Thursday, March 15, 2018

Building a Badge Program with Learning Pathways

The recording and slides from the webinar Building a Badge Program with Learning Pathways by Nate Otto (which took place on 21 February 2018) are available: recording at and presentation slides​
Photo by Sheila Webber: placards for student elections, February 2018

Online course: Feminist Pedagogy for Library Instruction

April 2 to April 27 2018 are the dates of the online course Feminist Pedagogy for Library Instruction, taught by Maria Accardi. The cost is US $175. "Students in this four-week course will engage with and explore feminist pedagogy through assigned readings and interactive online discussion. Central questions that will guide the course include: What is feminism? What is feminist pedagogy? What does it look like, and what are its concerns? How can we bring it into conversation with the work we do in the library instruction classroom? By the end of the course, students will be able to explain basic feminist theories, define feminist pedagogy, identify and describe specific ways in which feminist pedagogy is enacted, and develop a plan for deploying a feminist pedagogy activity in the academic library instruction classroom." Includes a copy of Accardi's book Feminist Pedagogy for Library Instruction. More information at

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Webinar: Instruction and Outreach for Diverse Populations: International Students

On March 23 2018 at 2pm US Eastern time (6pm UK time) there is a webinar Instruction and Outreach for Diverse Populations: International Students. "This webinar series provides practical ideas for implementing instruction and outreach for diverse populations. In this session, the following speakers will discuss their experiences supporting international students through programs, services, and initiatives: Anamika Megwalu, Assessment & Engineering Librarian, San Jose State University; Mark Mattson, Global Partnerships and Outreach Librarian, Pennsylvania State University; Karen Bordonaro, Liaison Librarian, Brock University" The webinar is organised by the ACRL Instruction Section’s Instruction for Diverse Populations Committee and the Library Marketing and Outreach Interest Group. Register (it looks as though it's free) at
Photo by Sheila Webber: photographing the student occupation of the Arts Tower, today,

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The spread of true and false news online

There's been a lot of press coverage for: Vosoughi, S., Roy, D. and Aral, S. (2018). The spread of true and false news online. Science, 359(6380), 1146-1151. DOI: 10.1126/science.aap9559 A key finding was that false news travels faster than true news (truth and falsity was judged by using fact checking sites) and that it was humans rather than bots who were responsible. To quote the easy-rerad abstract they "used a data set of rumor cascades on Twitter from 2006 to 2017. About 126,000 rumors were spread by ∼3 million people. False news reached more people than the truth; the top 1% of false news cascades diffused to between 1000 and 100,000 people, whereas the truth rarely diffused to more than 1000 people. Falsehood also diffused faster than the truth. The degree of novelty and the emotional reactions of recipients may be responsible for the differences observed." Two of the more useful articles reporting on the article are:
- Skelton, V. (2018, March 11). Fight the false: how news spreads on Twitter.
- Meyer, R. (2018, March 8).The Grim Conclusions of the Largest-Ever Study of Fake News. The Atlantic.
Photo by Sheila Webber: Hinamatsuri display in Minamoto Kitchen, London, March 2018

The Future of Teaching Librarianship

Registration has opened for the Maryland Information Literacy Exchange event The Future of Teaching Librarianship which takes place on April 11 2018 at the Loyola Graduate Centre, Columbia, MD, USA. For more information go to

Monday, March 12, 2018

Webinar: Applying Information Literacy to Digital Humanities Projects

There is a priced webinar from ACRL on March 20, Applying Information Literacy to Digital Humanities Projects, at 2pm US Eastern time (which is 6pm UK time - at the moment the US has gone over to Summer time whereas many other countries haven't). "This webcast will point out reflexive strategies that can be used to bring out dialogue and conversation on humanities topics, while also pointing out some of the common problems and pitfalls with teaching digital humanities. Discover how instruction helps to promote and provide information literacy guidance to those who are presented with digital collections with little or no interpretation added to them." For more details and registration go to

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Call for papers: Critical Librarianship & Pedagogy Symposium

The second Critical Librarianship & Pedagogy Symposium takes place on November 15-16 2018 at the University of Arizona Libraries, USA. The theme is Power & Resistance in Library Pedagogy. There is a call for papers, closing on April 16 2018. Information about the conference and how to submit proposals is at
Photo by Sheila Webber: totoro bun, 2018

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Books for open education week @OEWeek

I only just found out that this is the end of Open Education week (5-9) March, so here are links to some open access books; three that I haven't mentioned before:
- Blessinger, P. and Bliss, T.J. (eds.) (2016). Open Education: International Perspectives in Higher Education. Cambridge: Open Book Publishers.
- Mays, E. (Ed.) (n.d.). A Guide to Making Open Textbooks with Students. Rebus.
- Smith, T. (2017). Politicizing Digital Space: Theory, the Internet, and Renewing Democracy. London: University of Westminster Press. DOI:
And one that I have mentioned before, but the web address changed:
- D'Angelo, B., Jamieson, S., Maid, B. and Walker, J. (Eds) (2016). Information Literacy: Research and Collaboration across Disciplines. Fort Collins, Colorado: The WAC Clearinghouse and University Press of Colorado.
Photo by Sheila Webber: Rally today, Sheffield City Centre, end point of march fighting for pensions, and celebrating International Women's Day

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Crash Course in Assessing Library Instruction

There is an online Library Juice Academy course running April 2 to April 27 2018, Crash Course in Assessing Library Instruction. It is led by Candice Benjes-Small and Eric Ackermannand costs US $175. "This class is intended for teaching librarians who have some classroom experience and would like to explore different assessment techniques in library sessions, such as one-shots." More information at


