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Information Literacy Journal Club – next meeting: Monday, 14th April 2014

The Information Literacy Journal Club is an online discussion group focusing on information literacy and other aspects of user education.

Everyone is welcome to participate, whether you are a current student of ILS, an established information professional or just generally interested in the subject area.

The Club’s next online blog-comment meeting will take place at 8-9 pm UK time (times elsewhere in the world) on Monday, 14th April 2014.

The focus of the session will be the draft Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education, which is intended to replace the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education (ILCSHE) that were adopted by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) in 2000.

To participate in the discussion, just visit the Journal Club’s homepage and comment on the latest blog post.  More information and links to some pre-discussion reading are available from the same page.

If you are not able to make the real-time discussion at 8pm on 14th April, you are welcome to leave posts before or after.

If you would like to see an example of how the sessions work in practice, you can take a look at the previous discussion posts.

ACRL release part two of draft Framework for Information Literacy Standards

Association of College & Research LibrariesThe Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has now released the second part of a draft Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education, which is intended to replace the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education (ILCSHE) that were adopted by ACRL in 2000.

Part one was made available in February 2014. The second part of the draft framework includes two additional threshold concepts.

ACRL is welcoming feedback on both parts of the document until 15th April 2014. You also have the opportunity to participate in two online open forums that are taking place in early April. Registration is required in advance.

ACRL will make revisions as a result of the feedback received, and will release a second draft of the framework in early June.

More information on the new framework, including the draft documents, is available from the ACRL website.

ACRL release draft Framework for Information Literacy Standards

Association of College & Research Libraries

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has released the first part of a draft Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education, which is intended to replace the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education (ILCSHE) that were adopted by ACRL in 2000.

The Competency Standards have become an essential document related to the emergence of information literacy as a recognized learning outcome at many Higher Education institutions in the USA. The ACRL describes them as having “defined information literacy for librarians, educators, and assessment agencies for more than a decade”. As with all ACRL standards, the Competency Standards are reviewed on a cyclical basis. In June 2012, the ACRL Board approved a unanimous recommendation that they be significantly revised.

The first part of the draft Framework includes:

  • Introduction
  • Three Threshold Concepts
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography

The second part of the draft is expected to be released in April 2014, and will include:

  • Additional Threshold Concepts
  • Sample Scenarios

ACRL is welcoming feedback on both parts of the document until 15th April 2014.

More information on the new Framework, including the draft document, is available from the ACRL website.

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: bgalvin@hrb.ie before Friday, 28th February 2014.

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

Research, Information and Digital Literacies Coalition

The RIN has brought together a coalition of partners to promote the value of information and digital literacies for academic researchers, and to enable activities which help to advance relevant knowledge, understanding and skills. This coalition is called the Research, Information and Digital Literacies Coalition, or RIDL’s. Details about the initiative, including regular updates on progress, can be found at http://www.researchinfonet.org/infolit/ridls. For further information, please contact stephane.goldstein@researchinfonet.org.