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Wednesday
Mar152017

ACRL white paper on global perspectives on information literacy

The Student Learning & Information Literacy (SLILC) committee of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has today published a white paper on global perspectives on information literacy.

The white paper contains chapters written by practitioners and researchers from around the globe on their insights and practice. View more details, and download the free white paper.

The first in a series of programming around the white paper was held recently. This forum brought together Merinda Kaye Hensley, chair of the working group who produced the white paper, and Emma Coonan, author of the foreword of the white paper. View a recording of the forum.

Monday
Mar132017

IPRA 2017 – Winner – Dr Jane Secker

Dr Jane Secker was nominated by Emily Shields. She is the winner of the Informed Peer Recognition Award 2017, recognising her significant contribution and her activities as an exceptional information professional.

The text of her nomination is below.

"I would like to nominate Jane Secker, Copyright and Digital Literacy Advisor at the London School of Economics for an award for her commitment to the promotion and development of information literacy (IL) and copyright. She has worked tirelessly to raise the profile of these vital areas of librarianship building networks and developing relationships wherever possible.


In 2004, Jane, with a like-minded colleague, set up the LILAC conference. She believed that IL practice was important to share in the library community and grew a small event at LSE into the successful annual conference now a must in librarians’ calendars. Annual feedback proves that such an event boosts IL knowledge and understanding in the community, with delegates feeding this back to their institutions and employers building IL competence and knowledge throughout organisations and communities. All from Jane’s conviction in 2004 that such a conference would be of benefit to the profession and those we engage with.


This involvement in IL advocacy didn’t stop with one conference and over the years Jane’s activism and achievements in this area have been unparalleled. Jane is one of IL’s leading promoters and her belief that being information literate is not only an important life skill but also a fundamental human right is clear in her numerous publications and conference presentations.


As well as being the Copyright Advisor for LSE, Jane has also found time to
Be appointed Editor-in-Chief of the twice yearly Journal of Information Literacy;
Chair the CILIP Information Literacy Group;
Work on a number of projects to promote the use of Open Educational Resources, collaborating with the IL section of UNESCO ;
Win an Arcadia Fellowship at Cambridge University to run a research project on IL and co-write ‘A New Curriculum for IL’ (ANCIL) a much used framework for many IL practitioners;
Co-write ‘Copyright and elearning: a guide for practitioners’;
Develop and champion an initiative with TeenTech, to sponsor an award for 11-16 year olds that recognises excellence in research and information literacy

Her continuing enthusiasm for IL has developed further in recent years as Jane has also focussed on a more specific area, that of copyright. Jane strives to make a traditionally dry topic of copyright fun and engaging. Because of Jane, copyright is now the subject of games and t-shirts as well as more traditional publications and conference talks. Her advocacy for the world of copyright has led to a greater interest within the profession, leading in its turn to better compliance and a better understanding within Higher Education and elsewhere. Her work with the Universities UK / Guild HE Copyright Working Group led to the Copyright Licensing Agency increasing the extent limits from 5% to 10% making life easier for students and academics.

Jane’s commitment to her profession has led to many collaborations and a furthering of understanding within the profession of both IL in general and copyright in particular. She would be a deserving winner of this award."

 

Comments from the judging teams on the nomination are below.

“Clear that Jane Seeker has gone well beyond her job, and started things that are of real and lasting value to the profession and society, and will continue without her input.”

“It was very difficult to decide between these excellent nominations. All three are great examples of what can be accomplished when an individual goes the extra mile. Jane Seeker's prolificacy, however, is utterly inspiring and this person would be a deserved recipient of the 2017 award in return for what is a huge contribution to the profession and beyond.“

Jane Seeker is nominated for this award for her tireless commitment to the promotion of information literacy and copyright. We were extremely impressed by this nomination; in particular, what stood out for us was her willingness to share knowledge and expertise, and the wide-ranging and tangible benefits generated for the profession and for others as a result of her work. We felt unanimously that she met the criteria for the Informed Peer Recognition Award several times over.”

Jane Seeker was selected because her work has reached beyond the profession and has impacted on other areas. It has also highlighted issues to the public and has made what could be considered a "dry and boring" topic, fun and engaging whilst raising important points.”

 

Dr Secker's response to her nomination is below:

"I must thank all the people who've inspired me over the years - Debbi Boden who I set up Lilac with, Emma Coonan who I worked with on A New Curriculum for Information Literacy and Chris Morrison who is my copyright literacy co-researcher, author and games buddy. I also want to thank LSE and all my wonderful colleagues there and the Information Literacy Group Committee who work so hard.

 

Congratulations to Dr Jane Secker on being the first winner of the Informed Peer Recognition Award, as a result of her impressive and wide ranging achievements!

