Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies #critlib

Apologies for not blogging the very first issue of the  open access Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies more promptly! It came out last month, and this issue includes articles of particular relevance to information literacy:
- Contextualizing Information Behavior: A Methodological Approach by Nicole Marie Gaston
- Critical Pedagogy In Libraries: A Unified Approach by Melissa M. Gustafson
along with other articles such as:
- On “Diversity” as Anti-Racism in Library and Information Studies: A Critique by David James Hudson
- Mind the Gap: Towards the Integration of Critical Gerontology in Public Library Praxis by Nicole K. Dalmer
- Classification Along the Color Line: Excavating Racism in the Stacks by Melissa Adler
This first issue is at http://libraryjuicepress.com/journals/index.php/jclis/issue/view/1
Photo by Sheila Webber: magnolia stellata, Sheffield Botanic Gardens, March 2017

Monday, March 27, 2017

Global perspectives on Information Literacy

ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries) Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee commissioned a report with perspectives from some non-USA countries on information literacy in those countries/regions: "We asked fifteen authors to reflect on research trends, models of information literacy,
theory and practice, the role of librarians, and envisioning the future of information literacy" (p. 145). There are contributions from authors based in Canada, Israel, New Zealand, México, the UK, Uganda, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Croatia and Norway; and also a summary, foreward and reflection. Some of the authors also presented at the ACRL conference last week.
ACRL Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee. (2017). Global perspectives on Information Literacy: Fostering a dialogue for international understanding. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/acrl/files/publications/whitepapers/GlobalPerspectives_InfoLit.pdf
Photo by Sheila Webber: Camellia, March 2017

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Access and inclusion: Outcomes for consumers in vulnerable circumstances

There is a research report from Ofcom on issues for vulnerable people in the UK (for example those with learning difficulties abd those with other disabilities) in terms of access to communication technologies (the internet, mobile phones and tablet computers etc.)
"In this report, we present a range of data on the availability, take-up, use and affordability of communications services. This helps us understand how well the communications sector is meeting the needs of consumers whose circumstances make them vulnerable"

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Blog-post journal club: Flipping the classroom in business and education one-shot sessions #ILread

The next blog-post journal club takes place on 30 March 2017 at 8pm UK time (3pm US Eastern time, 12 noon Pacific time). The article is:
Cohen, M.E., Poggiali, J., Lehner-Quam, A., Wright, R. & West, R. (2016). Flipping the classroom in business and education one-shot sessions: a research study. Journal of Information Literacy, 10(2), 40-63. http://dx.doi.org/10.11645/10.2.2127
The authors have written an introduction and posed some questions for the blog-post discussion.
Anyone can join this discussion. Participants aim to read at least some of the article in advance, then come along at 8pm BST and join in the discussion by adding comments to the lead blog post (which has the authors' introduction), which is here: http://infolitjournalclub.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/flipping-classroom-in-business-and.html
You can see how this works by looking at previous discussions on the blog at http://infolitjournalclub.blogspot.co.uk/

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Webinar: Framework for Information Literacy: A Community College Showcase

The ACRL Student Learning & Information Literacy Committee is offering two free webinars

Framework for Information Literacy: A Community College Showcase. April 12 2017 12:00-1:00 pm US Central time, which is 6pm-7pm UK time. "This session will showcase the work of three community college librarians who have found recent success in using the Framework for Information Literacy in their practice." Speakers: Ellen Carey, Librarian & Assistant Professor, Santa Barbara City College; Carleen Huxley, Coordinator of Library Instruction, SUNY Jefferson Community College; Ann Roselle, Faculty Librarian at Phoenix College. Registration https://acrl.webex.com/acrl/onstage/g.php?MTID=ef836c92d1cd351f8e43679b6ce670cd0

Framework Freak-out: How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Live With the Framework. June 1 2017 12:00-1:00 pm US Central time, which is 6pm-7pm UK time.Speaker: Meredith Farkas, Faculty Librarian, Portland Community College (Sylvania Campus) "Librarians greeted the adoption of the Framework for Information Literacy with mixed emotions. Some discussions around the Framework make it seem like it has either doomed us all, requires a total reboot of our instruction programs, or that we need additional degrees in philosophy and instructional design to even understand it. The reality is not nearly so dire. In this presentation, Farkas, a pragmatist and long time instruction coordinator, will talk about how the Framework has enriched her work as one of many tools she relies on to inform her teaching, outreach, and assessment. She will also discuss approaches she and colleagues at Portland Community College have taken to embrace aspects of the Framework, particularly around outreach to disciplinary faculty." Registration https://acrl.webex.com/acrl/onstage/g.php?MTID=e642329730720e0ab7e7c13a00ae1d3dc
Photo by Sheila Webber: cherry blossom, March 2017

