maandag 10 december 2012

woensdag 28 november 2012

Information Literacy Efforts Benchmarks, 2013

Primary Research Group has published Information Literacy Efforts Benchmarks, 2013 Edition, ISBN 157440-14-5

The 115 page study presents data from 60 colleges and universities about their academic library and institutional information literacy efforts.  The study helps librarians and others to answer questions such as:  What are staffing and staff time use trends in information literacy? How many more, or fewer students, will take information literacy oriented classes and sessions this year as compared to last year?  What software packages are favored for producing info literacy tutorials? How do instructors rate the information literacy skills of their students, before an after training? What is the role of information literacy testing? What about trends in information literacy assistance to faculty?  What is the role of information literacy presentations at student orientations? What is the relationship like between library information literacy faculty and key academic departments? What percentage of colleges have formal information literacy requirements and what are these requirements? This is just a small sample of topic coverage.

Just a few of the study’s many findings are that:

•       41.67% of college libraries in the sample participate in some kind of orientation or information literacy training class designed especially for online or distance learning students.

•       Just 5% of survey participants feel that upper college administrators consider information literacy a high priority.

•       29.4% of four year colleges in the sample use student standardized test results to assess the performance results of information literacy instructors.

•       12.5% of community colleges in the sample require an information literacy exam for graduation.

•       A third of the research universities in the sample have ever administered a test to assess student capacity to use the online library catalog.

•       Nearly two thirds of librarians sampled consider their students to be very unskilled in the use of eBook collections.

•       About 39% of colleges in the sample with less than 2,500 students enrolled offer librarians faculty status.

•       For research universities, library sessions in student orientation last a mean of only 12 minutes.

•       25% of the private colleges in the sample plan to increase their investment over the next three years in equipment and space used for information literacy efforts.

Data in the report is broken out by size and types of college, by enrollment level and by number of information literacy classes or sessions given.  A pdf version of the study is currently available from Primary Research Group Inc.  For further information view our website a

zaterdag 24 november 2012

Thanks to Karen Bonanno : SOS for Information Literacy .. a virtual idea factory for teaching information literacy skills

vrijdag 23 november 2012

Library instruction and information literacy 2011

I copy a message from Nancy

Nancy Graham
5:33 am (1 day ago)
Dear all

I just saw this in the latest issue of Reference Services Review:

Anna Marie Johnson, Claudene Sproles, Robert Detmering, Jessica English, (2012),"Library instruction and
information literacy 2011", Reference Services Review, Vol. 40 Iss: 4 pp. 601 – 703

It’s a useful bibliography of the latest articles on information literacy instruction with a short summary of each article.  Many of them look to be full of really practical advice on innovative teaching techniques etc.

All the best,


Nancy Graham
Subject Advisor (Medicine)
Library Services
Academic Services
University of Birmingham
Birmingham B15 2TT
N.B. Please note that I do not work on Fridays. Medicine is covered by Sarah Pittaway ( on Fridays.


I quote from

UNESCO has been actively involved in developing foundations for media and information literacy to assist Member States in pursuing the achievement of the objectives of the Grünwald Declaration (1982), the Alexandria Declaration (2005) and the UNESCO Paris Agenda (2007) related to MIL.
The UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education commissioned this Handbook, which is intended to become a useful tool that would equip teacher training institutions and facilitate teaching media and information literacy in teacher training, to the Finnish Society on Media Education. This Handbook should help teachers to enhance their media and information literacy and encourage them to take up media education in the classroom. The main target group is teachers of secondary schools who are either in training or in service. The Handbook provides teachers with basic knowledge on media and information literacy, and the way these skills can be taught.
The Finnish Society on Media Education ( – FSME), founded in 2005 by Finnish researchers and practitioners in media education, is an association operating nation-wide in two main languages (Finnish and Swedish). The goal of FSME activities is to support and develop the field of research and practices concerning media education, contribute to the public debate and provide opportunities to share media educational experiences online and offline.
You can download the publication from 

donderdag 4 oktober 2012


79th IFLA General Conference and Council: Future libraries: Infinite Possibilities
Singapore, August 17-23, 2013


Programme: Intergenerational Literacies: textoótechno

The IFLA Literacy and Reading and Information Literacy Sections are seeking proposals for  a joint programme to be held at the IFLA Conference in Singapore in August 2013.

