Back in May, the first European Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Forum was held in Paris, at the Headquarters of UNESCO. At this Forum, the Paris Declaration on MIL was adopted. Please visit UNESCO’s website for more information. Participants have until Thursday 10th July to comment on the Declaration. After this date, it will become official.
On Wednesday 4th June 2014, a LibTeachMeet was held here at Aberystwyth University – and it went very well! In this blog post I will describe how it came about, and what actually happened on the day.
As a Graduate Trainee at the university, part of my time has been spent with the Academic Services team. Teaching is a major part of their work; providing training on specific resources as well as research skill courses and inductions to the library service. When the opportunity offered by the CILIP Information Literacy Group of funding to host an event came up, it sounded perfect. In the past year I had been able to attend a few different events, such as unconferences and LibraryCamps, and had really enjoyed the experience. I would always return from the day feeling inspired and with a new energy – I also liked that the informal atmosphere (and low costs) allowed a very wide range of people to participate and explore the library field.
I was tasked to find out more, and put an application together. After checking out some previous LibTeachMeet events around the country, I did a quick presentation to my colleagues in the team – and luckily they agreed it would be a good thing to do. Aberystwyth struck me as a brilliant place to host an event like this – with the large university library, National Library of Wales, and lots of other institutions all in a relatively small town. And though Y Gwyll (‘Hinterland’) would have you believe we’re all murdering each other and/or driving around incredibly bleak landscapes in total silence, people really are very friendly!
The organisers of this CILIP IL Group-sponsored event have kindly provided the following report:
Wednesday 22nd January was the inaugural CILIP ILG sponsored Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) LibTeachMeet. This saw a sold out gathering of 50 folks from around the country stuffing biscuits and snaffling the many freebies (kindly provided by numerous library suppliers) together in a room in the University’s brand new Business School.
Talks could be on anything related to information or digital literacy, and we saw a really good range of 10-minute presentations from a variety of brave souls!
First up was the sparky Ros Bell from the University of Manchester, running a super-quick Techknowledgy taster session. Ros’ Techknowledgy sessions are aimed at University staff and she took this opportunity to tell the LibTeachMeet about a few interesting resources to support group work, which many of us had never come across before: Yammer (a sort of ‘work Facebook’), Asana (recommended as a time management tool for groups and individuals) and Padlet (basically a blank wall to which people can post text, images, documents, etc.).
Julie Sutherland, Chair of CILIP in Scotland East Branch, has written the following blog post about last month’s CILIPS Information Literacy event, held on 30th January 2014 at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh. These are her reflections on the event.
Information Literacy: Part One: 30th January 2014
I was greatly inspired by this afternoon’s session on Information Literacy at the National Library of Scotland. It was the first in a series of CPD being offered by CILIPS East Branch and there was a lot of interest from different sectors of the profession in this topic including many new faces from the usual East Branch crowd. Prompted by Dr John Crawford, Christine Irving and Sean McNamara we discussed what Information Literacy is and the importance of having our part in teaching these skills recognised; whether it happens in a public library, college, school, university or workplace. We also looked at proposals for a Scottish National Policy for Information Literacy and the problems of getting funding to achieve this goal. One brave colleague even challenged the need for us to be teaching these skills at all, which led to further debate…
However, I agree with Christine and John’s statement from their Information Literacy collaboration:
“Information literacy – understanding how to access and use information – is the cornerstone of learning and absolutely essential in this digital age.”
The CILIP Information Literacy Group is committed to supporting information literacy developments and events within all sectors of library and information science. Many sectors may not be able to access funding in a timely way to facilitate the provision of relevant IL training events required within their region.
The IL Group welcomes applications for sponsorship and can potentially offer:
Sponsorship of up to £500 – available for applicants to host information literacy events, e.g. where you may have to pay for speaker fees and/or travel and subsistence, refreshments, lunch, etc. for delegates.
Sponsorship of up to £250 – available for applicants to host LibTeachMeets, e.g. where you may have to pay for refreshments for delegates, or venue hire.
It is envisaged that the funding could sponsor any or all of the following:
- Venue of event
- Refreshments or lunch where required
- Fees for speakers or facilitators of event
- Travel expenses for speakers or facilitators of event
As part of the funding conditions, you would need to promote the sponsorship by the group and produce a short reflective article/blog post (approx 1000 words) about the event held. This should include highlights and outcomes from the event and can also include a summary of feedback. This would be uploaded to the Information Literacy website.
It is hoped that the funding offered through this application process will enable smaller institutions and organisations to develop and provide additional events that can support staff IL skills in the workplace. Where possible, funding received should enable an event to be held for free, making it accessible for all.
Applicants for funding are required to fill out a short application form (doc).
If you have any additional queries about applying for funding, please contact the IL Group Training Officer, Catherine McManamon. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org