Friday, December 02, 2016

New articles on #dataliteracy

An interesting issue of the open access journal Journal of Community Informatics (Vol 12, No 3 (2016) focuses on Data Literacy. Articles include:
Introduction: Data Literacy - What is it and how can we make it happen? Mark Frank, Johanna Walker, Judie Attard, Alan Tygel
- Creating an Understanding of Data Literacy for a Data-driven Society Annika Wolff, Daniel Gooch, Jose J. Cavero Montaner, Umar Rashid, Gerd Kortuem
- Data Literacy defined pro populo David Crusoe (in case you are interested he defines data literacy as: "Data literacy is the knowledge of what data are, how they are collected, analyzed, visualized
and shared, and is the understanding of how data are applied for benefit or detriment, within
the cultural context of security and privacy." p.38)
- Data literacy conceptions, community capabilities Paul Matthews
- Urban Data in the primary classroom: bringing data literacy to the UK curriculum Annika Wolff, Jose J Cavero Montaner, Gerd Kortuem
- Contributions of Paulo Freire for a Critical Data Literacy: a Popular Education Approach Alan Freihof Tygel, Rosana Kirsch
- DataBasic: Design Principles, Tools and Activities for Data Literacy Learners Catherine D'Ignazio, Rahul Bhargava
- Perceptions of ICT use in rural Brazil: Factors that impact appropriation among marginalized communities Paola Prado, J. Alejandro Tirado-Alcaraz, Mauro Araújo Câmara
- Graphical Perception of Value Distributions: An Evaluation of Non-Expert Viewers' Data Literacy Arkaitz Zubiaga, Brian Mac Namee
- Some Key Challenges for Data Literacy Mark Frank, Johanna Walker
In addition I was interested in the article: Granny gets smarter but Junior hardly notices (report on a survey that students did on elders' mobile phone use, in South Africa) Isabella Margarethe Venter, Karen Renaud, Renette Blignaut
Photo by Sheila Webber: Hogwarts Express carriage. Disconcertingly, this carriage is evidently a real former railway carriage, exactly like ones I used to commute in in the 1980/90s, November 2016.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

The Information Literacy Constellation: Understanding by Design as a Model to Integrate Frames and Standards #acrlframework

Lisa Hinchliffe gave a webinar for the Academic Instruction & Information Literacy Member Group of the Florida Library Association (FLA) on 29 November2016 and the FLA have kindly released the recording. The title is: The Information Literacy Constellation: Understanding by Design as a Model to Integrate Frames and Standards. "ACRL has an expansive set of information literacy documents; however, with the approval of the Framework and rescinding of the Standards, that "constellation" has shifted. How can librarians develop programs that are guided by professional standards and guidelines while reflecting local context and needs? Drawing on Understanding by Design (Wiggins and McTigue), this webinar provide guidance for librarians who are stepping up to the challenge “to be imaginative and innovative in implementing the Framework” (" You will have to give your contact information in order to access the webinar recording but there is no fee. The PPT slides and webinar recording are are linked at
Photo by Sheila Webber: model of Hogwarts, WB Making of Harry Potter, November 2016

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

cfp CILIP conference 2017

The (UK) Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) Conference 2017 takes place 5-6 July 2017 at the University of Manchester, UK. There is a call for proposals: the deadline is 10 February 2017. There are 2 strands.
Strand 1 - Future Trends is "aimed at Heads of Service, Senior Managers and Decision Makers, who want to understand, discuss and share insight into key issues that will affect our sector, both today and in the future." The 6 session topics are: Public Policy; Law; Technology; Learning (which includes "Classroom of the future"); Society (which includes Information Literacy); Social Justice.
Strand 2 - Workshops "will be run by experts in a specific field to encourage discussion, sharing of knowledge and offer practical advice. This strand is aimed at practitioners, front line staff and managers who are looking to learn from other sectors, share experiences and knowledge and take away key messages and tools that can be applied in the workplace." One of the 6 workshop topics is Information Literacy. More information at
Photo by Sheila Webber: the Hogwarts Express, WB Making of Harry Potter, November 2016 (the set was amazingly like the real Kings Cross station)

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Rate proposals for the Innovative Library Classroom 2017

