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On Tuesday I did sessions on abstracting with students here in the Information School, and as I was walking over to the first classroom it occurred to me that the way I was working could be called a flipped classroom. Since I posted the slidecast I used on Slideshare, I thought I would also share the activities that I did and then reflect on Flipped Classrooms.
Firstly, the activities. Students had been asked to view the slidecast, to read an article on information encountering and to take some notes on the article (prompted by questions like "what methods did the author use in her research"). There is also handout which gives examples of...
EDUCAUSE Review has an issue with numerous articles in and around MOOCs. e.g.
- The Potential for Online Learning: Promises and Pitfalls
- Five myths about MOOCs:
- Connecting the Dots: New Technology-Based Models for Postsecondary Learning:...
The Association of College and Research Libraries (USA) is reviewing their Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. There is a task force that will substantially revise ACRL's Standards by June 2014. "The revision will underscore the critical need for faculty members and librarians to collaborate to effectively address information literacy education that aligns with disciplinary content. While the exact approach is still under discussion, two new elements will be incorporated: threshold concepts and metaliteracy. These two foundational elements should provide the basis for more sustained collaborations with disciplinary faculty and create more aligned teaching and learning communities...
I was a bit slow picking this up but I think it is still open: project SAILS wants non-USA institutions to beta-test their information literacy testing tool. "The beta test is open to any institution testing outside the United States. There is no fee to participate. Testing takes place between August and December of 2013. Each participating institution should commit to getting 100 or more students to take the test. You will need at least 50 test-takers in order to get a report.... We need at least three institutions in a country in order to create the country-specific benchmark." There is more information at
Join us in the virtual world Second Life for a one-hour discussion of an open-access article. Led by Ridvan Ata, Sheffield University, we will be discussing:
Cote, D., Ashford, R., Kraemer, B., Nahl, D. (2012) Academic Librarians in Second Life. Journal of Library Innovation, 3(1). Available at:

When: 9 October 2013 12 noon SL time (which is 8pm UK time and the same
as US pacific time: see
There is a call for proposals for the LILAC (information Literacy) conference that takes place 23-25 April 2014 at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. The deadline is 15 November 2013 at 1700 GMT. The conference themes are: Innovative approaches to IL; Putting theory into practice; Transitions – IL from cradle to tomb; Outreach and collaboration; IL on a shoestring; Health literacy.
Presentations should take one of the following forms: Short papers (30 minutes); Long papers (45 minutes); Workshops sessions (1 hour); Symposiums (1 hour); Teachmeet presentations (8 mins); Poster presentations. For more information go to http://www.lilacconference....
The latest issue of Library and Information Research includes:
Waller, V. (2013) Diverse everyday information practices in Australian households. Library and Information Research, 37 (115).
"Qualitative research into the everyday information-seeking practices of eight diverse households in the city of Melbourne, Australia permitted insights into the variability in dynamics around information practices. The current study combines an information practice approach to information-seeking with finer detail on use of the Internet. Rather than treat the Internet as a monolithic entity, this study looks separately at the use of more recent Internet technologies such as social media and Wikipedia....
There was a conversation on the ili discussion list about changes to Google's search algorithm, and this article was mentioned - it is particularly informative:
Sullivan, D. (2013) FAQ: All About The New Google “Hummingbird” Algorithm. Searchenginewatch, September 26.
Also I mentioned the course Search is more than Google by Karen Blakeman that is forthcoming, and here is a set of slides she just published:

Search is more than Google from Karen Blakeman

There is a call for papers for the 5th International m-libraries conference ("from devices to people") which takes place in Hong-Kong on 27-30 May 2014. Themes include "Harnessing the future for teaching and learning with mobile technologies" and "Mobile technologies enhancing Information Access for All and pursuing the millennium development goals". Abstracts are due on 28th October 2013. For more info go to:
Photo by Sheila Webber: Squirrel on the bench, September 2013
Forthcoming training courses in the UK from UKEIG include:
Make Google behave: techniques for better results: Karen Blakeman (30 October 2013 London and 29 November, Belfast)
Using multimedia tools to present information: Phil Bradley (6 November, Birmingham)
Anything but Google: Karen Blakeman (19 November, 2013, London)
More info at
Photo by Sheila Webber: Sheffield Botanic Gardens, September 2013