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A book from Moira Bent, that is worth acquiring:
Bent, M. (2016). Practical Tips for Facilitating Research. London: Facet. 9781783300174. Price: £49.95; CILIP members price: £39.96. "This practical guide offers innovative tips and reliable best practice to enable new and experienced library and information professionals to evaluate their current provision and develop their service to meet the evolving needs of the research community."
There is a sample from it on the Facet website http://www.facetpublishing.co.uk/title.php?id=300174#.Vyk2P...
05/05/2016
The CILIP Academic & Research Libraries Group runs an event on 20 May 2016 at Plymouth Central Library, Plymouth, UK: Skills for Success "A day for sharing and discussing creative approaches to supporting skills for success in FE and HE: lifelong learning, academic and employability skills, information skills, digital literacies and more." The day starts with the ARLG SW annual general meeting, and the seminar programme starts at 11.30. Short presentations include: Ludo Sebire, UWE: 'Developing Academic Literacy for all at UWE'; Jolanta Peters, Somerset College: 'Raising literacy standards through library initiatives at...
04/05/2016
The latest from the Assessment in Action program (http://www.ala.org/acrl/AiA) is a report which summarises key evidence from the two years of the AiA project (a US project about evaluating impact and value of libraries in Higher Education). The report title is fairly self-explanatory:
Brown, K. and Malenfant, K. (2016) Documented library contributions to student learning and success: Building Evidence with Team-Based Assessment in Action Campus. Projects http://www.ala.org/acrl/files/issues/...
04/05/2016
Commercial publisher Emerald has "best paper awards every year ("winner" and "highly commended"). The whole list is at http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/authors/literati/awards.htm?year=2016 (note that most papers on Emerald are subscription-only; I have sought out open access versions for some of those listed below, but I didn't have time to look for them all). This year, ones of possible interest to information literacy include (in fairly random order):

- Ukachi, N. (2015). Exploration of information literacy skills...
02/05/2016
Carrick Enterprises is developing the Threshold Achievement Test for Information Literacy (TATIL), which "helps faculty and academic librarians better understand the level of information literacy achievement of their students. The Test is inspired by the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education which was adopted in February 2015." It is being trialled at the moment. Frankly, I wouldn't have thought a testing approach was altogether consistent with the Framework philosophy, but if you are interested go to https://thresholdachievement.com/
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01/05/2016
There is a paid post advertised at Tromsø University, in which you study for a PhD and undertake some minor teaching etc. duties. The PhD topic is set; investigating information literacy teaching in Norwegian higher education. You have to learn Norwegian to basic qualification level within 2 years (i.e. you do not have to be able to speak it when you start: also, the PhD dissertation may be written in English). Application deadline is 18 May 2016. https...
30/04/2016
There is a paid post advertised at Tromsø University, in which you study for a PhD and undertake some minor teaching etc. duties. The PhD topic is set; investigating information literacy teaching in Norwegian higher education. You have to learn Norwegian to basic qualification level within 2 years (i.e. you do not have to be able to speak it when you start: also, the PhD dissertation may be written in English). Application deadline is 18 May 2016. https...
30/04/2016
- Beaudoin, J. (2016). Describing Images: A Case Study of Visual Literacy among Library and Information Science Students. College and Research Libraries, 77 (3), 376-392. http://crl.acrl.org/content/77/3.toc (open access) "This paper reports on a study that examined the development of pedagogical methods for increasing the visual literacy skills of a group of library and information science students"
- Donlan, R. and Sieck, S. (2016). Stop, Collaborate & Listen: How the Librarian/Publisher Relationship Can Facilitate the Development of the Information Literacy Curriculum....
29/04/2016
Another free e-book arising from an information literacy class: Alison Hicks has edited a volume of essays from her class of library students (at the University of Denver), to form an engaging book aimed at librarians teaching information literacy.
Hicks, A. (Ed.) (2016). Got a minute? Instruction tune-up for time pressed librarians. Pressbooks. http://gotaminute.pressbooks.com/
The chapter titles are: Introduction: The next generation of instruction librarians; Librarians in Learning Management Systems: Strategies and Suggestions; A Busy Librarian’s...
29/04/2016
They are livestreaming the keynote from the Information Literacy Summit on 29 April 2016 (at 9.30am US Central time, which is 3.30pm UK time). Emily Drabinski (Associate Professor and Coordinator of Library Instruction, Long Island University, Brooklyn) is talking on Critical Pedagogy in a Time of Compliance. The web address is http://ext.morainevalley.edu/multimedia/live-stream-information-literacy-summit/
The IL Summit is hosted by Moraine Valley Community College Library and DePaul University...
28/04/2016