Sharing information literacy learning objects: CaRILLO event

Swan and cygnets at Sheffield Park Garden

I did say I would write more about last week’s CILIP course that I led on M-learning to E-learning. However, I’ve not had a chance, spending the end of last week drafting an information and digital literacy strategy and working on my literature review on lecturers’ attitudes towards lecture capture. Both fascinating, but pretty hard work!

However, today I was out the office again, with my colleague Maria Bell, and for once attending an information literacy where I wasn’t actually presenting. I’ve got really interested in open educational resources (or re-usuable learning objects as they are sometimes known). I realise there are differences between the two terms, but essentially it means bits of content that are used for teaching and learning developed at one institution that they are happy to share with others. In the library community we love sharing – sharing best practice, sharing ideas, so why not start working together to share information literacy resources. I know some of us do this informally, but the CaRILLO event brought together a group of us with an interest in hopefully doing this in a more coordinated way. We used the Twitter tag Carillo10. Well done to Nancy Graham and her team in Birmingham for organising a great day.

We had a great overview of the Cardiff Information Literacy Resource Bank, from my LILAC Committee colleague, Rebecca Mogg. I have to confess to only becoming aware of this resource properly a few months ago, although realise now it was launched in 2005! I’d really like something like this at LSE to promote information literacy to academic staff and provide them with resources to use in their Moodle courses. Becky was followed by Katy Wrathall, the former SMILE Project manager and the SmilyLibrarian in Twitter! Katy was talking about the challenges of re-purposing information literacy content and creating content from scratch during this project. Apparently not everyone is keen to share, that includes academic staff and students as well! The next presentation before lunch was from Professor Tom Boyle from London Metropolitan University, who was talking about the open source tutorial tool developed at his institution called GLOmaker. I’d seen a really quick demo of this from my colleague Matt Lingard recently, but was really interested to see Tom’s live demo which showed how easy it was to create learning objects. I can’t wait to get back and try this out and here’s an example learning object about referencing books. Nicola Siminson from Jorum was next up to talk to us about finding reusuable learning objects on information literacy in Jorum or OpenJorum which has a huge number of resources in it.
After a nice lunch we went into workshops and could choose from finding resources, repurposing resources and creating resources. I chose the repurposing resources workshop and our group had two scenarios where we had found some resources in Jorum we wanted to repurpose and had to work through the issues that were raised. We found quite a few issues including the need to amend resources to rebrand them and the practicalities of how you do that when you don’t always have the original files (either in HTML or other format). In some cases where you did have all the files it wasn’t always that easy to amend resources such as those produced in Flash for example. Overall we concluded sometimes it was better to find a good learning object and to be inspired by it but to create your own then! Our final presentation of the day was from Catherine Bruen from Trinity College Dublin, who works for the Irish National Digital Learning Resources (NDLR). All 21 Irish higher education institutions are signed up to this organisation which offers funding for large and small projects, runs training and coordinates community networks for higher education using Mahara. They have a DSpace repository for learning objects and have a Community of Practice for the Media, Information and Library world. I think Maria is going to write something on her blog too, but thanks again to Nancy and co for a great day. I can’t wait for CaRILLO 2!


One thought on “Sharing information literacy learning objects: CaRILLO event

  1. Jane:

    A colleague of mine told me about your post and inquiries into a system for coordinated development of Open Educational Resources for the purpose of Information Literacy. You may or not be aware of the fact that:

    1. Such a project exists.
    2. This project is open for any librarian to contribute to.
    3. It currently has contributions from Canadian and American Librarians.
    4. All content are Open Educational Resources that can be used, repurposed, shared (i.e. meets all criteria for Open Educational Resources.)
    5. Provides contributors with a host of incentives including:
    a. Embedding code for SWF and MPEG 4 or AVI files
    b. File conversion of SWF to M4V files (for use on Smartphones)
    c. Syndication of content to many popular brand sites on the Internet (Facebook, Internet Archive, etc.)
    d. Ensures all content is tied to the original author so attribution follows content (as per our Creative Commons, Non-Commerical, Share-Alike, Attribution License requests.)
    6. Eliminates redundancy of effort by using a Wiki list for coordinated development of content.
    7. Encourages contributors to keep content current via its Adopt a Tutorial approach
    8. Currently has over 100 Information Literacy and Database Tutorials created by Librarians.

    Our DSpace data tells us that this content is being viewed or downloaded by people in over 97 countries around the world, so people are learning about it and using the content.

    If you are eager to take part in Open Educational Resources with an Information Literacy focus, please feel free to contribute content to our site and encourage fellow professionals in the United Kingdom to do the same.

    To learn more about the ANimated Tutorial Sharing Project visit our ANTS Wiki. It has information about how to participate, use files, and even has tutorials about how to upload content to Dspace. The Wiki is at:

    To see our various sharing, syndication, m4v files and embedding code, visit our sister site where we host Flash Files at the Library Information Literacy Online Network or LION TV at:

    To find embedding code for SWF files, visit our site at:

    To find the original source code for downloads and modifications, visit our DSpace site at:

    This project originated out of the Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries in 2006, and soon after was opened to all librarians. Anyone can contribute content or use content (provided proper attribution is given to the Original author.)

    We ask people to create generic content (by keeping Link Resolvers and library home pages out to these modular tutorials.) Our guidelines (available via our Wiki) tell people how to create content that is useful to our users and useful beyond one library.

    So Visit our sites and join us in building Current, Useful Learning Objects that benefit library users everywhere.

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