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Entries by Scottish Information Literacy (38)

Thursday
Aug222019

Announcing the GIG Award Winners 2019 

Government Information Group (GIG)

The Awards keep coming in for Fiona Laing who is the winner of the GIG Life-time Achievement Award for 2019. Fiona was also recently named the Scottish Library & Information Professional of the Year for 2019. Many congratulations Fiona on both of your very well-deserved awards. 

Fiona’s nomination for the GIG Life-time Achievement Award outlined her many achievements during a long career working with government information in the form of Official Publications, and specifically highlighted her outreach and training work. Fiona has worked tirelessly to promote Official Publications and ensure that they are as widely available and accessible as possible. In addition, she was commended for her work with SWOP (Scottish Working Forum on Official Publications) and CILIP, demonstrating the significant and highly-valued contribution Fiona has made to the wider profession in a number of different areas.

Also, another Information Literacy CoP member has received a GIG award. Margaret Gair (MOD Library) has been an integral part of this group achievement!

This year the Annual Award has been awarded to the GKIM Knowledge Management Task & Finish Group for their collaborative work on developing a Maturity Model to support implementation of the HMG Knowledge Principles.

The GIG Judging Panel were struck by how well a team, comprising 19 volunteers from a range of government depts and Agencies, had come together to work creatively and collaboratively to develop a robust and usable tool which will raise the profile and understanding of knowledge management in government departments and beyond. It was noted that all of the T&F Group had selflessly taken on this role in addition to their busy day jobs.

 Congratulations team on a great contribution to the GKIM profession and on winning the GIG 2019 Annual Award!

Website: https://www.cilip.org.uk/about/special-interest-groups/government-information-group

Email: info.gig@cilip.org.uk

Twitter: @gig_cilip

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday
Aug012019

Health Literacy information 

We're delighted to recommend the following freely available ebook.

International Handbook of Health Literacy was published yesterday open access: http://www.oapen.org/search?identifier=1005225

You may be particularly interested to look at Dr Evelyn McElhinney’s contribution at chapter 39 ‘Health literacy practices of adults in an avatar-based immersive social virtual world: a sociocultural perspective of new media health literacies’

Also chapter 28 by Graham Kramer, Blythe Robertson, Phyllis Easton and Andrew Pearson ‘Developing health literacy policy in Scotland: a case study’.

The Health Literacy Short term Working Group is meeting at Glasgow Caledonian University on 12th August 2019 at 1.30 pm. The minutes for the last group meeting in October 2018 are available.

This group is a sub-group from the Information Literacy Community of Practice. If you'd like further details about either group, please contact Jenny Foreman, Scottish Government Library on 0131 244 4556.

 

Monday
Jul222019

SLIC INFORMATION LITERACY TOOL KIT and SCHOOLS

A really interesting and positive blog post from Amanda Joykin about her project, developing an IL Toolkit. Read more about it below:

https://scottishlibraries.org/about-us/news/planning-an-information-toolkit/

It’s been four months since I started work on developing the Information Literacy Toolkit and a good time to provide an update on what’s taken place so far. Putting my Info Lit hat on (which is almost never off, so it was more of an adjustment of said hat) I identified my information need for the project.

I needed to find out how the toolkit could support teaching IL skills to children and young people in schools. I wanted to meet school librarians that were already delivering IL sessions and it was important to find out about the barriers faced with regards to IL delivery in their schools. Meeting and gathering insights from experienced educators and those new to the profession would be very valuable in informing the direction of the toolkit.

Information Gathering

The first step was to send out a survey to schools in Scotland - Primary, Secondary and Additional Support Needs. The aim of the survey was to get a better idea about the state of IL provision. Follow-up visits and phone calls were arranged to find out more about how schools delivered sessions, what challenges they faced, examples of good practice and how the toolkit could support them.

It was a real pleasure visiting school librarians, finding out about the various settings in which they worked and how they promoted reading for pleasure and information literacy skills. There is great work being done and yet there are significant challenges faced by library staff in schools. 

I would like to thank everyone for their insights and for helping the toolkit take shape. The toolkit just wouldn’t be possible without your input – it is being made for you, with you.

Findings & Challenges

Key findings from the survey and visits were focused around themes of resources and communication. School library settings are very varied, and this has had an impact on the way school libraries are run. However, factors like time, budget and training were all mentioned as areas which are having an impact on IL provision.

The relationship with the School Management Team is also key. Could we forge stronger relationships with them if we thought more about the terminology we use? Should we be promoting information literacy skills but with more emphasis on links with the Experiences and Outcomes of the Curriculum for Excellence?

For IL skills to really take root relevance is crucial. It needs to be made clear that it is a lifelong learning skill and not just for research. Research from the 5Rights Foundation has shown that the age of children using mobile devices to access information is getting younger. Should we be looking at starting formal IL instruction at a younger age?

Identified Gaps

IL delivery at the start of young people’s formal learning journey appears to be inconsistent, so it has been difficult to gauge its true extent. Respondents from primary schools indicated that there was either no IL delivery, that they were unaware of whether it was being delivered or that they thought that some teachers were delivering IL. Some responses also indicated that there was a lack of understanding of the term “information literacy” or that it was already taught in schools but not under that specific term. Experiences and Outcomes from the Curriculum of Excellence do align with IL principles which would imply that IL instruction is taking place in an embedded way. All respondents to the survey stated that they thought it was important for there to be IL provision in schools.

Best practice and support are always improved when there is good communication and SLIC has already set-up a School Libraries group on Basecamp to start conversations going. It’s hoped this will lead to further sharing of ideas.

IL as Lifelong Learning Skill

Based on the information gathered about IL sessions in schools, a lot of programmes are focused on library skills and research skills. Sessions are being taught on online safety and privacy, fake news, disinformation, copyright and it would be good practice to use CILIP’s (2018) IL contexts and ensure that a holistic approach is taken when delivering this to young people. For example, including critical thinking, health literacy and digital citizenship, to ensure that students understand the relevance and significance of these lessons to their personal lives.

Aims of the Toolkit

Based on the information gathered a draft Toolkit structure has been created and resources are currently being compiled. These resources will include guidance/tips for staff, examples of good practice, activities, lesson plans, research articles, IL frameworks, videos and ideas for taking different approaches to IL delivery in schools. However, there is still work and research to be done; IL teaching in ASN school settings, IL skills that employers value and bridging the gap between ‘what students are taught in school to real-world issues, problems, and applications; learning experiences should mirror the complexities and ambiguities of real life.’ (ACEL, 2016).

Posted by Jenny Foreman, Scottish Information Library

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