Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Storytelling for reference and information #wlic2017

At the 2017 World Library and Information Conference in Wroclaw, Poland I attended yesterday a session on Storytelling for Sustainability and Solidarity - Reference and Information Services. The photo is of one of the dwarf statues that are a feature in Wroclaw: I'm not sure if she's telling a story or casting a spell.
The WLIC session was chaired by Marydee Ojala, and I'll say something about each of the papers. It started with an introduction to storytelling from Erik Boekesteijn (National Library of the Netherlands), which I have to confess I missed. However I discovered this article in which he talks about using stories in libraries:
Boekesteijn, E. (2008). Discover Innovations at DOK, Holland’s 'Library Concept Center'. Marketing Library Services, 22(2). http://www.infotoday.com/MLS/mar08/Boekesteijn.shtml
and this short interview with him Connecting people to stories with library innovation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kH529HcXeeU I
n fact there is loads on storytelling for librarians eg this and this.
However, I did hear the rest of the talks! Most of them had already deposited full text papers in the IFLA library, and I'll link to those.
Raymond Pun (Fresno State University, United States) gave a talk Telling First Year Experience: Visual Techniques to Assess First Year Students and Their Information Seeking Behaviors (coauthored with Yujin Hong (Kyung Hee University, Republic of Korea) and Minsun Kim (Sogang University, Republic of Korea). Their strategies included using photovoice with first year students. photovoice means asking people to take photos on the topic you are interested in, for example you might say "take photos of places, things etc. that help you write your essay". You then use the photos as a focus for discussing the topic with the students. This can give you insight into their world and narrative. I will add (from a talk I attended at another conference) that you also need to brief the students about the ethics of taking photos (in particular asking people's permission to take photos).
Ray talked about getting students to share on instagram etc. and this use of social media being a good way to share and get feedback/reaction. He also talked about ethno-mapping, i.e. using mapping as a way to understand people's conceptions of something. For example, you could ask students to draw a map of the library or a picture of the library website. From that, you can get an idea of how much and what they use, and possibly how they feel about it too. His library had drawn on the research they had done to develop a video 10 Things You Should Know About the Henry Madden Library https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwyBTJK6cJs

The full paper is available here: http://library.ifla.org/1634/1/122-pun-en.pdf

The next paper I heard was: Crisis of Professional Identity or Challenge for Personal Development : My Story as a Reference and User Services Librarian. Maja Krulić Gačan talked about how they had used marketing strategies to develop services in her library to meet users needs (Public Library "Fran Galovic" Koprivnica, Croatia). For example, she talked about services for babies and parents, and campaigns using social media. The paper is here: http://library.ifla.org/1638/1/122-krulic-en.pdf

This was followed by Before and Beyond Embedding: A Reference Fable from the National Library of Technology in Prague authored by Martin Stehlik, Sasha Skenderija and Tomas Houdek.
Their initiative was triggered by an impressive new library building: on the one hand the new building was an apparent success, but there was a disconnect with academic life. The librarians identified a narrative disconnect, which included library-centred narratives, librarians' lack of experience with research environments and low subject knowledge, and low expectations of reference services.
By identifying different discourses, they aimed to get into the academic narrative.To pull out a key sentence from their paper "we now present our services using vocabulary and messages that make more sense to our users, employing both “small” narratives surrounding individual user tasks (need help writing your thesis?) to “grand” or “meta” narratives regarding fundamental values and beliefs shared within academia (e.g., research integrity)". The slide includes an interesting thought, that to say you are "embedded" implies that you are are still an outside observer. The full paper is here, and it gives numerous concrete examples: http://library.ifla.org/1636/1/122-skenderija-en.pdf They also played this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXCB2ZZgiRI

The final paper in the session was Why Horror Stories Don’t Lead to Nightmares, by Helen Morgan and Heather Todd (The University of Queensland Library, Australia). They had been trying to find ways to make researchers interested in the rather dry subject of Research Data Management. They had done this by collecting real-life horror stories of people losing their research data (e.g. losing the data stick; having your computer lost in a fire) and having the research rejected because they couldn't produce the raw research data. They started with examples from elsewhere, but now have stories from within the University of Queensland, and found some senior researchers very helpful in sharing stories. This has indeed helped to make researchers more engaged with the issue.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Library Map of the World #wlic2017

