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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






Find out more about the Facts Matter campaign

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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 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 (, or one of our copy-editors, Helen Bader ( or Sharon Lawler (

Find out more about the Journal of Information Literacy

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CILIP Information Literacy Group Vacancies

CILIP Information Literacy GroupThe CILIP Information Literacy Group (ILG) Committee has two new vacancies, which offer a great opportunity to become more involved with the work of the Group, learn new skills, network, and help advocate for information literacy. All roles are voluntary and, if you’re not already a member of ILG, you would need to join in order to take up the post.

We currently have a vacancy for a Health Sector Representative.  This role is the focal point of liaison between the health sector and ILG. They work with the health sector to maintain and raise the profile of ILG and information literacy as a whole. Full role description

We also have a vacancy for a Member Relationship Officer. This role champions member services and will help us understand more about our members. Full role description

Previous committee work is not essential – roles are open to all CILIP ILG members.

The committee meets four times a year, with at least three meetings usually taking place in London. The next meeting is on Friday 1stSeptember in London. We also have a dedicated committee mailing list. Committee members also contribute to general committee work, subgroups, task and finish groups and projects as required.

Please send us your CV and a supporting statement (max. 500 words), showing how you meet the role specification. Applications should be emailed to and must reach us by Friday 11th August.

Exciting plans for the website!

CILIP Information Literacy GroupThe Website Editorial Team met on June 19th at University College London, and at the top of the agenda was our plan for an exciting new look and feel for the Information Literacy website!

Our team of editors are currently working hard to finalise a brand-new look for the website, which will be unveiled later this summer. We hope you’ll love what we have planned, so watch this space!

At the same time, we are continuing to develop the content of the site. If you have any comments or suggestions about what you would like the site to include, do get in touch! We’d also really welcome any case studies that showcase interesting work relating to information literacy. The website is provided by the CILIP Information Literacy Group, and seeks to represent and promote the role of information literacy across a wide range of different sectors. Are you carrying out innovative work in teaching, developing or researching information literacy? If so, we’d love to hear from you!

Contribute to the Information Literacy website

Contact us with your suggestions or feedback about the site

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Oakham School pupils win the TeenTech Research & Information Literacy Award!


On Monday 26th June, the TeenTech Awards ceremony was held at the Royal Academy in London. The CILIP Information Literacy Group, in partnership with the TeenTech initiative, sponsors an award for 11-16 year olds that recognises excellence in research and information literacy. CILIP ILG committee members Jane Secker (Chair), Rowena Macrae-Gibson (Deputy Chair) and Rebecca Jones (Schools Representative) attended. They were all involved in judging the Research and Information Literacy Award. Karen McFarlane, Chair of CILIP Board of Trustees, was also at the star-studded ceremony.

From left to right: Rowena Macrae-Gibson, Jane Secker, Rebecca Jones
Karen McFarlane (left) with Jane Secker










It is the third year the ILG have sponsored this TeenTech Award and it is always a delight for the committee to see the fantastic projects from the amazing young people involved.


The Research & Information Literacy Award, which recognises excellence in these vital project skills, was presented to Alex, Mille and Zsolti from Oakham School in Leicestershire for their project “Brainwave”,  a Virtual Reality system that responds to the biological feedback of the wearer. It is the second year running that the school has triumphed in this category.

The award winning pupils with Government Advisor Dr Sue Black OBE (left) and Rebecca Jones from the ILG.

Rowena also judged the AQA sponsored Research Award, which was a separate category for students who are 16-18, and the winner was Clara from Sheffield High School for her project on digestible energy in horse feed’. This project was impressive as Clara had carried out her own primary research to determine the optimum feed for horses for both weight gain and weight loss. She had identified industry experts and was working with them, in addition to undertaking secondary research to provide detail to her study.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Find out more:

TeenTech website

Download the ILG TeenTech Research Smarter resource sheets