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Date: Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 10:00
There is a new page on the Information Literacy website managed by (UK) CILIP IL Group. The page focuses on Further Education, which I believe is rather like Community Colleges in the USA and VET colleges in Australia. The characteristics of FE are outlined and there is an embedded pdf outlining some questions and challenges for information literacy in Further Education, and another with an example information literacy strategy for further education. http://www.informationliteracy.org.uk/information-literacy/further-education/
Photo by Sheila Webber: Outside the students' union, Sheffield, October 2014
Author: "Sheila Webber (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "academic sector, Further education, Info..."
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Date: Wednesday, 08 Oct 2014 21:51
There is a call for papers for the WILU (Canadian Information Literacy) conference. It will be held June 15-17 2015 in St. John’s, Newfoundland. The conference theme is Sea Change: Transforming Learning. "The phrase “sea change” is rich with meaning: the OED defines it as an “alteration or metamorphosis [or] a radical change”. The ideas of change, growth, and transformation are central to WILU, where librarians come together to learn and grow as educators, and where we are inspired through our teaching to help transform others. Our theme also points to important changes currently taking place in our profession with the emergence of the new ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education - a framework built on the idea of transformative learning. For WILU 2015, we invite proposals that are inspired in various ways by the ideas of growth, change, and transformation; that bring us together to explore changes that we have either experienced or inspired, and to examine the transformations that are taking place around us." There are various presentation options (talks, posters, workshops etc.) Deadline for proposals is Monday, December 1, 2014. http://wilu2015.wordpress.com/proposals/
Photo by Sheila Webber: Autumn mixture, Sheffield, October 2014
Author: "Sheila Webber (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "cfp, events"
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Date: Wednesday, 08 Oct 2014 10:00
The latest issue of Reference Services Review (priced journal) includes their annual annotated information literacy bibliography (the first item referenced below). Although with some bias to North America, it is still a very valuable resource every year: the 2013 version includes 501 items, 313 of those covering the academic sector (which always has the largest number of articles). At the moment it is the preprint version which is available on the website, so the articles listed below do not have page numbers.
- Detmering R. et al. (2014). Library Instruction and Information Literacy 2013. Reference Services Review, 42 (4).
- Jumonville, A. (2014) The Role of Faculty Autonomy in a Course-Integrated Information Literacy Program. Reference Services Review, 42 (4).
- Johnston, N., Partridge, H. and Hughes, H. (2014). Understanding the Information Literacy Experiences of EFL (English as a Foreign Language) Students. Reference Services Review, 42 (4).
Photo by Sheila Webber: Farewell tall ships, Greenwich, September 2014.
Author: "Sheila Webber (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "academic sector, Australia, lifelong lea..."
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Date: Wednesday, 08 Oct 2014 02:09
Librarians in the network Informationskompetenz Berlin/Brandenburg (NIK-BB) have produced an online tutorial (in German) for schoolchildren and those commencing their studies. The tutorial has short sections on identifying your information, finding material etc. and applying the information to do your homework and is here: http://info.ub.hu-berlin.de/tutorials/informationskompetenz/index.html?accesspoint=1
Author: "Sheila Webber (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "Germany, schools sector, tutorials"
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Date: Monday, 06 Oct 2014 10:00
There are some short videos with "highlights" from the European conference on Technology Enhanced Learning that took place in Graz, 16-19 September 2014. (The actual proceedings are in a priced publication from Springer Verlag).
The interviews are at http://openeducationeuropa.eu/en/node/161897 which is part of the Open Education Europa website (worth exploring: lots of project and course listings and resources).
I picked up on this because of the interview with Rebecca Ferguson and Mike Sharples, who are talking about pedagogy in MOOCs (their powerpoint is here: http://www.slideshare.net/sharplem/innovative-pedagogy-at-scale-ectel): there is also a video summary of the whole MOOCs session and another video is on wearable learning. Following a link, I also found a site on Social Mobile Learning http://www.somolearn.org/home which you might find interesting if you are designing learning using mobile/social media.
Author: "Sheila Webber (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "e-learning, Mobile, Pedagogy"
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Date: Sunday, 05 Oct 2014 12:00
There is a call for papers for the 7th International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries which takes place 25-27 May 2015 at IUT Université Paris Descartes, France. The deadline for submissions is 30 of March 2015. "we will emphasise models and initiatives that run under the budget restrictions, such as the innovation, the crisis management, the long-term access, the synergies and partnership, and the open access movement". More information at http://www.isast.org/
Photo by Sheila Webber: Tall ship on the Thames, September 2014
Author: "Sheila Webber (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "cfp, events"
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Date: Sunday, 05 Oct 2014 06:28
As a result of a survey, the ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries) Instruction Section has added to its social media presence, so that you can like/follow/engage on the following platforms:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/instructionacrl
Twitter https://twitter.com/acrl_is @acrl_is
Google+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/111377896798204551708/posts ACRL Instruction
LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/ User name: ACRL Instruction Section
Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/acrlinstruction/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/ User name: ACRL Instruction Section
Photo by Sheila Webber: secret garden, Charlton House, September 2014
Author: "Sheila Webber (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "resources, USA"
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Date: Friday, 03 Oct 2014 09:30
There is a call for papers for the LILAC (Information Literacy) conference, that will be held in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK, 8-10 April 2015. Proposals must be submitted by 5pm UK time on 12 November 2014. This year's conference themes are: IL and employability; Delivering IL through new technologies; IL for the under-18s; Research based IL; Creative approaches to IL; Outreach and collaboration. Proposals can be for short papers; long papers; workshop sessions; symposia; Teachmeet presentations or posters. Go to http://www.lilacconference.com/WP/call-for-papers/ for more information and to submit an abtract online.
