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Two funded Phd places at Edinburgh Napier University (IL to doctoral level)

Dear Information Literacy colleagues

We are currently advertising two fully-funded PhD places within the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University for an October 2019 start date.

Both opportunities are Skills Development Scotland Collaborative awards offered through the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science. One of the scholarships is on career information literacy and the decision-making of young people.

  • Applications are due by Friday 22nd March 2019.
  • Interviews are scheduled for Thursday 11th April 2019.
  • The start date for successful candidates is Tuesday 1st October 2019.

If you are interested in furthering your interests in information literacy to doctoral level research, please find further details about this studentship (and another on work-based learning) from the link below.

 Many thanks



Professor of Social Informatics, Edinburgh Napier University, UK

Docent in Information Studies, Åbo Akademi University, Finland  

See my latest publications at  


Information Literacy Awards at LILAC 2019! Closing date 1st March

Hi everyone,

 Nominations are invited from all sectors for the prestigious information literacy awards.

These are sponsored by CILIP Information Literacy Group  and will be presented at LILAC 2019 in Nottingham on April 25th. Head to  for details of the application process.

  • The Information Literacy Award recognises an outstanding individual contribution to information literacy by an individual or team. 
  • The Digital Award recognises a digital resource, programme or service which has made a significant impact. 
  • The Rowena Macrae-Gibson Student Award consists of conference registration and expenses for two students registered on a UK study programme.

Thank you!

Closing date: March 1st 2019

Jacqueline Geekie ( & Jenny Foreman


How to combat misinformation and disinformation

As we go into a new year, we thought we'd remind ourselves of a some useful information on how to combat misinformation and ‘fake news’. Please add to this list as you wish.

Sheila Webber’s blog

Fake News libguide is here

We will add more material to it as we find it.  Any suggestions as to what could or should be included gratefully received! Alison Skoyles, Information Skills Librarian, London South Bank University 

House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee Disinformation and ‘fake news’: Interim Report, Fifth Report of Session 2017–19, Report, together with formal minutes relating to the report. Ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 24 July 2018

This briefing paper from the European Parliament on what think tanks are thinking about Fake News paper offers links to recent commentaries and reports published by international think tanks on ‘fake news’ and broader related issues. (Ruth Gould Information Librarian |Library & Information Service | Customer - Early Intervention and Community Empowerment, Aberdeen.)

London School of Economics,

“What kind of information society do you want? How should we reduce the amount of misinformation? How can we protect democracy from digital damage? How can we help people make the most of the extraordinary opportunities of the Internet while avoiding the harm it can cause? For a year the LSE Truth, Trust and Technology Commission (T3) has been grappling with these key questions. Sparked by the anxieties caused by so-called fake news, the Commission has now come up with a policy agenda for tackling the information crisis. Working with politicians, technologists, journalists, academics and others from a range of sectors and the general public, we have published this report that sets out a wide-ranging strategy to build a more resilient media system fit for the information ecosystem in the UK.”       

“The UK Government’s official response, published in October, accepted the following recommendation.We agree that ‘fake news’ is a poorly-defined and misleading term that conflates a variety of false information, from genuine error through to foreign interference in democratic processes,” the response stated. 


Jenny Foreman, Scottish Government Library


Information Literacy Journal


The of the Journal of Information Literacy is out now!

The journal publishes innovative and challenging research articles and project reports which push the boundaries of information literacy thinking in theory, practice and method, and which aim to develop deep and critical understandings of the role, contribution and impact of information literacies in everyday contexts, education and the workplace.

You can read 12 engaging, peer reviewed articles, book reviews and there's a link to previous issues.


The Journal of Information Literacy (JIL) is the professional journal of the CILIP Information Literacy Group.


Posted by Jenny Foreman, Scottish Government Library and co-chair of The Information Literacy Community of Practice for Scotland.



MIL (Media and Information Literacy) Week Event in Aberdeen

A small, but select, group of people gathered together on Halloween in The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen to hear two presentations.  They were joined by a larger group of virtual attendees from the UK and beyond.

Jacqueline Geekie, Public Libraries Representative on CILIP Information Literacy Group (ILG) shared the new definition of Information Literacy and was followed by Dina Martzoukou of RGU, Dr Crystal Fulton of University College Dublin, Ireland and Dr Petros Kostagiolas of the Ionian University, Greece who presented the initial findings on their joint research on Digital Competencies for Digital citizenship.  The project involves a multi-level analysis of university students’ digital competencies from the perspective of students’ everyday life experiences as digital citizens, by means of a survey which is currently live via this link: 

The research aims to bring together academics and librarians with the purpose of developing a common digital competencies agenda which could be incorporated into entry level university programmes.  The researchers would therefore like to encourage academics and librarians from different institutions to forward this survey to their students and use it as a basis for further critical reflection and discussion.

The two presentations complemented each other really well as the new definition has an Information Literacy and everyday context and it was really interesting to hear how students rate their digital competencies.

Definition talk:

Competencies talk:

Jacqueline Geekie, Public Libraries Representative on CILIP Information Literacy Group (ILG)