Wednesday, March 01, 2017

#ACRL Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy Webinars

The UK's CILIP Information Literacy Group (ILG) has scheduled the ACRL Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy Webcast Series. Each is one hour and includes time for questions and discussion. They are on: March 3 2017 (Crossing Paths: An Introduction to the Intersections); April 4 2017 (Creating Learning Experiences at the Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy) and May 5 2017 (Talking Points: Strategies for Building Collaborative Partnerships at the Intersections). They are all at 3pm UK time, 10am US Eastern time. They are free to ILG members, and to others cost £25 per webcast or £50 the 3. The speakers are Emma Molls, Publishing Services Librarian at University of Minnesota and Michelle Reed, Open Education Librarian at the University of Texas at Arlington. This is part of an ongoing initiative, for which the website is here:
"In recent years the Information Literacy Group (ILG) has seen a rise in dedicated library support for researchers, as well as increasing support from other areas of universites, to support publication and Scholarly Communication. This overlap between general research support, library specific research support, and general academic liaison work has resulted in some interesting opportunities and duplications in work. The ILG sees Scholarly Communication as a key part of Information Literacy, so is pleased to explore these overlaps in these series of webinars, with the help of our presenters from the ACRL. This series of webinars will suit any higher education librarians particular those involved in teaching and learning, academic liaison, or research support."
Register at
The blurb for the first one (March 3) says "Following the 2013 publication of ACRL’s white paper on the intersections of scholarly communication and information literacy, interest in the connection between these two critical areas of librarianship has grown tremendously. The first webcast in this three-part series explores common definitions of the two topics; analyzes the intersections and objectives presented in the white paper and in subsequent publications; offers practical examples of librarianship at the intersections; and discusses partnerships that advance outreach and education initiatives. This webcast provides participants with a shared theoretical foundation on which the rest of the series is built."
Photo by Sheila webber: Intersecting branches, January 2017

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Librarians’ Role in Encouraging Exploration

Interesting article about helping students to select meaningful topics for their essays:
Deitering, A-M. and Rempel, H. (2017, 22 February). Sparking Curiosity – Librarians’ Role in Encouraging Exploration. In the Library with the Lead Pipe.
"Students often struggle to approach research in an open-minded, exploratory way and instead rely on safe topics and strategies. Traditional research assignments often emphasize and reward information-seeking behaviors that are highly prescribed and grounded in disciplinary practices new college students don’t yet have the skills to navigate. Librarians understand that the barriers to research are multidimensional and usually involve affective, cognitive, and technical concerns. In this article we discuss how a deeper understanding of curiosity can inspire instructional strategies and classroom-based activities that provide learners with a new view of the research process. We share strategies we have implemented at Oregon State University, and we propose that working with teaching faculty and instructors to advocate for different approaches to helping students solve information problems is a crucial role for librarians to embrace."
Photo by Sheila Webber: Trees in Greenwich park, December 2016

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Online chat #critlib in business, professional, medical, health, & STEM programs

On February 27 2017 from 7pm UK time, 11am US pacific time, 2pm US Eastern time, there will be a Twitter chat as part of the regular #critlib series. The topic is critlib in business, professional, medical, health, and STEM programs, moderated by @librarianilana @kennygarciamlis @CaitlanMaxwell and @JessicaJerrit The discussion questions are: Q1. What program or discipline do you work with? What unique challenges do you see in your discipline? Q2. How are you using critical pedagogy or critical information literacy in your instruction? Q3. Why have you adopted #critlib? How has using or reflection on #critlib affected your work?
"Participating in #critlib chats requires a free Twitter account. Follow #critlib on Twitter during the time of the chat by searching for “#critlib” in the search field, then clicking on the “live” tab to see the most recent tweets. You’ll need to refresh your search periodically to see the most recent tweets pop up. ... When the chat is over, all tweets with the #critlib hashtag will be gathered together in a Storify, which provides a digital archive of the conversation." More info at
Photo by Sheila Webber: boats on the Thames, December 2017

Friday, February 24, 2017

Awards for Pagowsky, McElroy, Archambault and McClean

Congratulations to Nicole Pagowsky, Associate Librarian and Instruction Coordinator, Research and Learning Department, University of Arizona, USA, and Kelly McElroy, Student Engagement and Community Outreach Librarian, Oregon State University who have been awarded the Ilene F. Rockman Publication of the Year Award for the Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook. (which they edited). See

