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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

Information Literacy Group’s Research Day


The CILIP Information Literacy Group is pleased to share details of their upcoming Research Day. It will be held on 5th June at CILIP Headquarters, London.

The Information Literacy Group offers funds totalling £20,000 for high quality research through an annual bursary scheme. There are two rounds of funding given out in July and December and the Group are seeking imaginative proposals that have the potential for high impact beyond HE and librarianship. This event will be led by Dr Emma Coonan (Editor, Journal of Information Literacy) and Dr Geoff Walton (Chair of the Information Literacy Group’s Research Bursaries Panel) and will offer accessible and practical advice on putting together a research bid, with time for you to work on developing your own research proposal and bid.

Emma will be talking about what makes up a research project, how to plan one and what to watch out for in your design. She will offer a practical and non-jargony overview of how the various phases of a research project fit together; research methods and how they frame your findings; how to deal with bias; and what to do with results you weren’t expecting.

GeCILIP Information Literacy Groupoff will talk about the ILG Research Bursary scheme, how its review process works, what the Panel are looking for and how to create a successful bid. He will also talk about bidding for funding more widely and give some general tips on writing a good research proposal. Geoff will show examples of successful bids and explain why they were funded.

Please bring along your research ideas – however sketchy – and any bid outlines or even fully drafted proposals for discussion and development in the final session of the day. Even if you only have the germ of an idea, we can help you make it blossom!

Event Schedule:

11.00-11.30:  Registration

11:30: Emma Coonan: How to design a research project

12:45: Lunch

13:30: Geoff Walton: How to write a successful research proposal

14:45:  Coffee and networking

15:15:  Writing session with support from presenters

16:15:  Promenade feedback – lasts as long as required up to …

17:00: Event finishes (more networking!)

This event will target the Research Skills, Literacies and Learning, Information Literacy and Digital Literacy areas of the CILIP Professional Knowledge and Skills base.

Book your ticket(s):

Tickets are available from the Eventbrite page, free of charge to ILG Members and  at a fee of £40 to non-ILG Members.


Love copyright? Don’t miss these events!

UUK / Guild HE Copyright Summer Event

The Information Literacy Group is sponsoring a one day workshop aimed at university copyright officers or specialists, hosted by Universities UK and GuildHE Copyright Working Group. The day will consider the relationship between licences offered to the HE sector and copyright exceptions. Chaired by Professor Ronan Deazley, from the School of Law at Queens University Belfast, it promises to be an engaging and exciting event.

Where: Woburn House Conference Centre, Tavistock Square, London

When: Tue 20 June 2017, 10:00 – 16:15 BST

Registration details: Tickets are available for £45 from the Eventbrite page.

Models for Copyright Education in Information Literacy Programs

Jane and Chris at the CILIP Copyright Conference 2017
Jane and Chris at the CILIP Copyright Conference 2017

This day-long event is jointly organised by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions’ (IFLA) Copyright and Legal Matters Advisory Group and the IFLA Information Literacy Section. It will be held at the 83rd IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Wroclaw. Attendees will discuss models for education on copyright, licensing, and other legal matters within the scope of information literacy programs. The session will be devoted to methodologies for providing a comprehensive knowledge of the legal landscape for copyright, licensing, and related legal and policy matters in libraries and universities.

The program agenda is now on the site, listing panels and presenters. Attendance will be strictly limited to 100 people, including presenters, and due to room capacity, they will not be able to make exceptions, so register soon! Jane Secker (Copyright and Digital Literacy Officer, and Chair of CILIP Information Literacy Group) and Chris Morrison (Copyright and Licensing Compliance Officer, University of Kent) will be joining the panel to discuss copyright education and information literacy from a UK perspective.

Where: Wednesday, 23 August 2017 8:30am – 3:30pm

When: University of Lower Silesia, Wroclaw, Poland

Registration: The registration form is available from the conference website.