Photo by Sheila Webber: lilac
Author: "Sheila Webber (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "cfp, events"
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Date: Thursday, 02 Oct 2014 14:30
Wales Higher Education Libraries Forum (WHELF) and the Great Western 4 libraries have organised a one-day event on 28 November 2014 at Cardiff University, Wales; Information/Digital Literacy and the Researcher. Moira Bent is the keynote speaker and other speakers include Kate Bradbury (Cardiff University) on supporting the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and Sam Oakley & Claire Boucher who will discuss innovative research support initiatives at Swansea University. There was also be a Teachmeet. Book by contacting Caroline Huxtable (Caroline.M.Huxtable@exeter.ac.uk)
Photo by Sheila Webber: honeysuckle, Charlton House, September 2014
Author: "Sheila Webber (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "events"
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Date: Thursday, 02 Oct 2014 10:00
October is National Information Literacy Awareness Month in the USA.  The month was first celebrated in 2009, with a proclamation from President Obama. Now states in the USA are urged to make declarations for the month, and so far (for this year) Governors in 25 states and 1 US territory have issued proclamations. There is also an article about the initiative:
Weiner, S., Jackman, L. and Prause, E. (2013) Strategizing for public policy: The Information Literacy State Proclamation Project. Public Services Quarterly, 9(4), 284-99. Open access version at  http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/lib_fsdocs/60/
Author: "Sheila Webber (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "Information Literacy, Information Litera..."
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Date: Wednesday, 01 Oct 2014 17:04
Today is International Day of Older Persons (IDOP), with the theme this year of Leaving No One Behind: Promoting a Society for All. The United Nations website is here: http://www.un.org/en/events/olderpersonsday/index.shtml, there is a WHO page about it here: http://www.who.int/ageing/events/idop_rationale/en/. This notes that "In our fast ageing world, older people will increasingly play a critical role - through volunteer work, transmitting experience and knowledge, helping their families with caring responsibilities and increasing their participation in the paid labour force": so that (healthy) older people need to be seen as an asset rather than a problem. Since "60" appears to be when you start being an Older person, I just qualify in this category, and I do get irritated when I see this issue being treated in a rather patronising way, as if all older people needed to catch up. I hadn't realised (before today) that today was IDOP, so I haven't spent much time identifying material dealing with information literacy and older people (perhaps next year!) There tends to be a focus on older people's deficit in using digital technology, and today's post on the CILIP blog focuses on that rather than a holistic view of information literacy in later life stages: Kathy Valdes of Digital Unite talks about How to get older people online.
The picture shows me in the virtual world, Second Life, doing what I believe people are supposed to do in their twilight years i.e. sunning myself on the porch ;-)
Author: "Sheila Webber (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "Information Society"
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Date: Wednesday, 01 Oct 2014 14:00
PRIMO Site of the Month is My Learning Essentials Online by Jade Kelsall, Jody McGurk. Jennie Blake, Sam Aston, Neil Sprunt, Dave Hirst, John Hynes at University of Manchester Library, UK. There is an interview with the authors at http://www.ala.org/acrl/aboutacrl/directoryofleadership/sections/is/iswebsite/projpubs/primo/site/2014september and the tutorial itself is at http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/academicsupport/mylearningessentials/
Photo by Sheila Webber: yet more michaelmas daisies (photoshopped).
Author: "Sheila Webber (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "academic sector, Information Literacy, t..."
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Date: Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 20:08
As the new semester starts people have been sharing links to information literacy and citation guides. These include:
- Hong Kong University of Science and Technology videos on citation e.g. citing in different styles http://lbcone.ust.hk/elearning/?tag=citation
- Purdue University's OWL Citation Chart (compares MLA, APA and Chicago styles of citation) https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/949/01/ (and the Online Writing lab has lots of other resources too)
- A new document from ALISS (Association of Librarians and Information Professionals in the Social Sciences), Useful resources for student training and orientation, lists links to a number of resources such as information literacy tutorials

Photo by Sheila Webber: Michaelmas daisy, Charlton House, September 2014
Author: "Sheila Webber (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "academic sector, citation, Information L..."
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Date: Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 09:30
A fairly routine news article about anti-plagiarism software, and whether it should be used to punish or to educate. However, I think the long debate in the comments about whether or not the repeated use of students' work in the Turnitin database is really "fair use" is interesting.