Congratulations also to Susan Gardner Archambault, Head of Reference & Instruction, Loyola Marymount University, and Lindsey McClean, Clinical Training Associate III – Instructional Designer, AbbVie, Inc. who have been awarded the ACRL Instruction Section Innovation Award for Project CORA: Community of Online Research Assignments. See

New articles: Pedagogical practice; Coordination; Curriculum support; Student learning

SCONUL Focus issue 68 (2017) has been published. This is an open access journal with short practice-based articles. This issue includes:
- Editorial: Playing a positive role in enhancing teaching and learning: How do libraries demonstrate their own excellence? Steve Rose, Birmingham City University
- Library as third place: A strategic framework. Diane Bruxvoort, University of Aberdeen
- Developing a teaching and learning programme for librarians at UAL Library Services. Elizabeth Staddon and Leo Appleton, University of the Arts, London
- Personal learning networks: Collective intelligence and knowledge communities in the digital age. Donald Maclean, University of the Highlands and Islands
- Embedding information literacy through critical skills, collaboration and a new curriculum. Lorna Dodd, Maynooth University
- Developing a new co-ordinated approach to information literacy at the University of Chester. Jon Hardisty, Charlotte Gleeson, Paul Verlander, University of Chester
- Evolving pedagogical practice at Middlesex University: The state of our art. J. Adam Edwards, Middlesex University
- Is it possible to teach and learn collaborative skills while still having fun? Using an on-campus scavenger hunt to answer the question. Jane Burns, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland & University College Dublin
- Transforming student learning through ResourceLists@Bham. Ann-Marie James, Polly Harper, University of Birmingham
- Development of an Academic Integrity LibGuide: Experiences at University College Dublin. Maolsheachlann O’Ceallaigh, Jenny Collery,
Nessa Collinge, University College Dublin Library
- The university archive as teaching resource: From Corporate Service to Curriculum Support. Anna McNally, University of Westminster
- Embedding unique and distinctive collections into the curriculum: Experiences at Maynooth University Library. Barbara McCormack, Maynooth University Library
- Supporting teaching in the Henry Grunfeld Library. Gerry Power, The London Institute of Banking & Finance
Photoby Sheila Webber: cable car, Greenwich, December 2016

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Webinar: Global Perspectives on Information Literacy

On 28 February at 11am US Eastern time (which is 4pm UK time) there will be an online forum with Merinda Kaye Hensley and Dr. Emma Coonan, which is the first in a series of events related to a forthcoming report, Global Perspectives on Information Literacy: Fostering a dialogue for international understanding. Edited by the ACRL Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee, the report has thirteen chapters written by authors from Africa, Canada, Europe, Oceania, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. It will be published in March 2017. The foreword to the report is already available here: "Hensley and Coonan will outline the genesis of the white paper, as well as introduce the themes and highlights emerging from the work. Future programming and opportunities to engage with the authors, including a ACRL 2017 Conference panel and discussion, will be outlined." Register at


Friday 17 February was designated #dayofFacts, with library and museum staff tweeting facts, as a resistance to "alternative facts". The website is here, the twitterstream is at , here's an example of a Storify and some thoughtful commentary from Barbara Fister at
It was also picked up e.g. by the Washington Post
Kaplan, S. (2017, February 17). Museums and libraries fight ‘alternative facts’ with a #DayofFacts. Washington Post.
Logo from #dayoffacts website

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Science Literacy in Developing Countries: new report

Just published is: Davies, R. and Priestley, C. (2017). Science Literacy in Developing Countries: Landscape Survey. Hardie Wren Development Initiatives and Network for Information and Digital Access (NIDA).
The main sections are: What Is Science Literacy? (Terms applied to public science activity in the developed world; Science and the public; Public Appreciation of Science; Science Literacy; Health Literacy; Citizen Science). Science Literacy In Developing Countries (Formal education; Basic literacy; Access; Gender; International policies; The link to innovation; National policies; Science in developing countries). Science Literacy: Major Areas Of Impact Opportunity (Climate change; Biodiversity, environmental degradation and conservation; Maternal health, reproduction and birth practices).
Some key information literacy organisations are mentioned (though unfortunately with slight garbling of the names!) and there is a passing reference to information literacy when discussing literacies.
The website is at and also has links to examples of initiatives. The report is published with a Creative Commons licence

