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Jane Secker awarded Honorary Fellowship of CILIP

Dr Jane Secker, Chair of the CILIP Information Literacy Group
Dr Jane Secker. Photo courtesy of CILIP and Rolf Marriott Photography

Dr Jane Secker, Chair of the CILIP Information Literacy Group and Copyright and Digital Literacy Advisor at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, for her exceptional contribution to advancing the field of information literacy over the past ten years.

Jane is one of the UK’s leading professionals involved in developing and implementing Information and digital literacy strategies for the 21st century at national and international level.

Her approach has emphasised the importance of making links and disseminating beyond the library profession.  In 2010-11, Jane led a funded project at LSE, in partnership with the University of Birmingham, which developed a range of open educational resources for teacher training courses.  This work led to a further project in 2012 working with the Information Literacy Section of UNESCO.

In 2011, she co-produced ANCIL: A New Curriculum for Information Literacy, a highly regarded approach to developing information literacy in higher education.

Jane was Editor-in-chief of the open access biannual Journal of Information Literacy (JIL) from 2012-15, overseeing the publication of five issues.  She has published extensively, is an active blogger and regularly disseminates her work through presentations at conferences within and outside the sector, including education conferences such as the Association of Learning Developers in Higher Education.

Jane was responsible for co-organising the inaugural Librarians’ Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC) in 2005, a now established and key event in the calendar for information professionals. She is currently Chair of the Information Literacy Group of CILIP.

Honorary Fellowship of the professional body has been awarded by CILIP and its predecessor the Library Association since 1896. It is the highest recognition given to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the library and information world. Recipients of the title join a roll call of important figures, including three-time former Prime Minster Rt. Hon Stanley Baldwin; Scottish philanthropist and library founder Andrew Carnegie; the inventor of the Dewey Decimal system used in library classification, Melvil Dewey; the poet, novelist and librarian Philip Larkin; novelist Dame Catherine Cookson; and children’s illustrator and author Shirley Hughes.


New Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Information Literacy from June 2015

Emma Coonan
Emma Coonan

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Emma Coonan as the new Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Information Literacy from June 2015.

Emma is the Information Skills Librarian at UEA (University of East Anglia), Norwich. She holds an MSt and a PhD in literary theory and an MSc in Information and Library Management, and her chief research interests are information literacy, learning development and learner agency. In 2011, she was seconded to a fellowship at Wolfson College, Cambridge, to develop ‘A New Curriculum for Information Literacy’ in collaboration with Dr Jane Secker.  Since then she has jointly edited two books and is currently writing a third.

Emma will be taking on the role from Dr Jane Secker, who has been appointed Chair of the CILIP Information Literacy Group.  During Jane’s three successful years as Editor-in-Chief, the journal has gone from strength to strength, with the range of content (articles, conference, student and project reports, and book reviews) continuing to grow and the publication of a themed section on school libraries and information literacy. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Jane for her enormous contribution to the journal and wish her well in her new role.

Until the handover in June, Emma will be shadowing Jane and, from late Spring, will begin to act as Editor-In-Chief for new articles submitted to the journal.

Celebrating 40 years of Information Literacy!

IL 40 years logo1974 was a momentous year in many ways:

  • The Tour de France visited the UK for the first time. However, things did not go smoothly.
  • The World Cup was held in West Germany, who won the title.
  • Eurovision was held in Brighton and ABBA won with Waterloo.
  • President Nixon resigned following the Watergate scandal.
  • Paul Zurkowski coined the term “information literacy”.

As Alison J. Head highlighted in her LILAC 2014 keynote, many articles and books are still being written about information literacy 40 years later. There are several international conferences on information literacy, the most recent being the European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL), which debuted with much success in 2013.

To celebrate 40 years of infomation literacy, the CILIP Information Literacy Group has had a logo designed (image above), which features on our promotional sticky notes and highlighters.

For Vol. 7 No. 2 of the Journal of Information Literacy (JIL), Editor Jane Secker wrote an editorial entitled “Towards universal information literacy 40 years on”. The issue also included snippets from a series of interviews with Paul Zurkowski himself, conducted by Jeffrey V. Kelly during ECIL.

At LILAC 2014, delegates watched a video from Paul Zurkowski, and this is now available for everyone to view on YouTube.

Here’s to the next 40 years!

New issue of Journal of Information Literacy

JILThe latest issue of the Journal of Information Literacy (JIL) is now available, and includes reports on the Librarians Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC 2014) by the two Student Award winners.

The Journal of Information Literacy is the international, peer-reviewed, open access journal of the CILIP Information Literacy Group, and aims to investigate information literacy (IL) across a wide range of settings.

The contents of Issue 8 (1) are as follows:

A matter of perspective, Jane Secker

Assessing information literacy programmes using information search tasks.  Nikolas Leichner, Johannes Peter, Anne-Kathrin Mayer, Günter Krampen

Bilingual workplaces: integrating cultural approaches to information literacy into foreign language educational practices.  Alison Hicks

The creation of a university library outreach programme to develop the information literacy of further education students: an interactive approach to support transition.  Lisa Anderson, Stephen Bull

Articles from LILAC
Exploring the lived information-seeking experiences of mature students.  Sarah Clark

AMORES – Discovering a love for literature through digital collaboration and creativity. Geoff Walton

Information literacy: a matter of course.  Elizabeth Tilley

Graduate information literacy in online education using the embedded librarian model. Lauryl A. Lefebvre, Martha C. Yancey

Conference corner
LILAC 2014 Conference report: a student’s perspective.  Amanda Brennan

LILAC and IL: Views from outside the academy.  Penny C S Andrews

Book reviews
Book Review of Heine, C. and O’Connor, D. 2014. Teaching information fluency: how to teach students to be efficient, ethical and critical information consumers. Lanham: The Scarecrow Press.  Jennifer Wilson

Book Review of Hepworth, M. and Walton, G. (eds). 2013. Developing people’s information capabilities. Bingley: Emerald.  Evi Tramantza

Book review of Baker, K. 2013. Information literacy and cultural heritage. Cambridge: Chandos Publishing.  Lorna Hughes

Book review of Crawford, J. and Irving, C. 2013. Information literacy and lifelong learning: policy issues, the workplace, health and public libraries. Oxford: Chandos Publishing. Natasha Skeen

If you would like to contribute an article to the journal, more information is available on our
 JIL webpages.

Join the Journal of Information Literacy editorial team!

JILThe Journal of Information Literacy (JIL), the peer-reviewed open access journal published by the CILIP Information Literacy Group, is looking to recruit an additional copy editor to its editorial team. The primary role of the copy editor is to manage the copy editing process of articles submitted and accepted for the journal. Take a look at the full role description for more details and a person specification. If you would like to be considered for the role, which is in a voluntary capacity, you are invited to submit a brief personal statement (of no more than 500 words), indicating your ability to undertake the activities listed in the job description. The personal statement,

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together with a CV, should be sent to the Managing Editor, Cathie Jackson, at cjackson@dinkycrew.com. The deadline for applications is Friday, 14 March 2014. Please email if you have any questions about the role.