Teachmeet: Information Literacy and Making Judgements: from Brexit to The White House

There is a free Teachmeet at Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, UK, on 4 May 2017: Information Literacy and Making Judgements: from Brexit to The White House. It is sponsored by the CILIP Information Literacy Group. They are "looking for presenters and enthusiastic audience members": "We believe library and information professionals should make a significant contribution to addressing concerns about fake news, 'alternative facts' and echo chambers. We invite attendees to share their experiences of teaching, promoting and practicing Information Literacy at a challenging time for traditional media, reporting and information sharing." Register at http://bit.ly/2nivX9W
Photo by Sheila Webber: cherry blossom after rain (not fake, but photoshopped), March 2017

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Information Literacy at #BOBCATSSS2017

BOBCATSSS is an annual library and information science conference, with particular involvement from LIS students. This year's BOBCATSSS took place in Tampere, Finland, 25-27 January, and the slides from conference presentations have been put online. It is an interesting collection, and includes some which are related to information literacy, including the one I've embedded below.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Webinar: Role of Information Scholars and Professionals in Responding to Fake News, Misinformation, and Propaganda

Heidi Julien (Professor and Chair of the Department of Library & Information Studies at the University at Buffalo) is presenting a webinar on 31 March 2017, at 1pm US Eastern time (which is 6pm UK time): The Role of Information Scholars and Professionals in Responding to Fake News, Misinformation, and Propaganda. It is free to members of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) and US $15 to others. It is sponsored by the ASIS&T Special Interest Group - Education. "In an era where fake news, misinformation, and propaganda are circulated rapidly via social media and destabilize traditional expertise and authority, information scholars and professionals are called upon to respond. We must engage in the public conversation about misinformation and its effects, and support those working to counteract it. Moreover, we need to educate future information professionals who can engage in these conversations and who can help others develop digital literacy skills. Perhaps now more than ever, digital literacy matters, not just as a skill set to enable citizens to analyze and evaluate the information they encounter; it is critical to many important social phenomena, including positive health outcomes (of particular importance when so much health information is now obtained online), workforce development, and participative governance. Increasingly, governments are delivering information and services only online, which requires citizens to be digitally literate in order to access that information. Digital literacy is also recognized as an essential competency for job performance, since information gathering, manipulation, and application are key work tasks. In light of the relevance and urgency of digital literacy, this webinar will explore ways we can educate information professionals to empower citizens to become discerning information consumers, and will explore the many challenges to the digital literacy agenda." Information is here and to register go to https://www.asist.org/product/webinar-the-role-of-information-scholars-and-professionals-in-responding-to-fake-news-information-and-propaganda/
Photo by sheila webber: cherry blossom, March 2017

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Scamspotting: choose online safety

A new video from my University (Student Communications, University of Sheffield) to alert people to online scams (to clear out people's bank accounts etc.) - in the style of the original Trainspotting trailer. 

Scamspotting from Student Comms - Uni of Sheffield on Vimeo.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Health Literacy Place #healthlitevent

Today there is a health literacy event in Glasgow (follow at https://twitter.com/hashtag/healthlitevent?src=hash) and one site that was tweeted was the National Health Service (Scotland)'s Health Literacy Place. One thing I'll highlight on the site is the 2 page flyer on Health Literacy and finding information that was produced in December 2016 - I have copied the 2nd page here (it's a 2 page pdf). Although it is customised to Scotland, I imagine they would be happy to let other people use its ideas/design, if you contacted them for permission. It's at http://www.healthliteracyplace.org.uk/resource-library/article/h/health-care-support-worker-resource-health-literacy-and-finding-information/

Thursday, March 16, 2017

#Citation Compass

A rather nice citation tool that was mentioned today in the blog post journal club conversation with Torunn Skofsrud Boger and Hanne Dybvik just now: the Citation Compass. I like the fact that it is all in one page: when you click on type of material (e.g. online thesis, book with one author) it pops up with the format for in text citation, reference citation and also how you would add it in EndNote. It was created by Norwegan librarians, but is in English. http://kildekompasset.no/references/apa-6th.aspx
Photo by Sheila Webber: more posters from the student Union elections

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Defining and supporting the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning #SoTL #librarianSOTL

Following on from yesterday's post, there are publications on the Higher Education Academy's website on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Defining and supporting the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL): A sector wide study. The (2016) pack includes an "audit tool", a literature review, examples from different disciplines, examples of student engagement in SoTL etc. https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/resource/defining-and-supporting-scholarship-teaching-and-learning-sotl-sector-wide-study
Photo by Sheila Webber: banner for the Sheffield University SU elections March 2017, banner for Mayeda Tayyab

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Online discussion of the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL), April 6 and May 31 2017 #librarianSOTL #SOTL

The ACRL Student Learning & Information Literacy Committee and the ACRL Instruction Section have organised a two-part discussion on the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). "This free series will provide the opportunity to engage with leading SoTL scholars to learn more about this exciting area of scholarly inquiry." More information at http://acrl.libguides.com/slilc/sotl
Part 1: Introduction to SoTL: April 6, 2017 1pm US Central Time, which is 7pm UK time. https://acrl.webex.com/acrl/onstage/g.php?MTID=ecc72615ecc5f67923e1c9654c9a2dad2 "Three SoTL practitioners will discuss what this movement is and how it ties into educational theories, practices, and instructional design. Discussion leaders: Nancy Chick (University of Calgary), Margy MacMillan (Mount Royal University), and Cara Bradley (University of Regina)."
Part 2: Applying SoTL in Your Work. May 31, 2017 1pm US Central time, which is 7pm UK time. https://acrl.webex.com/acrl/onstage/g.php?MTID=ed285e8903f56eb78e19f545386cc942e "This discussion builds on the information shared in the first session. The presenters will share practical strategies and examples of SoTL work in academic libraries, including how librarians can integrate it into their own practice. Discussion leaders: Nancy Chick (University of Calgary), Margy MacMillan (Mount Royal University), and Cara Bradley (University of Regina)."
Photo by Sheila Webber: spring, the Royal Standard, March 2017

Monday, March 13, 2017

Information Literacy Journal Club: 16 March: An assessment of library instruction: #ILRead

The next blog-post information literacy journal club discussion will be on 16 March at 8pm UK time (4pm US EST, 9pm Norwegian time). The article to be discussed is:
Torunn Skofsrud Boger, Hanne Dybvik, Anne-Lise Eng, Else Helene Norheim. (2016) An assessment of library instruction: its influence on search behaviour of first- and third-year students. Journal of Information Literacy, 10(2), 64-77. http://dx.doi.org/10.11645/10.2.2135
How does this discussion work?
Anyone can join this discussion! Participants aim to read at least some of the article in advance, then come along at 8pm BST and join in the discussion by adding comments to the starter blog post, where Torunn Skofsrud Boger has provide an introduction, at http://infolitjournalclub.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/an-assessment-of-library-instruction.html. You can see how this works by looking at previous discussions on the journal club blog
Photo by Sheila Webber: Birch leaves, Oslo, Norway, 2005

Online Roundtable Discussion: Outreach to International Students

The March 2017 Online Roundtable Discussions on Academic Outreach topics (organised by ULS Academic Outreach Committee) is on: Outreach to International Students and will take place on March 14, 15 and 16. "This month’s discussion will focus on how libraries approach outreach to international students. We will talk about reaching international students, customizing outreach based on the unique cultural and educational backgrounds of students, and how the library can help international students overcome challenges they face on campus. Come prepared to talk about what you’re doing, share ideas, successes, and lessons learned. Join us for a lively discussion and leave with great ideas to bring back to your library!"
Each discussion lasts 1 hour and be limited to 9 participants and 1 facilitator, hosted on Google Hangouts on Air/YouTube Live. The sessions will be recorded and posted to the ACRL ULS Academic Outreach Committee YouTube Channel.
You can sign up via ALA Connect http://connect.ala.org/node/264523
March 14 5pm UK time/ 10am US PST /12pm CST / 1pm EST
March 15 6pm/11am US PST /1pm CST / 2pm EST
March 16 7pm/ 12 noon US PST /2pm CST / 3pm EST
Note that the USA set clocks forward at the weekend, but many other countries did not, so the time difference is different from normal this week.
You need a gmail account to participate. Confirmation details and instructions for accessing the discussion will be sent to participants by email. Questions to ULS.AOC@gmail.com