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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.





Free place at Evidence Based Library & Information Practice Conference (EBLIP)


Free place at Evidence Based Library and Information Practice Conference (EBLIP)

This year the international EBLIP Conference is coming to Glasgow and the programme looks fantastic. We are delighted to sponsor a free full place at the event 17-19 June at University of Strathclyde for one CILIPS member and this will get you:

Attendance at three-day EBLIP Conference Programme

  • Opening Night Welcome Reception
  • Conference Dinner 
  • Daily Food & Refreshments (including daily lunch and session break refreshments)

To enter just give us your name and contact details and answer a quick question on this form by 15th May:

We will ask the winner to write a short blog based on their experience at the event. 

CILIPS Conference - Final Earlybird reminder

Just a final reminder that the earlybird rate for the CILIPS Conference closes on Monday so be quick if you want to join us on June 3-4th in Dundee!


 Sean McNamara  Head of CILIP in Scotland

Posted by Jenny Foreman, Scottish Government Library


An investigation into Scottish teenagers’ information literacy and search skills

This valuable research work was conducted in collaboration with the IL CoP, by Morgan Harvey, David Brazier and Geoff Walton and has now been published in the journal ‘Information Research’

Introduction. This paper presents the results of a study investigating the information literacy and search skills of young people in Scotland. 
Method. The participants, secondary school pupils between the ages of 13 and 14 (n=57), completed two out of four different search tasks from the TREC HARD collection, for which the correct answers (i.e. relevant documents) were known. Their interactions with the search system were logged and information about their own perceptions of the task were collected through pre- and post-task questionnaires. 
Analysis. The log data from the search system was analysed using the R statistical software package to understand the performance and behaviour of the participants when conducting the search tasks. 
Findings. While we identified some evidence that information literacy and search skills were being employed, overall performance was low with participants often unable to produce successful queries and/or unable to identify relevant documents, even when some were present in the results. Despite assessing their own performance as being good, the pupils struggled to formulate good quality queries to assess documents for relevance, frequently selecting non-relevant sources. 
Conclusion. Search performance and ability to identify relevant information was generally poor, a fact that participants themselves were frequently unable to recognise. The results also suggest a reliance on complex search assistance tools (such as spell checking and query suggestions), which are common features of major search engines, but not of smaller systems, which pupils are also likely to have to use. Despite the pupils having been giving some information literacy training in the previous year, the results suggest that more needs to be done to help school pupils in searching for and assessing relevant source documents.

Dr Morgan Harvey, Senior Lecturer and Computer Science Programme Leader, Department of Computer and Information Sciences, Northumbria University, Newcastle

Posted by Jenny Foreman, Scottish Government Library


White Paper on Online Harms: blog post by Stéphane Goldstein

Hello everyone,
As you might have seen, the UK Government has just published its long-awaited White Paper on Online Harms, which is available at . Most of this is devoted to means of combating dangerous or unacceptable online behaviour, but there's also a chapter on media literacy, and this addresses issues that are closely related to information literacy. In particular, it proposes the development of a national media literacy strategy. Well worth a read, especially since the document recognises libraries as one of the key stakeholders to be involved in the formulation of the strategy.
I've also attempted to set out some thoughts about this in a blog piece at .
Please note that the Government is consulting on the questions raised in the White Paper, with a response deadline on 1st July - feel free to let your views be known!

Best wishes,
Stéphane Goldstein
InformAll email: Twitter: stephgold7 website:

And here are some related useful links collated by the Scottish Government Library

DCMS is building on its report on disinformation by setting up a Subcommittee on Disinformation to monitor this area on an ongoing basis

 Posted by Jenny Foreman, Scottish Government Library


Reminder: Early bird registration for EBLIP10 closes on Monday 15th April


EBLIP10 takes place in Glasgow from 17th-19th June 2019.  There is an exciting and varied range of talks about evidence, assessment and impact across all library sectors lined up.  We have 3 excellent international keynotes and a full social programme (2 receptions and plenty of Scottish hospitality) - included in the conference fee of only £350. For more information please check out the schedule for EBLIP10 (Evidence Based Library and Information Practice)

"In an era of library de-funding, calls for accountability, fake news, and complex information environments, evidence is becoming more important. This inclusive conference theme will address encourage evidence based practitioners and researchers to think about what evidence is, how we collect it, and how we use it in these uncertain times."

Please follow us on Twitter @ConfEblip and post using #EBLIP10 Contact the conference chairs at 

Rebekah (Becky) Willson, MLIS, PhD, FHEA Lecturer in Information Science Department of Computer & Information Sciences University of Strathclyde Glasgow, Scotland +44 (0)141 548 3524

Latest papers: L. M., & Willson, R. (2018). Information technology and the humanities scholar: Documenting digital research practices. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 69(6), 807-819.

Willson, R. (2018). “Systemic Managerial Constraints”: How universities influence the information behaviour of HSS early career academics. Journal of Documentation, 74(4), 862-879.

Posted by Jenny Foreman, Scottish Government Library