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Date: Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 15:00
An Easter treat (well, ok, only if you are mad for information literacy) are papers and filmed keynotes from the Creating Knowledge conference that took place at Lund University last August. Unfortunately, as it clashed with IFLA, I was not able to go, but I attended all of the previous CKs, I think, it it has always been an excellent conference. Some of the short papers are available full text as a special issue (volume 5, no. 1, 2013) of the Nordic Journal of Information Literacy in Higher Education. Some items are just abstracts, but full papers include:
- The value and impact of cross professional collaborations in developing student information and academic literacy skills at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. by Diane Rushton, Alison Lahlafi
- How does assessment affect learning: an example from a chemistry PhD-course in scholarly communication by Camilla Hertil Lindelöw
The journal home page is: https://noril.uib.no/index.php/noril/index
The filmed keynotes are from Olof Sundin, Gráinne Conole, Trine Schreiber and Christine Bruce and they can be accessed via the conference website at http://learning.lub.lu.se/flow/creating-knowledge-vii.aspx?FlowCategoryID=165
Photo by Sheila Webber: blossom on my cherry tree, April 2014
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Date: Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 09:30
The Information Literacy website is maintained by the CILIP Information Literacy Group (UK). They would like your opinion on its good and less good points so they can improve it further. You can enter into their prize draw for the chance to win £50 of gift vouchers for an online store of your choice. Go to http://www.informationliteracy.org.uk/ for the website and to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ilwebsitesurvey for the survey. The survey will close on 31 May 2014.
Photo by Sheila Webber: pink cherry blossom, Sheffield, April 2014
Author: "Sheila Webber (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "Information Literacy"
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Date: Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 21:54
There is a Teachmeet in Aberystwyth on 4 June (afternoon) 2014. "Everyone will have the chance to give short 5 minute presentations on what they’ve been doing (or what they’d really like to do!) with regards to information literacy ... All are welcome to present for 5 minutes, or be in the enthusiastic audience." The event is sponsored by the CILIP Information Literacy Group. The event is free, email ltmstaff@aber.ac.uk. More information at http://aberlibteachmeet.wordpress.com
Photo by Sheila Webber: Conwy Castle, 2010 (I realise this is not near Aberystwyth, but at least it is in Wales)
Author: "Sheila Webber (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "events"
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Date: Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 11:30
This press transcript and an article in American Libraries give some information about a new pilot initiative in the USA where 9 public libraries are being used as hubs to develop citizens' financial literacy. April is Financial Literacy month in the USA.
Photo by Sheila Webber: Thessaloniki, April 2014
Author: "Sheila Webber (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "Literacies, USA"
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Date: Monday, 14 Apr 2014 16:30
There is a Libmeet organised by CILIP School Libraries Group, London and South East branch, at Lilian Baylis Technology School London, UK, on 26 April. This is a full day variation on a Teechmeet, including workshop options (including one on teaching), a library surgery and networking. It costs £10 to cover lunch and refreshments. "An opportunity to meet other professionals in an informal and relaxed setting and to share good practice." Information at http://bit.ly/1gwu52H
Photo by Sheila Webber: sky, Thessaloniki, April 2014.
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Date: Monday, 14 Apr 2014 10:00
PISA 2012 Results: Creative Problem Solving (Volume V)The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) "is a triennial international survey which aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students". This is a very large scale exercise. One of the aims of those aiming to develop international indicators for information literacy is that they might use elements from PISA assessments and/or incorporate IL into PISA. The latest set of assessments, published at the start of this month, is the PISA 2012 assessment of problem solving "which looked at the ability of 15-year-olds to solve problems that they have never encountered before and for which a routine solution has not been learned".
The full report (linked below or by clicking the picture) gives detailed information about the assessments which were set, and the scores by country. They found that high scores on this assessment correlated with high mathematics and science scores, which doesn't seem very surprising as the problems are (I would say) rather technical in nature. Perhaps unsurprisingly (given the nature of the tests and the ways they are marked) they did not include the human element which in reality often forms an aspect of a real-life problem.
Also collaboration and seeking outside information and advice were not allowed: I was pondering whether I was being illogical in thinking that this was more an integral element of problem-solving than of (say) literacy or ability in mathematics. Even on reflection I feel that an integral part of being a good problem solver is knowing how and where to get advice and information to apply to your problem, and that other qualities (such as "emotional intelligence") are needed to solve many everyday and workplace problems. I'd be interested to know others' views.
Author: "Sheila Webber (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "Literacies"
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Date: Sunday, 13 Apr 2014 11:00
Another of the presentations I attended at the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education (VWBPE) conference yesterday was 3D Virtual Immersive Environments as Enabler for Blended Gamified Learning Experiences by Stylianos Mystakidis, e-learning Manager at University of Patras, Greece. 1500 school-age children have attended these sessions, which start with some games/challenges in the University's physical library, then involve watching a live, interactive quest and tour through locations in the virtual world Second Life, and finally producing a digital drawing which expresses their ideas about what they've done. The presentation is embedded below and teh picture was taken during his presentation yesterday.
Other interesting presentations included one on a collaboration between computer science and nursing students (creating 3D virtual simulations for training nursing: the nursing students specify the scenario and the computing students create it: videos here), and one on two 3D environments to encourage reflection on scientific ethics (one to do with genetically modified food, and one with the conflict of environmental and business/professional concerns).

