Meet the CILIP IL Group Committee: Kate Grigsby

What is your role on the committee?

I am currently the Marketing and Communications Officer on the Information Literacy Group Committee.

When did you join and why?

I joined as I have a wider interest in Marketing and Communications and wanted to get involved with an active and engaging committee who are very closely linked to my current job role. I had also recently begun working in a role where I could focus more intently upon Information Literacy and wanted to expand my knowledge and network within this area.

What do you do in your role?

I manage the social media and wider CILIP communications for the group as well as paper based and promotional items. I also link up with the web team and advocacy officer to ensure we are meeting our wider strategic aims in a joined up manner. I have only been in this role since December 2016 so I am still learning what exactly it entails.

What is your day job?

I currently work at the University of Sheffield Library within the Library Learning Services Unit as a Senior Library Skills Advisor. I have been in this post since July 2016 previously working in college, public and prison libraries. I am enjoying the focus on learning and Information Literacy but sometimes miss the variety and characters of my previous roles.

What are your other interests?

In my spare time I enjoy theatre, travel, museums and wine tasting. I am currently completing a cycling proficiency course and have signed up for a 50 mile walk over 24 hours. I best get training!

Free Staffordshire Teachmeet on Information Literacy and Making Judgements

Staffordshire University Library are hosting a free Library TeachMeet event on the theme of “Information Literacy and Making Judgements: from Brexit to The White House” on Thursday 4th May.

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The event will be held on Thursday 4th May from 1pm-4pm in Stoke-on-Trent and will start with a lunch sponsored by the CILIP Information Literacy Group.

Attendees are asked to consider delivering a presentation, up to 10 minutes in length, on an innovative topic in line with the theme. The number of speakers will be limited so please get your application in early if you would like to do this. Alternatively, you are welcome to attend as an enthusiastic audience member who is happy to join in the discussions, share ideas and develop learning opportunities.

The event is free but places are limited so book your ticket now to avoid disappointment!


Information Literacy Journal Club – 16 March 2017

The next Information Literacy Journal Club discussion is taking place this Thursday, March 16th, starting at 8pm UK time (4pm EST, 9pm Norway).

The article chosen for discussion is “An assessment of library instruction: its influence on search behaviour of first- and third-year students” by Torunn Skofsrud Boger, Hanne Dybvik, Anne-Lise Eng and Else Helene Norheim, which was published in the Journal of Information Literacy in 2016.

The article presents the results of a follow-up study conducted at Østfold University College in 2015, which set out to examine information resource use among students of nursing and teacher education. The first study was presented in an article published in the Journal of Information Literacy Vol. 9 No. 1 (Boger et al., 2015). The two qualitative studies were carried out by interviewing the students about their skills in information retrieval, and observing them. The results show differences in search behaviour between first-year and third-year students, a decrease in the use of Google, and a difference between the students from the nursing faculty and the teacher education faculty.

The authors are all academic librarians at the Østfold University College, situated south of Oslo, the capital of Norway. Else has a Masters degree in English language and literature, Hanne has a Masters degree in Educational science, and Anne-Lise has a Masters degree in Pedagogy. Torunn will defend her Master thesis in Organization and Leadership in May.

How does the discussion work?

Anyone can join the discussion!  Participants aim to read at least some of the article in advance, then come along to the discussion webpage at 8pm BST and join in the discussion by adding comments to the blog post. You can see how this works by looking at previous discussions on the site.

Information Literacy for Democratic Engagement (IL-DEM) project report

The CILIP Information Literacy Group recently funded a research project on "Information literacy for democratic engagement", led by a team at Edinburgh Napier University.  The research team have kindly provided a summary of the project and its outcomes, which is available below.

The CILIP IL Group seeks to fund high quality research through an annual bursary scheme. Bids of up to a maximum of £10,000 are invited. We welcome imaginative proposals which have the potential for high impact beyond HE and librarianship, from small-scale action research to large-scale quantitative or qualitative studies (or a mixture of the two). Find out more about our research bursaries.

The focus of the Information Literacy for Democratic Engagement (IL-DEM) project was information literacy amongst community councillors in Scotland (the equivalent of parish councillors in England). Their work includes ascertaining, co-ordinating and expressing the views of their communities to local authorities. The project evaluated information literacy in this context.

Continue reading Information Literacy for Democratic Engagement (IL-DEM) project report