Monday, October 16, 2017

Theorising information literacy #ecil2017

These are the slides from the panel on information literacy and theory, that I chaired at the European Conference on Information Literacy in September. My co-panellists were Olivier Le Deuff and Bill Johnston. Apologies for not putting them up sooner!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

2 million page views for the Information Literacy Weblog

This is the first of two self-congratulatory posts ;-) This blog hit the two million page view mark last week. I hope this means that people still find the blog useful! I continue the blog (started in 2005) partly because I like blogging, and the blog is useful to me as a reference database about information literacy. However I certainly wouldn't continue without some evidence that other people find it useful too! So thanks to those who continue to view the blog and mention it to others! However, so this post isn't just about this blog, two international news items:

- Baines, S. (2017, October 14). Digital danger - Youth urged to be careful of social media footprints they create. [An article flagging up some of themes of the forthcoming Global Media and Information Literacy conference being held in Jamaica 25-26 October, which I will be attending]

- The Tribune. (2017, October 13). Media can play only complimentary role in achieving sustainable development: VC. [Highlights a message from a Media and information Literacy seminar taking place in India this week]

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Webinar: Informed learning: a narration #USQSalon

Infolit guru Professor Christine Bruce is giving a "salon conversation" Informed learning: a narration on 26 October 2017 at 11am-12 noon local (Toowoomba, Australia) time (which I think is 2am-3am UK time). You can watch on livestream with an archived recording afterwards. "In this salon conversation, Christine Bruce, author of Informed Learning, will read the narratives underpinning the book's chapters. The intention is to reveal the narrative thread which reflects a journey of the scholarship of learning and teaching. In the course of that journey, two new academics engage in learning and teaching innovation, securing their own professional development, and creating unexpected opportunities for colleagues and the wider university in the process. Informed learning is a way of thinking about the educational process in terms of using information to learn. Information is often the hidden element in curriculum...present, critical, not always explicitly recognised. Thinking in terms of informed learning provides a language and an approach that highlights the role of information in the learning process, encouraging all members of the learning community to be aware of that role, and benefit from it. The narratives will serve as openers to discussion about the experience of learning and teaching with attention to information environments." More info at
Photo by Sheila Webber: Arbour, Brisbane, Australia, 2006.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Online course: Engaging with the #ACRLFramework

From 16 October 2017 to 17 November 2017 there is a new online course: Engaging with the ACRL Framework: A Catalyst for Exploring and Expanding Our Teaching Practices. The website says: "The ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education - with its emphasis on self-reflective and lifelong learning and on conceptual understandings about information, research, and scholarship and encouraging - has prompted many librarians to consider their teaching practices from fresh angles, as they explore their evolving instructional roles within and beyond the library classroom. [... ] In this online course, participants will explore concepts and pedagogical approaches outlined in the Framework and their significance to their own instructional work. Participants will apply their learning and reflection to creating instruction plans for their local contexts and considering possibilities for growing teaching partnerships." Activities are mostly asynchronous. There is a certificate if you complete the course, including some specific activities. Fees are: ACRL member: US $135; ALA member: $175; Nonmember: $205; Student: $75. More information at
Photo by Sheila Webber: michaelmas daisies, October 2017

Call for proposals: emergent literacies in academic libraries

The (priced) journal Reference Services Review is seeking authors to write on the theme of emergent literacies in academic libraries. "Articles in this issue will explore emergent literacies, intersections of multiple literacies, and ideas around the language used to describe, implement, and assess these literacies. We are interested in innovative interpretations and intersectional research around ideas, theory, and practice." The deadline for abstracts proposing an article is October 15 2017. Send proposals/abstracts or inquiries to both: Tammy Ivins ( and Sylvia Tag ( There is more info in a pdf attached to the discussion post: (bizarrely, there doesn't seem to be a call for papers on the journal's website)
Photo by Sheila Webber: John's Van recognises the language literacy of a large segment of his clientele, Sheffield, October 2017

Monday, October 09, 2017

Libraries Week #librariesweek

It's National Libraries Week in the UK! Scroll down the home page and you'll see some of the inititaives -

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Call for Proposals: The Innovative Library Classroom #TILC2018

There is a call for posters, presentations or lightning talks for The Innovative Library Classroom (TILC) conference, which takes place May 8 (posters and social) and May 9 (conference) 2018 at Radford University, Radford, VA, USA. There will be a modest conference fee. Jennifer Ferretti (Digital Initiatives Librarian at Maryland Institute College of Art) is the keynote speaker. "She is the creator of the popular "Beyoncé’s Lemonade and Information Resources" LibGuide and in her keynote she will discuss how art is information. You can use this idea as a jumping off point for your proposal, or you can submit anything related to innovative teaching." Submission deadline is November 16, 2017. Full information at
Photo by Sheila Webber: herbs, October 2017

Friday, October 06, 2017

Why infolit is important for journalists

A blog post describing a librarian's response to a journalism academic who wanted journalism students to understand why "research" was important. Joyce Garczynski (Towson University’s Assistant University Librarian for Development & Communications) uses the ACRL Framework in the process of explaining this, and they did their own threshold concepts investigation to find the students' "stuck places"..
There is a recording of a panel session that includes Garczynski talking about this, I think (caveat, I haven't listened to the recording, but as it's on the ACRL site I'm sure their description isn't fake news...)
Photo by Sheila Webber: Weston Park, October 2017

Thursday, October 05, 2017

ACRL Instruction Section Innovation Award

The ACRL Instruction Section Awards committee seeks nominations for its Innovation Award. "Do you know of, or were you involved in, a project at an academic/research library that demonstrates creative, innovative, or unique approaches to information literacy instruction or programming? Now's your chance to boast about it to the world! Past awards have recognized well-known programs and initiatives such as the WASSAIL, the New Literacies Alliance project and Project CORA. The winner(s) of this award will receive a certificate and a US $3000 award, sponsored by EBSCO Information Services." More info at
Photo by Sheila Webber: autumn berries in the beech hedge, October 2017

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Recent articles: peer evaluation of teaching; Educational story; Competency diagnosis; Scholarly communication

Items from the latest issue of Portal: libraries and the academy (Volume 17, Number 3) (priced publication):
- Peer Evaluation of Teaching in an Online Information Literacy Course by Susan A. Vega García, Kristine K. Stacy-Bates, Jeff Alger, Rano Marupova (pp. 471-483)
- Educational Story as a Tool for Addressing the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education by Joshua J. Vossler, John Watts (pp. 529-542)
- A Diagnosis of the Levels of Information Literacy Competency among Social Sciences Undergraduates by María Pinto, Rosaura Fernández-Pascual (pp. 569-593)

In an earlier issue this year (2017): Portal: libraries and the academy (Volume 17, Number 1)
- What Do Undergraduate Students Know about Scholarly Communication?: A Mixed Methods Study by Catherine Fraser Riehle, Merinda Kaye Hensley (pp. 145-178)
Photo by Sheila Webber: Michaelmas daisies, September 2017

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Call for proposals #lilac18

It's the season for calls for proposals! Hot on the heels of the WILU call, is the call for proposals for the UK's main information literacy conference, LILAC. It will take place 4-6 April 2018 in Liverpool, England. Proposals on Information Literacy in all sectors and contexts are welcome. There are a variety of formats: Masterclass (workshop style, 30 or 60 minutes in length); Lagadothon (showcase of prototypes for new IL products/games/innovations); Workshops (60 minutes long);
Short papers; Long papers; Symposia; and Posters.
Submissions must be received by 15 November 2017 (by 5pm UK time, which is 12 noon US Eastern time). More details at

Monday, October 02, 2017

Call for proposals #wilu2018

There is a call for proposals for WILU 2018 (Canada's main information literacy conference), which will be held June 6-8, 2018, with the theme Information Into Action, at the University of Ottawa Library, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. You can propose the following types of sessions: Presentation (45-minute session) Workshop (120-minute session) Panel discussion (45-minute session) Lightning talk (7-minute session) Techno expo kiosk (similar to a poster session, but with computers and large screens to showcase innovative applications of instructional technology)
The deadline to submit a proposal is November 13, 2017. More info at Conference website at
Photo by Sheila Webber: Saint Malo, France, someone wishing someone a happy birthday in grand style, September 2017

Friday, September 29, 2017

Oops - yesterday was #accesstoinfoday

Yesterday (28 September) was International Day for Universal Access to Information 2017 and I missed it! Sorry about that. This ties in with the UN Strategic Development Goals: Access to information is identified as part of one of the goals, and in particular IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) has been doing a lot to show how access to information (and libraries) are vital for some of the other goals. The Twitter stream for the Day is
IFLA hosts a site, in association with the University of Washington iSchool and with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, on Development and Access to Information, which has a report identifying how information and libraries are important to the SDGs.
UNESCO's International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) also hosted a day of talks (from "global public leaders, prominent journalists, young intellectuals and community leaders") focused on Powering Sustainable Development with Access to Information. Go to

Thursday, September 28, 2017

European Regional meeting of ASIS&T in berlin/online

The Association of Information Science and Technology European Chapter has organised a one day meeting on 4 October 2017 (10-16.00 German time) at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, which can also be attended online. It is free to students and ASIST members and costs US$25 to others.
The day includes a short session on Digital Literacy in the Era of Fake News: Key Roles for Information Professionals from Lynn Silipigni Connaway, President of ASIS&T and Senior Researcher & Director of User Research, OCLC and Michael Seadle, Professor and Director HEADT Centre, Humboldt- Universität zu Berlin & Executive Director, iSchools. There are also talks about LIS in Europe: The History of Library and Information Science in Europe and European Library & Information Science Map
Go to
Photo by Sheila Webber: found squash, Sheffield Botanic Gardens, August 2017