Digifest is taking place 6-7 March 2018, with the focus on use of technology in higher and further education (e.g. learning environments, learning analytics). Resources from the first day (slides and some videos) and the programme for Wednesday 7 March are at and the hashtag to follow the conference is
Photo by Sheila Webber: wildlife crossing, Blackheath, February 2018

Monday, March 05, 2018

Call for evidence on the impact of social media and screen-use on young people’s health

The UK Government's Science and Technology Committee has launched an inquiry into the impact of social media and screen-use on young people’s health. Evidence has to be submitted by 6 April 2018. "The committee is welcoming the perspectives and experiences by children, schools and youth organisations, as well as details of any initiatives taken, including:
- What evidence there is on the effects of social media and screen-use on young people’s physical and mental wellbeing — for better and for worse — and any gaps in the evidence.
- The areas that should be the focus of any further research needed and why.
- The wellbeing benefits from social media usage, including any Apps that provide mental-health benefits to users.
- The physical/mental harms from social media use and screen-use, including safety online risks, the extent of any addictive behaviour, and aspects of social media/Apps which magnify such addictive behaviour.
- Any measures being used, or needed, to mitigate any potential harmful effects of excessive screen-use and what solutions are being used.
- The extent of awareness of any risks, and how awareness could be increased for particular groups (children, schools, social media companies, Government, etc.).
- What monitoring is needed, and by whom.
- What measures, controls or regulation are needed.
- Where responsibility and accountability should lie for such measures."
The Enquiry web page is at
Photo by Sheila Webber: snowdrops, February 2018

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Recent articles: infolit and music; tutorials; OER and infolit

These are priced articles.
- Camacho, L. (2018). If we built it, would they come? Creating instruction videos with promotion in mind. Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship. Early online publication
- Duffy, M.J. (2017). Contemporary Analysis of Information Literacy in Music: A Literature Review and Selected Annotated Bibliography. Music Reference Services Quarterly. Early online publication (definitely worth getting hold of if you have an interest in information literacy in the music discipline)
- Evelyn, S. and Kromer, J. (2017). OER evaluation as a means of teaching information literacy in individual and small group settings. The Reference Librarian. Early online publication
- Lantz, C. et al. (2018) “I'm a Visual Learner so I like this”: Investigating Student and Faculty Tutorial Preferences. Internet Reference Services Quarterly. Early online publication
Photo by Sheila Webber: strange freezing mist today, Sheffield.

Friday, March 02, 2018

Material from teachmeets

An interesting collection of presentations from various teachmeets held 2013 to 2017 at Staffordshire University, UK, are at
Photo by Sheila webber: bandstand in the snow yesterday, Sheffield, March 2018

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Western Balkan Information Literacy Conference

There is a Call for Papers for the 2018 Western Balkan Information Literacy Conference which will take place 21 - 22 June 2018 in Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The deadline for abstracts is 4 May 2018 and the theme is Alternative facts, Fake News, getting to the truth with Information Literacy. The four main subthemes are: Information literacy in the modern world; Librarians as support to the lifelong learning process; Media and information literacy – theoretical approaches (standards, assessment, collaboration, etc.); New aspects of education/strategic planning, policy, and advocacy for information literacy in a digital age. Keynote speakers are Ismail Serageldin (Emeritus Librarian of Alexandria and the Founding Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina), Tefko Saracevic (Emeritus Professor at Rutgers University) and Jesús Lau (Professor at Universidad Veracruzana). More information on the conference website The call for papers is at
Photo by Sheila Webber: Weston Park, Sheffield, today, in snow

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Colloquium on fake news and disinformation

Today this meeting is being live streamed at and there are still a couple of hours to go. This is part of a European Commission initiative on fake news, which includes deliberations of an expert group on fake news. The colloquium website is at and the expert group website at -and-online-disinformation

Monday, February 26, 2018

Cambridge Information Literacy Network

An exciting new information literacy development in the UK, thanks to CILN for providing the following "The Cambridge Information Literacy Network (CILN for short) involves over fifty library staff from across Cambridge University collaborating on information literacy projects. The team will be working on mapping learning outcomes and student competencies; learning about inductions and orientations, professional skills, and the delivery of online teaching; planning a conference; and developing online open resources around information literacy and academic skills to support taught postgraduate and undergraduate students in their transition to university."
Twitter: @Cam_ILN Website:
Photo by Sheila Webber: Swan, February 2018

Booth requests input for new edition

Char Booth is requesting help in updating her book Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning: Instructional Literacy for Library Educators . She writes she is "in the process of revising and expanding RTEL into a 2nd edition that will be available in 2019. While much of the foundational content of the 2011 version (e.g., instructional design) is still relevant, many elements have become outdated.... I’d like to invite your feedback through one or both of two anonymous surveys, each of which will help inform RTEL’s revision." She hopes for input by March 1 2018, and you can be entered in a draw for copies of the new edition. The 2 surveys are:
"Survey 1 – Pedagogical preparation for library instruction. Whether you’ve read RTEL or not, share your insights into how you were (or weren’t) trained to teach and provide some context on your own instruction practice. This survey should take 15-20 minutes and is here.
"Survey 2 - RTEL 1st edition feedback. If you’ve read some or all of Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning’s 1st edition and want to communicate your impressions/critiques/suggestions, please do so. This survey should take 5-10 minutes and is here"
Photo by Sheila Webber: tree in reflection, February 2018