3d Virtual Immersive Environments as Enabler for Blended Gamified Learning Experiences from Stylianos Mystakidis
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Date: Sunday, 13 Apr 2014 00:24
The 2nd cfp is open for the Western Balkan Information Literacy Conference, to be held 11-14 June 2014 at Hotel "Opal" Bihać, Bosnia & Herzegovina. The conference theme is Embracing relentless change: Information literacy and lifelong learning in a digital age. The key topics are: Information literacy in the modern world, Librarians as support to the lifelong learning process, Media and information literacy – theoretical approaches (standards, assessment, collaboration, etc.), and New aspects of education/strategic planning, policy, and advocacy for information literacy in a digital age. Proposals for full paper, presentation, roundtable discussion, poster session, train-the-trainers workshop or PechaKucha should be made by 16 May 2014. More information at http://conference.bibliotekabihac.com/
Photo by Sheila Webber: Thessaloniki, April 2014
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Date: Friday, 11 Apr 2014 23:07
The big free online conference Library 2.014 takes place on October 8 - 9, 2014. There is a call for proposals: the deadline is September 15th, but the organisers encourage people not to wait for that, since proposals get reviewed as they come in. The six conference strands are: Digital Services, Preservation, and Access; Emerging Technologies and Trends; Learning Commons and Infinite Learning; Management of Libraries and Information Centers in the 21st Century; User Centered Services and Models; Library and Information Professionals – Evolving Roles and Opportunities. More information at http://www.library20.com/
Photo by Sheila Webber: Boats large and small, Thessaloniki, Greece, April 2014
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Date: Friday, 11 Apr 2014 22:26
Ridvan Ata, one of my PhD students, just presented about an aspect of his work at the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education conference (which takes place in the virtual world, Second Life). He has been investigating teaching in Second Life (he has almost finished). He also put the presentation on Slideshare:

