Event report: Copyright Licences and exceptions in higher education

Jane Secker, Chair of the CILIP Information Literacy Group, reports on the UUK / GuildHE Copyright Working Group event, which took place on 20th June 2017.

Organising committee, left to right: Jane Secker, Neil Sprunt, Chris Morrison, Kate Vasili and Monique Ritchie

On 20th June the CILIP Information Literacy Group sponsored the Universities UK / GuildHE Copyright Working Group Summer Event at Woburn House in London. The event was mainly attended by copyright officers in higher education and discussions centred around the relationship between licences and exceptions and the role of copyright education. The event was chaired by Professor Ronan Deazley from Queens University, Belfast.

The day included workshop activities which were facilitated by Chris Morrison (University of Kent), Jane Secker (City, University of London) Neil Sprunt (University of Manchester), Kate Vasili  (Middlesex University), Monique Ritchie (Brunel University) and Ralph Weedon (University of Strathclyde) (all members of the UUK / GuildHE team). The purpose of the day was to discuss a range of hot topics related to copyright in the higher education sector and try to see if a consensus could be reached about institutional practice and policies.

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Meet the CILIP IL Group Committee: Emma Coonan

What is your role on the committee?
Emma Coonan
Emma Coonan, JIL Editor-in-Chief

I’m the Editor-in Chief of the Journal of Information Literacy (JIL), which is the CILIP Information Literacy Group’s journal. My job is to keep the ILG committee updated about how the JIL Editorial Board is managing the journal. And I’m notorious for having used the word “rhizomatic” in a committee meeting about the new ILG logo…

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#FactsMatter campaign continues – help us “take a stand”!

The UK General Election may now be several weeks behind us, but CILIP’s #FactsMatter campaign continues! Help us “take a stand” and promote information literacy for all.

Nick Poole and CILIP committee members Stéphane Goldstein, Jane Secker and Emma Coonan
Nick Poole (right) and CILIP committee members Stéphane Goldstein, Jane Secker and Emma Coonan

Nick Poole, Chief Executive of CILIP, and colleagues from the CILIP Information Literacy Group (ILG) were on hand at the recent CILIP Conference 2017 in Manchester to promote the ongoing campaign and to unveil a new downloadable postcard featuring Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.

The CILIP Information Literacy Group is delighted to be involved in this campaign as part of its information literacy advocacy work.

ILG Treasurer Elaine Sykes and Chair Jane Secker support #FactsMatter
ILG Treasurer Elaine Sykes and Chair Jane Secker support #FactsMatter

The Facts Matter campaign champions the value of quality information and evidence for learning, to our economy, to health and healthcare, in democracy and for equal, inclusive communities. Information literacy is at the heart of this campaign, which encourages everyone to be discerning users of information and to check the facts behind the story.

CILIP and ILG are asking the library, information and knowledge community to take a stand with us to show that #FactsMatter.

Download the campaign postcard, and share your support for the #FactsMatter campaign via social media!

Jane Secker and ILG member Charlie Inskip take a stand for #FactsMatter
Jane Secker and ILG member Charlie Inskip take a stand for #FactsMatter


Jane Secker and ILG member Chris Morrison strike a pose for #FactsMatter
Jane Secker and ILG member Chris Morrison strike a pose for #FactsMatter






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The Journal of Information Literacy is recruiting!

Journal of Information Literacy logoThe Journal of Information Literacy (JIL), the peer-reviewed open access journal published by the CILIP Information Literacy Group, is looking to appoint two copy editors.

The role is voluntary but very rewarding, working with a friendly, enthusiastic team. You can find out more about what it involves by reading the copy editor role description.

“Copy-editing for the Journal of Information Literacy offers the opportunity to use my copy-editing skills, while gaining experience working as part of a great team focused on the future of information literacy and having access to the latest research in the field.”     Sharon Lawler, copy editor.

If you would like to be considered for this role, which is unpaid, you are asked to submit a brief personal statement (of no more than 500 words), indicating your ability to undertake the activities listed in the role description.