Turner, C. (2014, August 25). Turnitin and the Debate Over Anti-Plagiarism Software. npr. http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2014/08/25/340112848/turnitin-and-the-high-tech-plagiarism-debate
Photo by Sheila Webber: Michaelmas daisy, Charlton House, September 2014
Author: "Sheila Webber (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "academic sector, Plagiarism"
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Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2014 21:39
There is a call for nominations for the Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award. There is a US $1000 award, presented at the American Library Association Conference. The deadline for nominations is December 5 2014. "This award recognizes an individual librarian who has made an especially significant contribution to the advancement of instruction in a college or research library environment." It does not (as far as I can see) say that the nominee has to be North American, though it looks like all the recipients so far have been. Further details are given on the website at http://www.ala.org/acrl/awards/achievementawards/miriamdudley.
There is also a Distance Learning Librarian award with the same closure date for nominations (and a slightly higher prize of $1200!) http://www.ala.org/acrl/awards/achievementawards/dlsaward
Photo by Sheila Webber: Charlton House, September 2014
Author: "Sheila Webber (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "Awards"
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Date: Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 12:39
Quite a lot of my tweets, won't be about information literacy for the next couple of months, as I am one of the educators in a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) about Play. It is using the Futurelean platform, and the educators are all from my faculty, the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Sheffield. My colleagues come from a variety of departments with reseach expertise in different areas, such as play spaces, the history of play, disability and play, and so forth. I'm contributing the sixth week of seven, and focusing on play in virtual worlds, specifically Second Life. I also include a video about information behaviour, to introduce an information literacy exercise.
The play theme is not just about children; it is looking at aspects of play lifelong. It is exciting and also a little daunting (over 13,000 people have signed up for it!) It starts next Monday and you can find information here: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/play In the introductory video (on that page) I appear briefly as my Second Life avatar, Sheila Yoshikawa, which is how I present most of my week. As it's a MOOC, it is of course free!
The picture is my #toyselfie - as an introduction to the MOOC we are encouraged to tweet a picture of ourselves with a favourite childhood toy. THis is me with Lamby.
Author: "Sheila Webber (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "e-learning, My teaching"
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Date: Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 23:19
JISC Netskills offers priced seminars and workshops in various parts of the UK e.g. in London on 25 November: e-Learning Essentials: BTEC Certificate; in Newcastle on 4 November Excellence in online training and teaching. They also do some online sessions e.g. on 13 November: Introduction to instructional design for e-learning (delivered online). Details at http://www.netskills.ac.uk/content/products/workshops/public/index.html
Photo by Sheila Webber: cosmos and dahlias, Blackheath farmer's market, September 2014
Author: "Sheila Webber (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "events"
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Date: Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 12:22
The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services is running a webinar: Podcasts: What Are They And Can Librarians Play? on October 15, 2014 at 11am US Pacific time, which is 2pm Eastern US time and 7pm UK time. It will last about an hour. "The main themes of this webinar are that podcasts have unique and useful scholarly and leisurely material that is easy to access and that librarians can be on the front lines of organizing and marketing them. Librarians will take away marketing and organizing ideas they can implement immediately, as well as ideas about marketing and organizing this relatively unknown medium in the future." The presenter is Sheryl Ramer Gesoff (director of the Health Sciences Library at Elmhurst Hospital Center in Elmhurst, New York. This is a priced webinar: ALCTS Members and individuals from outside the USA pay US$43, nonmembers $59. There are also group rates. The registration page is at http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=olweb&Template=/Conference/ConferenceList.cfm&ConferenceTypeCode=X; this lists all the American Library Association webinars.
Photo by Sheila Webber: sunset behind the Houses of Parliament, London, September 2014
Author: "Sheila Webber (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "events"
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Date: Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 02:50
October is Health Literacy Month. There is a website from the apparent founder http://www.healthliteracymonth.org/. The US National Library of Medicine links to some relevant resources http://nnlm.gov/bhic/2014/09/17/october-is-health-literacy-month-3/
Photo by Sheila Webber: Houses of Parliament, from St Thomas' Hospital gardens, September 2014
Author: "Sheila Webber (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "discipline - health, events, Information..."
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Date: Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 20:01
The proceedings of the 2014 IATUL conference, held in June 2014, include an information literacy session. These are full text papers, an interesting set:
Determining Return on Investment: The Importance and Development of Statistics Collection for Information Literacy Training at CPUT by Janine Lockhart and Deborah Becker, Cape Peninsula University of Technology
Does IL Education Have an Impact on Undergraduate Engineering Students' Research Skills by Marja Talikka, Harri Eskelinen and Hanna Varri, Lappeenranta University of Technology
Great Expectations: Results from a Faculty Survey of Students' Information Literacy Proficiency by Brian Jackson, Margy MacMillan, and Michelle Sinotte, Mount Royal University
Long Term Evaluation of Information Literacy Programme by Tina Hohmann, Technische Universität München
Photo by Sheila Webber: creeper, Oxford, September 2014
Author: "Sheila Webber (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "academic sector, academics, discipline -..."
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