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Working with TeenTech

IMG_7598-001Tomorrow I become the Chair of the CILIP Information Literacy Group and I am honoured to be chairing a CILIP special interest group which was formed from a sub-group I helped to set up over 10 years ago. I’ll be handing over the editing of the Journal of Information Literacy to Emma Coonan over the coming few months, and I am relishing the opportunity to lead such a dedicated and enthusiastic group of library and information professionals. One of the first incredibly exciting things we are going to be working on is a new Research and Information Literacy Award, for TeenTech. You can read about my meeting with Maggie Philbin, (yes she of Tomorrow’s World fame) and how the award came about on the IL website. I’ll be opening the LILAC conference next week as well as introducing one of our keynotes. My first day as Chair will actually be spent at CILIP as I am attending an speaking at the CILIP Copyright Briefing. It’s exciting times, and I sense that much of the hard work of the last 10 years is finally starting to pay off. Have a lovely Easter break everyone!

Singapore bound!

wpid-DSC_0531.JPGSome of you may recall that since October 2014 I have been seconded two days a week to the University of London International Programmes (UoLIP) office based at LSE. They coordinate degree courses in economics, finance, maths and social sciences that are taken by students all over the world. Quite a large percent of these students are based in Singapore and many are enrolled in local colleges who teach the students, while the assessment is provided from London.

Next week I will be visiting Singapore with the LSE UoLIP team, including the Head of Teaching and Learning, Lynne Roberts, their educational developer, Chris and their Learning Technologist, Craig. We have an exciting (but hectic!) schedule of meetings, workshops, training, observations and opportunities to meet students enrolled on the courses. I am really excited about the trip and my role for the past few months has been to help develop some new workshops around the theme of Teaching in the Digital Age. The workshops are based on several that we run at LSE and a new workshop that I am hoping to run for the first time later in the year for LSE academics, on embedding digital literacies into the curriculum. It is very much based on the ANCIL workshops that Emma Coonan and I have run at several institutions, where teachers review their curriculum according to an information literacy curriculum, to identify good practice and opportunities to integrate digital and information literacy into their course.

In order to be sustainable, I have also put together a proposal for an online course that would allow us to support the teachers once we return to the UK. For those in the library world, you may have heard of the 23 Things model, and I have been very much inspired by this approach. As a teacher you need to be reflective, and also to share ideas with your community. The 23 Things model seems to offer a way of doing this. Plus each of the ‘things’ are relatively small but should help the teachers and the students develop their digital literacies as they try them out and reflect on them. I’ve received excellent advice from Liz McCarthy at the Bodelian who ran the Oxford 23 Things for Research.

I’ve also got two visits lined up to see Yun-Ke Chang at Nangyang University, who I met at ECIL 2014 and is doing some fascinating research with colleagues on information literacy in Singapore Schools. I will also be visiting Ron Starker and colleges at Singapore American School, who are being influenced by ANCIL to enhance their middle school curriculum and have invited me to a fascinating conference for teachers next Friday afternoon, called iCreate.

So roll on my trip! I’m looking forward to escaping the gloomy weather, enjoying some 27 degree heat, fabulous food, meeting teachers and librarians and talking about digital and information literacy and student learning.

Seasons Greetings to you all


This is my last day working in 2014, so I wanted to share this festive table decoration I made with you all and wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year.

I hope 2015 brings you everything you wish for. I’m ending the year with mainly happy news but a touch of sadness. Last week the CILIP Information Literacy group elected me to be the new Chair of their group, and I will be taking over in April 2015, as I prepare to hand over the Journal of Information Literacy to a new editor. I will be announcing further details of the new editor very soon after the new year. I’m also delighted to see over 550 people have completed the Copyright Literacy Survey, I sent out on the 1st December. Chris and I hope to start analysing the data in January and sharing our findings widely. The survey is still open until the end of the month, so if you haven’t completed it, then please do take the time! And the December issue of JIL came out on time, which means we hopefully should be indexed by Web of Science from 2015. Well done to the Editorial Board and copy editors for all their hard work.