The organisers of the one-day conference, The Innovative Library Classroom 2017 (taking place on May 11, 2017, in Radford University, Virginia, USA) want help in rating the proposals they have received for the conference. "In addition to using the traditional peer review process, we are crowdsourcing reviews of the proposals by opening up public voting on the proposals. Although conference coordinators will make the final selections, the decisions will be made based on results from both the peer review process and the public voting. Anyone who is considering attending TILC 2017 can vote. All voting is anonymous, and we ask that you please vote only once." Voting closes on December 16. information on the proposals + voting is at the conference website is at
Photo by Sheila Webber: Hogwarts model, WB Making of Harry Potter, November 2016

Comment on ACRL research agenda

There is a new draft ACRL ([US] Association of College and Research Libraries) research agenda on "library contributions to student learning and success". From my reading of it, this is aiming to identify an agenda for research that will demonstrate and evidence library impact on student learning and success (rather than one for impacting student learning and success).  Input and reactions are sought by December 16, 2016. Since you are asked to indicate "region" this is aimed at ARCL mebers, but there is an "other" box so interested non-US people may wish to contribute.
Project website:
Draft agenda: "First, a brief literature review is provided to overview some of ACRL’s work on the value of academic libraries and to describe how this work informed development of a codebook, which was then used to identify the themes of 357 relevant readings. Next, an overview of methods is provided, followed by a presentation and discussion of findings from content analysis of the readings and analysis of the focus group interview transcript. The paper concludes by outlining key takeaways from the work completed to date by the team." Thus this document is useful for those interested in academic library impact, even if you don't want to give feedback.
Feedback form:
Photo by Sheila Webber: model of Dumbledore's room, WB Making of Harry Potter, November 2016

Monday, November 28, 2016

Critical Information Literacy in Art and Design Libraries

3 items- (1) Just one session - but this caught my eye: At the ARLIS/NA 45th Annual Conference taking place in New Orleans (whole conference is 5-9 February 2017): On Wednesday, February 8, 1:15pm - 2:15pm: Critical Information Literacy in Art and Design Libraries with Siân Evans, Stephanie Grimm and Jennifer Ferretti.
(2) Accessible to all, there is a dialog between Evans and Ferretti on the ACRLog (May 23 2016, "#libeyrianship: Pop Culture and #critlib in Information Literacy Programs") in which they talk about the LibGuide Beyoncé’s Lemonade and Information Resources.
(3) I will remind people about the section on ACRL Information Literacy in the Disciplines resource related specifically to art:
Photo by Sheila Webber: Model of Diagon Alley (there was a section devoted to the art and design work), WB Making of Harry Potter, November 2016

Friday, November 25, 2016

Seeding local curricula with the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy

Latest open access perspectives on the (ACRL) framework:
Witek, D. (2016). Becoming gardeners: Seeding local curricula with the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy. College and Research Libraries News, 77(10), 504-508.
Photo by Sheila Webber: Diagon Alley at the WB "Making of Harry Potter" November 2016

Thursday, November 24, 2016

2 recent articles on using material from websites etc. for systematic review

As you might expect, Systematic reviews is generally useful for the area of systematic review, including searching, and is an open access journal. Just published:
- Stansfield, C., Dickson, K. and Bangpan, M. (2016). Exploring issues in the conduct of website searching and other online sources for systematic reviews: how can we be systematic? Systematic reviews, 5, 191. DOI: 10.1186/s13643-016-0371-9
And thanks to Steven Duffy, who alerted people on LinkedIn to:
- Adams, J. et al. (2016). Searching and synthesising ‘grey literature’ and ‘grey information’ in public health: critical reflections on three case studies. Systematic reviews, 5, 164. DOI: 10.1186/s13643-016-0337-y  Useful for proposing search strategies and (e.g.) approaches to extraction. "We propose the term ‘grey information’ to capture a wide range of documented and undocumented information that may be excluded by common definitions of ‘grey literature’. Information on applied public health research questions relating to the nature and range of public health interventions, and many evaluations of these interventions, may be predominantly, or only, held in grey literature and grey information. Evidence syntheses on these topics need, therefore, to embrace grey literature and information."
Photo by Sheila Webber: apples from my tree, October 2016

