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LILAC conference 2019 in Nottingham - Last call for presentations

Hi everyone,

This is a reminder that the call for presentations for LILAC 2019 will close on 14th November.

LILAC welcomes proposals which address information literacy from all sectors and contexts. In 2019 we invite you to present on any aspect of information literacy, there are no specific themes. We ask that your presentation makes explicit reference to your innovative practice or research in information literacy.

LILAC is committed to encouraging diversity at the conference and we would specifically like to encourage proposals from members of the BAME community and other under-represented communities and sectors.

 Deadline for proposals:

Call for presentations opens: 8 October 2018

  • Call for presentations deadline: 14 November 2018 (17:00 GMT)
  • Notification of acceptance of abstracts: 21 December 2018
  • Full presentation submission deadline: 3 April 2019

To submit a paper you will need to register an account via - if you already have an account then you just need to login and go to ‘my account’ where you’ll see details of how to submit your abstract.

 All proposals are blind refereed by our panel of reviewers.

LILAC 2019 will be taking place from 24th-26th April 2019 in Nottingham and will be hosted by the University of Nottingham.

 Best wishes,

 Giles Lloyd-Brown (LILAC Marketing & Insights Manager)

Posted by Jenny Foreman, Scottish Government Library


Free information literacy events, plus an extra option of a webinar on 31st October! 

Hello everyone, a wee reminder of 3 events plus 'new' online session available!

The “digital competencies for digital citizenship” will be streamed live as a webinar, so if you can’t make it in person to Aberdeen, you still have the chance to attend virtually.

 Just select the “Online” ticket and we’ll send you the URL before the event

As part of UNESCO's Global Media and Information Literacy Week (24 – 31 October 2018), CILIP ILG is coordinating three events with Library and Information departments at three UK universities.

With free events taking place in London, Manchester and Aberdeen, join us for networking, lively discussions of the new CILIP Information Literacy definition and a range of talks, highlighting emerging directions for IL research and practice in a range of contexts.

 1. Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2018: Emerging directions for IL research and practice (UCL)

UCL Department of Information Studies

Monday October 29th 2018 6pm - 8pm

A range of talks from Jane Secker, Charlie Inskip and recent UCL Library and Information Studies Masters' graduates, highlighting emerging directions for IL research and practice in a range of contexts.

2. MMU: Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2018: Information literacy – an antidote to fake news? (MMU)

Manchester Metropolitan iSchool

Thursday October 25th 2018, 5.30pm – 7.30pm

Geoff Walton and guests will discuss the latest research which addresses this question.

3. Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2018: Digital competencies for digital citizenship: an emerging agenda for students, academics and libraries in partnership. (Aberdeen)

N204 (Meeting Room) in Sir Ian Wood Building of Robert Gordon University

Wednesday 31st October, 4.30 – 6pm.

Dina Martzoukou will talk on Digital competencies for digital citizenship and Jacqueline Geekie will share the New Definition of Information Literacy and the work of the Information Literacy Group.

CILIP ILG Training Team

Posted by Jenny Foreman (Scottish Government Library)


Health Literacy month is October

Visit the Health Literacy Place website and take the challenge. We will send a certificate to everyone who answers the questions correctly.

The link to the quiz is

Open Badges 

For those of you in local authorities you may be interested in our new 'Supporting Self- management' Open Badge launched to coincide with Self Management Week (1st-5th Oct). It includes activities to find information that encourage self management.

Please contact Annette Thain for further information. Thanks!


An Investigation into Scottish Teenagers’ Information Literacy and Search Skills

This research paper which was the result of a CILIP ILG bursary granted to David Brazier and Morgan Harvey Northumbria University, was presented at ISIC: The Information Behaviour Conference, 9 -11 October 2018 by David Brazier, Morgan Harvey and Geoff Walton.

Introduction. This paper presents the results of a study investigating the information literacy and search skills of young people in Scotland. Method. Participants (n=57) completed two out of four different search tasks 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. 

Results. 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. 

Conclusions. 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.

Posted by Jenny Foreman, Scottish Government Library


A Global Media and Information Literacy Youth Hackathon will take place in Global MIL week 24 – 26 October 2018 

Deadline for registration is 21 October 2018. This is aimed at young people so please alert any young people you know or work with.

Young people can participate online, or in person if they can afford to get away to Riga. The options are: "Online: work with your team on Facebook and submit a video presentation of your final pitch." OR "Offline: come join us in Riga and work with your team on-site."

The website is here (you register on a different form depending on the challenge you want to address e.g. "Disinformation")
The Facebook page (that lays out the key information clearly)

"Disinformation, Sustainable Development Goals, children protection in media, dialogue and social inclusion, these are some vital challenges and opportunities that are present today in the fields of information and communication. How can we tackle these issues through media and information literacy (MIL)? Join the Global MIL Youth Hackathon and find answers together with other young people from around the world and win seed funding from MiSK Foundation and UNESCO to support your youth-led project."

The hackathon is coordinated by DesignEDly and Global Student Square, in cooperation with University of Latvia, Vytautas Magnus University, and University of Tampere, with the support of UNESCO and MiSK Foundation, and in the framework of Global MIL Week 2018.

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