Thursday, July 20, 2017

cfp Fake News and Digital Literacy

There is a call for proposals for presentations (45 minutes) or posters for a conference to be held on October 20 2017 in Tampa, Florida, USA: Fake News and Digital Literacy: The academic library’s role in shaping digital citizenship. Deadline for proposals is August 14 2017. It is organised by the Florida Chapter of ACRL (FACRL). The conference will "explore digital literacy in higher education and the library’s responsibility to lead the charge toward the creation of learners with the requisite skills to engage critically and ethically with information in an open knowledge society. As proven authorities on information literacy, librarians are well positioned to lead learners through a politically and digitally polarized environment and advocate for the development of digital citizenship."
Submit proposals at All proposals relevant to academic librarianship and digital literacy will be considered, but some specific themes are suggested:
"- Institutional initiatives showcasing librarians as leaders, teachers, and supporters of digital citizenship at their respective institutions.
- Innovative applications of the ACRL Framework and corresponding instructional strategies that help students explore and understand the concepts of digital literacy.
- Case studies highlighting libraries capitalizing on the sensationalism of fake news to convene and lead, insightful community conversations on the moral and ethical implications of digital literacy.
- Digital collection development and how using electronic library resources can promote critical thinking, improve reading skills, and help learners better understand the research process.
- Legislative advocacy initiatives involving broader campus communities to inform and inspire action supporting the principles of digital literacy, freedom of information and efforts to ensure equal access to information."
Inquiries may be sent to the FACRL Program Selection Committee Chair, Michelle Demeter at
Photo by Sheila Webber: flat white, June 2017

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Media and Information Literacy in Nigeria

A two-day UNESCO train-the-trainers workshop on Media and Information Literacy (MIL) was held in Abuja, Nigeria. It focused on use of the Media and Information Literacy Curriculum for teachers. Yao Ydo, UNESCO Regional Director, Abuja, Nigeria, in his closing speech, advocated for including MIL in the school curriculum in Nigeria. According to, Media and Information Literacy of Nigeria (MILCON) was also launched.
Sources: AFRICAMIL (19 July 2017)
UNESCO Inaugurates NGO For Media Information Literacy (July 19 2017)
Photo by Sheila Webber: June rose

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Health Literacy Skills and Partnership Event

On 16 August 2017 at Richmond Library, Greater London, UK, there is a one-day event Health Literacy Skills and Partnership Working for Public and Health Libraries. To attend (free) you need to become a member of one of the co-organiser organisationa, the Public and Mobile Libraries Group (PMLG) and Health Libraries Group (HLG). "The provision of access to health information has become a key to public libraries. This event will provide practical advice and hands-on sessions aimed at supporting health and public librarians in finding and sharing health information."
More information about this event, and how to join the groups, at
Photo by Sheila Webber: lavender, July 2017

Monday, July 17, 2017

Crash Course in Assessing Library Instruction

A four week, online asynchronous course run by Library Juice Academy, from August 7 2017 to September 1 2017, and costing US $175 is Crash Course in Assessing Library Instruction. The teachers are Candice Benjes-Small and Eric Ackermann. "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. Using Kirkpatrick’s Levels of Evaluation as a framework, we will discuss how to identify what you want to know and how to match your assessment need to the appropriate assessment technique, and practice assessing student artifacts using a sampling of methods. For each module, we will also discuss strategies for closing the assessment loop."
For more info go to
Photo by Sheila Webber: bee and lavender, Blackheath, July 2017

Friday, July 14, 2017

New articles: information literacy; #ACRLframework; metacognition; values; critical approaches

