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

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Academic Libraries of Indiana conference materials

Material from the Academic Libraries of Indiana
(ALI) summer conference is online:
- Sharing Information Literacy Practices Across the State (powerpoint): ALI Information LIteracy Committee Presentation, Sally Neal, ALI ILC Chair
- The Concept of Dispositions and the Information Literacy Framework: Engaging the Affective Domain (2-page paper) Bill Orme, Associate Dean for Educational Services, IUPUI University Library
- Bargain Basement Assessment: Free and easy resources to assess instruction and measure student outcomes (poster) Heather Howard & Sarah Wagner, Sponsel Library, Trine University
Photo by Sheila Webber: tame butterfly (at Science Museum, perched on a knee)

Registration open for LILAC 2017

The 2017 LILAC (UK information literacy) conference will take place at Swansea University, Swansea, Wales, 10-12 April 2017. A call for papers will be issued shortly.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Recent articles: Socio-Cognitive Relevance of Information Literacy; Barriers to instruction in Pakistan; Low achieving students

Some recent articles from various sources:
- This first one is actually a poster presented at the IFLA conference in August: Kaufmann, K. F. (2016) Socio-Cognitive Relevance of Information Literacy: The impact on student academic work. Poster presented at: IFLA WLIC 2016 – Columbus, OH – Connections. Collaboration. Community.
- A special issue of the Pakistan Journal of Information Management & Libraries (volume 17, 2016) has papers from the ICIML conference, including ones relevant to information literacy including: Barriers When Advocating or Providing Information Literacy Instruction in Medical Institutions of Pakistan by Midrar Ullah, Kanwal Ameen; Measuring Levels of Students' Anxiety in Information Seeking Tasks by Muhammad Asif Naveed, Kanwal Ameen.
- Chung, J. and Kim, J. (2016) How Do Low Achieving Students in an Urban High School Learn with Information?: An Exploratory Study. Journal of the Korean Society for Library and Information Science, 50 (2), 25-45.
Photo by Sheila Webber: Butterfly, feeding, Natural History Museum

September 8th was International Literacy Day; Global Report on Adult Learning #50ILD

Apologies for missing International Literacy Day on September 8th. This was the 50th anniversary of the day and information about it is here
As part of the commemoration, UNESCO published the 3rd Global Report On Adult Learning and Education. It is subtitled "The Impact of Adult Learning and Education on health and Well-Being; Employment and the Labour Market; and Social, Civic and Community Life" and chapters discuss the evidence for these links, reporting on a monitoring survey to which 139 countries responded. The report can be downloaded at

Friday, September 09, 2016

Reading the Framework through the six frames

The open access journal College and Research Libraries News has started a new regular column, Perspectives on the Framework (i.e. the ACRL Information Literacy Framework). It starts with the September issue, in which Emily Drabinski wrires about Turning Inward: Reading the Framework through the six frames (in other words, she reflects on each frame of the ACRL IL Framework in relation to its own six frames: not to be confused with the 6 frames of information literacy identified earlier by Christine Bruce and her colleagues).
Photo by Sheila Webber: Another Rudbeckia, August 2016, Gothenburg.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Infolit journal club: 29 Sept: Using the I-LEARN model for information literacy instruction #ILread

The next information literacty blog post discussion will be on 29 September 2016 at 8pm UK time (which is 3pm US Eastern time, 12 noon Pacific time). It will be a one hour live blog post discussion on the article:
Greenwell, S. (2016). Using the I-LEARN model for information literacy instruction. Journal of Information Literacy, 10(1), 67–85.
Stacey Greenwell, the author (right), has written a kick-off post which is here:
"Stacey has been a member of the University of Kentucky’s (Lexington, KY, USA) library faculty for fifteen years and is currently Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Research. She teaches an academic libraries course in the School of Information Science and is currently working on the second edition of an academic libraries textbook. The article she will be discussing is based upon her dissertation research."
Anyone can join this discussion! Participants aim to read at least some of the article in advance, then come along at 8pm UK time and join in the discussion by adding comments to the above blog post. You can see how this works by looking at previous discussions on the blog.