Exploration of creativity within immersive teaching experience from Ridvan Ata
Author: "Sheila Webber (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "Pedagogy, Second Life"
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Date: Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 23:22
Articles in the latest Journal of Academic Librarianship (priced publication), volume 40 issue 1, include:
Using Games to Make Formative Assessment Fun in the Academic Library, by Mary J. Snyder Broussard
Library Anxiety Among Chinese Students: Modification and Application of LAS in the Context of Chinese Academic Libraries by Zhiqiang Song, Shiying Zhang, Christopher Peter Clarke
Stacks, Serials, Search Engines, and Students' Success: First-Year Undergraduate Students' Library Use, Academic Achievement, and Retention by Krista M. Soria, Jan Fransen, Shane Nackerud
Library Space Assessment: User Learning Behaviors in the Library, by Susan E. Montgomery
The webpage for abstracts is at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/00991333
Photo by Sheila Webber: Sparrow, Thessaloniki, April 2014
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Date: Wednesday, 09 Apr 2014 22:54
There is a call for proposals for the 3rd Annual Indiana University Libraries Information Literacy Colloquium which takes place August 1 2014 in South Bend, Indiana. The conference theme is Metaliteracy: Seeking Connections and Challenging Traditions. "This year’s Colloquium invites you to investigate the implications metaliteracy has for library instruction theory and practice. Questions to consider include, but are not limited to: What do instruction librarians need to know about metaliteracy? What does metaliteracy look like, and what does it entail? How does it influence what we do in the library instruction classroom? How does this shape our learning outcomes and pedagogy? How do we assess metaliteracy?" Proposals for presentations or roundtable discussions should be no more than 250 words in length and should contain at least two learning outcomes. Submit proposals by May 16 at http://ius.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3meTvGpIhLHxiIZ. The conference website is at http://iusb.libguides.com/IULILC2014
Photo by Sheila Webber: feral cats, Thessaloniki, April 2014
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Date: Tuesday, 08 Apr 2014 22:36
The next Information Literacy Journal Club blog-post discussion will be on 14 April 2014 at 8pm UK time (3pm US Eastern time), on the draft Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education which will update the Association of College and Research Libraries' Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education (commonly called the ACRL information literacy standards). As previously blogged here, the first draft document contains the Introduction and three Threshold Concepts plus a glossary and bibliography, and the second draft document contains two additional threshold concepts. Go to the following page for more information and links to the two documents and information on how to contribute to the consultation. http://acrl.ala.org/ilstandards/?page_id=133
To participate in the discussion go to the following page, where you can join in via blog posts on the day (14 April), or add comments before or after the real-time interaction
Photo by Sheila Webber: Cherry blossom,Sheffield, April 2014
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Date: Monday, 07 Apr 2014 10:00
The 2nd part of the ACRL's draft Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education has been published. It introduces two more Threshold Concepts, Authority is Constructed and Contextual and Search is Strategic. With both of them there is an introductory explanation, and lists of Knowledge Practices, Dispositions, Self-Assessments and Possible Assignments/Assessments. Comments on the draft have to be submitted by 15 April 2014. You can find both parts, and information on the consultation process, linked from http://acrl.ala.org/ilstandards/?page_id=133
Photo by Sheila Webber: Cherry blossom, Sheffield, April 2014
Author: "Sheila Webber (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "IL frameworks, Information Literacy, USA"
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Date: Sunday, 06 Apr 2014 23:53
A short article describes analysis of 20,000 searches of the federated system at the University of Tromsø, Norway. They found that "60% of all the searches ended up with no hits at all", with incorrect spelling and misuse of boolean (e.g. ANDing Norwegian and English versions of the same word) accounting for many of the problem. I'm not sure about the conclusions, though; don't the results show that you can't just rely on allegedly "user friendly" systems? The article concludes as follows: "Should the library provide the actual searching for the patrons, or is it simply more cost efficient to increase focus on user instruction? So far, the debate has leaned heavily on the second solution. With library systems becoming increasingly user friendly (we hope) it is quite difficult to see how we could persuade library patrons to learn more about searching. To justify spending a large part of the library budget on databases that users find difficult or even unnecessary requires us to sit down and properly discuss the library’s role in information searching and how to best assist students and staff in their research process."

Lokse, M. and Magnussen, M. (2013, November 14) Show me your search strings! Information today. http://www.infotoday.eu/Articles/Editorial/Featured-Articles/Show-me-your-search-strings!--93283.aspx
Photo by Sheila Webber: Cherry blossom, Sheffield, April 2014
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Date: Friday, 04 Apr 2014 03:25
Making Google Behave is a priced workshop from Karen Blakeman in London, UK, on 9 April 2014, organised bu UKEIG. "There are many tricks we can use to make Google give better results and this workshop will look in detail at the options that are currently available to us." More information at http://www.ukeig.org.uk/trainingevent/making-google-behave-karen-blakeman-0
Karen also just put up one of her excellent presentations, on Slideshare, How we really search: the end of Google's supremacy?, a presentation given at the AGM of CILIP Hants & Wight on 2 April 2014.