The Library Map of the World was launched at the 2017 World Library and Information Conference in Wroclaw, Poland. "Selected library performance metrics provide national level library data across all types of libraries in all regions of the world." You can "adjust map view settings to search by country and explore worldwide totals." Data is not available for all countries: for example, for numbers of libraries, there is no data for the Uk or Ireland, and for France there are numbers given for national, public and academic libraries, but not school libraries. Potentially there are numbers for types of library, loans, staff, volunteers, registered users, and libraries with internet access.
The site is also mapping stories relating to the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. So far there are a few stories mapped to the specific SDG and also literally mapped to the country.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

#Literacy matters #wlic2017

An updated version of the Literacy Matters website has been launched at WLIC 2017. The portal is for librarians, teachers and parents. "It has been developed to support the Literacy Matters! campaign, devised and launched by the Literacy and Reading Section, the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA). The campaign is part of the United Nations 2030 Agenda: Sustainable Development Goals to support the development of literacy for all peoples across all nations." It includes lots of links to articles, policy documents, accounts of what is being done by libraries, and infographics. The site is at http://www.literacymatters.org.au/
Photo by Sheila Webber: in the Japanese garden, Wroclaw, August 2017

My liveblogging limited at #wlic2017

My planned liveblogging at the World Library and Information Conference will be hampered by the fact that I broke my left wrist 12 days ago and it is in plaster (see photo). Although I am right handed, I have realised that I use my left hand a lot when I'm typing fast. Although my fingers are ok,using a key board involves a good deal of wrist action... I am going to see how it goes, but I am likely to be doing a very limited amount of liveblogging (which requires fast typing). It was a straightforward break (I overbalanced when getting on a tain in a hurry and threw out my hand to support myself) and normal liveblogging service should be resumed by the European Information Literacy Conference at the end of September (I hope!)

Saturday, August 19, 2017

IL Section meeting at #WLIC2017

I'm attending the World Library and Information conference (aka the IFLA conference in Wroclaw, Poland. The main conference starts tomorrow. Today I attended my last IFLA Information Literacy Section committee as a committee member, as I have served the maximum of 8 years. Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe was elected section chair and Dilara Begum was elected Secretary, whilst Antonin Benoit Diouf remains information coordinator. Maria Carme Torres (former chair of the section and now a member of the IFLA governing board) and also Donna Scheeder (IFLA president) popped in to visit. The latter wanted to talk to us about the Global Vision programme, which has been gaining momentum through the year. I'll be blogging more about this later, as it aims to engage librarians internationally.
We discussed the section's session on Wednesday on infolit/copyright (which I will be blogging as best I can) and a proposal for a possible joint session next year focusing on research methods and approaches in transliteracy. There was also a discussion about whether there should be an infolit satellite meeting to the 2018 IFLA conference in Kuala Lumpur (I think there will).
The photo shows Sharon Mader (outgoing chair) addressing the committee members and observers (anyone can come and sit in on the committee meetings).

Thursday, August 17, 2017

TeachMeet 5 September, University of East Anglia

The Norfolk Teaching Librarians' Network is running a free TeachMeet on 5 September 2017 (1pm to 3:30pm) at the University of East Anglia (UEA), UK. Presenters (10-minute presentations) are sought to share a teaching activity or idea. "The format is relaxed and friendly, and you can present in any way you like, with or without slides. At the end of the session we'll have a chance to reflect on the presentations as a group and how we might incorporate any new ideas into our own teaching practice." Book as presenter or spectator at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/norfolk-teaching-librarians-network-teachmeet-tickets-36778206606
Photo by Sheila Webber: Sheffield Botanic Gardens, border, August 2017