The latest issue of the Open access journal Communications in Information Literacy (volume 11, no. 1, 2017) is accessible at
A focus is the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy. It includes:
- Frame Works: Using Metaphor in Theory and Practice in Information Literacy by Wendy Holliday, pages 4-20
- Revisiting Metacognition and Metaliteracy in the ACRL Framework by Diane M. Fulkerson, Susan Andriette Ariew, Trudi E. Jacobson, 21-41
- Reorienting an Information Literacy Program Toward Social Justice: Mapping the Core Values of Librarianship to the ACRL Framework by Lua Gregory, Shana Higgins, 42-54
- Connecting Information Literacy and Social Justice: Why and How by Laura Saunders, 55-75
- A Kairos of the Critical: Teaching Critically in a Time of Compliance by Emily Drabinski, 76-94
- Teaching and Un-Teaching Source Evaluation: Questioning Authority in Information Literacy Instruction by Katelyn Angell, Eamon Tewell, 95-121
- In Bed with the Library: A Critical Exploration of Embedded Librarianship at the City University of New York by Nora Almeida, Julia Pollack, 122-146
- Creative Approaches to Information Literacy for Creative Arts Students by Leo Appleton, Gustavo Grandal Montero, Abigail Jones, 147-167
- Using the ACRL Framework to Develop a Student-Centered Model for Program-Level Assessment by Rachel Wilder Gammons, Lindsay Taylor Inge, 168-184
- Asking Questions in the Classroom: An Exploration of Tools and Techniques Used in the Library Instruction Classroom by Sara Maurice Whitver, Leo S. Lo, 185-203
- Guided Resource Inquiries: Integrating Archives into Course Learning and Information Literacy Objectives by Ellen E. Jarosz, Stephen Kutay, 204-220
- Embracing Challenges in Times of Change: A Survey of the Readiness of Academic Librarians in New Jersey for Transition to the ACRL Framework by Leslin H. Charles
Photo by Sheila Webber: alium heads, July 2017

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Webinar: Learners as Creators: Release of the 2nd Digital Literacy Brief @NMCorg

On August 17, 2017 at 10 - 11 am US Central time (so 4pm UK time) there is a free webinar Learners as Creators: Release of the 2nd Digital Literacy Brief, hosted by the New Media Consortium, sponsored by Adobe. They are producing a briefing report. "In a discussion moderated by lead author Bryan Alexander, join the NMC for the official release of our followup NMC Horizon Project Strategic Brief focused on digital literacy. In addition to expanding upon the preliminary definitions outlined in the first report, the brief includes more global and discipline-specific information and context. The aim is for this deep exploration of frameworks and initiatives to contribute to the body of knowledge used by the higher education community to inform strategic planning around digital literacy."
Information about the event is here:
Their previous (October 2016) report on digital literacy is here:
Photo by Sheila Webber: radishes, June 2017

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Expert Internet Searching @Philbradley

There's a new edition of expert Phil Bradley's book on internet searching.
- Bradley, P. (2017) Expert Internet Searching. 5th edition. London: Facet Publishing. ISBN 9781783302475; Price: (UK) £59.95, CILIP members price: £47.95
"Now fully revised for its fifth edition, this book covers the basics of search before going into detail on how to run advanced and complex searches using a variety of different search engines. This edition has been updated to include current trends in search, such as social media search, fake news, and discussion of the authority and validity of search results. It will ensure that information professionals, whether complete beginners or more experienced, are able to work efficiently to obtain accurate information in a timely fashion."
Apologies, forgot to give the link when I first posted
When you "look inside" the book (a feature which now works) you get a pdf which includes an excerpt from a chapter on "news based search engines".
Photo by Sheila Webber, styled and taken in Second Life (SL is a TM of Linden Lab)

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Final update on #i3rgu

A few last links to do with the i3 conference held in Aberdeen, Scotland, last month.
Conference roundups
- Nice Storify from Antony Osborne
- Very interesting summary of personal highlights from i3 by Bruce Ryan
Individual presentations (that I think I haven't already blogged)
- Clare McCluskey Dean Communities of Practice in Information Literacy in Higher Education: informative notes at
- Peter Cruickshank Practices of community representatives in exploiting information channels for citizen engagement and a blog about it at
- the presentation which I made, coauthored with colleagues Professor Nigel Ford, Dr Andrew Madden and Mary Crowder: Mapping the development of critical information behaviour through school and university (a mainly quantitative study).

