Guest post from JIL’s Editor, Jane Secker, on her recent attendance at the Library Instruction West conference. Reposted with permission from Jane’s blog http://janesecker.wordpress.com/2014/08/15/library-instruction-west-part-two/
I headed off for a few weeks to visit the Canadian Rockies in search of bears (four spotted), elk (20 plus spotted), lakes and mountains (too many to count but Lake Louise and Lake Maligne up in Jasper were highlights). It was also a good chance to spend time thinking and reflecting on what I had learnt at the conference I attended from 23-25th July in Portland, Oregon, Library Instruction West. I’m grateful to the CILIP Information Literacy CO-PILOT committee and LSE for supporting me to attend a great conference.
Working in the newly renamed team, Learning Technology and Innovation, I was on the look out for new ideas and innovations. We have this sense in the UK that exciting things are happening in North American universities that we need to be aware of in the UK. I certainly came back with a sense that things are different, I’m just still trying to pin down exactly how! So here’s my attempt and in my first blog post written during the conference I was struck by the differences in terminology we use. I think in terms of people’s job titles it is worth thinking about this a bit more. I met instruction and outreach or information literacy librarians (not subject librarians or academic support) I also met instructional designers (what LSE would call educational developers) and I heard talk of educational technologists but from what I heard many did not seem to be working alongside the library folk as often as in case in the UK. Those differences suggest academic support services are set up slightly differently in US and Canadian universities. However, people did talk about the same issues such as how to engage faculty, how to embed digital and information literacy effectively into the curriculum, how to be innovative in their teaching and use technology appropriately.
This year’s Librarians’ Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC 2014) took place at Sheffield Hallam University on April 23rd-25th, and was a tremendous success. On the 10th anniversary of the conference, delegates from across the world met to share new ideas and innovative teaching techniques, listen to inspiring speakers and of course enjoy the now legendary social events!
The presentations from the keynote speakers and parallel sessions are now available online on the conference website. You can also browse through presentations from previous years.
There were also many prolific tweeters at the conference – take a look at #lilac2014 on Twitter. An archive of tweets from the conference is also available.
Sheila Webber has also helpfully collated some conference reports and blog posts on her Information Literacy Weblog.
Congratulations and thanks to the LILAC Committee for all their hard work in putting together another hugely successful conference. Not that they will be able to rest on their laurels for long…
It was announced at the Conference Dinner that the hosts of next year’s LILAC will be Newcastle University. The conference is scheduled for 8th-10th April 2015. More details will be released on the LILAC website in due course. You can also follow @LILAC_Conf on Twitter.
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.
The 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.
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.