Global Perspectives on Information Literacy

ANCIL authors, Dr Emma Coonan and Dr Jane Secker, have been working with colleagues in the US on a white paper entitled “Global Perspectives on Information Literacy”. As its title suggests, the paper explores information literacy worldwide.

The paper is due to be presented and discussed at the ACRL Conference, which takes place in Baltimore from 23 – 25 March. Jane Secker will be attending to present a UK perspective on IL as part of the paper.

On 28 February at 4pm (GMT), a webinar about the white paper is being hosted by Emma Coonan and Merinda Kaye Hensley. This will provide an opportunity to hear about how it came about and an introduction to its key themes and highlights.

For more information, including a link to Emma Coonan’s forward, and also to register, please visit this Google Docs form.

Credo Digital Award 2017

Do you have a new digital resource (launched in 2016) making a splash in the development of information literacy skills in your institution / community or even further afield? If so, we’d like to give you the recognition you deserve. Send us your nomination for the prestigious Credo Digital Award (deadline: Friday March 3rd). The winner receives a £500 personal reward and £500 goes to their preferred charity. But it’s the nomination (and possibly winning!) which counts.

Take a look at our short video featuring Stephen Harding (from last year’s winning team) and judge Josie Fraser.

For details of the straightforward nomination process, head to the LILAC website. The award will be presented at the LILAC conference dinner on April 11th in the magnificent setting of Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall.

UNESCO launch Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) have launched their Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy. Their strategy aims to being together the fields of information literacy and media literacy into a combined set of knowledge, skills and attitudes required for living and working in the 21st century.

Media and Information Literacy recognizes the primary role of information and media in our everyday lives. It lies at the core of freedom of expression and information – since it empowers citizens to understand the functions of media and other information providers, to critically evaluate their content, and to make informed decisions as users and producer of information and media content.


Visit UNESCO’s website for more details, including translations of the Five Laws graph in French, Spanish, Chinese and Portuguese.

Nominations invited for Travelling Librarian Award

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Nominations are now invited for the Travelling Librarian Award, which offers members of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) the opportunity to undertake a study tour overseas.

This exciting annual initiative,  jointly sponsored by the English Speaking Union (ESU) and CILIP, offers the opportunity for an adventurous UK  library and information professional, who is a CILIP personal member, to explore a professional theme or challenge through a study tour of library and related institutions in the USA or a Commonwealth country. The study tour will normally take place over 2-3 weeks in the autumn, but some recipients have gone at different times of the year by agreement with the sponsors.  The successful applicant will receive an award of £3,000 to undertake their proposed study tour, whilst other practical help in regard to accommodation and introductions is also available. The successful applicant will be expected to share the outcomes of their study tour with the wider profession.

The 2017 award is now open – the deadline for applications is Wednesday, April 26th, 2017. Full details of the award and how to apply, along with reports from previous winners, are available on the CILIP website.

Recent winners of the Travelling Librarian Award have come from Higher Education libraries, government libraries and public libraries, but the initiative is open to CILIP members in all sectors.  The successful applicant will be given a fantastic opportunity to enrich their professional knowledge and experience, and it is likely to be a truly defining moment in a professional career.

Find out more about the Travelling Librarian Award, including how to apply

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The Information Literacy Award – a judge’s view

Nominations are now open for the Information Literacy Award 2017 (sponosored by CILIP ILG and the National Library of Wales).  Independent Library Consultant Gayner Eyre has been one of the many distinguished experts invited to judge this prestigious award during the past few years. We asked Gayner to offer some practical advice and tips to potential nominees. This is what she had to say.

The IL Award has been running since 2008. The original title was ‘IL Practitioner of the Year’; the purpose was to encourage and embed good practice in library and information programmes throughout the UK, to spread the word regarding the meaning and importance of Information Literacy, and to exemplify excellence in its execution. It was recognised that some very good academic work was also being undertaken in the field, so we also started accepting nominations from committed researchers who were having enormous impact on the information community, contributing to and expanding the understanding of IL and disseminating research results through papers, articles and other publications. The criteria for judging the nominations, which had hitherto been focused on practice, were changed in order to also recognise the contribution made by the academic community. Continue reading The Information Literacy Award – a judge’s view