Mark Hepworth honoured in Aslib Journal of Information Management

A special issue of the Aslib Journal of Information Management* has just been published in honour of Emeritus Professor Mark Hepworth from Loughborough University, who died on 21 December 2016. The first paper in the journal “Mark Hepworth: in memoriam”, written by Thomas Jackson from the School of Business & Economics at Loughborough University, and Peter Willett from the Information School at University of Sheffield, honours Professor Hepworth’s contribution to library and information science, in particular his studies of information literacy, and people’s information behaviour and their information experience.

The issue contains seven articles including:

Kelechukwu Ibenne, S., Simeonova,B., Harrison, J and Hepworth M. An integrated model highlighting information literacy and knowledge formation in information behaviour Aslib Journal of Information Management, 69 (3), 316 – 334

Cibangu, S., Hepworth,M., and Champion, D. (2017) Mobile phones for development: An information case study of mobile phone kiosk vendors in the Congo Aslib Journal of Information Management, 69 (3),294 – 315.

An obituary for Professor Hepworth was published in the Times Higher Education and a funded PhD studentship was set up in Professor Hepworth’s name at Loughborough’s School of Business and Economics. As the recipient of this prestigious award I am honoured to have received the Mark Hepworth studentship and making a contribution to research in library and information science.

*Mark Hepworth: in memoriam”, Aslib Journal of Information Management, Vol. 69 Issue: 3, pp.258-260,


Call for schools to take part in evaluation of the TeenTech/ILG schools resource

The CILIP Information Literacy Group (ILG) is undertaking a light-touch review of the school support resource which it developed jointly with TeenTech early last year. ILG is looking for assistance in identifying half a dozen schools that would be the subject of the review. Would any schools like to take part?

For information, the resource takes the form of ten attractively-produced leaflets, all available freely as pdf documents under a Creative Commons licence, which provide useful advice on information literacy and associated research skills, tailored particularly to school students from GCSE level upwards. Anecdotal feedback about the resources has generally been positive, but ILG would like a more formal view on the usefulness and applicability of the leaflets. The review will therefore consist of 30-40 minute interviews, in each of the schools, if possible with the librarian and a couple of relevant teachers; and of a very short and simple survey destined to a selection of students.

If you are a school librarian, or a teacher, or if you know a school that might form one of the cases, please get in touch with Stéphane Goldstein, at . Stéphane is happy to answer any enquiries, so don’t hesitate to contact him.

Meet the IL Website Team: Suzannah Bridge

What is your role on the committee?

I am one of the web editors of the IL website. The website editorial team is a sub-group of the CILIP Information Literacy Group.

When did you join and why?

Before I started at my current college we didn’t have any information literacy teaching so this is something that I’m keen to develop. As a solo librarian I don’t have anyone to discuss information literacy with so I thought this would be a good way to stay up-to-date with trends and current research.

What do you do in your role?

I’ve only just started as a Web Editor so I’m still finding out exactly what my role will be! So far I’ve been looking at what we can do to improve the content of the website.

What is your day job?

I’m Library Manager at Plumpton College, a land-based FE college in Sussex. I’ve been working at Plumpton since July 2016 and this is my first qualified role. I’m responsible for the day-to-day running of the library, acquisitions, systems and of course information literacy. Before this I was completing an MA in Librarianship at the University of Sheffield.

What are your other interests?

My workplace is in the middle of the beautiful Sussex Downs, and the surroundings have given me the push to give running a try. I’m doing the NHS Couch to 5k programme so three evenings a week after work I can be found jogging (very slowly) in the Downs. I’ve also developed a bit of a passion for holidays to Nordic countries. Over the past few years I’ve been lucky enough to visit Denmark, Norway and Iceland, but there is still a long list of places I would like to visit.

Celebrating 10 years of JIL

The Journal of Information Literacy turned 10 this week!

To celebrate this the editors of JIL have put together a special anniversary issue of the journal with contributions from some of the leading scholars in the field of information literacy, including JIL’s first editor, Sheila Webber. These articles reflect on the development of information information literacy as a discipline and also look ahead to ongoing and future challenges for information literacy. A must read for anyone interested information literacy!

The articles include:

Information literacy and informed learning: conceptual innovations for IL research and practice futures / Christine Susan Bruce, Andrew Demasson, Hilary Hughes, Mandy Lupton, Elham Sayyad Abdi, Clarence Maybee, Mary M. Somerville, Anita Mirijamdotter

Crossing the threshold: reflective practice in information literacy development / Sheila Corrall

Lessons from forty years as a literacy educator: an information literacy narrative / James Elmborg

The warp and weft of information literacy: changing contexts, enduring challenges / Barbara Fister

Posing the million dollar question: what happens after graduation? / Alison J. Head

Information literacy and literacies of information: a mid-range theory and model / Annemaree Lloyd

How can you tell if it’s working? Recent developments in impact evaluation and their implications for information literacy practice / Sharon Markless and David Streatfield

Information literacy: agendas for a sustainable future / Ross Todd

Information literacy is a subversive activity: developing a research-based theory of information discernment / Geoff Walton

Information literacy: conceptions, context and the formation of a discipline / Sheila Webber and Bill Johnston

Aston University Teachmeet – Wednesday 12th July

Aston University Library will be running a free Teachmeet on the theme ‘Supporting online learners, what works? A discussion of innovative methods in providing distance learners with information literacy and library skills’.

The Teachmeet will take place at Aston University Library on Wednesday 12th July from 1pm-4pm. This event is sponsored by the CILIP Information Literacy Group.

There are several presenters already confirmed, and there should be some lively discussion with plenty of opportunity for attendees to discuss the presentations and share best practice. Presentations will include:

  • Paul Biggs (Staffordshire University) – ‘More than a postal loan’ helping Distance Learning students make the most of Library Services.
  • Liam Bullingham (University of Sheffield) – ‘Engage Everywhere: the FET Digital Delivery Project.’
  • Amanda Closier (Open University) – OU approach to teaching digital and information literacy skills and how the library connect with students through Livestream, Blackboard Collaborate (soon Adobe Connect) and recently, Facebook Live!
  • Francesca Cornick (Warwick University) – ‘Supporting students at The Shard.’
  • Deb Tovey – (Aston University) – ‘The challenges in provision of information literacy support to online learners with a disability.

The event is free, but there is limited availability so make sure you book a place!