How can libraries better serve refugees and asylum seekers? #libraries4refugees

Not strictly information literacy, but an interesting web discussion on: How can libraries better serve refugees and asylum seekers?
Web-conference sessions: November 28, 2016, noon-1:00 pm US CT (which is 6-7pm UK time) and December 2, 2016 10:30-11:30 am CT (which is 16.30-17.30 UK time). Participant link:
Twitter chat sessions: November 29, 2016; 1:00-2:00 pm CT (which is 6-7pm UK time); December 5, 2016; 8:00-9:00 pm CT (which is 2-3am UK time) Join the Twitter discussion @MortensonCenter using the hashtag #libraries4refugees
Use the hashtag #welcomepitch to share announcements, resources, CFPs, etc relevant to chat topic or refugees and asylum seekers
Use to determine other local times.
"The Mortenson Center for International Library Programs has partnered with ALA [American Library association] on the IMLS-funded Project Welcome: Libraries and Community Anchors Planning for Resettlement and Integration of Refugees and Asylum Seekers. Project Welcome is a one-year planning grant (May 2016 – April 2017) that aims to learn about and articulate ways libraries can address the information needs of refugees and asylum seekers in order to support and empower them in their resettlement and integration process... As part of the planning grant, we are holding listening sessions to learn from the library and information community: How can libraries better serve refugees and asylum seekers? The input will be incorporated into a thought paper, that will be used to provide background for the 2-day collaborative learning space/meeting" Questions to
Photo by Sheila Webber: Sheffield, November 2016

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Local Information Literacy news

Some librarians are good at getting stories and press releases into their local news sites. Firstly, a small guest column about information literacy in a local US newspaper, which includes a reminder that President Obama designated October Information Literacy month:
- VCAL/VSLA/VLA Information Literacy Working Group. (2016, November 3). Guest Column: Vt. [Vermont] librarians speak up about information literacy. Williston Observer.
IL month is also celebrated in this local US news story, which summarises the events and awards a college had organised:
- e-news Park Forest. (2016, October 28). 3rd Annual Information Literacy Month Closing Event Held at South Suburban College. e-news Park Forest.
Finally, from Ireland, Dundalk Institute of Technology announced the winners of its Bi-annual Information Literacy Awards:
- Dundalk Democrat. (2016, November 1). DkIT literacy champs are honoured at event. Dundalk Democrat.
Photo by Sheila Webber: autumn leaf and water feature, Sheffield, November 2016

Awards at Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2016 #MILweek2016

Awards were made during Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week 2016 in São Paulo, Brazil, earlier this month. The Global (and international) MIL Awards winners for 2016 are: Divina Frau-Meigs (4th from the right in this picture taken at the European MIL Forum in June) and Bérangère Blondeau, from France’s University of Sorbonne Nouvelle; Thomas Röhlinger, Founder and Editor in Chief of Radijojo World Children's Media Network, Germany; and the Child and Youth Media Institute, Thailand. There is more information at

Monday, November 21, 2016

cfp i3 2017 #i3rgu

There is a call for papers for the 2017 i3 conference: information: interactions and impact, 27-30 June 2017, that at usual is held in Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland. Deadline for abstracts is 25 January 2017. They are calling for proposals for full papers, short papers and round table discussions. Research papers concerning impact of information, information behaviour, information literacy etc. are solicited "The conference focuses on the quality and effectiveness of the interaction between people and information and how this interaction can bring about change. i3 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." This is one of my favourite conferences. More information at
The photo shows me at i3 2015 with three of my then PhD students (now all "Dr", having achieved #phdsuccess): l to r: Joseph Essels, Me, Syeda Hina Batool, Kondwani Wella

Information literacy research: dimensions of the emerging collective consciousness: a reflection.