How we really search: the end of Google's supremacy? from Karen Blakeman
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Date: Thursday, 03 Apr 2014 00:15
Yesterday I attended a launch event for an exhibition put on by the Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth here at Sheffield University. The pictures are from the research exhibition. The Centre's website is at http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/cscy
There were short presentations about three interdisciplinary projects. Firstly, Kate Pahl talked about a project funded by the AHRC's Connected Communities programme, Communication wisdom: a study of the uses of fishing in youth work. Their aim is to consider the role of fishing in youth work. It is participatory research, including working with young people to make films and online texts to produce a "Compleat Angler 2.0". They identified that the calm and concentration experienced whilst fishing was helpful to the young people, and indeed to the adults working with them. There was also an intergenerational angle, in that older, experienced anglers were teaching the young people to fish.

The second project was Beyond Family Centred Care, which Penny Curtis introduced. This focuses on the care of children in hospital, where "family centred care" has been the approach for some time in the UK: in other words involving parents in care and decision making. However "parenting in public" like this can be stressful, and nurses can find it difficult to share decision making. Additionally, there is still a lot to be discovered in terms of what children want and how they experience the care.
The project aims to get three perspectives (children's, parents' and nurses') through an ethnographic study. From initial findings: there seems to be a division between clinical care (done by nurses) and everyday care (done by parents). The parents seem to feel that they should be, and they are expected to, look after their child in hospital 24/7, which can be very stressful when the parents cannot do this. The children perfer a parent to help with basic care, but if they are in hospital for longer, they would like more (different) company, which means they have to be proactive in finding someone. There is limited information given to parents and children when they're on the ward (it might be assumed by nurses that people would remember from a previous admission, but that's not necessarily so).

The final presentation was from Rosie Parnell, on Designing with Children, funded the Leverhulme Trust. The research question is: what do spatial designers learn from creative dialogue with children and what impact does this have on the design process? There is a nice website at http://designingwithchildren.net/ and are looking for more examples where designers have involved children in the design of spaces. If any blog reader knows of one (e.g. in designing a children's library or school library) do contact them! The researchers then follow up to find out how the children were involved and what the impact was on the designers and the ultimate design. Some early findings included: that designers valued the children's lack of attention to the conventions e.g. saying if they didn't like something, and being less constrained by issues of cost or social convention. They also felt that it, for example, gave the designers possibilities to be more playful in design.
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Date: Tuesday, 01 Apr 2014 22:01
Join us in the virtual world Second Life for a one-hour discussion of an open-access article. Led by Ridvan Ata (University of Sheffield, Ridvan Atolia in Second Life) we will be discussing:
Diehm. R. & Lupton, M (2012). Learning information literacy.  Information Research, 19(1) paper 607. http://InformationR.net/ir/19-1/paper607.html

When: 2 April 2014 12.00 noon SL time (which is 8.00pm UK time and the same as US pacific time)

Where: Infolit iSchool Journal Club room, in the virtual world Second Life, http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Infolit%20iSchool/106/209/31 You need a SL avatar and the Second Life browser installed on your computer. The picture shows last month's Journal Club.

Everyone is welcome to join the one-hour discussion.

A Sheffield iSchool Centre for Information Literacy Research event.
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Date: Monday, 31 Mar 2014 23:06
A couple of weeks ago a free pdf was published by ACRL:
Kazakoff-Lane, C. (2014) Environmental Scan of OERs, MOOCs, and Libraries: What Effectiveness and Sustainability Means for Libraries’ Impact on Open Education. ACRL.
The blurb says that "this research report introduces and provides background on the open educational resources (OER) and massive open online course (MOOC) movements and investigates the effectiveness and challenges to sustainability of each." There was some discussion on the ili-l list about the perspective taken on MOOCs and OERs, but it seems to me a fair summary of recent history and current perspectives. The only criticism I could have is that it doesn't really set them in the context of the research & practice of e-learning and blended overall, though that isn't exactly uncommon when discussing MOOCs.
Photo by Sheila Webber: Industrial works, beside the Thames, Greenwich, March 2014
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Date: Sunday, 30 Mar 2014 19:15
Mentioned recently on the discussion list ili, Adelphi University Library's libguide: Faculty Information Literacy Resources. It has explanations about information literacy, links to resources that academic staff might use in assignments or class exercises etc. http://libguides.adelphi.edu/content.php?pid=419853
Photo by Sheila Webber: blossom in Gilbert's Pit, March 2014
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