It was with much sadness that those of us who work in higher education in the field of copyright and digitisation, learned of the death last week of the Heron Technical Manager, George Pitcher. I’ve known George well over 10 years back when I chaired the Heron User group, and when he first created a database that later became Packtracker, because I asked for his help. Helen Bartlett has been overseeing things at Heron since George was taken ill, and let us know of the news. I understand his funeral was today. So here’s to George, who will be much missed, but never forgotten. Christmas is a time of happiness to spend with family and friends, but also a time to remember the people we have lost.

Copyright literacy UK: have your say!

My two interests, information literacy and copyright collided in October at ECIL 2014 when I found out about the copyright literacy survey that had been carried out in several European countries.

Chris Morrison (University of Kent) and I decided to carry out research into levels of copyright literacy amongst professionals in UK information, cultural and heritage institutions. This research is part of an international project originating in the National Library of Bulgaria and analyses have already taken place in Bulgaria, Croatia and Turkey (July – October 2013) and in France (January-March 2014). Further research is currently taking place in Finland, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Mexico, Norway, Portugal, Romania and USA.

We are calling on all librarians, information professionals or those working in educational, cultural and scientific institutions within the UK to complete this survey before 31 December 2014.

The survey comprises 27 multiple choice questions and should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. If you wish to preview the questions in this survey, then you can access the survey questions as  PDF.  Please visit the following link to complete the survey

The research outputs are intended to assist institutions and policy makers in identifying strengths and weaknesses in the comprehension of and engagement with copyright issues in the UK. This of particular importance during the current period of copyright reform.

We very much hope you will be able to complete this survey and ask colleagues to do so that we can get a  rich set of data. If you have any questions about the research or the survey please leave a comment on the blog or contact Many thanks for your time.

Crazy busy week as the ANCIL roadshow continues!

I’ve had a really busy week, but it was great to be out on the road again on Tuesday with Emma talking about ANCIL, this time at DeMontfort University. We ran a workshop for librarians, learning technologists and learning developers about embedding digital and information literacy in the curriculum. Emma started off the day with an overview of what ANCIL is, and how we created it 3 years ago, back in 2011. I then talked about ANCIL in practice, and how we used it to map the support at LSE for undergraduates, some of the work since that date, such as the LSE Digital and Information Literacy framework and then subsequent launch of the SADL project last year. The second part of the day was to really focus on what the issues are at DeMontfort, what IL currently looks like, where they want to be and what might be getting in the way. We then got the group to work on mapping the digital and information literacy according to 10 strands of ANCIL, to see if they could identify good practice, any gaps, and opportunities. It was a great day, so thanks to Jo Webb, Director of Library and Learning Services, for inviting us.

The week remained busy with planning for next week’s SADL workshops (and reviewing last week’s), promoting our next NetworkED seminar with Marieke Guy talking about Open Data, and planning some work to carry out a copyright literacy survey of library and information professionals in the UK, based on an existing European project. I found out about this project at ECIL 2014 and plan to run this survey in the UK with Chris Morrison from University of Kent.

Jane and Emma

Jane and Emma at DeMontfort

ECIL 2014: Dubrovnik sunshine and information literacy

Sunset over DubrovnikI spent last week at the second European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL), held in Dubrovnik, Croatia. The conference attracted almost 300 delegates from over 50 different countries from Europe and beyond, the location was stunning and the weather kind to us. There were about 15 of us from the UK attending, so it really is an opportunity to meet colleagues interested in information literacy from many other countries. The organisation was excellent, congratulations to the committee and to Serap and Sonja, the founders of this conference which started last year in Istanbul. The quality of the papers was also extremely high and I look forward to seeing the conference proceedings in due course. In this post I will focus on some of the keynotes and invited speakers, and write up some of the parallel sessions I attended later.

I was pretty busy over the course of the 4 days running a writing for publication workshop, participating in a panel discussion for InformALL on workplace IL and presenting a paper on the SADL project with my colleague Maria. The conference is pretty intense and although this year it didn’t run into the evening, other than for social events. Being based in a conference hotel also really helped, as there was less time walking, and a tempting pool when you needed refreshing!


European Conference on Information Literacy in Dubrovnik

This week I am attending the European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL2014) in Dubrovnik. I’ll write up a longer post on the keynotes and sessions I have attended, but here are my slides from the presentation I am giving on Thursday with one of my colleagues from LSE, Maria Bell. It’s more about the Student Ambassadors for Digital Literacy project which is recruiting students this week at LSE for our second year.

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