Reflecting on information literacy at ECIL2013

Blue Mosque

I’ve just returned from a fantastic week away in Istanbul for the first European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL). The conference brought together researchers and practitioners from over 50 different countries to discuss and debate information literacy, a topic which is close to my heart. I was also involved in a workshop with Nancy Graham and Eleni Zazani from the CoPILOT Committee, a panel discussion about RIDLS and presented a paper with my colleague from LSE Library, Maria Bell on work we are doing with undergraduate students.

This is just a short blog post as I am not long home, but highlights for me were the keynote from Paul Zurkowski, and a chance to meet the man himself. Paul coined the phrase ‘information literacy’ in 1974, so it was great to have a chance to hear from him about how this term has evolved and why it is still so important today. I also enjoyed the keynote from Christine Bruce, one of the greatest researchers in the IL field. I went to some great sessions, met old friends, such as Li Wang from New Zealand and made new friends and contacts in Scandinavia, Czech Republic, Australia, the Middle East, the US and of course Turkey.

The gala dinner was a cruise on the Bosphorous, a truly memorable experience with stunning views, lovely food and wine and some great dancing! And the final wrap up session by Ralph Catts, who I spent several great evenings chatting to, was an excellent ending to the conference. You can read a blog post from Andrew Walsh summarising this and the discussions around information literacy verses media and information literacy as a term. We also found out the conference will be run next year in an equally fantastic location – Dubrovnik, Croatia in October 2014. Can I book my place now?

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