Please email this personal statement, together with a CV, to jinfolit@gmail.com. The deadline for applications is Thursday, August 31st, 2017.

If you have any questions about the role, please  contact Michelle O’Connell, Managing Editor, of the Journal of Information Literacy (michellerichard@.msn.com), or one of our copy-editors, Helen Bader (helen.bader@gmail.com) or Sharon Lawler (sharon.a.lawler@gmail.com).

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Connecting People, Connecting Ideas Research Symposium #CPCINapier

Last month I was fortunate enough to win a travel bursary to attend the Connecting People, Connecting Ideas (CPCI) research symposium at Edinburgh Napier University. Organised by colleagues at the Centre of Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier, the symposium provided an opportunity for those with research interests in Information Science to come together and consider research priorities and future collaborations in this area.

For me as someone early in their PhD career, it was a perfect opportunity to meet PhD students, Early Career Researchers and academics from a spread of disciplines – including Business, Computing, Information Science, Librarianship, and Sociology – who have a mutual interest in information science, and more specifically information behaviour, information literacy and digital inclusion.

It was clear from the very beginning this was going to be an insightful event. Before the event delegates were invited to complete a pre-symposium exercise by listing three research priorities in Information Science that related to everyday life information seeking and information behaviours in online environments to help determine the agenda for the day.

The day kicked off with an excellent keynote presented by Professor Simeon Yates, Director of the Institute of Cultural Capital at Liverpool University. I was particularly keen to hear Simeon’s talk as I knew it linked with my PhD research, but also work conducted by my previous employer, Good Things Foundation and Simeon, who recently published a report entitled: The real digital divide? Understanding the demographics of non-users and limited users of the internet:
an analysis of Ofcom data.

The focus of Simeon’s keynote was the ESRC-funded project Ways of being in a digital age. Commissioned to help identify and prioritise future areas and methods for research on the social, economic, political, psychological and cultural impacts of digital media and technologies, the project is led by Simeon and consists of a team of academics from eight UK universities and an international steering group.

Simeon outlined the research activities undertaken through the project and emphasised that to understand ‘digital’ there is a need for interdisciplinary research, including information science, to gain insight from a variety of perspectives, but with this comes inherent challenges. Simeon talked about social class inequalities, the digital divide and the digitally superserved and underserved, referring to recent Ofcom data, and provided an interesting argument on how peoples behaviour with digital replicates existing social class inequalities. The slides from Simeon’s presentation can be found on SlideShare and a more detailed summary of Simeon’s presentation can be found on Sheila Webber’s Information Literacy Blog. I look forward to seeing the final project report due to published this summer.

Simeon’s keynote was followed by three group work activities – one before lunch and two after. The first session involved looking at some of the research ideas submitted prior to the event which had been grouped into broad themes.

By the end of the day these broad themes had been reduced to three topics: information seeking and risk; social and policy implications of filter bubbles; and visuals. This was achieved with support by four facilitators; Mike Chantler: Professor of Computer Science, School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Scotland; Brian Detlor: Professor and Chair in Information Systems, DeGroote Business School at McMaster University, Ontario, Canada; Annemaree Lloyd: Professor in Library and Information Science, Swedish School of Library and Information Science, University of Borås, Sweden; and Wendy Moncur: Interdisciplinary Professor of Digital Living, University of Dundee, Scotland

The final plenary involved each group presenting how they had refined their research topic and developed three research questions.

For me this was such an inspiring day as it enabled everyone to contribute to discussions on specific topics, guided by questions designed to prompt discussion on turning a research idea into a research question and how this might be developed into a research proposal. The fact that so much progress on research ideas could be made in one day was incredible.

I would like to say a massive thank you to Edinburgh Napier University and Loughborough University for funding my travel to the event, and to Frances Ryan, Hazel Hall and colleagues at Edinburgh Napier for organising and hosting such an inspiring, thought-provoking event. Hazel Hall provides an excellent review of the event.