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Entries by Scottish Information Literacy (24)


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)


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)