conference taking place in Leeds, UK, 25-27 March 2024, has been released at https://www.lilacconference.com/lilac-2024/conference-programme-1 (click on the word doc link for the details) and there are still some delegate places left.
Costs: CILIP Individual Member/ Speaker/ Early Bird Rate Full Conference £430; Non-Member Rate Full Conference £480; CILIP Individual Member/ Speaker/ Early Bird Rate Day Delegate – £205; Non-Member Rate: Day Delegate – £225. Early Bird Rate closes on 26 January 2024. Register at https://www.lilacconference.com/register

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Generative AI

Front cover of Australian Framework for Generative Artificial Intelligence in Schools

Firstly, there is some useful work going in in Australia, including this recent 8-page publication Australian Framework for Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Schools. The framework consists of principles or guiding points, under the headings: Teaching & Learning; Human & Social Wellbeing; Transparency; Fairness; Accountability; Privacy Security & Safety: https://www.education.gov.au/schooling/resources/australian-framework-generative-artificial-intelligence-ai-schools 

Secondly, EDUCAUSE has a 7 Things page focusing on 7 things you should know about generative AI https://er.educause.edu/articles/2023/12/7-things-you-should-know-about-generative-ai (The 7 Things series consists of concise lists with some key information points for educators).

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Sheffield Literacies and Language Conference: Towards (extra)ordinary literacies and linguistic futures

There is a call for abstracts for the Sheffield Literacies and Language Conference: Towards (extra)ordinary literacies and linguistic futures to be held 14-15 June 2024 in Sheffield, UK. It is organised by Sheffield Hallam University and University of Sheffield. The deadline for proposals is 1 March 2024.
They "invite you to explore possible futures, and the role of language, and of course literacies, in imagining new realities, beyond ‘standard’ language/s and deficit understandings of language/s. Our conference theme of futures builds on the developing body of research and scholarship in language-focused fields - including, but not limited to intercultural communication, literacies, applied linguistics and sociolinguistics - which calls on scholars to not take language for granted. This includes research which engages with post-human and new materialist philosophies, embracing the embodied nature of language"
You can submit proposals for papers, posters, workshops or colloquia.
Go to https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/education/research/literacies-and-language/forging-hopeful-literacies/call-papers
Photo by Sheila Webber: Botanic Gardens, Sheffield, January 2024

Monday, January 22, 2024

Awards for Media Literacy - call for nominations

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There is a call for entries for the Voices Awards 2024 associated with the First European Festival of Journalism and Media Literacy, Voices, which takes place in Florence, Italy, on 15-16 March 2024. Deadline for nominations is 31 January 2024. There are five awards for Journalism and five for Media Literacy: each receives1000 euros to attend the Festival. Information on the media literacy awards is here https://voicesfestival.eu/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/Call-for-entries_Voices-Awards_MediaLiteracy.pdf.
Also, the event itself (in a rather lovely venue) is free for the first to register. No programme as yet, but interesting organisations involved.

Saturday, January 20, 2024

Recent articles: Faculty attitudes; Librarians' experiences of teaching; Generative AI; Curriculum mapping in political science

Trees in the botanic gardens January 2024
Recent articles from priced journal portal: Libraries and the Academy include:
- Baer, A. (2024). Academic Instruction Librarians' Conceptions of Teacher Agency and Affective Orientations toward the Concept. portal: Libraries and the Academy 24(1), 105-135. https://doi.org/10.1353/pla.2024.a916992 " Participants generally expressed positive affect when they felt they were independently in control of their teaching (individual agency), or when they described reciprocal and collaborative relationships with faculty (potentially collective agency). Participants expressed negative affect about experiences of lacking teacher agency. Almost all participants expressed 1) a desire to experience meaning and purpose in teaching and 2) a sensitivity to the highly relational nature of librarians' instructional work."
- Stonebraker, I., & LeMire, S. (2023). Requesting Librarian-Led Information Literacy Support: Instructor Approaches, Experiences, and Attitudes. portal: Libraries and the Academy 23(4), 843-862. https://doi.org/10.1353/pla.2023.a908704 " Librarians at two large institutions surveyed 29 instructors and then interviewed 11 about their experiences working with librarians, their motivations for involving librarians in their courses, and their goals for including information literacy instruction. The study found that instructors had many different levels of experience with the library. Motivations for inviting librarians to their classes included creating a support network and sharing librarian expertise with students."
- Henson, B. (2023). Using Curriculum Mapping to Understand Information Literacy in Political Science Curricula. portal: Libraries and the Academy 23(4), 717-744. https://doi.org/10.1353/pla.2023.a908699 - Hurrell, C., Beatty, S., Murphy, J.E., Cramer, D., Lee, J., & McClurg, C. (2024). Learning and Teaching about Scholarly Communication: Findings from Graduate Students and Mentors. portal: Libraries and the Academy 24(1), 83-104. https://doi.org/10.1353/pla.2024.a916991
- Miller, R.E. (2024). Pandora's Can of Worms: A Year of Generative AI in Higher Education. portal: Libraries and the Academy 24(1), 21-34. https://doi.org/10.1353/pla.2024.a916988 "... this article reports on the experience of learning about generative AI at one university. This article considers ways that educators may use AI tools and reasons to resist adopting generative AI tools, situating uses on a spectrum of acceptability."
Photo by Sheila Webber: Trees in the botanic gardens January 2024