The challenge of new information and learning landscape can lead to all sorts of information gaps. One of them is a gap between texto and techno generations which can cause intergenerational isolation and separation. The program will showcase innovative and effective library programmes that intend to bridge this gap.
Proposals are requested for as many as ten tabletop presentations which will be given simultaneously. After an opening plenary keynote address, audience members will rotate to three different fifteen-minute presentations of their choice.  Presenters will therefore be asked to repeat their presentation three times for three different sets of people. 

Proposals chosen for presentation will be specific about how libraries and/or associations have tackled issues related to texto and techno literacies in their particular setting, thus developing intergenerational literacies, dialogue, digital inclusion and social cohesion. They should be grounded in theory, research, and/or practical applications.  Because these projects will be presented in an informal, small group setting, speakers should plan some visual accompaniment such as a poster that can be set up on the table.  Presenters may also want to bring brochures or flyers to hand out.  People submitting successful proposals will be asked to write a brief paper summarizing their library programme or project  for publication in the IFLA Proceedings.  All chosen presenters will be listed in the official Conference programme.

Proposals in English are required, and should provide the following information:
            Name and institution of speaker(s)
            Brief biographical information
            Proposal title
            Brief (300 to 500 word) description of project and presentation format
            Language of presentation

Proposals should be sent to Elena Corradini (Secretary of the Literacy and Reading Section) at by November 30, 2012. Please indicate "IFLA Proposal WLIC 2013" on the subject line. Finalists will be notified by December 15, 2012, and will be expected to submit final versions of their papers in one of the official IFLA languages by May 15, 2013.

For more information, please contact Leikny Haga Indergaard (Chair of Literacy and Reading Section) at:   

Please note that it is the speakers’ responsibility to find funding for their participation.

dinsdag 4 september 2012

MIL Conference in Moscow

Details on the MIL Conference in Moscow June 2008 are now available on the UNESCO website MIL Moscow 2008 A lot of nice pictures of presenters and more;

Key speakers

Theme 1 - Theoretical and conceptual aspects: Conceptualization withing Knowledge Societies Presentations theme 1 

Theme 2 - Practical and empirical aspects: Mainstreaming, application and advocacy Presentations 2 

maandag 3 september 2012


From 4-6 September an e-discussion ‘Conceptions of Information Literacy in an International Context’ will be held.

Some expert participants are invited to share their initial thoughts on the three topics, but everyone's contributions will make this discussion valuable.
Each of the 3 days will focus on a different area of information literacy. The discussion threads for the 3 days are as follows:
o    Day 1: What is information literacy? 
o    Day 2: What is the link between information literacy and research skills?
o    Day 3: What are the effective tools and approaches used in information literacy?

zondag 2 september 2012


Although the concept of Information Literacy was born in a business environment (Zurkowski 1974) it became mainly the domain of librarians in an educational environment. At IFLA 2012 in Helsinki there was a poster presentation on an interesting project in a Brasilian petrol company by Marilda M. Coelho, Maria I. Cabral da Franca and Tatiana N.Cosmo. Contact: 
 If you want a full size image of the poster mail me at

zaterdag 1 september 2012

Call for Proposals IFLA 2013 Singapore

The message here was premature ..... The right version will be published in due time.
My appologies ....

zondag 12 augustus 2012

IFLA Helsinki

Before the formal start of IFLA 2012 in Helsinki the sessions of the Standard Committees take place. Our session was very well attended. Nearly all members were there and quite some ‘observers’. The agenda was published here earlier.

