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Event report: Copyright Licences and exceptions in higher education

Jane Secker, Chair of the CILIP Information Literacy Group, reports on the UUK / GuildHE Copyright Working Group event, which took place on 20th June 2017.


Organising committee, left to right: Jane Secker, Neil Sprunt, Chris Morrison, Kate Vasili and Monique Ritchie

On 20th June the CILIP Information Literacy Group sponsored the Universities UK / GuildHE Copyright Working Group Summer Event at Woburn House in London. The event was mainly attended by copyright officers in higher education and discussions centred around the relationship between licences and exceptions and the role of copyright education. The event was chaired by Professor Ronan Deazley from Queens University, Belfast.

The day included workshop activities which were facilitated by Chris Morrison (University of Kent), Jane Secker (City, University of London) Neil Sprunt (University of Manchester), Kate Vasili  (Middlesex University), Monique Ritchie (Brunel University) and Ralph Weedon (University of Strathclyde) (all members of the UUK / GuildHE team). The purpose of the day was to discuss a range of hot topics related to copyright in the higher education sector and try to see if a consensus could be reached about institutional practice and policies.

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Meet the IL Website Team: Sharon Wagg

What is your role on the committee?

I am one of the newly appointed web editors of the IL website. The website editorial team is a sub-group of the CILIP Information Literacy Group.

When did you join and why?

I have just started a funded PhD at Loughborough University. My research area relates to information literacy and people’s information experiences especially those who have been digitally excluded; so I saw this role as a great opportunity for me to stay up-to-date with trends, events and current research related to information literacy and to advocate the great work carried out by information literacy communities of practice.

What do you do in your role?

Working alongside the other IL website editors my role is to source or write interesting news stories, blogs and event reviews that appeal to the website audience and Tweet this content far and wide. I’ve just been tasked with updating the content on the Sectors section of the website, and introduce a few new sections so watch this space!

What is your day job?

I am a full-time PhD researcher in the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University, in the Centre of Information Management. My PhD is funded through a studentship set up in the memory of Loughborough University’s Professor Mark Hepworth. Professor Hepworth had a close relationship with CILIP’s ILG and I am honoured to progress my IL research through his studentship. Take a look at my recent blog Mark Hepworth honoured in Aslib Journal of Information Management.

My PhD builds on my previous research developed through academic study at the University of Sheffield and through working as part of the research team at the digital and social inclusion charity, Good Things Foundation, (formerly Tinder Foundation) where I worked on projects including a Library Digital Inclusion Action Research Project and English My Way.

What are your other interests?

I have two lovely daughters who keep me very busy and a love for the outdoors. I live in the Peak District surrounded by beautiful countryside & so am very lucky to get out in the hills fairly regularly for a walk or a run. I also enjoy going on trips in our family camper van and swimming in our local pool.

Call for schools to take part in evaluation of the TeenTech/ILG schools resource

The CILIP Information Literacy Group (ILG) is undertaking a light-touch review of the school support resource which it developed jointly with TeenTech early last year. ILG is looking for assistance in identifying half a dozen schools that would be the subject of the review. Would any schools like to take part?

For information, the resource takes the form of ten attractively-produced leaflets, all available freely as pdf documents under a Creative Commons licence, which provide useful advice on information literacy and associated research skills, tailored particularly to school students from GCSE level upwards. Anecdotal feedback about the resources has generally been positive, but ILG would like a more formal view on the usefulness and applicability of the leaflets. The review will therefore consist of 30-40 minute interviews, in each of the schools, if possible with the librarian and a couple of relevant teachers; and of a very short and simple survey destined to a selection of students.

If you are a school librarian, or a teacher, or if you know a school that might form one of the cases, please get in touch with Stéphane Goldstein, at sg@informall.org.uk . Stéphane is happy to answer any enquiries, so don’t hesitate to contact him.

Meet the IL Website Team: Suzannah Bridge

What is your role on the committee?

I am one of the web editors of the IL website. The website editorial team is a sub-group of the CILIP Information Literacy Group.

When did you join and why?

Before I started at my current college we didn’t have any information literacy teaching so this is something that I’m keen to develop. As a solo librarian I don’t have anyone to discuss information literacy with so I thought this would be a good way to stay up-to-date with trends and current research.

What do you do in your role?

I’ve only just started as a Web Editor so I’m still finding out exactly what my role will be! So far I’ve been looking at what we can do to improve the content of the website.

What is your day job?

I’m Library Manager at Plumpton College, a land-based FE college in Sussex. I’ve been working at Plumpton since July 2016 and this is my first qualified role. I’m responsible for the day-to-day running of the library, acquisitions, systems and of course information literacy. Before this I was completing an MA in Librarianship at the University of Sheffield.

What are your other interests?

My workplace is in the middle of the beautiful Sussex Downs, and the surroundings have given me the push to give running a try. I’m doing the NHS Couch to 5k programme so three evenings a week after work I can be found jogging (very slowly) in the Downs. I’ve also developed a bit of a passion for holidays to Nordic countries. Over the past few years I’ve been lucky enough to visit Denmark, Norway and Iceland, but there is still a long list of places I would like to visit.

ILG funded research projects update

The research projects page has been updated. One project, Information Literacy for Democratic Engagement (IL-DEM), is now completed. The focus of the project was information literacy amongst those involved in hyperlocal democracy in Scotland as community councillors (the equivalent of parish councillors in England). The work of community councillors relates to ascertaining, co-ordinating and expressing the views of their communities to local authorities and taking ‘such action in the interests of [their communities] as appears to be expedient and practicable’. The investigation was undertaken by Professor Hazel Hall, Peter Cruickshank and Dr Bruce Ryan, from the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University. Three key questions were addressed:

  • What are community councillors’ current practices in exploiting information channels for engaging citizens in democratic processes?
  • What are public libraries’ roles in supporting community councillors, particularly around their acquisition of information literacy?
  • What are the relationships between community councillors’ information behaviours and literacies, resources, and knowledge and experience?

The original project proposal and the project summary can be found on the research projects page and the full report will be available soon.

Three new ones have been added. These are: Continue reading ILG funded research projects update