Category Archives: Workshops

Critical literacy for school librarians: 25th November (afternoon), Manchester Metropolitan University

Sarah Mcnicol will be running a free, half day workshop, 1300-1600, at Manchester Metropolitan University, on critical literacy for school librarians.

Critical literacy has been described as a ‘new basic’. It is a set of skills, dispositions and strategies intended to enable students “to challenge text and life as we know it” (McLaughlin & DeVoogd).

This half day session will outline the ideas underpinning critical literacy, focusing on what it means for school librarians and they ways in which they support students in the evaluation of texts. It will also give you an opportunity to try out different ways of teaching critical literacy through the analysis of a variety of texts.

Although this session is aimed at school librarians, anyone with an interest in this topic is very welcome to join!

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Free Open Educational Resources event in Cardiff

CoPILOT logoCoPILOT (Community of Practice for Information Literacy Online Teaching) are now taking bookings for a free workshop on Open Educational Resources (OERs) in Cardiff on November 24th.

Event: CoPILOT workshop on Open Educational Resources (OERs)
When: Monday, November 24th, 2014, 09:00-16:00
Where: Cardiff University , Sir Martin Evans Building, Cathays Park Campus

The aim of the day is to give the participants a practical introduction to OERs for teaching information literacy and supporting academics colleagues in finding OERs.

Rebecca Mogg (University of Cardiff) and Vashti Zarach (Bangor University) will offer some practical advice and share their experiences in supporting and creating Open Educational Resources. Debbie Baff, from the University of South Wales, will provide an overview of OER initiatives and projects that are happening in Wales, plus a preview of plans for the OER15 conference.

The workshop format will be a mix of presentations and practical group work/discussions. You will learn how to make your materials openly available and receive advise on some key areas for consideration, such as choose appropriate licenses. The day will also include a session from Jorum,  the UK’s largest OER repository, and a chance to have hands-on experience of finding and evaluating OERs for use in your own teaching.

Places are limited so it is recommended that you book early to reserve a place.

The workshop is being funded by the CILIP Information Literacy Group and priority for bookings will be given to members of the group. This is just one of many benefits provided by IL Group membership.

Refreshments will be provided free of charge. If you are subsequently unable to attend the event, please cancel your ticket at the earliest opportunity as a waiting list will be in place. Please note that a charge of £30 will be made for non-attendance.

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Staffordshire University to host free Digital Literacy event

Staffordshire University is to host a free Library TeachMeet event, sponsored by the CILIP Information Literacy Group, with the aim of sharing how to incorporate digital literacy into teaching and learning.

Event: Staffordshire University Digital Literacy Library TeachMeet – Sponsored by the CILIP Information Literacy Group
Alfred Bolton Room, Thompson Library, Staffordshire University, College Road, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs, ST4 2DE.
When: Tuesday, November 25th, 2014, 1.15pm-4pm.

It is hoped that speakers will report on a range of activities to support and assess learners towards digital fluency and investigate what makes a digitally fluent learner.

Attendees are invited to have the floor for 10 minutes to present (via PowerPoint / Prezi / talk / bingo / drawing / anything) to colleagues some creative and inspiring suggestions. Enthusiastic non-presenting audience members are also welcome!

Example topics might include: staff development and promotion, incorporating digital literacy ideas into the curriculum, highlighting digital literacy as a Graduate Attribute, etc. Anyone can share great ideas they’ve used in their library, ask important questions or simply sign up to take part in learning conversations.

How does it work?

The event organisers would like attendees to consider delivering a presentation, of up to 10 minutes maximum, on an innovative topic in line with the theme. The number of speakers will be limited, so please get your application in early if you would like to do this. The organisers also want an audience who are happy to discuss, share ideas and develop learning opportunities.

When is it?

1.15pm–4pm on Tuesday, November 25th, 2014. Arrival from 1.15pm onwards (for lunch and networking) and refreshments will be served throughout the event.

How do I book a place?

Full details and booking information can be found on the Eventbrite page.

