Sunday, February 19, 2017

Free chapter of: Practical Tips for Facilitating Research

A substantial chapter can be downloaded from the publisher's website:
Bent, M. (2016). Practical Tips for Facilitating Research. London, England: Facet. ISBN 9781783300174
The chapter is "Chapter 8: Specific interventions in the research process or lifecycle" including: Identifying opportunities in research workflows; Make early contact with the research community;  Attend research group meetings; Communicate your message effectively; Contribute to research proposals; Charge for literature searches; Systematic reviews – get involved in the planning process; (and lots more)
Photo by Sheila Webber: remembering past spring, taken a few years ago

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Media and Information Literacy Education Intern

For anyone looking for an intern position in New York, USA, ... Media and Information Literacy Education Intern, for the United Nations (UN) Alliance of Civilizations, working to the UNAOC Media and Information Literacy Project Manager
Closing date is 22 February 2017.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Free books on social media research (in England; China; Internationally) @UCL

University College London has a book series, with books available as free pdfs as well as proced publications. The series (which is ongoing) focuses on research into use of social media in different parts of the world. They have published one book which has an overview looking worldwide, one book on England and two on China. Others are scheduled to follow.
- Miller, D. et al. (2016). How The World Changed Social Media. London, England: University College London. (Published February 2016 ISBN: 978-1-910634-49-3) "How the World Changed Social Media is the first book in Why We Post, a book series that investigates the findings of anthropologists who each spent 15 months living in communities across the world. This book offers a comparative analysis summarising the results of the research and explores the impact of social media on politics and gender, education and commerce."
- Miller, D. (2016). Social Media in an English Village. London, England: University College London. (February 2016, ISBN: 978-1-910634-44-8) "Daniel Miller spent 18 months undertaking an ethnographic study with the residents of an English village, tracking their use of the different social media platforms. Following his study, he argues that a focus on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram does little to explain what we post on social media. Instead, the key to understanding how people in an English village use social media is to appreciate just how ‘English’ their usage has become. He introduces the ‘Goldilocks Strategy’: how villagers use social media to calibrate precise levels of interaction ensuring that each relationship is neither too cold nor too hot, but ‘just right’. He explores the consequences of social media for groups ranging from schoolchildren through to the patients of a hospice, and he compares these connections to more traditional forms of association such as the church and the neighbourhood. Above all, Miller finds an extraordinary clash between new social media that bridges the private and the public domains, and an English sensibility that is all about keeping these two domains separate."
- Wang, X. (2016). Social Media in Industrial China. London, England: University College London. (September 2016, ISBN: 978-1-910634-64-6) "Described as the biggest migration in human history, an estimated 250 million Chinese people have left their villages in recent decades to live and work in urban areas. Xinyuan Wang spent 15 months living among a community of these migrants in a small factory town in southeast China to track their use of social media. It was here she witnessed a second migration taking place: a movement from offline to online"
- McDonald, T. (2016). Social Media in Rural China. London, England: University College London.  (September 2016, ISBN: 978-1-910634-69-1) "Tom McDonald spent 15 months living in a small rural Chinese community researching how the residents use social media in their daily lives. His ethnographic findings suggest that, far from being left behind, social media is already deeply integrated into the everyday experience of many rural Chinese people."
Photo taken by Sheila Webber in the 3D VW Second Life in China Town

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Conversations With Blended Librarians