Bruce, C.S. (2016). Information literacy research: dimensions of the emerging collective consciousness: a reflection. Australian Academic & Research Libraries, 1-6. Open access at
This is a short reflection on an important earlier work by this infolit guru: the original article is here

Friday, November 18, 2016

#ECIL2016 presentations

Many (the majority) of the presentations from the European Conference on Information Literacy are available on the ECIL website Go to the Programmes tab and then you select the day. For your convenience the pages are Monday morning (10th October) , Monday afternoon, Tuesday Morning, Wednesday morning, Wednesday afternoon, Thursday morning. They don't seem to have the programme up any more (to tell what was on, when) but this is the book of abstracts in pdf - there should be something of interest to everyone there!
Photo by Sheila Webber: autumn colour by the Mappin building, November 2016

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Rewired: Research-Writing Partnerships within the Frameworks

A new book from ACRL: McClure, R. (2016). Rewired: Research-Writing Partnerships within the Frameworks. ACRL. 978-0-8389-8904-3. US $68.00 (print:; US $48 (e-book:
"Colleges and universities tend to be siloed spaces where we work within our own departments, divisions, and units and don’t always recognize the connections we have with the work of our colleagues down the hall. Rewired: Research-Writing Partnerships within the Frameworks highlights the clear connections between two important disciplinary documents—the Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing (CWPA, NCTE, and NWP, 2011) and the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education (ACRL, 2016)—and examines partnerships between librarians and their colleagues who are teaching information literacy in new and impactful ways."Section 1 is Developing a Shared Understanding; Section 2 is Partnering Research & Writing; Section 3 is Assessing Writing & Information Literacy. There is a list of contributors at the above links.
Photo by Sheila webber: autumn beech, November 2016

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Recent articles: nursing; IL job ads; credit class; paper activity

Selected from journals of 3 ACRL chapters:
Sproles, C. and Detmering, R. (2016). Working Information Literacy: The Instruction Librarian Specialty in Job Advertisements, 1973-2013. Codex: the Journal of the Louisiana Chapter of the ACRL, 3(4), 10-32. A snippet from the end of the article "In the past 40 years, the concept of information literacy transformed from new concept to an accepted tenant of librarianship. As the concept of information literacy blossomed throughout the years, so did the number of job ads, the amount of requirements for the positions, and the percentage of ads that requested teaching-related requirements (Table 8). This trend demonstrates the application of theory to practice and the growing demand for librarians as teachers."

Deal, E. (2016). Teaching Information Literacy and Library Skills to Online Nursing Students: A Selected Annotated Bibliography. Codex: the Journal of the Louisiana Chapter of the ACRL, 3(4), 33-54.

Frank, E. and MacDonald, A. (2016). Eyes Toward the Future: Framing For-credit Information Literacy Instruction. Codex: the Journal of the Louisiana Chapter of the ACRL, 4(4)[sic: I think it should actually be volume 4 issue 1, as the one before is volume 3 issue 4],9-22.

McIllece, E. (2016). Build-a-Paper: Old tools With a New Twist. Nebraska Libraries, 4(4), 20-22. "The build-a-paper activity provides a hands-on method for students to learn about using sources in an academic paper." (the pdf of the whole issue)

Miller, M. and Neyer, L. (2016). Mapping Information Literacy and Written Communication Outcomes in an Undergraduate Nursing Curriculum: A Case Study in Librarian-Faculty Collaboration. Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice, 4(1), 22-34. From the abstract"A syllabi study was conducted by the health science librarian and nursing faculty members in a baccalaureate nursing program to map information literacy and communication learning outcomes. Nursing course syllabi and assignments were examined for particular evidence of information literacy and communication learning outcomes in relationship to three sets of standards from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the Association of College & Research Libraries, and the rubrics of the Association of American Colleges & Universities. ... The resulting analysis led to a change in the librarian’s practices with greater involvement with the nursing department."
Photo by Sheila Webber: Sheffield Botanic Gardens, November 2016

Monday, November 14, 2016

cfp European Conference on Information Literacy #ECIL2017

There is a call for papers for the 2017 European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL) which will take place in Saint Malo, France, September 18-21 2017. "ECIL aims to bring together researchers, information professionals, employers, media specialists, educators, policy makers and all other related parties from around the world to exchange knowledge and experience and discuss recent developments and current challenges in both theory and practice." The main theme is Workplace Information Literacy, and there are some subthemes connected with that, but papers on other IL topics are also encouraged (e.g. IL and citizenship, IL in different educational contexts, teaching IL, IL and technology). Abstract submission deadline is 15 February 2017. Several kinds of proposal are possible e.g. panel session, paper, workshop, pecha kucha, doctoral forum, poster. For full information go to