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Entries by Scottish Information Literacy (38)


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



Conceptualising the Digital University: The Intersection of Policy, Pedagogy and Practice by Bill Johnston, Sheila MacNeill & Keith Smyth

I'm delighted to announce an interesting new book, highly recommended for your library collection.

"Defines the 'digital university' according to a more holistic and integrated account. Analyses how technology can redefine the concept of the university and extend higher education as a public good. Examines the challenges, possibilities and opportunities that digital technology and practice bring to higher education. Despite the increasing ubiquity of the term, the concept of the digital university remains diffuse and indeterminate. This book examines what the term 'digital university' should encapsulate and the resulting challenges, possibilities and implications that digital technology and practice brings to higher education. Critiquing the current state of definition of the digital university construct, the authors propose a more holistic, integrated account that acknowledges the inherent diffuseness of the concept. The authors also question the extent to which digital technologies and practices can allow us to re-think the location of universities and curricula; and how they can extend higher education as a public good within the current wider political context. Framed inside a critical pedagogy perspective, this volume debates the role of the university in fostering the learning environments, skills and capabilities needed for critical engagement, active open participation and reflection in the digital age. This pioneering volume will be of interest and value to students and scholars of digital education, as well as policy makers and practitioners. "

Jenny Foreman, Scottish Government Library


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