On March 2nd at 3pm US Eastern time (8pm UK time) there is a free webinar Conversations With Blended Librarians. All four of the blended ones are involved in information literacy and learning (see below). "This session explores the role of Blended Librarians by discussing with our panel how they developed their skills, how they obtained their positions, what their work is like, what their challenges are and what they enjoy about being a Blended Librarian." The panellists are
"Francesca Marineo, instructional design librarian at Nevada State College. She received her MLIS from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she discovered her profound passion for information literacy instruction. Currently pursuing a Master in Educational Psychology, she focuses on improving teaching and learning in higher education through innovative pedagogy and data-driven design.
"Kristin Woodward, Online Programs and Instructional Design Coordinator at UWM Libraries. In this role Kristin consults with faculty and teaching staff to build information competencies and library resources into the framework of online, hybrid and competency based courses. Kristin also serves as the campus lead for the student-funded Open Textbook and OER Project as well as the library team lead for Scholarly Communication.
"Julie Hartwell is an Instructional Design Librarian at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Miller Nichols Library. She serves as liaison to the Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Instructional Design departments. She contributes to the creation of library learning objects and instruction for the library’s Research Essentials program. She is a content creator and instructional designer for the New Literacies Alliance, an inter-institutional information literacy consortium.
"Amanda Clossen has been working as the Learning Design Librarian at Penn State University Libraries for the past five years. In this position, she has worked on projects spanning the micro to macro aspects of learning design. She has created award-winning videos, overseen Penn State’s transition from an in-house guide product to LibGuides, and was deeply involved in integrating the Libraries in the new LMS, Canvas. Her research interests include accessibility, video usability, and concept based teaching"
Register at

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Webinar: Thinking Critically About Badges

On February 16, 2017 at 12 noon US Central time (which is 6pm UK time) there is a free webinar organised by the ACRL Digital Badges Interest Group, Thinking Critically About Badges. This will be "a lively discussion on the topic of using digital badges for learning in libraries. Our two featured speakers are Emily Ford, Urban & Public Affairs Librarian and Scholarly Communication Coordinator at Portland State University Library and recent author of the College and Research Library News article, “To Badge or Not to Badge: From Yes To Never Again” , and Victoria Raish Ph.D., Online Learning Librarian at the Penn State University Libraries." Go to
Badge created hastily with

Monday, February 13, 2017

Code-Dependent: Pros and Cons of the Algorithm Age

Seven major themes about the algorithm eraAnother interesting report from Pew. "Pew Research Center and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center conducted a large-scale canvassing of technology experts, scholars, corporate practitioners and government leaders. Some 1,302 responded to this question about what will happen in the next decade: Will the net overall effect of algorithms be positive for individuals and society or negative for individuals and society?
The non-scientific canvassing found that 38% of these particular respondents predicted that the positive impacts of algorithms will outweigh negatives for individuals and society in general, while 37% said negatives will outweigh positives; 25% said the overall impact of algorithms will be about 50-50, positive-negative." As they stress in the quote, this isn't a robust piece of research, but nevertheless it uncovers an interesting range of views. In amongst them is a call for "Algorithmic literacy"

Rainie, L. and Anderson, J. (2017, February 8). Code-Dependent: Pros and Cons of the Algorithm Age. Pew Research Center.
The list of themes is embedded from

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Webiner: Research Methods in Library and Information Science

On February 16, 2017, 11am US Eastern time (which is 4pm UK time) there is a webinar in which Lynn Silipigni Connaway and Marie L. Radford, authors of the new (6th) edition of Research Methods in Library and Information Science "review top trends and tips for LIS research, to highlight some of the book’s comprehensive coverage of what is new and exciting for beginning scholars as well as those wishing to learn about current trends." The webinar is free to members of the association of Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) and costs US $15 to non-Members. More information at
Photo by Sheila Webber: Turnips, February 2017

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Handbook for information literacy teaching

A recent discussion post reminded people that Cardiff University's Handbook for information literacy teaching was revised towards the end of last year (its 4th edition). It includes "new introductory chapters, on the strategic context of information literacy and advocating IL, to equip our librarians to open discussions with their academic colleagues on integrating information literacy into the taught curriculum. This new 2016 edition of HILT also brings a whole new chapter covering the understanding of approaches to learning, to help librarians to design effective learning activities which appeal to students who may prefer to learn in a variety of different ways.We also address emerging issues around the sustainability of IL teaching, such as achieving economies of scale through means such as collaborative teaching and moving some of our provision, such as library induction, into online formats. New technologies for creating online materials are introduced, along with case studies and examples reflecting some of the good practice which is happening at Cardiff in the creation of open and shareable resources." A few aspects are tailored to the context of Cardiff University (Wales), but mostly it is relevant to any academic library context.
Photo by Sheila Webber: frosted, Sheffield, February 2017