Cost: FREE – includes lunch and refreshments

If you have any queries about the event, please contact Eleanor by email:

Free information literacy event for School and FE librarians

CILIP Information Literacy Group logo

The CILIP Information Literacy Group is to provide a free training event for the sharing of good information and digital literacy practice for librarians and information professionals working in school and Further Education settings.

Event: Active IL in the classroom: Info Lit workshop and TeachMeet for schools and FE
Where: Library of Birmingham
When: Monday, December 8th, 2014, 10am – 4pm

The day will start with a practical workshop: Tell them and they’ll forget: using interactivity to ensure engagement in your sessions, delivered by Emily Shields (MMU) and Rosie Jones (University of Manchester) – experienced IL practitioners who will share a wealth of tips and techniques for incorporating interactivity into your IL interventions with students, providing you with plenty of examples to make your own teaching fun and engaging.

The afternoon will take the form of a TeachMeet, which will allow for the sharing of good practice in an informal setting. We’re inviting you to present for ten minutes, sharing your ideas and experiences with others working in the sector. This can be in the form of a basic talk, it can include a PowerPoint or Prezi, hands-on activity, handouts, or all of these elements!  Examples could include inspiring session content, use of  learning technologies, engagement strategies used with teachers – anything related to information literacy is welcome! If you are interested in sharing and presenting for 10 minutes, please book as a speaker rather than an attendee; the speaker ticket still entitles you to attend for the full day.

The event will take place at the Library of Birmingham, 10am-4pm, on Monday, December 8th, 2014. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

This is a free event. Book now to avoid disappointment!

If you have any questions, or would like additional information about any part of this event, please contact the IL Group Training Officer, Catherine McManamon:

Please note that cancellations less than a week in advance, or non-attendance on the day, may affect your ability to book onto future free events from the IL Group.

Free workshop on “Developing a Blended Learning Skills Programme”

CILIP Information Literacy Group logoThe CILIP Information Literacy Group is sponsoring a free one-day event on developing a blended learning skills programme.

The event will be run by Jennie Blake and Jade Kelsall from the University of Manchester Library, home of the award-winning My Learning Essentials programme launched in September 2013.

Workshop: Developing a Blended Learning Skills Programme
Venue: Alan Gilbert Learning Commons, University of Manchester
Date: Monday 15th December, 2014

Workshop overview

In the morning, participants will explore the overall design and development of the My Learning Essentials programme, a flexible, coherent and complementary suite of face-to-face and online support opportunities.

The afternoon will focus on the development of workshops and online resources. Participants will come away with the beginnings of a workshop plan and an online resource storyboard, as well as having a structured process they can use to transform successful face-to-face sessions into interactive online resources.

The focus throughout the day will be on providing participants with tools, techniques and processes that they can use within their own institutions, whether they want to develop a one-off workshop, create some online resources or launch an entire new skills programme!

About My Learning Essentials

My Learning Essentials logoMy Learning Essentials is a flexible blended learning programme deliberately designed to allow students access at the point of need, with support available via a suite of interactive online learning resources and in face-to-face workshops and skills clinics.

Development of the programme is student-driven; all workshops are based on an identified student need, and new topics for online resources are identified from the most popular workshop sessions. These topics are then transformed into pedagogically sound online learning experiences that complement the workshops, rather than replicate them.

This innovative model enables the programme to respond flexibly to student demand, ensuring that the resources created are those that students will find most useful.

My Learning Essentials won the 2014 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Innovative Blended Learning.


This event is free for CILIP Information Literacy Group members. You are able to book onto the Manchester workshop now; please book early to avoid disappointment.

Non-members can email the IL Group Training Officer, Catherine McManamon, to be added to the waiting list:

Please note that the IL Group will also be running this event in London in 2015.

If you have any questions, or would like additional information about any part of the event, please contact the IL Group Training Officer, Catherine

Please note that cancellations less than a week in advance, or non-attendance on the day, may affect your ability to book onto future free events from the IL Group.