Eleanor Johnston, Academic Skills Librarian at Staffordshire University, has written the following post about last month’s Teachmeet, which was sponsored by the CILIP Information Literacy Group.
On 20th November 2013, Staffordshire University hosted a Library Teachmeet in the Thompson Library, Stoke-on-Trent. Teachmeets are an opportunity for staff to share innovations, experience and knowledge and there were 23 ‘presenters’ and ‘enthusiastic audience members’ gathered from across the region. The event was held in the Alfred Bolton room, which has been recently refurbished and included a ‘thought wall’. This was a space in the room that had been specially painted and coated to enable anyone to record what they are interested in and what areas they have improved services in. There were lots of additions and it was great to record immediate feedback and suggestions!
First up speaking was Julie Adams, discussing Open Badges – provide a visual representation of skills, learning and interests to recognise formal or informal learning.
Then David Haden discussed Jurn.org – a Google custom search engine for open access Arts & Humanities journals. Paul Johnson then talked about ‘The Discovery Journey’ – using Summon and Koha, discussing results, relevance and the ‘Nature’ test. Then it was over to Dermot Ryan from Upton High School demonstrating how the library was using apps (all year 7 pupils have an ipad mini) and how working with a wide variety of ages, levels, socio-economic backgrounds and individual circumstances was a challenge. Finally, Phil Stolarczuk from Wolverhampton demo’ed their web pages, including signed videos, all available via Creative Commons.
The event was an extremely useful opportunity to meet library colleagues and discuss practice across sectors. The success of the day has led to a Staffordshire University project group already planning Teachmeets for the Spring and Summer terms in 2014. We will keep you posted and hope to see you sometime in the future!
You can find presentations, notes and photos on our libguides page: http://libguides.staffs.ac.uk/teachmeet
The Research Information and Digital Literacies Coalition (RIDLs) has formulated a set of criteria to help librarians in higher education describe, review and evaluate their training and development interventions and resources intended for researchers, but also for students and teaching staff – see http://www.researchinfonet.org/infolit/ridls/strand2/ for details. These criteria relate to all interventions aimed at developing information-handling knowledge, skills and competencies, whether in the form of face-to-face sessions/courses or digital/online resources. They serve three broad purposes:
(i) Helping institutional staff who design and deliver such courses and resources to describe and review them; the aim being to provide a structured and recognized way of presenting such interventions in online resources and demonstrating their value.
(ii) Providing a simple means of assessing courses and resources, for use within or outside the institutions in which the interventions have been compiled; the aim being to evaluate their suitability and usefulness as transferable resources.
(iii) Serving as a prompt for a dialogue between training practitioners and learners, and providing a structure for such a dialogue.
However, the criteria are not intended as a prescriptive or rigid tool, nor as a means of assessing the performance of training practitioners: they are very much about providing the latter with a logical and common-sense self-help framework that will assist them with the formulation and delivery of their resources.
If you would like to try out the criteria within your own institutions, please do not hesitate to do so. And if you would like further information, feel free to contact Stéphane Goldstein, at firstname.lastname@example.org
A report published yesterday highlights good practice examples designed to enhance the information literacy skills and know-how of postgraduate students and early career researchers in UK higher education. On behalf of the Research Information and Digital Literacies Coalition (RIDLs), the Research Information Network (RIN) and Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) have announced the results of this research, which showcases fifteen resources for information literacy training provision in a variety of UK higher education institutions.
The analysis draws from these cases, which provide a carefully-balanced range of online and in-house training resources, and incorporates various recommendations that may be of value to those planning to develop such resources. The analysis is founded on the provisional criteria developed by RIDLs to describe and assess training provision in information literacy.
Project officer Dr Charlie Inskip said:
“A number of self-selected information literacy resources have been evaluated, leading to a shortlisting of a selection of 15 good practice examples. This is not to say that every aspect of each of the shortlisted examples is perfect – this project is not about finding ‘the best’ information literacy resource – but the benefit of this selection is that those charged with developing resources to serve a similar need may efficiently access some examples – and ultimately, perhaps, that ‘good practice’ may become ‘common practice’.”
RIN’s Stéphane Goldstein went on to say:
“The value of the RIDLS criteria in this research has been to provide an analytical framework for such evaluations (for the researcher) and act as a reflective tool (for the developers/deliverers). Hopefully some of the recommendations and comments within the report, combined with a reflective look at the examples – and contact with their helpful representatives – may assist those attempting to deliver good practice information literacy in UK HE in 2013 and beyond.”
The full report and short list are now available on the project website, http://rilads.wordpress.com/
Thank you to all participants for supplying such detailed information on the resources in this study. Without this help this work would not have been possible.
Location: Manchester Metropolitan University New Business School: room 1.22. Near All Saints park (off Oxford Rd)
Map & Directions: map is available at: www2.mmu.ac.uk/media/mmuacuk/content/documents/howtofindus/mmu_maps_allsaints.pdf Business School is No 3. Directions can be found at: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/travel/allsaints/
Date: Monday 13th May 2013 10.00 – 4pm (9.30 registration)
Cost: Free; refreshments (including lunch sponsored by the CILIP IL group) will be provided.
Booking: A link to the booking form is available here: http://www.nowal.ac.uk/training_and_development.php
Event outline: The CILIP Information Literacy Group are pleased to announce a joint training session with the NoWAL consortium on the theme of IL. The day includes an opportunity for librarians in the North West to hear from the winners of the Information Literacy Practitioner of the Year award. James Fraser, at Cumbria University, will be talking about the library’s work which led to Kim McGowan being named IL Practitioner of the year, and the runner up for this year’s award, Michelle Schneider will be presenting about the Leeds@Library pages which won the 2012 Credo Reference Digital Award for IL.
Alongside the practitioner talks are two talks that proved hugely popular at this year’s LILAC: Antony Osborne talking about the work done with nursing students at Huddersfield University and Rosie Jones discussing the wider remit of the University of Manchester’s Learning Commons. Throughout the day there will be the chance to discuss good practice with other delegates and reflect upon bringing the work done elsewhere back to your home institutions. The day will also provide an important networking opportunity and a chance to explore the feasibility for future collaborative working partnerships.
- Introduction & IL ice-breaker (Emily Shields, Deputy Library Services Manager, MMU)
- IL scene-setting and the MMU Perspective (David Matthews, Library Services Manager, MMU)
- Leeds@Library webpages (Michelle Schneider, Academic Skills Development Officer, Leeds University)
- Learning from the learners: the student voice in information literacy (Antony Osborne, Academic Librarian, University of Huddersfield)
- Group discussion, flipchart activity concerning IL good practice (Emily Shields, MMU)
- The work behind the IL Practitioner of the year award (James Fraser, Senior Learning Adviser, University of Cumbria)
- Supporting research online@MMU: Information Literacy, Digital Literacy and Employability themes (Nicola Beck, Senior Assistant Librarian, MMU)
- Not just a pretty face: putting the learning into the Learning Commons (Rosie Jones, Learning Commons Development Manager, University of Manchester)
- Plenary & close (David Matthews, MMU)
As a result of attending this session participants will have a greater understanding of how information literacy is pursued from different perspectives and universities and have some tips, good practice and ideas to take back to their own institution.
Who should attend: Library staff involved in teaching information literacy or digital literacy and anyone with an interest in this topic
BOOKING: Please discuss with your line manager at your home institution before completing the IL Group IL session form and returning it to: Jayne Evans email@example.com to book your place.