Eventbrite - Pat Simons, QMUL with support from Proquest presents Now we have a discovery tool, do we still need to teach information skills? The fourth UK Summon and Information Skills Day - Tuesday, 10 November 2015 at Queen Mary University of London. Find event and registration information.
This presentation was originally given as part of an internal University of Sheffield seminar, organised by the Centre for Inquiry Based Learning in the Arts and Social Sciences, in February 2007. The seminar aimed to enable academics to develop the information literacy portion of their Departmental Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategies. Slight amendments have been made to the ppt in June 2015
In the first of two event collaborations SLA Europe and CILIP Information Literacy Group present an evening focused on the importance of IL in the workplace and what this means for information professionals. We will hear from Nancy Graham, Stéphane Goldstein and Ian Hunter as they lead a panel discussion on this important topic. There will be a chance to network over food and drink following the formalities.
I’m attending the LILAC conference for the first time, an annual gathering in the UK focused on information literacy that attracts librarians from around the world, and the first day has been terrific. I’m learning a new language – people who attend a conference on this side of the pond are “delegates” and what we in the states call orientation for new students appears to be called “induction.” Then, given it’s happening in Newcastle, I’m learning a few words of Geordie. It’s dead canny.
A highlight of day one was hearing Ray Land of the Centre for Academic Practice at Durham University. He’s one of the principle scholars behind the notion of threshold concepts, which influenced a library research project that has, in turn, hugely influenced the new Framework for Information Literacy.
"Last week I was reflecting on whether our information literacy efforts truly support lifelong learning and whether there are practical ways to help students connect the kind of information analysis they conduct for college assignments with the ways they will use information later.
Lucky me! A report from an ongoing Project Information Literacy study about lifelong learning has just been released."
Anthony Beal's insight:
One aspect of the report highlights:
"the young graduates surveyed placed a high value on books for lifelong learning in their personal lives (87%), and to a lesser extent in the workplace (64%). Over half of the sample (65%) had read more than three books in the 12 months, according to the responses. This finding suggests that the book lives on."
We warmly invite you to attend our free Teachmeet event to share new ideas for development. This informal gathering is for librarians and library staff who are curious about what the future may hold. We require participants who are prepared to: think creatively, discuss enthusiastically and leave inspired.
This event is sponsored by the CILIP Information Literacy Group What is the theme?
The theme is: resource discovery, activities and projects that have enhanced the user experience and it will
Anthony Beal's insight:
There is always a warm welcome at Staffordshire teachmeets
Information Literacy Awards 2015 – now open for applications Full details on how to apply are given on the relevant pages below. The winners will be announced at the conference dinner in Newcastle on Thursday 9th April 2015.
June 23-26, 2015 at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland, UK.
Keynote speakers in 2015 will include Prof. David Bawden (Department of Library and Information Science, City University London) and Prof. Olof Sundin (Department for Arts and Cultural Sciences, Lund University, Sweden).
i3 focuses on the quality and effectiveness of the interaction between people and information and how this interaction can bring about change. The conference will look beyond the issues of use and accessibility of technology to questions about the way people interact with the information and knowledge content of today's systems and services, and how this might ultimately affect the impact of that information on individuals, organisations and communities.
On any given day, you can find numerous blogs or so-called topical "news" sites offering recent stories about research claiming to show groundbreaking findings that accelerate problems related to aging. The ones that seem to get the greatest attention are those showing how this food or that food is a magical solution to all of your problems. They often go on to say something like:
"New research shows that eating chocolate daily will increase your life span by fifty years."
Anthony Beal's insight:
Useful ideas for your information / web site evaluation workshops
IL is an international, peer- reviewed journal that aims to investigate information literacy in all its forms to address the interests of diverse IL communities of practice. JIL welcomes contributions that push the boundaries of IL beyond the educational setting and examine this phenomenon as a continuum between those involved in its development and delivery and those benefiting from its provision. JIL has an average acceptance rate of 44% for articles submitted to the journal.
Intute was a free service aimed at teachers in UK further education and higher education. Intute provided a large database of resources, each reviewed by an academic specialist in the subject, who wrote a short review and other metadata. Intute became inactive in 2011 and the archived site was closed December 2014.
Credo Reference Digital Award for Information Literacy 2015 This award recognises an individual or group who develop the best new digital educational resource for promoting IL. The winner will receive £500 for personal use and £500 for their nominated charity.
"Learning in most academic institutions relies on the provision of library resources to both support and supplement what is being taught and researched. With the rapidly changing information landscape and the myriad ways in which users can search for information, the challenge of locating, accessing and searching for relevant and appropriate information resources for academic research is ever present..."
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Emma Coonan as the new Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Information Literacy from June 2015. Emma will be taking on the role from Dr Jane Secker, who has been appointed Chair of the CILIP Information Literacy Group...
Radical Information Literacy, by Andrew Whitworth, was published by Chandos in 2014. The book argues that the development of both the theory and practice of information literacy has been damaged by its institutionalisation in academic libraries, resulting in a neglect of more critical and relational approaches that seek to promote a redistribution of authority over information practice, rather than confirm existing authorities. A recent (Dec 2014) review in the Journal of Information Literacy called it an “important and challenging” book.
ome of the members of the ACRL-NJ/NJLA CUS User Education Committee and the VALE NJ Shared Information Literacy Committees have collaborated on an Open Letter Regarding the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. We are appreciative of the work of the Task Force who have developed the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. However...
Research Libraries UK (RLUK) estimates that the UK’s universities now pay around £192m per year for access to academic journals and databases: that is nearly a tenth of the total QR budget for research funding.
This paper examines a tendency in library thinking and teaching to see information in terms of objects and the predominant information activity as finding. It draws a parallel between this focus on 'find' and common modes of information
Anthony Beal's insight:
Librarians may only see students once for an induction. Emma argues that during that time we concentrate more on the process of finding information than how we deal with the materials we find. This does not support students in discovering "...the conventions and values of academic information communication". I couldn't agree more.
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