Friday
Mar032017

#NotWithoutMe @ the BBC

#NotWithoutMe @ the BBC

Supporting digital inclusion solutions for young people, with the Carnegie UK Trust.

Wednesday 15th March, 12:00pm-5:00pm

BBC Scotland, 40 Pacific Quay, Glasgow, G51 1DA 

As part of the BBC's Digital Cities Week Glasgow, the Carnegie UK Trust is hosting an interactive, user focused event on the theme of digital skills and inclusion for vulnerable young people. Enthusiastic participants from any background are welcome to come and discuss, debate and create tailored solutions for those often overlooked as ‘digital natives’.

The afternoon will provide opportunities to share ideas, examine the challenges, look for creative opportunities and test us all to ‘widen the net’. We’ll also be sharing insights from Carnegie UK’s current project #NotWithoutMe, and looking for your input to design the next steps. Please find attached a full version of the agenda which includes lightening talks, active discussion groups and innovative design sessions.

Please register through Eventbrite and we encourage you to share this with any colleagues who may also find this a relevant event. The event is free to attend, however places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first come served basis. Booking will close Tuesday 7th March. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Tuesday
Jan102017

Journal of Information Literacy vol. 10, No. 2 (2016)

Table of Contents

Editorial

 
Right answers, reflection, and CPD on a shoestring
Emma Coonan
1-2

Peer reviewed articles

 
Lauren N. Smith
3-25
 
Rachel Joseph, Samantha Fernandes, Lauri Hyers, Kerri O'Brien
26-39
 
Madeline E. Cohen, Jennifer Poggiali, Alison Lehner-Quam, Robin Wright, Rebecca K. West
40-63
 
Torunn Skofsrud Boger, Hanne Dybvik, Anne-Lise Eng, Else Helene Norheim
64-77

 

 
Rares G Piloiu
78-93

 

Access to  full journal

Tuesday
Dec062016

Information Literacy Symposium. 18th November 2016, Glasgow

The Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) and The Right Information, the Scottish Information Literacy Community of Practice hosted a Digital and Information Literacy Symposium examining the relevance of digital and information literacy in relation to health, education, housing, employability and welfare reform. The central theme was how we ensure equality of access to information across the country and reduce the gap between the information rich and information poor.

 symposium

SLIC has uploaded the presentations and curated tweets from the symposium. Here is our summary of the day:

 

Information Literacy in Impoverished Circumstances: Insights from information Behaviour Research

Dr Steven Buchanan, Head of Information Science (iLab) Research Group & Director of PG Teaching, University of Strathclyde

@StrathCIS

Steven described the research iLab is conducting in a range of groups including:

  • Information seeking behaviours of Young mothers
  • Information behaviours of disadvantaged and disengaged adolescents

However, Steven pointed out that iLab research suggests that we need to review how public libraries meet the information needs of people in disadvantaged and disengaged circumstances, and develop core literacy skills. An action-oriented interdisciplinary approach (bringing together academia and practitioners) should support this work.

 

Information Literacy in the Health Sector

Annette Thain, Manager Knowledge Services, NHS Education for Scotland

@athain @nesknowledge

Annette took us through a wide range of resources in the NHSScotland Knowledge Network that support health literacy. Health literacy was defined as people having enough knowledge, understanding, skills and confidence to use health information, to be active partners in their care, and to navigate the health and social care systems. These resources include:

Clinical librarian and outreach librarian roles involve carrying out information sourcing on behalf of health professionals. Generally the librarian is part of the clinical team and must work quickly and accurately to find relevant research evidence and other information so that care and treatment can be decided on. This is an expanding role in the health information professional workforce and research has shown that clinical/health librarians do make a difference to the quality of care be enabling health care staff to:

  • Be effective and safe practitioners
  • Work as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Help patients and the public gain the skills and ability to find, understand and apply health information as and when required to do so

It was interesting to hear results of NHS Education for Scotland research which showed 75% of health staff surveyed would ask Google before asking colleagues. One final tip which I’ll be checking out was how to bookmark tweets you like by linking your Twitter account to your Diigo account.

 

Digitally Agile National Principles

Liz Green, Senior Development Officer, YouthLink Scotland

@lizfmgreen @digitallyagile

Liz explained the work of the Digitally Agile Community Learning and Development Project. This focused on the 3 phases of the Digitally Agile National Principles - a national framework of guiding principles for the use of digital technology and social media in community learning and development.

The 9 principles have been designed to be used and adapted by anyone who feels that focus and clarity is needed in digital technology and social media learning. The principles are of particular importance to those working in organisations and services from the statutory, voluntary and community sectors .  Those working in this area work with some of the most disadvantaged groups in society.  The principles are easily related to everyday practical teaching and can help those disadvantaged groups increase their digital literacy and improve their lives.