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Becoming blended

I recently noticed the tumblr of Melanie Parlette-Stewart (Blended Learning Librarian at the University of Guelph), who sketchnotes conferences etc. http://becomingblended.tumblr.com/ (I came across her account of the ECIL 2016 conference). In a recent post she talks about her approach to sketchnoting/visual note-taking http://becomingblended.tumblr.com/post/163585089146/toolsresources-for-visual-note-taking including some links at the end. Also interesting is her tumblr What the librarian wore
Photo by Sheila Webber: Sheffield Botanic Gardens, border with bees, August 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Design for Learning

There is a free online self-paced course Design for Learning: 21st Century Online Teaching and Learning Skills for Library Workers (D4L) which is "designed to enable library workers to transfer their in-person teaching skills to the online environment. ...The program is comprised of 7 online self-paced modules: Orientation, Foundation, Diversity, Community, Content Creation, Course Management, and Capstone. ... D4L was developed as a partnership between the the South Central Regional Library Council, Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies, and the Empire State Library Network. It is funded as a three-year grant, by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)." Registering for Webjunction is straightforward (I tried it) and you get access to other courses too. http://learn.webjunction.org/course/index.php?categoryid=41
Photo by Sheila Webber: seagull, Inverness, June 2017

Monday, August 14, 2017

Predatory papers

I saw from the Improbable Research website** that an annotated collection of papers that aim to expose predatory journals has been published. This mainly consists of papers that are nonsense and were devised to show that predatory journals will accept anything. Each paper has a short introduction and links to news items etc. that reacted to the "sting".
Faulkes, Z. (2017). Stinging the Predators: A collection of papers that should never have been published. Figshare. DOI: https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.5248264
A useful collection if you are discussing this topic with students/researchers: my only caveat is that it does not state clearly that the permission of the copyright owners was sought.

**a long-standing website/magazine that takes a droll and sceptical perspective on scientific output and has presented the ig-noble prizes since 1991
Photo by Sheila Webber: Sheffield Botanic Gardens, August 2017

Friday, August 11, 2017

Fake news, quality images

Browsing the Information Today site, two recent short articles that caught my eye:
Badke, W. (2017) Post-Truth, False News, and Information Literacy. Online Searcher, 31 (4). http://www.infotoday.com/OnlineSearcher/Articles/InfoLit-Land/PostTruth-False-News-and-Information-Literacy-119319.shtml
Burke, J. (2017). Finding Quality Free Images. Marketing Library Services, 31 (4). http://www.infotoday.com/mls/jul17/Burke--Finding-Quality-Free-Images.shtml
Photo by Sheila Webber: my camera is saying goodbye: those lines weren't added in photoshop! Time for a new one. Autumn anemones, August 2017

LIANZA conference #open17

This is mostly not about information literacy (just a couple of sessions), but I thought the programme of the LIANZA (Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa) conference looked very diverse and interesting. It takes place September 24 - 27 2017 in Christchurch, New Zealand.One of the less usual sessions is "LIANZA Human Lending Library: The human lending library allows you to sit one on one with each of our human “books” and have a detailed conversation about an area of interest to you. You might drill down on an aspect of their keynote or professional expertise or pick their brain for suggestions towards your work." (The "books" are Bill Macnaught, Paul Stacey, Matt Finch, Laurinda Thomas, Lesley Acres, Donna Lanclos, Sue Sutherland) https://lianza.org.nz/conferences/lianza-conference-2017-addington-raceway-september-24-27
You also might like to check out their open access journal (Library Life). The latest (July 2017) issue is the "Te Rōpū Whakahau edition of Library Life. Te Rōpū Whakahau is the leading national body that represents Māori engaged in Libraries, Culture, Knowledge, Information, Communication and Systems Technology in Aotearoa New Zealand" https://lianza.org.nz/our-work/publications/library-life
Photo by Sheila Webber: wild oregano, July 2017

Wednesday, August 09, 2017


McCrystal, E. and Migliaccio, C. (2017, 31 July). 10 Reasons the Listicle Is Effective for Digital Pedagogy. Educause review. http://er.educause.edu/articles/2017/7/10-reasons-the-listicle-is-effective-for-digital-pedagogy
The authors say "The listicle is a strong pedagogical method for faculty to communicate with students, either about the curriculum, through specific assignments/goals, or regarding technology use in the course. Furthermore, students can use the listicle to synthesize information, organize information, and prioritize course tasks. On the surface, the listicle may seem simplistic, but the broad pedagogical power of the listicle helps students by enhancing their reading, researching, writing, and digital-media skills. Thus, the listicle serves as an effective tool in any classroom."

