Category Archives: Workshops

Report on Aberystwyth University LibTeachMeet – 4th June 2014



Ffion Bell (@bibliotekaargh) has kindly provided a report on the free LibTeachMeet event that took place at Aberystwyth University earlier this month.

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! 

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NoWAL event on collaborative approaches to Information Literacy

NoWAL consortiumNoWAL is running a free event for its members on “Collaborative approaches to Information Literacy” at Manchester Metropolitan University on Monday, 16th June 2014.

The event aims to give participants an opportunity to learn from the good practice of presenters who have innovated and developed their practice by working collaboratively.

The speakers for the event include staff from different HE and FE institutions, who will discuss how they have collaborated with different professionals, both across their institutions and externally.

As a result of attending this event, participants will have a greater understanding of how to develop integrated approaches to information and digital literacy practice. There will be a focus on how collaborative practice can raise the profile of IL beyond the library and enable services to work more efficiently, with stronger outcomes. Attendees will learn practical ways to share information and knowledge beyond immediate teams, and how to build relationships to make better use of existing resources and aid skill development.

You can book your place now for the event, which takes place on Monday 16th June, 2014, 10am-4pm. The event is free of charge to CILIP IL Group members and NoWAL staff. Refreshments  and lunch will be provided.

The venue is Manchester Metropolitan University , New Business School, Room 3.25. Building 4 on the map:

NoWAL is a consortium of the UK University and Colleges of Higher Education libraries in Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside. The event is part of the consortium’s Continuing Professional Development programme.

For more information, please visit the event webpage or contact Catherine McManamon – email:

Free LibTeachMeet at University of Hertfordshire – Wednesday, 25th June 2014

CILIP Information Literacy GroupThe CILIP Information Literacy Group is sponsoring a free LibTeachMeet event at the University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, on Wednesday, 25th June 2014.

The theme is ‘Information Literacy meets … Employability and Graduate Skills’. The  event will focus on how information literacy skills can be taught as part of a wider graduate attribute skills package, specifically to enhance the employability prospects of students. Attendees will explore this theme with other professionals who are working towards similar agendas in their own institutions. By sharing ideas, good practice and expertise, the event is intended to provide a great learning and networking opportunity for all.

The organisers are looking for 5-minute presentations from all sectors about any aspect of employability, including:

  • Integration into user education
  • Different and innovative approaches to training
  • Alignment of online training with graduate attributes
  • Examples where information skills have been successfully demonstrated to make a positive impact on students, e.g. looking at relevance, student engagement, feedback and timing.

Alternatively, you can book onto the event as an audience member ready to join the discussion. Visit the event webpage to book a place.


You can see some example materials from similar recent events on the Library TeachMeet wiki.

The event will take place on Wednesday, 25th June 2014, 13:30-16:30, in the new Law Court Building on the De Havilland campus in Hatfield. There will also be an optional tour of the De Havilland campus, including the Learning Resource Centre. Refreshments will be available throughout the afternoon.

For more information, please visit the event webpage or contact Carolyn Smith ( or Lisa Flint (

Free LibTeachMeet at University of Wolverhampton – Thursday, 10th July 2014

CILIP Information Literacy GroupThe CILIP Information Literacy Group is sponsoring a free LibTeachMeet event that is being organised by Learning and Information Services at the University of Wolverhampton on Thursday, 10th July 2014.

The theme is information literacy skills and the new student. The event will focus on innovative information literacy and skills practice in relation to new students, explore how best to measure its impact and look at tools and techniques  that are out there for its promotion. The event is aimed at information professionals interested in bridging the transitional gap between Further and Higher Education, and all are welcome.

You can choose a 5 or 10 minute slot to present (in whatever manner you choose) to colleagues on the themes of the day, or attend as an audience member ready to join the discussion. Visit the event webpage to book a place.


You can see some example materials from similar recent events on the Library TeachMeet wiki.

The LibTeachMeet will take place on Thursday, 10th July, 13:00-16:00. Registration will take place from 12:30-13:00. Refreshments will be available throughout the afternoon. Please let the organisers know if you have any dietary requirements.

The event will take place at the Harrison Learning Centre, MD Building, University of Wolverhampton, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1LY. The venue is only a short walk from both Wolverhampton train and bus stations.

For more information, please visit the event webpage or email:

Free LibTeachMeet at King’s College London Library – Thursday, 12th June 2014

libteachmeetThe Health Information Specialist team of King’s College London Library will be hosting a free London Library TeachMeet event on Thursday, 12th June 2014.

The theme of the event is: Enhancing the student experience through interactivity and engagement.

The organisers are looking for willing presenters who would like to share aspects of their teaching practice with the LibTeachMeet attendees.  Presentations will be 5 minutes in length, and can be about any aspect of using interactive tools and elements to increase student engagement and enhance their library experience.  For example, you may use games, problem-solving activities, discussion groups, treasure hunts, etc.  Presentations from all library sectors are welcome.

In addtion, there are two slots available for anyone who would like to run a short interactive session for the attendees, for example a game to be played in groups or a group discussion. Attendees will also have the opportunity to sign up on the day for one of eight ‘flash presentation’ slots of 2 minutes each.

You can register for the event as either a presenter, activity facilitator or audience member. Presenters will be contacted by email to discuss their content.

The event will take place on Thursday, 12th June, 13.30-17.00.

The venue is Room 1.71, Franklin Wilkins Building, King’s College London, Stamford Street, London. SE1 9NH.

Additional details are available from the London LibTeachMeet blog.