Thursday, February 09, 2017

cfp Models for #Copyright Education in Information Literacy Programs #WLIC2017

There is a call for presentations for the one-day event Models for Copyright Education in Information Literacy Programs. This will be held 23 August 2017 at the University of Lower Silesia, Wrocław,Poland, as part of the World Library and Information Congress which is the annual conference of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). It is organised by the IFLA Copyright and other Legal Matters Advisory Committee and the IFLA Information Literacy Section. The deadline for proposals is 15 March 2017.
"The purpose of this day-long event is to discuss models for education on copyright, licensing, and other legal matters within the scope of information literacy programs. We encourage proposals to share views and implementations on copyright education in libraries and in universities aimed at introducing instructors, students, and librarians to the history, current laws, and application of copyright law. The session will focus on effective teaching methods of the full range of copyright and licensing issues for libraries, research and publication, and education: exclusive rights, copyright duration, limitations and exceptions, digital copyright, licensing in the digital environment, applications of the law nationally, the international copyright system, and the legal framework for open access licensing.
"The offsite session will be devoted to methodologies for providing a comprehensive knowledge of the legal landscape for copyright, licensing, and related legal and policy matters in libraries and universities. Due to time constraints, presentations focused on advocacy or to promotion of particular views on copyright reform are beyond the scope of the session."
More details at and the online proposal form is at

Information Literacy #uklibchat storified

There's a storify of the #uklibchat twitter discussion of Information Literacy at - some interesting points and links! This Google Doc gives the questions that were used to prompt discussion

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

cfp Valuing the Visual in Literacy Research

There is a call for papers for a conference to be held in Sheffield, UK, 4-5 July 2017, Valuing the Visual in Literacy Research, organised by the University of Sheffield's Centre for the Study of Literacies. "How do we understand the relationship between literacy and the visual? This conference seeks to explore the many intersections between written and spoken language and the visual. Making sense of the visual in relation to literacy important in an age of social media and rapid change in representational practices. This has key implications for literacy education. By valuing the visual we are acknowledging the lived experience of children young people and adults in homes, communities and schools. This conference will explore the intersections between the visual, everyday life, representational practices and literacy. We welcome research that looks at graphic novels; film; images; maker spaces; multimodality; virtual spaces; social network sites; animation; gamers; Art; design (im)materiality, mulitilingualism and the post human." Deadline for proposals is 17 April 2017. More information at
Photo by Sheila Webber, taken at the Penumbra installation in the 3D world Second Life, January 2017

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Safer Internet Day 2017 #saferinternetday #SID2017

Today is Safer Internet Day. The main site is at (with a link to national sites, links to resources in different languages, a map of activities etc.) , the UK website is at and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) has produced a page at with "examples of what libraries are doing"

Monday, February 06, 2017

cfp Western Balkan Information Literacy Conference

There is a call for papers for the Western Balkan Information Literacy Conference, which will take place June 6-9 2017 in Bihać, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The theme is Generation Z: Fake News and Information Literacy, the New Horizon. Proposals are welcomed in many different aspects of information literacy - se the conference website for more details Deadline for proposals is April 24 2017
Photo by Sheila Webber: London Plane in Russell Square, London (where I am today for a phenomenography seminar)

Friday, February 03, 2017

Researching digital literacy

A useful presentation from Rhona Sharpe (Head of the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development at Oxford Brookes University), whose research and reviews I find useful in my teaching. This one is on Researching digital literacy within an institutional context and was presented today at the Enhancing Higher Education Through Research conference. She identifies key findings and models from previous studies and goes into detail about the research they are doing at Oxford Brookes University. These are just teh slides, but there is a good deal of information in them.