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Wednesday
Jun192019

ILG Funded Project: Public library digital participation programmes – the impact on employability

Work IT was shortlisted for The Edge conference Digital Award 2019!

Work IT is a flexible programme of digital support for employability offered by libraries in libraries, established in response to increased demand for job-related IT assistance.  Staff were being asked for help with setting up a Universal Credit account, making a claim or creating CVs, daunting tasks for those with limited IT skills.  They were keen to help but lacked time and expertise.  It was felt a dedicated Digital Inclusion Officer could offer effective digital support to jobseekers, enhance skills and build confidence in a local library setting.   

We applied for funding for an action research programme to investigate this and were awarded a bursary from the Information Literacy Group of CILIP funding a Digital Inclusion Officer for 4 months.  Scottish Government Digital Participation Team funding allowed us to extend the research period by a further 10 months and the research programme ran from September 2017 – November 2018. 

Through partnership working and 1-2-1 support the Officer engaged with a large number of jobseekers, 32 of whom attended four or more times and agreed to participate in the research.  Findings showed participants gained new skills and confidence and after attending the percentage using the internet to find information rose from 22% to 54%.

You can find further information about this project and research on the IL Group website, as a blog piece here and with the full report/appendices on the research project page here.

By Lindsay McKrell: Team Leader for Libraries and Archives, Stirling Council & Angela Short: Digital Inclusion Officer, Stirling Council

 

 

 

 

Monday
Jun102019

CILIPS Library and Information Professional of the Year 2019

Congratulations to Fiona Laing who is the the winner of Library and Information Professional of the Year 2019

Fiona (pictured with Michelle Elkington of sponsors Bolinda Digital), is the Official Publications Curator in Collections and Research, National Library of Scotland. The award was presented at the CILIPS Annual Conference on Monday 3rd June.

Fiona has won the award for her work both in the National Library and in the wider profession including:

  • Ensuring that the National Library holds a comprehensive collection of publications from not just the Westminster Parliament, Scottish Parliament and the devolved assemblies but their respective government departments and agencies, as well as some intergovernmental bodies, either in print or in digital format.
  • Delivering the Scottish School Examination Papers Digitisation project which has seen a full collection of examination papers from 1888 to the current day made available online.
  • Engaging with the wider profession including the development of a new website for Scottish Working Forum on Official Publications (SWOP) as well as being the Chair of the group, organising meetings, posting on the website and being active on social media.

Congratulations Fiona!

You can read the full short and long list here.

Posted by Jenny Foreman, Scottish Government Library

Thursday
May232019

Citizens’ approaches to evaluating political ‘facts’ in the fake news era

Webinar Description - Wednesday 19th June, 15.00 - 16.00pm

Recent years have seen significant public discourse surrounding the concepts of ‘post-truth politics’, ‘fake news’, and ‘alternative facts’ online, with much of it focusing on ‘Brexit’ or Donald Trump’s election campaign and presidency. This webinar will reflect upon recent research into fact response, fact checking, and the journey of the political fact. This research, conducted during the 2017 UK General Election campaign, consisted of two interrelated studies: 1) an online survey of the general public (n = 538); and 2) a series of 23 electronically-assisted interviews with citizens in North-East Scotland. Both studies explored the tactics and heuristics used in evaluating the credibility of ‘facts’ presented online by Scottish political actors.

You can access the webinar via this link: https://eu.bbcollab.com/guest/0241bba166484e469e9a7e7b2966f59d

Presenters

Rita Marcella

With over thirty years of experience as a researcher and academic in information and library science, Rita Marcella is now Professor of Information Management at the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. Current research projects focus on: the building of a classification and taxonomy of information beliefs; the research impact agenda amongst senior, early and mid-career researchers in Information Science; and information behaviour in the context of post-truth politics. She is also evolving theory around information behaviour beliefs and building a network on information as a means of empowerment, information poverty and disadvantage. Previous research has focussed on information behaviour in political and business contexts. Rita has served on national and international funding panels and acts as a referee for a range of international journals and conferences. She has also held posts in senior management in universities but is now focussing on research and teaching.

Dr Graeme Baxter is a Research Fellow within the School of Creative and Cultural Business at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. His research interests include: the provision and use of government, parliamentary and citizenship information; freedom of information legislation; the provision of information during government public consultation exercises; and the use of the Internet by political parties, elected members and electoral candidates. His doctoral thesis was on the communication and exchange of information between state and stakeholders. He has a keen interest in ‘fake news’ and the credibility of information provided by political actors.

Posted by Jenny Foreman, Scottish Government Library

Monday
May132019

Can’t make it to EBLIP10? Fear not – we’ve got you covered!

The 10th International Evidence Based Library and Information Practice Conference is in Glasgow, UK from 17-19 June (https://eblip10.org). We have 5 exciting tours on offer too (https://eblip10.org/tours/tabid/8492/Default.aspx).

However, we know many people can’t take the time off work or make the journey to Glasgow so we have other ways for people to attend.

 If you’re too far away to join us in person, you can join us virtually. We are making the conference available virtually for the nominal fee of £65. Virtual conference attendance includes all of the keynote speakers (David Stewart, President of CILIP; Dr Frankie Wilson, Head of Assessment at the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford; and Donna Scheeder, Past President of IFLA and SLA) and one track of the presentations, including topics such as Meeting User Needs; Value, Impact, and Outcomes; National Initiatives for Health Libraries; and Emerging Roles for Librarians (more information about the sessions are available here, in Room GH514).

 If you’re in the UK and want to participate in some evidence-based practice continuing professional development, you can join us for the pre-conference workshops at Sunday 16 June. We have two morning and two afternoon workshops on advocacy and impact, using systematic reviews to support evidence-based practice, incorporating evidence-based practice, and outcome measurement in academic libraries. These half-day workshops are £50 each (including lunch). More information can be found here. To get the information needed for workshop registration, please email eblip10conference@gmail.com.

Rebekah (Becky) Willson, MLIS, PhD, FHEA

Department of Computer & Information Sciences

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland

rebekah.willson@strath.ac.uk

http://rebekahwillson.com/

Posted by Jenny Foreman, Scottish Government Library

 

Tuesday
Apr232019

Launch of Parliamentary Sub-committee on Disinformation

Following on from the DCMS Committee enquiry into Disinformation and Fake News a new sub-committee has been formed to create a standing programme of works.

There are useful links at the end of this publication to related reports during this Parliament.