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TeenTech – call for support from University librarians for access to resources for pupils

The CILIP IL Group’s School Rep, Rebecca Jones,  is putting out a call for support with providing school pupils with access to advice and resources so that they can compete in Teen Tech, a national STEM and innovation competition (All information about the competition is on this website).

The competition is aimed at pupils from Yr7-13 and encourages individuals and groups of up to three members to devise solutions to problems that they see in the world. The ILG has started funding the Information Literacy Award that requires the groups to provided evidence that they have used a range of IL skills to undertake their projects. In order to do this we would like to ensure that pupils have the opportunity to have access to resources and guidance, when they need it. (The write up of the event can be found here).

Please could you let Rebecca know if you would be willing to be part of this support network. Teams start the challenge in September and submit in March for judging in June/July. Please could you also let Rebecca know what resources they could use and how they could access them – would it have to be at the institution or is remotely possible. Would it be possible for the teams to ask research questions to a subject librarian or through a link person?

Rebecca would then be looking to set up regional networks that pupils from across the country could access.

Please email Rebecca with any questions of if you are interested in finding out more at this stage!


Copyright and Information Literacy

In case you missed it, a very interesting post was published on the CILIP website yesterday, about how copyright and information literacy overlap. It was written by the Information Literacy Group’s Chair, Dr Jane Secker, and Chris Morrison from the University of Kent. It has already received lots of buzz on Twitter!

Jane comments: “It always surprises me that more librarians who teach information literacy are not involved in copyright education and in fact seem to be almost fearful of the subject.”

To help overcome this, Jane and Chris have developed Copyright the Card Game. It’s freely available on Jorum. The Information Literacy Group are planning an IL and games event in November, which will provide a chance to try it out with other information professionals.

I’d like to finish with a quote from Chris : “Understanding copyright in the context of digital literacy allows people to develop their explicit comprehension of access to information and knowledge with reference to wider political, economic and philosophical contexts.”