It was also interesting to hear of the other work YouthLink Scotland is involved with. This includes:

  • The Digital Youth Network - a network for practitioners who are using digital tools and online spaces in their work with young people
  • 5Rights - takes the existing rights of children and young people (under 18) and articulates them for the digital world
  • LGBT Youth Scotland which now offers an anonymous live chat service around a range of topics i.e. sexting
  • #notwithoutme project - engaging and building young people's digital literacy

 

Digital Learning & Cultural Practice

Dr Cristina Costa, Lecturer in Technology Enhanced Learning, University of Strathclyde

@cristinacost

New networking cultures are emerging as more and more people engage digitally.  Working and communicating digitally is changing some of the fundamental ways people connect, interact, share, and work. A new networking culture appears to be evolving as a result. It is increasing vital that new forms of engagement are put in to practice in all areas of working life and at home. The world is a very competitive place to live and work and it is therefore important to keep up to date with developments and advancements in terms of collaboration, personal and professional development. The technology has to become more than a tool, it must become an enabler, a concept and a mind-set. The aim being to allow us to become knowledgeable  in digital literacies in order to becoming knowledge able and apply new skills in our everyday lives.  Aiming to have the confidence to create, evaluate, analyse and apply these new skills.

Cristina then described the digital learning and teaching strategy for Scotland in 4 quadrants, highlighting its relevance to each:

  • Develop Skills – Educators, Skills and Confidence
  • Improve Access – Learners, Access
  • Empower – Leaders, Drive Innovation
  • Enhance – Curriculum and Assessment

Cristina developed this by then explaining the importance of critical digital literacy. By applying these skills we can recognise the Internet as a place to access knowledge networks. The skills also allow us to use free online tools like Wikipedia - but take them at face value. Users also need to be aware that employers may now routinely Google for information about applicants to find out more about them. This is one reason why we should all be aware of our digital identity (persona) and what we say online.

One key message we took away from this session was to try and mirror users’ online behaviours when providing information online. So if they're used to searching trip advisor – try and present information in a similar format.

 

Basic Digital Skills & Information Literacy

Beth Murphy, One Digital Project Officer, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

@betty_murphy @digiscot

Beth gave a very clear and interesting presentation on the work SCVO is doing to tackle inequality by equipping individuals with basic digital skills. SCVO’s One Digital initiative was also highlighted.

Having the skills to apply our knowledge of digital skills in every aspect of daily life, particularly in the workplace we must be able to find, evaluate, use and manage information that is valued by employers.  We must be confident when working online and be able to know which information we can trust to ensure that it is fit for purpose.    Once we have source our information and selected the appropriate material we must be able to keep up to date with any further developments.  We must think about our digital presence – be safe and ensure that we bear in mind that anyone can put information on the web , emphasising the importance of selecting appropriate material or evidence to help support decision making.

Beth then focused on the Basic Digital Skills Framework - a really valuable resource which can be used by individuals and organisations to help people to assess and develop their digital skills. Another resource worth checking out is Doteveryone. Created by Martha Lane Fox to understand and address the moral and social challenges the Internet presents, in order to help make life fairer and simpler for everyone in the UK. Beth finished by outlining SCVO’s future plans which include:

 

Meet The Hackers

Gerry Grant and Adam Rapley, Ethical Hacking Consultants, Scottish Business Resilience Centre

@abertayhackers

The best session I’ve ever attended on cyber security - Gerry and Adam’s entertaining reality check on cyber security had many attendees vowing they were going to update passwords and be more aware about protecting their data. The Scottish Business Resilience Centre offers business services including security assessments, footprinting (finding someone's digital footprint) and training on cyber security. There is more information on this in SBRC’s resources. They presented many tips to help us secure our data – some of which we hadn’t considered before:

  • Always back up your data
  • Never click a link on an email unless you know who it’s from and what it is. Mouseover the sender to reveal the email address it came from.
  • System updates matter - always take the upgrade when prompted
  • Use strong alpha-numeric passwords and include symbols. A space also counts as symbol – though very few people use it
  • Use different password for different accounts
  • Or use passphrases instead of a passwords. These are harder for hackers to find and may be easier for you to remember. An example of creating and remembering a good passphrase
  • Also consider password managers such as Lastpass and 1password
  • Use two factor authentication when offered – e.g. Google accounts
  • Check the privacy settings on your social media accounts
  • Be aware that social media accounts are totally public by default, and can include personal details such as your location unless you make them private (or at least turn location off)
  • Be wary when using free public wifi. You could be connecting to a fake wifi network hackers have set up to intercept your data. Make sure the URL of the wifi network starts with https. Turn off wifi and click on forget network when you’re finished using it
  • Use wigle.net to find wifi networks

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Paul Gray and Morag Higgison

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