Call for items for the ACRL Instruction Section newsletter

The editors of the ACRL Instruction Section newsletter seek items for the newsletter. Submissions can be "Short articles of 250-500 words on any aspect of instruction or information literacy; Annotated bibliography or recommended reading list of 250-500 words on any instruction or info lit issue; 140 character length (tweet length) reflections, suggestions, best practices, worst practices on all things instruction or info lit". Contact the co-editors: Angelica Delgado, Head of Public Services, Concordia University Texas Library, and Kelly LeMeur, Librarian, Community College of Rhode Island & Roger Williams University,​
Copies of the newsletter from 2010 are at, earlier copies are here (the links could be a bit easierto find on their blog IMHO ;-)
Photo by Sheila Webber: Russell Square, London, February 2017

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Digital Labs

There is a new Tips and Trends article from the ACRL Instruction Section, Instructional Technologies Committee. Digital Labs is a 5 page article including readings, links and examples of "digital labs" (which are spaces with tech tools of various kinds, to support teaching, learning, collaboration etc.)
Julian, S. and McPherson, P. (2017). Digital Labs.
They also encourage people to contribute digital labs photos to the album at
Photo by Sheila webber: city of London, February 2017

cfp #ECIL2017 conference extended to March 1st

The call for proposals for the 2017 European Conference on Information Literacy (to be held in St Malo, France, 18-21 September) has been extended to March 1st 2017 (n.b. it still says 15 February on the "submissions" page but it definitely has been extended)

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Free chapter of: Practical Tips for Facilitating Research

A substantial chapter can be downloaded from the publisher's website:
Bent, M. (2016). Practical Tips for Facilitating Research. London, England: Facet. ISBN 9781783300174
The chapter is "Chapter 8: Specific interventions in the research process or lifecycle" including: Identifying opportunities in research workflows; Make early contact with the research community;  Attend research group meetings; Communicate your message effectively; Contribute to research proposals; Charge for literature searches; Systematic reviews – get involved in the planning process; (and lots more)
Photo by Sheila Webber: remembering past spring, taken a few years ago

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Media and Information Literacy Education Intern

For anyone looking for an intern position in New York, USA, ... Media and Information Literacy Education Intern, for the United Nations (UN) Alliance of Civilizations, working to the UNAOC Media and Information Literacy Project Manager
Closing date is 22 February 2017.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Free books on social media research (in England; China; Internationally) @UCL

University College London has a book series, with books available as free pdfs as well as proced publications. The series (which is ongoing) focuses on research into use of social media in different parts of the world. They have published one book which has an overview looking worldwide, one book on England and two on China. Others are scheduled to follow.
- Miller, D. et al. (2016). How The World Changed Social Media. London, England: University College London. (Published February 2016 ISBN: 978-1-910634-49-3) "How the World Changed Social Media is the first book in Why We Post, a book series that investigates the findings of anthropologists who each spent 15 months living in communities across the world. This book offers a comparative analysis summarising the results of the research and explores the impact of social media on politics and gender, education and commerce."
- Miller, D. (2016). Social Media in an English Village. London, England: University College London. (February 2016, ISBN: 978-1-910634-44-8) "Daniel Miller spent 18 months undertaking an ethnographic study with the residents of an English village, tracking their use of the different social media platforms. Following his study, he argues that a focus on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram does little to explain what we post on social media. Instead, the key to understanding how people in an English village use social media is to appreciate just how ‘English’ their usage has become. He introduces the ‘Goldilocks Strategy’: how villagers use social media to calibrate precise levels of interaction ensuring that each relationship is neither too cold nor too hot, but ‘just right’. He explores the consequences of social media for groups ranging from schoolchildren through to the patients of a hospice, and he compares these connections to more traditional forms of association such as the church and the neighbourhood. Above all, Miller finds an extraordinary clash between new social media that bridges the private and the public domains, and an English sensibility that is all about keeping these two domains separate."
- Wang, X. (2016). Social Media in Industrial China. London, England: University College London. (September 2016, ISBN: 978-1-910634-64-6) "Described as the biggest migration in human history, an estimated 250 million Chinese people have left their villages in recent decades to live and work in urban areas. Xinyuan Wang spent 15 months living among a community of these migrants in a small factory town in southeast China to track their use of social media. It was here she witnessed a second migration taking place: a movement from offline to online"
- McDonald, T. (2016). Social Media in Rural China. London, England: University College London.  (September 2016, ISBN: 978-1-910634-69-1) "Tom McDonald spent 15 months living in a small rural Chinese community researching how the residents use social media in their daily lives. His ethnographic findings suggest that, far from being left behind, social media is already deeply integrated into the everyday experience of many rural Chinese people."
Photo taken by Sheila Webber in the 3D VW Second Life in China Town

