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Free information literacy event for School and FE librarians

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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.

Workshop: Writing research proposals and publications – CILIP ILG & LIRG

Writing research proposals and publications – CILIP ILG & LIRG
Venue: Charter Room East, CILIP HQ, 7 Ridgmount Street, London
Date: Friday 12th September, 2014 10:00 – 16:30

Workshop outline:
This one day event will introduce participants to research, writing a research proposal and writing the research up for publication once it is Ralph Lauren Polo Outlet UK complete. Led by experts in the field, the morning session will provide guidance in submitting proposals for research funding, including the ILG and LIRG research awards. The afternoon session will be led by Editors of well known library and information science journals and provide tips on writing for publication as well as a chance put forward your questions in an “Ask the Editors” session. Both sessions will be interactive allowing a chance to discuss and receive comments and feedback on your ideas.

LIRG’s AGM will take place at the end of this event, from 4pm:

Notice of 2014 Annual General Meeting – Library and Information Research Group
The Chair of LIRG invites members and non-members to attend the Annual General Meeting for 2014, which will take place at the CILIP Offices in London on Friday 12th September.

CILIP’s Professional Knowledge and Skills Base (PKSB):
This course supports the following strands of CILIP’s PKSB:

Research Skills
4.1 Understanding research
4.2 Evaluative research
4.3 Desk research
4.5 Understanding research contexts
4.6 Understanding and presenting research reports

The next deadlines for the ILG and ecsyork LIRG research awards will be December 2014.

This is a free event for members of the CILIP Information Literacy Group or the CILIP Library and Information Research Group.

Members can book online:

If you are not a member of either of these groups but would like to register you interest, please contact Catherine McManamon to be added to the workshop waiting list:



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: