Thursday, September 29, 2016

CFP: Moving Beyond the “Framework Blues”: Teaching Information Literacy with a social justice lens

There is a call for papers for a preconference before the American Library Association Conference 2017. The preconference takes place on June 23 2017 in Chicago, USA. "The transition from the ACRL Standards to the Framework is in full force, yet many academic librarians are unsure how to proceed with this new, unfamiliar document and feel daunted by the task. Moreover, with the push for critical information literacy and social justice-oriented instruction in academic librarianship, some librarians have critiqued the Framework for having liberal ideological underpinnings and assuming a universality that doesn’t account for historical difference or responsibility to the other. The Framework mentions power relations in some places, but these references and gestures towards critical information literacy are inconsistent. Many questions about teaching with the Framework remain. How can the Framework be used to teach critical information literacy fully and authentically? How is the Framework compatible with social justice-oriented instruction?" You can propose roundtable discussions, workshops, presentations, or panels. Deadline for proposals is 14 October 2016. There is more information at
Photo by Sheila Webber: Cat mailbox, Brännö, August 2016

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

International day for Universal Access to Information #accesstoinfoday

Today is UNESCO's International day for Universal Access to Information day. The themes include "freedom of information [including freedom of the press], promotion of open access and the importance of adopting right to information laws". The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16.10 focuses on access to information (the International Federation of library associations and Instititutionsd lobbied hard to get information included in the SDGs). SDG 16.10 aims to "“Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements”. I would like to highlight the IFLA Toolkit: Libraries and the UN post-2015 development agenda
There is a website for the International Day on the UNESCO website and below is a UNESCO video on this theme (which emphasises freedom of the press and journalists' rights: I would say that at the moment access to media, freedom of information and use of technology are more prominent than access to information in a broader definition). There seems to be a full video (all in one video) of the accompanying conference here

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

ACRL immersion 2017

If you are interested in participating in the ACRL immersion programme (which "provides instruction librarians the opportunity to work intensively for several days on all aspects of information literacy"), the online application material will be coming out shortly. Dates are:
Program Track: July 23-28, 2017, Burlington, VT, USA: Application materials available October 2016.
Teacher Track: July 23-28, 2017, Burlington, VT, USA: Application materials available October 2016.
Lots more information at
Photo by Sheila Webber: boats, Southern Archipelago, Gothenburg, August 2016

Monday, September 26, 2016

European Association for Viewers Interests - Media Literacy videos

EAVI: the European Association for Viewers Interests is "an independent, non-profit international association ... which promotes and advocates for Media Literacy" which grew out of a project funded by the European Commission. They recently started a series of short cartoon-y videos about media literacy (though what I want to know is - why did Jack break up with Jo between videos 1 and 2?).
Their blog highlight media literacy stories (today's is headlined "VIDEO: Trump Supporters’ Conspiracy Theories Shows Need for Media Literacy" -

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Items wanted for ACRL Instruction Section newsletter #ACRL_is

The ACRL Instruction Section newsletter editors, Angelica Delgado and Kelly LeMeur, are seeking content for the forthcoming issue. They seek submissions of the following types:
- "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 teaching or information literacy issue
- "140 character length (tweet length) reflections, suggestions, best practices, worst practices on all things to do with teaching information literacy"
Submit writing to by September 30 for consideration
The archive of the newsletter is at
Photo by Sheila Webber: sparling sea, Southern Archipelago, Gothenburg, August 2016

Saturday, September 24, 2016

cfp #LILAC17

The call for papers for LILAC 2017 will be opens on October 3 2016, and it isn't open for very long (closing 26 October!) so if you are interested in participating you may want to start preparing your proposals, and you can already create a LILAC account. LILAC takes place in Swansea, Wales on 10-12 April 2017. There is no specific theme, any aspect of information literacy is welcome, but they note that proposals make "explicit reference to your innovative practice or research in information literacy.
Options are: Lagadothon (showcase prototypes for new IL products/games/innovations); Workshops; Short papers; Long papers; Symposia; Posters.
More information at
Photo by Sheila Webber: Brännö, August 2016

Friday, September 23, 2016

Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award

There is a call for nominations for the Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award, which "recognizes an individual librarian who has made an especially significant contribution to the advancement of instruction in a college or research library environment. The award honors Miriam Dudley, whose pioneering efforts in the field of bibliographic instruction led to the formation of the ACRL Instruction Section (formerly ACRL Bibliographic Instruction Section)." The award winner gets a plaque and US $1000. "Nominees should have achieved distinction in one or more of the following areas: Planning and implementation of an academic instruction program in a library environment that has served as a model for other programs nationally or regionally; Production of a body of research and publication that has a demonstrable impact on the concepts and methods of teaching and information-seeking strategies in a college or research institution; Sustained participation in organizations, at the regional or national level, devoted to the promotion and enhancement of academic instruction in a library environment; Promotion, development, and integration of education for instruction in ALA accredited library schools or professional continuing education programs that have served as models for other courses and programs". Deadline for nominations is December 2, 2016. For more information, go to
Photo by Sheila Webber: wild rose, Brännö, August 2016

cfp #LOEX2017 breakout sessions

There is a call for proposals for breakout sessions at the 45th annual LOEX (US Information Literacy) conference, which will be held in Lexington, USA, on 11-13 May 2017. The theme is: Growing Stronger Together: Diversity and Community in Information Literacy. The tracks are: Pedagogy: Reaping and Sowing Transformative Teaching; Technology: Saddling Up; Leadership: Taking the Reins; Assessment: The Lay of the Land; Collaboration: Never Ride Alone; Innovations and Failures: Roots of Our Success
(I think some of these subtitles may be inspired by the fact that Lexington is famed for horses and relatively close to the home of the Kentucky Derby). Proposals for 50-minute long presentations or interactive workshops can be made. Deadline is November 18, 20
16. More details and link to the online submission form at
Photo by Sheila Webber: Top Notch Tonto in the pre-parade ring, Chester, May 2016