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Conversations With Blended Librarians

On March 2nd at 3pm US Eastern time (8pm UK time) there is a free webinar Conversations With Blended Librarians. All four of the blended ones are involved in information literacy and learning (see below). "This session explores the role of Blended Librarians by discussing with our panel how they developed their skills, how they obtained their positions, what their work is like, what their challenges are and what they enjoy about being a Blended Librarian." The panellists are
"Francesca Marineo, instructional design librarian at Nevada State College. She received her MLIS from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she discovered her profound passion for information literacy instruction. Currently pursuing a Master in Educational Psychology, she focuses on improving teaching and learning in higher education through innovative pedagogy and data-driven design.
"Kristin Woodward, Online Programs and Instructional Design Coordinator at UWM Libraries. In this role Kristin consults with faculty and teaching staff to build information competencies and library resources into the framework of online, hybrid and competency based courses. Kristin also serves as the campus lead for the student-funded Open Textbook and OER Project as well as the library team lead for Scholarly Communication.
"Julie Hartwell is an Instructional Design Librarian at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Miller Nichols Library. She serves as liaison to the Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Instructional Design departments. She contributes to the creation of library learning objects and instruction for the library’s Research Essentials program. She is a content creator and instructional designer for the New Literacies Alliance, an inter-institutional information literacy consortium.
"Amanda Clossen has been working as the Learning Design Librarian at Penn State University Libraries for the past five years. In this position, she has worked on projects spanning the micro to macro aspects of learning design. She has created award-winning videos, overseen Penn State’s transition from an in-house guide product to LibGuides, and was deeply involved in integrating the Libraries in the new LMS, Canvas. Her research interests include accessibility, video usability, and concept based teaching"
Register at

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Webinar: Thinking Critically About Badges

On February 16, 2017 at 12 noon US Central time (which is 6pm UK time) there is a free webinar organised by the ACRL Digital Badges Interest Group, Thinking Critically About Badges. This will be "a lively discussion on the topic of using digital badges for learning in libraries. Our two featured speakers are Emily Ford, Urban & Public Affairs Librarian and Scholarly Communication Coordinator at Portland State University Library and recent author of the College and Research Library News article, “To Badge or Not to Badge: From Yes To Never Again” , and Victoria Raish Ph.D., Online Learning Librarian at the Penn State University Libraries." Go to
Badge created hastily with

Monday, February 13, 2017

Code-Dependent: Pros and Cons of the Algorithm Age

Seven major themes about the algorithm eraAnother interesting report from Pew. "Pew Research Center and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center conducted a large-scale canvassing of technology experts, scholars, corporate practitioners and government leaders. Some 1,302 responded to this question about what will happen in the next decade: Will the net overall effect of algorithms be positive for individuals and society or negative for individuals and society?
The non-scientific canvassing found that 38% of these particular respondents predicted that the positive impacts of algorithms will outweigh negatives for individuals and society in general, while 37% said negatives will outweigh positives; 25% said the overall impact of algorithms will be about 50-50, positive-negative." As they stress in the quote, this isn't a robust piece of research, but nevertheless it uncovers an interesting range of views. In amongst them is a call for "Algorithmic literacy"

Rainie, L. and Anderson, J. (2017, February 8). Code-Dependent: Pros and Cons of the Algorithm Age. Pew Research Center.
The list of themes is embedded from