Monday, July 10, 2017

Teachmeet Ravensbourne 3 August

When I just checked there were a few places left at the Teachmeet on the theme of Supporting Library Users on 3 August 2017 13:00 - 16:00 at Ravensbourne, UK.
Photo by Sheila Webber: July 2017

Friday, July 07, 2017

UK Adults' media literacy: information sharing; trust and use of social media; mobile devices

Ofcom's annual (UK) Adults' media use and attitudes report was published last month. It gives "gives detailed evidence on media use, attitudes and understanding among UK adults aged 16+. It covers TV, radio, mobile phones, games, and the internet, with a particular focus on the latter."
This is based on substantial research: "interviews with 1,846 adults aged 16 and over in November and December 2016 .... supplemented with data from another Ofcom research study, the Technology Tracker survey in 2017 based on 3743 interviews with adults aged 16 and over in January and February 2017."
The points they highlight in the introduction are:
- Older people are embracing smart and social technology (this includes 75+ age group) These findings were highlighted in a feature at
- Smartphones are becoming an essential tool for navigating daily life… but some things are still more difficult on a smartphone ("there are certain activities they prefer not to do on a smartphone, such as watching TV or doing school or college work")
- Managing mobile data can be a challenge (by this is meant working out what they can do with the data allowance in their mobile phone package, conserving it by using free wifi etc.)
- People are using a broader range of social media to communicate with different groups
- Sharing with friends and family is an important route to discovering new information and content.
- There has been a slight decline in trust in social media content
- Many are thinking carefully about the trustworthiness of the content they encounter.
- People are opting to communicate via private group discussions
- The majority of internet users (72%) say that they are confident in their ability to manage access to their personal data online.
- Most internet users make some checks to judge the accuracy of factual information online.
- Tthere is a continuing gap between confidence, knowledge and behaviour in understanding how the internet works. "most internet users describe themselves as confident online (89%) ... However, this online confidence does not necessarily translate into an understanding of the way the internet operates. Although 97% of internet users have used search engines as a source of online information there is a continuing lack of understanding about how search engines work, and just under half of all adults do not know how search engines are funded (47%)."
- While the majority of internet users are confident they can recognise advertising online, only half of search engine users could recognise adverts on Google
The report (with the main parts available both in English and Welsh) together with data tables etc. is at
Photo by Sheila Webber: spot the cones, Inverness, June 2017

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Responsibility for #ACRLframework projects moves

As the ACRL Information Literacy Framework Advisory Board (FAB) ("tasked with developing resources for professional development in support of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education") has finished its term, responsibility for projects has moved to ACRL's Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee (SLILC). The projects incude: ACRL Framework Sandbox, ACRL Framework Toolkit, and the ACRL licensed workshop Engaging with the ACRL Framework: A Catalyst for Exploring and Expanding Our Teaching Practices, Framework discussion list and the Framework WordPress website.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Mostly not blogging at #cilipconf17 ;-)

I am on the exhibition stand for the University of Sheffield Information School, together with a team of students, to connect with iSchool students and recruit more students ;-) - at the CILIP Conference 2017, taking place in Manchester, UK today. Left to right in the photo are: me, Itzelle Medina, Lucy Sinclair, Jaimee McRoberts, Erica Brown and Hannah Beckitt.  I have to be on the exhibition stand most of the time, so I am missing possibly all of the sessions - so probably no liveblogging. However I am tweeting from the @Infoschoolsheff account all day. Also our students will have some blog posts on the iSchool blog so I will link to them in due course. To follow the lively twitterstream from the conference, it's

Monday, July 03, 2017

Rudaí 23: open 23 Things course begins in September #Rudai23

"23 Things" initiatives started some time ago, using open tools like blogs to help librarians learn about using Web 2.0 and other tools more effectively, and supporting Continuing Professional Development. In September 2017, Rudaí 23 begins, "an online, self-directed course based on the 23 Things program, delivered by a collaborative group of librarians and educators, in association with the Western Regional Section of the Library Association of Ireland, and The Library Association of Ireland." There are 23 modules, and "Participants can choose which sections to complete and earn up to 5 digital badges: Visual Communicator, Online Networker, Critical Thinker, Engaged Professional and CPD Champion." Topics include: blogging (as is common with 23 Things inititaives, participants are expected to blog their reflections and experience), image banks, communicating visually, infographics, networking and collaboration tools, professional brand, Personal Data Management, podcasts, advocacy, and evaluating information: reflective practice is encouraged throughout. Registration starts on 28 August 2017.
More information at: Rudaí 23 also ran in 2015 (obviously Rudaí 23 2017 is a heavily revised/ updated version) and you can see the posts for the 2015 iteration on the Rudaí 23 blog