Category Archives: Conferences

Report on “From the road less travelled to the information super highway: information literacy in the 21st Century” – 31st January 2014


Sarah Wolfenden, Subject Liaison Librarian at  Brunel University, has kindly provided a report on the free one-day conference held at the British Library Conference Centre on 31st January 2014.

On 31st January, I made my way to the British Library to attend the free conference, From the road less travelled to the information super highway: information literacy in the 21st Century, organised jointly by the M25  and the CILIP Information Literacy Group. The conference had sold out within two hours so I was feeling lucky to have received a place and was expecting good things. All the topics on the day, as you’d expect, focused on information literacy, and ranged from the broad and theoretical, e.g. Emma Coonan’s and Jane Secker’s impassioned lecture on ANCIL to the very specific and practical, e.g. games in libraries.

The conference opened with a look at the Research Information and Digital Literacies Coalition. I hadn’t heard of this before and it seemed that neither had many people in the room. We found out that it is a HEFCE funded project and is an informal network of librarians, pedagogists, career experts and similar whose aim is to take information literacy out of the higher education library and into the workplace. They do this by investigating the gap between higher education and employment by speaking to careers advisers, unions, organisations, etc.

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LILAC 2014: Bursary winners announced

LILAC logoThe Librarians’ Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC) takes place at Sheffield Hallam University on 23rd-25th April 2014.

LILAC’s bursary scheme was set up this year to enable access to the conference for librarians from sectors that traditionally struggle to secure funding from their employers. Each of the free conference places includes 3 days of attendance at all LILAC sessions and social events (networking evening and conference dinner).

Congratulations to this year’s winners, who are:

  • NHS – Ruth Jenkins, Librarian, Healthcare Library, Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
  • Public – Jacqueline Geekie, Information Literacy and Learning Librarian, Aberdeenshire Libraries
  • Schools/FE – Donna Gundry, Head of Library Services, Plymouth College of Art

We wish them a rewarding and productive conference!

The full programme of sessions for LILAC 2014 was recently published.  There is still time to book a place at the conference. Members of the CILIP Information Literacy Group received a discounted rate.

LILAC Awards 2014 – now open for applications

A number of awards are now open for applications, including a sponsored student place at the conference.  Click on the links below for full details on how to apply or to nominate a colleague.

The winners will be announced at the conference dinner at Cutlers’ Hall, Sheffield on Thursday 24th April 2014.


LILAC bursaries now available

LILAC logoThe Librarians’ Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC) takes place at Sheffield Hallam University on 23rd-25th April 2014.  3 free conference places are being offered for librarians working in the following sectors:

  • Schools/FE
  • Public
  • Health (eg NHS)

Each conference place includes 3 days of attendance at all LILAC sessions and social events (networking evening and conference dinner).

To be eligible for a place, you must be a librarian or information professional working in the sectors mentioned above. A short personal statement is required that outlines your commitment to information literacy. You should also explain what benefits you would gain from attending the conference and how you intend to use your conference experience at your home institution.

If you would like to be considered for a free conference place, then please complete the application form and return it to the LILAC committee at by the closing date of 7th February 2014 at 17:00 GMT.

Please note that the bursary will only cover the cost of the LILAC conference itself. Accommodation and travel expenses will not be covered.

Call for papers for IFLA conference: Understanding health literacy from an information science perspective

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is holding its World Library and Information Congress in Lyon, France on 16th-22nd August 2014.

The IFLA Information Literacy and Health and Biosciences Libraries sections are holding a joint open session and have made a call for papers on the theme of “It’s public knowledge: understanding health literacy from an information science perspective”.

The organisers are particularly interested in receiving proposals that contribute to our understanding of health literacy and address one of the following themes:

  • How can the perspective of information scientists complement the work of scholars from other backgrounds in this field?
  • How can librarians’ expertise in information literacy and awareness of current pedagogical methods contribute to increased health literacy?
  • In what ways can health librarians’ knowledge of evidence-based practice be used to identify the most effective interventions in the health literacy area?
  • Can librarians ensure that the best use is made of research and that health literacy programmes are based on sound policy decisions?
  • How can collaboration between librarians and other scholars and practitioners in the health sciences, social sciences and in education increase our understanding of this major public health concern?

Abstract submissions should be sent by email to Brian Galvin (Chair, IFLA Health and Biosciences Libraries Section) at: before Friday, 28th February 2014.

Full details of the call for papers and the submission process are available from the IFLA WLIC 2014 website.