To be honest, I'm not totally convinced (aren't these just ... short lists? does calling them listicles really have a magic motivating effect on students?) but at any rate it made me think about the place of lists in teaching, and what to call them. In fact it also made me think I might have the odd listicle on this blog, so watch this space.
Photo by Sheila Webber: Blackheath, the heath, August 2017

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

RUSA to become open access

Reference and User Services Quarterly, official journal of the Reference and User Services Association of the American Library Association, will go open access from its Autumn 2017 issue. It includes a regular infortmation literacy column, and one of the forthcoming issues is focusing on workplace information literacy. For those of you with subscriptions (or access as ALA members) the last issue (vol 56 no 4, 2017) included:
- Esther Grassian: Information Literacy and Instruction: Teaching and Learning Alternatives: A Global Overview (pages 232-239).
- Marc Vinyard, Colleen Mullally, Jaimie Beth Colvin: Why do Students Seek Help in an Age of DIY? Using a Qualitative Approach to Look Beyond Statistics (pages 257-268) (so this should complement the JAL article I blogged yesterday on "Academic Information-Seeking and Help-Seeking Practices")
The home page is at https://journals.ala.org/index.php/rusq
Photo by Sheila Webber: large daisies... July 2017

Monday, August 07, 2017

New articles: metacognitive strategies; mobile devices; help-seeking; student perceptions; social media use

The latest issue (volume 43, no. 3) of The Journal of Academic Librarianship (priced publication) includes:
- Catalano, A. Development and Validation of the Metacognitive Strategies for Library Research Skills Scale. Pages 178-183
- Lau, K.P. et al. Educational Usage of Mobile Devices: Differences Between Postgraduate and Undergraduate Students Pages 201-208
- Thomas, S., Tewell, E, and Willson, G. Where Students Start and What They Do When They Get Stuck: A Qualitative Inquiry into Academic Information-Seeking and Help-Seeking Practices Pages 224-231
- Attebury, R.I. Professional Development: A Qualitative Study of High Impact Characteristics Affecting Meaningful and Transformational Learning Pages 232-241
- McCartin, L.F., Iannacchione, B. and Evans, M.K. Student Perceptions of a Required Information Literacy Course on Their Success in Research & Writing Intensive Criminal Justice Courses Pages 242-247
- Harrison, A. et al. Social Media Use in Academic Libraries: A Phenomenological Study Pages 248-256
- Stvilia, B. and Gibradze, L. Examining Undergraduate Students' Priorities for Academic Library Services and Social Media Communication Pages 257-262
Contents page at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/00991333/43/3?sdc=1
Photo by Sheila Webber: Inverness, June 2017

Friday, August 04, 2017

Presentations from #LILI2017 Learning Social Justice through Critical Information Literacy

A number of the presentations from the one day LILi Conference (Theme: Learning Social Justice through Critical Information Literacy), held on 31 July 2017 in Glendale, USA, are online. This includes: Teaching Authority Where Black Lives Matter Presented by Faith Bradham (Bakersfield College); Engage Your Cultural Side: Cultural Intelligence Presented by Dr. Michele Villagran (University of North Texas); Teaching Future Leaders about Authority Presented by Charissa Jefferson (California State University Northridge); Keepin’ It Real: Reflections on a Fake News Workshop Presented by Aisha Conner-Gaten, Jennifer Masunaga, and Desirae Zingarelli-Sweet (Loyola Marymount University). Further presentations will be added. Go to http://campusguides.glendale.edu/LILI2017
Photo by Sheila Webber: Hydrangea, July 2017