Evgeny Kuzmin (Chairman of IFAP Council) stressed the good relations of IFAP with the IL Section and memorized the communal activities, which culminated into the IFLA MIL recommendations and the Moscou Declaration. He expressed his wish to continue our work together.

If you want to follow the conference klik here on IFLA Express.

I will only report on the items that are relevant for the Section

Day 2 Satellite Tampere

The second day of the conference started with an inspiring keynote by Carol Kuhlthau; ‘Facillitating Learning Through Guided Inquiry’ . And was followed by Sessions and Workshops. Papers will be published in the conference proceedings. 

The local committee did a great job.

At the end of the day quite some attendants went on to Helsinki for IFLA 2012.

donderdag 9 augustus 2012

Day 1 Satellite Tampere

On the first full day of the satellite after the welcome address from the Vice Rector there was the ‘Elizabeth Stone Memorial Lecture given by Prof Kirsti Lonka (University of Helsinki) and 24 presentations ( parallel in 4 sessions), a poster presentation session and 4 workshop …
So there was a lot to choose and to enjoy.

The workshop by Andrew Whitworth (University of Manchester) is already online: 
'From information literacy to informed learning professional, development for a learning organization'

The day ended with a choice between a tour to one of four libraries or a visit to the School of Information Science of Tampere University.

Well, the day was not really over then, because there was a wonderful Conference Dinner afterwards.

woensdag 8 augustus 2012

Start of Satellite Tampere

Today the Tampare Satellite ‘The Road to Information Litercay: Librarians as Facilitators of Learning’ ( started with a sightseeing tour (1,5 hour by bus) of Tampere (  Very interesting was the Kavleva Church. High as a cathedral but nothing on walls
Then the welcome and networking session. 120 persons subscribed for the Satellite!!!!!!
Surprise: In the conference bag was a copy of the conference proceedings.  
Roisin Gwyer, Ruth Stubbings, and Graham Walton (Eds.)
The Road to Information Litercay: Librarians as Facilitators of Learning’
It’s IFLA Publications 157 … not even on the IFLA website.
The day ended with a City of Tampere reception at the Old City Hall. The building has a very beautiful interior. Very nice snacks ......
Tomorrow starts the real work.

maandag 6 augustus 2012

Project Information Literacy seeks volunteers

The USA's Project Information Literacy (PIL) is seeking further volunteer colleges and universities with calls to participate in forthcoming PIL research studies. In autumn they will begin "a year-long investigation of first-time freshmen in US colleges and universities" I think you have to be located in the USA. The PIL project does the actual research, only some time acting as liaison person is required.

vrijdag 3 augustus 2012

IL Helsinki Activities

IL section activities in Helsinki
a.       Conference programme session 93 (Monday 13 August, 09:30 - 12:45, Room: Session Room 2
Information literacy meets E-learning: let’s talk about interconnections and outcomes — Information Literacy with E-learning Special Interest Group
b.      UNESCO open session 96 (Monday 13 August, 11:00 - 12:45 | Room: Session Room 5)
c.       SC meeting II (Tue 14 August, 11:30-13:00, room 206)
d.      Division Leadership brief (Sat 13 August, 08:00-09:30, room 201)
e.       Division leadership forum (Sun 12 August, 08.30-10:00, room 204-205)
f.       Officers training session (14 or 15 August, 13:45-15:45, room 6)
g.      Information Coordinators/Web-editors meetings (14 or 15 August, 11:45-12:45, room 306)
h.      Section lunch/dinner


There are two satellites connected if IFLA Helsinki congress:

Riga ‘Information for Civic Literacy’

Tampere ‘The Road to Information Literacy: Librarians as Facilitators of Learning’

zaterdag 23 juni 2012

Information literacy paper wins Emerald Literati Highly Commended Award

Dr Geoff Walton's “A longitudinal study of changes in learners' cognitive states during and following an information literacy teaching intervention”published in Journal of Documentation has been chosen as aHighly Commended Award Winner at the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2012. The paper was chosen because “it was one of the most impressive pieces of work the team has seen throughout 2011”.