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Online workshop: Interactive Tools for Presentations and Teaching

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A half-day online course from the UK electronic information Group (UKeiG) is Interactive Tools for Presentations and Teaching, taking place 10:00-13:00 (UK time) on 22 February 2024. Cost (including presentation slides and documentation) is: UKeiG/CILIP members £50 + VAT; Non-members £80 + VAT (plus some other discount). Course leader is Ned Potter.
"How do we truly engage our audience when presenting ideas, welcoming new users, or teaching? There are plenty of freely available tools which allow more interaction, which can be used either instead of or alongside traditional presentation tools like PowerPoint".
Delegates will explore tools including Menti, Prezi Next, Google Slides and Padlet. "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."
Info and booking at https://www.cilip.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1800198&group=201314

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

New articles: Multiliteracies; agents for healthcare

The latest issue of open access journal Information Research (Vol. 28 No. 4, 2023) includes:
- Librarians’ and teachers’ conceptions of multiliteracies in the context of Finnish curriculum reform by Siinamari Ylivuori, Anu Ojaranta "Individual and group interviews are analysed to explore the conceptions of teachers and librarians on multiliteracies. ... The results indicate that there are differences in conceptualising multiliteracies and in the confidence in defining the concept between teachers and librarians. In addition, the concept of multiliteracies is seen as both a skills set and a pedagogical tool. ... There is a need for conceptual clarification of multiliteracies both in grassroots-level work and in the curriculum context to avoid multiple interpretations of the concept and to guide how multiliteracies could be pedagogically implemented."
- Critical information quality dimensions of conversational agents for healthcare by Caihua Liu, Guochao Peng, Shufeng Kong, Chaowang Lan, Haoliang Zhu (gives results from a questionnaire survey "Understandability and trustworthiness were the two top concerns for the information quality of the agents from the participants’ perspective in this study. ")
Go to https://informationr.net/infres/issue/view/28-4
Photo by Sheila Webber: winter brabnches, Botanical Gardens, January 2024

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Webinar: Online Interviews

Photo of Sheila Webber

The next free webinar organised by the Library and Information Research Group (LIRG), on Online Interviews, is delivered by me, on 1 March 2024 at 12 noon-1pm UK time! It is part of LIRG's Continuing Professional Development series "designed to introduce LIS practitioners to workplace research methods"
"During this session, Sheila Webber, Senior Lecturer at the Information School, University of Sheffield, UK, will discuss characteristics and guidelines impacting research interviews. She will delve into considerations for online interview settings, explore various online spaces for interviewing, and touch upon choices related to audio, video, and graphics in the interviewing process. Ethical aspects of online interviews will also be addressed."
I hope to see you there!
Register at https://www.cilip.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1778120&group=
Photo by Sophie Rutter, taken last year when I received the Thinkerer award for immersive education: this is my blog so I decided to pick a more flattering picture of me ;-)

Monday, January 15, 2024

Bibliography: Library instruction and information literacy 2022

Photo by Sheila Webber: soft toys, Krakow, October 2023
The annual annotated bibliography of articles about information literacy has been published (there is a note that when it was first published at the end of 2023 some content was missed out and this has now been restored). This is a priced publication. 340 items were identified "from the EBSCO platform for Library, Information Science and Technology Abstracts (LISTA), Education Resources Information Center (ERIC), Elsevier SCOPUS and ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. Sources selected were published in 2022 and included the terms “information literacy,” “library instruction,” or “information fluency” in the title, subject terms, or author supplied keywords."
On a personal note, the authors discuss in their introduction how they debated whether to extend the search terms, and they note that "Johnston and Webber [that's me!] (2005) led the way in proposing information literacy as a soft discipline nearly 20 years ago and the debate in our field continues;most recently at the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Conference with a panel entitled, “Casting a New Conversation: Recognizing Information Literacy as a Discipline” (Maybee et al., 2023)." (see https://crln.acrl.org/index.php/crlnews/article/view/26111)
Caffrey, C., Lee, H., Withorn, T., Galoozis, E., Clarke, M., Philo, T., Eslami, J., Ospina, D., Haas, A., Kohn, K.P., Macomber, K., Clawson, H. and Vermeer, W. (2023), "Library instruction and information literacy 2022", Reference Services Review, Vol. 51 No. 3/4, pp. 319-396. https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/RSR-08-2023-0061/full/html
Photo by Sheila Webber: soft toys, almost as numerous as the articles in the bibliography, Krakow, October 2023

Saturday, January 13, 2024

Call for proposals Playful Learning

There is a call for proposals for the Playful Learning conference which will take place in Brighton, UK, 3-5 July 2024.
Deadline for proposals is 5 February 2024.
More information at https://playfullearningassoc.co.uk/conference/

Friday, January 12, 2024

CALC Quarterly call for submissions

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There is a new inititaive from the CALC (Critical Approaches to Libraries Conference) people:  CALC Quarterly. They are calling for submissions (in any accessible format) by 31 January 2024.
"CALC Quarterly is a journal/newsletter which aims to give folks the space to share ideas and experiences around critical librarianship in a formal or informal way. As with the conference itself, we strive to be inclusive and accessible to all with a commitment to give a platform for a diverse range of voices and experiences. We're looking for contributions for our first issue, with the suggested prompt of: ‘What does CALC and/or critical librarianship mean to you?’."
More information at https://calcquarterly.org/submissions.

Thursday, January 11, 2024

Two sponsored places at #LILAC24

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The CILIP Information Literacy Group offers the Rowena Macrae-Gibson Student Award which provides a sponsored place at the LILAC (Information Literacy) conference taking place in Leeds, UK, 25-27 March 2024. Closing date is 2 February 2024 17.00 UK time. The are awards for two students, who must be registered for a UK-based first degree or taught postgraduate qualification in information/library studies or information literacy (IL). The award includes a full conference place, including social events, and UK travel and accommodation expenses up to the value of £250. Full-time or part-time students can apply (including distance-learners).
More info at https://www.lilacconference.com/awards/student-sponsored-places

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Free webinars

librarian heroine saving books in a forest
A useful list of free webinars, curated by April Sheppard. They are to do with various aspects of library work, including information literacy. Some of the non information literacy ones look interesting too! (I've just signed up for a session on the 2024 new MeSH headings, basically out of nostalgia).
It is a US-based list so do pay attention to time zones.
Go to https://libguides.astate.edu/profdev/freeforall
Image by Sheila Webber using Midjourney AI with prompt librarian heroine saving books in a forest --niji 5 cute

Tuesday, January 09, 2024

Research Agenda Conversation: Veronica Arellano Douglas

photo of Gormley sculpture at Rodin museum, November 2023

The ACRL January 2024 Research Agenda Conversation (an interview published in a blog post) is with Veronica Arellano Douglas (Head of Teaching & Learning at the University of Houston Libraries, USA).
Go to https://acrl.ala.org/IS/is-committees-2/committees-task-forces/research-scholarship/research-agenda-conversations/2024-research-agenda-conversation/
Photo by Sheila Webber: Gormley sculpture at Rodin museum, November 2023

Monday, January 08, 2024

Applications invited for Information Literacy Award

Image of 2 ginger cats looking happy with celebration baubles, created using Midjourney AI

The CILIP Information Literacy Group and the Information School at the University of Sheffield are again offering an award for achievement in the field of information literacy (IL).
It is open to individuals or teams based in the United Kingdom: practitioners, researchers or academics. Nominations will close on 2 February 2024 at 17:00 UK time. The winner will receive £500 for personal use and £500 for their nominated charity.
"Nominations must demonstrate impact, innovation, initiative and originality in one or more of the following areas [there has to be evidence of impact etc. in the last three years]:
- Raising the profile of IL within an organisation / community or sector
- Initiating or contributing to national, regional or local projects / initiatives which enhance IL skills for an identified client group(s)
- Developing a digital resource (e.g. online course, service, product or app) which develops and enhances IL skills
- Undertaking original research in the field of IL and making a significant contribution to the literature.
"There should be evidence that the nominated individual or team is committed to sharing knowledge and expertise and/or disseminating their learning and/or research within their organisation and beyond."
You can self-nominate or be nominated by colleagues.You can submit a written nomination or a video.
More information at https://www.lilacconference.com/awards/information-literacy-award
Image by Sheila Webber using Midjourney AI with prompt - new year greetings, warm colours, cats, happy