Category Archives: Event reviews 2017

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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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.

Event report: Aberystwyth TeachMeet on “Information Literacy in the Age of Fake News”

George Smith, Graduate Library Assistant at Aberystwyth University Library, has kindly provided a report on their recent Library TeachMeet event, which was hosted by the University and sponsored by the CILIP Information Literacy Group.
Aberystwyth Library TeachMeet: “Information Literacy in the Age of Fake News”

This year’s theme at the Aberystwyth LibTeachMeet was “Information Literacy in the Age of Fake News”, a challenging issue facing libraries and their readers. The CILIP Information Literacy Group kindly sponsored the event, which was held on June 21st, 2017 at Aberystwyth University.


Librarians and information professionals working in higher and further education were amongst the attendees, and it was apparent that we all faced similar issues in student engagement, especially when promoting information literacy. Nia Ellis and Elizabeth Kensler, Customer Services and Academic Engagement Managers, opened this year’s TeachMeet. Nia and Elizabeth reiterated that fake news posed a considerable threat to information literacy and they hoped that this TeachMeet would inspire some innovative ways to combat it.

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Event report: Bangor TeachMeet on “Librarians Supporting the Research Lifecycle”

Dr Beth Hall, Research Support Librarian at Bangor University, has kindly provided a report on the recent TeachMeet event hosted by Bangor University and sponsored by the CILIP Information Literacy Group.
Bangor University TeachMeet: Librarians Supporting the Research Lifecycle, May 2017

The Welsh Higher Education Libraries Forum (WHELF) Research Group, with sponsorship from the CILIP Information Literacy Group, held a TeachMeet on the topic of “Librarians supporting the research lifecycle” at Bangor University on 10th May, 2017.

The WHELF Research Group organised three parallel events in Cardiff, Swansea and Bangor in the same week in May to reach out to as many library staff as possible who are interested in the topic of supporting researchers.  There was some flexibility in the way the three separate events were organised, and those of us organising the Bangor event decided to look at “information literacy for researchers” as one of the main themes of our event.

We started the event with a light lunch and a chance to network; an excellent opportunity to catch up with colleagues from different departments within Bangor University, but also with colleagues joining us from Aberystwyth University, Glyndwr University, Grwp Llandrillo Menai, Hywel Dda University Health Board, and Natural Resources Wales.

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Event report: Staffordshire TeachMeet on “Information Literacy and Making Judgements: from Brexit to The White House”

Eleanor Johnston, Academic Skills Librarian at Staffordshire University, has kindly provided a report on the recent Library TeachMeet event hosted by Staffordshire University Library and sponsored by the CILIP Information Literacy Group.
Staffordshire University Library TeachMeet: “Information Literacy and Making Judgements: from Brexit to The White House”

Staffordshire TeachMeet attendeesThis event, sponsored by the CILIP Information Literacy Group, took place on 4th May 2017. We wanted to ask librarians and information professionals about their experiences of how political campaigns use messages, slogans, stories and statistics to persuade voters. Information literacy skills can be employed to dissect the messages and uncover what truths may lie within them.

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