The paper will be freely available for three months and if you are interested the paper can be downloaded from:

woensdag 23 mei 2012

New platform

A new platform for Informaiton Literacy
 ... at the same time: another webpage to read ...... too many?

dinsdag 1 mei 2012

New editor Journal of Information Literacy

The CSG Information Literacy Group are pleased to announce the appointment of a new Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Information Literacy, Dr Jane Secker.  Jane was a founder member of the LILAC conference, and as conference officer for the group she was responsible for devising the academic programme for the past 8 years.  She has also been a member of the JIL editorial board since the Journal was founded and has a considerable publication record.  Jane is currently the Copyright and Digital Literacy Advisor at LSE’s Centre for Learning Technology.  She recently managed the JISC funded DELILA project and has a PhD from Aberystwyth University.

maandag 30 april 2012

LILAC presentations online

The CILIP CSG Information Literacy Group are delighted to announce that the papers from LILAC 2012 are now available at

Ruth Stubbings
Head of Academic Services
Loughborough University Library

Tel: 01509 222345

donderdag 26 april 2012

Declaración de La Habana: ALFIN desde Iberoamérica (2012)

Declaración de La Habana. 15 ACCIONES de ALFIN desde Iberoamérica (2012)
15 ACCIONES de ALFIN… …por un trabajo colaborativo y de generación de redes para el crecimiento de la alfabetización informacional en el contexto de los países iberoamericanos

Registration Satellite Tamapere

IFLA Women Information and Libraries Satellite Conference to the World Library and Information Congress: 78th IFLA General Conference and Assembly,Tampere, Finland, 2012

IFLA Satellite
 Conference Online Registration Now Open!
The Conference Registration fee is EUR 100. This fee includes the scientific programme on Thursday and Friday, a sightseeing tour by bus and a welcome reception in the Old City Hall on Wednesday, conference dinner on Thursday, coffee/tea and lunch on Thursday and Friday, and a guided visit to Tampere City Library on Friday afternoon.
Payment can be made by bank transfer or credit card (Visa/VisaElectron, MasterCard). Cheques are not be accepted.
The registration deadline is Sunday 8th July 2012
To register click here.

dinsdag 24 april 2012

IL Logo +

The IL Logo with languages has now 46 variations. You'll find the most updated one at
If you are missing a variation (and there are still a lot languages missing)


According to SIL International, there are over 6,900 spoken languages, as cataloged and described in the book Languages of the World (ISBN 0883128152).

But I think they won't all fit into my version of the logo



At Jorum I found a wealth of recources ..... Jorum: Information Literacy

dinsdag 17 april 2012

donderdag 29 maart 2012

New IFLA Media and Information Literacy Recommendations

In cooperation with UNESCO's Information for All Programme (IFAP), the IFLA Information Literacy Section drafted new Media and Information Literacy Recommendations.
In December 2011 these recommendations were formily endorsed by the IFLA Governing Board and are now available in 6 languages. See Media and Information Literacy Recommendations
The recommendations will also be a topic at the international conference of 'Media and Information Literacy for Knowledge Societies' on 24-28 June, 2012, in Moscow, Russia.

vrijdag 17 februari 2012

The Credo Reference Digital Award for Information Literacy

The CILIP CSG Information Literacy Group is very pleased to announce an exciting new award for innovation in digital resources for Information Literacy generously sponsored by Credo Reference.  This annual award will recognise an individual librarian or group of librarians who develop the best new digital resource for promoting information literacy.

For full details on the nomination process, see

vrijdag 20 januari 2012

New Practical PIL page

"The new Practical PIL page: How are PIL findings informing
librarians' day to day work? What new sites, sources, and materials
have librarians developed, based on PIL findings, so they can reach
out in new ways to students, faculty, and administrators? From
community colleges to four-year public and private institutions,
Practical PIL is a new page on the PIL site, featuring concrete
examples and links to outreach projects from different campuses across
the US."

Practical PIL page URL: