Event Reviews 2011

Copyright and open educational resources: an ILG training event: 9 September 2011

The CSG-IL group ran an event at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) led by Dr Jane Secker, the Copyright and Digital Literacy Advisor at LSE. Jane is also the Conference Officer for LILAC and a member of the IL group committee. The morning was divided into two parts and in addition to staff from GCU attending, colleagues from the Glasgow and Edinburgh region came along from both the higher and future education sector. The first part of the session was entitled Copyright in the Digital Age: a guide for librarians. Jane’s presentation from this event is on SlideShare:


Jane is the author of the Facet book, Copyright and E-learning (http://www.facetpublishing.co.uk/title.php?id=6657) and so the session was based partly on the topics covered in this book, but also drew on Jane’s experience as a member of the UK Copyright Working Group. This group negotiate licences for the higher education sector as a whole, most notably with the Copyright Licensing Agency. Following the roll over of this licence in August this year, Jane is involved in the negotiations to deliver a new licence for the sector in August 2012. In her role at LSE, Jane has to advise staff about copyright issues when using the LSE’s VLE Moodle. She also runs a number of internal workshops as well as producing copyright advice and guidance on the LSE website (http://clt.lse.ac.uk/copyright/index.php). She gave a refresher on copyright law and how it applies in the educational sector as well as looking at some of the issues that arise, when teaching staff want to make material available online. LSE run an E-pack service under the CLA Licence to deliver core readings to students as part of Moodle, but also encourage staff to link to existing e-journals and e-books. Jane also advises staff about using images and multimedia in their e-learning course, encouraging them to find material licensed under open licences such as Creative Commons wherever possible.

This topic led neatly on to the second part of the morning, which was an overview of the recently completed DELILA project, which Jane managed. Project partners included LSE, the University of Birmingham and the CSG Information Literacy Group. The project was funded by JISC and the Higher Education Academy and has released a range of information and digital literacy resources as open educational resources (OERs) to support teacher accreditation. In addition to depositing the material in Jorum, both LSE and Birmingham have made the resources available in their own institutional repositories. The project also highlighted some of the copyright issues associated with information literacy resources when converting them to OER, because of the inclusion of screenshots, database logos etc. While these can often be used in training materials produced internally, they cannot be licensed under Creative Commons without express permission of the rightsowner. Jane’s slides from the DELILA session are also available on SlideShare: http://www.slideshare.net/seckerj/delila-project-overview

Social Media Workshop: 21 July 2011

by Lisa Jeskins, IL Group Training Officer.

I went to Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) to give GCU staff and other Scottish librarians a workshop on Social Media. We looked at ways in which librarians can use social media for networking, current awareness and marketing their services.

It was an interactive session where staff had the chance to have to examine Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Flickr.

The session was intended to get librarians thinking about the different types of voice that can be used when communicating with different audiences and with different forms of social media. We looked at how useful social media can be for keeping professionally up-to-date. This was something that many of the delegates hadn’t considered before and so allowed them to see a new benefit to social media. We also discussed people’s fear of social media and management often wanting to control what users can say. We discussed the idea that even a complaint can be made into a positive statement if you are seen to be responding to queries quickly and efficiently.

The session was a mixture of presentation, hands on and discussion. It was a lively session and  with 24 people attending. It was great to get such a great mix of opinions on social media during the discussion, but it was obvious that some organisations are still limiting their employees use of social media tools. We discussed this phenomenon and talked around issues of privacy and control.

It was an enjoyable session and I hope that the delegates got something out of it.

What the delegates said…

“very enjoyable event, very informative and suited to beginners”

“made social media a little less scary”

Supporting researchers using Information Literacy: 11 July 2011

by Marion Kelt from Glasgow Caledonian University.

Sheila Corral and Ruth Stubbings talked about using the Researcher Development Framework (Vitae 2010) to deliver information literacy training. The RDF replaces the old Joint Skills Statement (RCUK, 2001) which did not discuss information literacy skills in detail. Ruth talked about using a research lens for higher education to map the SCONUL 7 pillars to graduate attributes (http://www.sconul.ac.uk/sites/default/files/documents/researchlens.pdf) The RIN web site has a mapping of the RDF to the SCONUL 7 pillars model ( http://www.rin.ac.uk/our-work/researcher-development-and-skills/researcher-development-framework ). RIN wants feedback on the mapping.

Eileen Breen talked about the MyRI project. This is an online bibliometrics training package which was produced collaboratively and has been made available to the academic community as open access files which can be edited and reused. They produced the package as a result of many enquiries on journal impact factors and how researchers can measure their own research impact (especially in the light of the upcoming REF). You can see the tutorial at http://www.ndlr.ie/myri/ – you can also download the files there. I can vouch for the usefulness of the files as I have downloaded them myself and added them into PILOT (our post-doctoral information literacy online tutorial)!

What the delegates said…

“Good speakers, friendly group, engaging content.  Made me realise the challenges facing researchers.  How do they make the transition from being a student to being a researcher.”

“Content was highly relevant and clearly targeted, speakers were engaging and talks well structured”

London Librarian TeachMeet: 20 June 2011

This event, sponsored by the Information Literacy Group, was organised by Lynne Meehan (UCL) and myself. It was held at the University of Westminster. The format was an afternoon of micro (5 min) and nano (2 min) presentations sharing various experiences of teaching in libraries.

The TM started off very well, with people enjoying the refreshments and networking. The talks were very informative and lively. As they were very time-limited, the key points came across strongly. The audience seemed engaged and quite a few questions were being asked. The afternoon flew by and afterwards I thought it would have been nice to have an extra half hour to allow time for more questions and networking.

London LibTeachMeet set up a blog. It includes links to the presentations from the event, blog posts, and to the event feedback.

You will find more detail about the TeachMeet presentations in the following two blog posts:

Emma Woods: http://thelibrarianidentity.blogspot.com/2011/06/first-time-for-everything.html

Sarah Wolfenden: http://thewolfendenreport.blogspot.com/2011/06/london-library-teachmeet.html

Sounds like a great afternoon all in all!

CoFHE LASEC and Information Literacy Group Continuing Professional Development Event – Information Literacy + TeachMeet: 23 May 2011

Event planning

The idea for this event came from a question posed by the CoFHE LASEC Committee: what CPD do you want us to organise? Information literacy (IL) was on most respondents’ minds and subsequent discussion between the Committee members focussed on the ways other colleagues approached, taught and evaluated IL. The TeachMeet element came up because it seemed absolutely perfect for the brief that we wanted for the CPD day, i.e.: useful but not too formal. Many of the Committee had already heard about the London LibTeachMeet planned by Lynne Meehan and held at the University of Westminster on June 20th.

Great facilitators are key to the success of any event so we approached the Information Literacy Group (ILG) and were very lucky to have Jane Secker, Lisa Jeskins and Sarah Pavey join us on the day. This worked really well as they all brought different perspectives on IL. The ILG also sponsored the event which meant we could reduce the cost for delegates to just £15 + VAT; something that we were very appreciative of, as we believe it helped to increase attendance.



This CPD event was held on 23rd May in Kingston College’s Higher Education Centre with a total of 34 attendees. Feedback forms were collected at the end of the event with all respondents either agreeing or strongly agreeing that the objectives of the event were clear and the programme was well structured.

The day began with presentations from the three course leaders. Firstly, Dr Jane Secker spoke about Information and Digital Literacy at LSE, looking at definitions and models of information and digital literacy and the IL courses run at LSE. Lisa Jeskins then discussed her experiences of IL, from working at Dubai Women’s College, to training and marketing at MIMAS, and through to involvement in LILAC and the ILG. Finally, Sarah Pavey spoke about IL at Box Hill School, where the International Baccalaureate Diploma has highlighted the importance of IL skills for the pupils. All feedback showed delegates either agreed or strongly agreed that the content was well presented and engaging.

The afternoon was devoted to a TeachMeet in which 13 attendees presented. Several online IL tools were shown including UEL’s Info Skills, Goldsmith’s interactive induction resource, Kingston College’s LRC Online and the University of West London’s Learning Journeys. Several presentations focused on encouraging interaction in IL training including through the use of Poll Everywhere, the Cephalonian method, electronic voting systems and utilising props such as Coke cans to generate keywords. The TeachMeet was well received with 7 people specifically highlighting this as the thing they liked most about the event.

18 delegates strongly agreed that they learnt something useful to their role with one person commenting that the event was ‘a relaxed informal meeting where everyone seemed to learn something new’.



A major outcome of the joint CoFHE LASEC and ILG event was that due to its success serious consideration was given to the possibility of creating future joint efforts. Members of CILIP are concerned by the recent decision to cancel its training offer and there have been discussions on LinkedIn regarding the impact this will have on individuals. CoFHE LASEC responded to this debate by advertising the excellent training opportunities available through Special Interest Groups (SIGs), including the one we recently delivered in conjunction with the ILG. Below are a few of the comments received on LinkedIn:

“A lot of training happens through the CILIP Special Interest Groups (SIGs), which for me is much better value as the courses are much less expensive and, as they are organised by practitioners in the field, are well targeted and highly relevant.”


“There is some really great training available through the SIGs”


“We are working much more closely with the SIGs in our area and are delighted to be working with CofHE LASEC on finding ways for this whole corner of the country to collaborate to fill the gaps while avoiding duplication.”

Consequently, members of CoFHE LASEC are trying even harder to find out what type of training people would like us to hold as well as trying to gather information from those already working with other branches and groups and whether they would be interested in working on any projects in future. We were very pleased to have sponsorship, great presenters, and support from ILG and would be thrilled to work with them again.