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

ACRL Infolit Innovation and Publication awards

The ACRL Instruction Section Awards committee seeks nominations for two awards. The Innovation Award is for a project at an academic/research library that demonstrates creative, innovative, or unique approaches to information literacy instruction or programming. The winner(s) of this award will receive a certificate and a US $3000 award, sponsored by EBSCO Information Services. More info here:
The Ilene F. Rockman Publication of the Year Award is for an outstanding publication related to instruction in a library environment published in the preceding two years. Eligible publications include journal articles, books, book chapters, and published proceedings. Submitted publications may be authored by one or more individuals, a group, organization, or committee. The winner(s) will receive a plaque and a US $3000 prize, donated by Emerald Group Publishing Limited. More info here:
Deadline for nominations for both awards is December 2, 2016.
Photo by Sheila webber: London Eye at night, September 2016

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Information skills outside formal education

A powerpoint given at the ALIA National Conference Adelaide (Australia) on 31 August 2016 by Judy Reading (Macquarie University Library) and Paul Jewell (Western Sydney University Library) was Enterprise and Acumen: Real World Information Skills and Employability for Business Graduates. It is embedded below.

Monday, September 19, 2016

cfp #WILU2017

There is a call for papers for the Workshop for Instruction in Library Use (WILU), the Canadian conference on information literacy and issues of teaching and learning in library and information settings. Deadline for proposals is November 4, 2016. WILU will take place May 23 – 25 2017, at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The theme of the WILU 2017 conference is Engage-Expand-Explore.
"Engage: How do we engage with and beyond our communities? How do we engage with each other and with our teaching work? This may include topics such as partnerships and collaborations, peer learning, active learning, assessment, advisory groups, workload issues, and reflective practice.
"Expand: How do we support learners in asking big questions that lead to deeper learning? How do we broaden and diversify our programs and our approaches to teaching? This may include topics such as sustainability, critical librarianship and pedagogy, inquiry-based learning, and professional development.
"Explore: How do we get out of our comfort zones and reach beyond conventional practices? How do we take risks, experiment, and learn from our histories? This may include topics such as new tools, teaching in new or unique areas, and historical and theoretical issues relating to library instruction and information literacy."
Types of Sessions can be: Presentations: 45-minute sessions reporting on research, practice, or both; Lightning talks: 7-minute presentations; Posters; Workshops: 2.5-hour participatory sessions on an aspect of the theory, practice and/or social/political dynamics of teaching and learning in libraries and information settings.
For more information on how to submit your proposal go to
Photo by Sheila webber: Cranes near Waterloo Station, September 2016

Saturday, September 17, 2016

CONUL Teaching and Learning award

The CONUL (the (Irish) Consortium of National and University Libraries) Teaching and Learning group is offering its Annual Teaching & Learning award for outstanding contribution, achievement, excellence or innovation in the field of information literacy and teaching in Ireland. You must be a librarian working in Ireland. "The winner will receive €1,000 for use in professional development or project related activity, the opportunity to publish their findings and a certificate of recognition." Closing date for submissions is 10 October 2016. Apply on the form at
Last year’s winning submission by Peter Reilly, University of Limerick is at
The winner will be announced at the CONUL annual Teaching & Learning Seminar, 10 November 2016. More information at or by emailing the CONUL Teaching and Learning Team:
Photo by Sheila Webber: herb garden, Gothenburg, August 2016

Friday, September 16, 2016

Material from a non-con

There are presentations from the Information Literacy Non-Conference held at British Columbia Institute of Technology Library on April 22, 2016, How to make information literacy instruction more effective and innovative - for example: How marking information literacy assignments changed my approach to the teaching of information literacy. Go to
Photo by Sheila Webber: wwaiting for the bus after visiting St Thomas', September 2016

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Infolit at LIASA 2016

The 17th LIASA (Library and Information Association of South Africa) Annual Conference takes place at Durban International Convention Centre, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, on 10 – 14 October 2016. There is a draft programme available, and it includes two sessions specifically focusing on information literacy. The second of them is entitled: Information Literacy a broader perspective, with the papers:
- Ms Pam Mavume, Mr Sidima Mnengi The effective role played by the library towards realising academic research priorities of Problem Based Learning (PBL) and Community Based Education (CBE): the case of Walter Sisulu University Health Sciences Library
- Dr Samuel Mojapelo (Re)thinking and (Re)positioning library programmes and services in public high schools in Limpopo Province
- Mr Darlington Musemburi and Mr Collen Nhendo Information literacy in Zimbabwean public libraries: towards information literate communities
- Dr Thomas Matingwina An integrated framework for disseminating health information to students
Photo by Sheila webber (taken in Second Life): rose in the window