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Entries in Primary Schools (8)


Reflections from Information: Interactions and Impact (i3) Conference


Christine Irving presenting at i3 2015 

i3 is a great event to attend and speak at.  My thanks to everyone who attended my presentation How can information literacy be modelled from a lifelong learning perspective? 

Now that the Conference is over, it is time to start writing the full paper for the special issue of the Journal of Information Science (JIS).

Before I do I want to share some information literacy highlights with you:  

  • Dorothy Williams keynote - An information conundrum. Dorothy talked about information being so much a part of us we can't see it. That it is an everyday word, common place, part of our world. She posed the question 'The world already knows information is so important ... don't they?  
  • Prof Agusta Palsdotti - Informal caregivers of people with dementia: the first stages in the information behaviour process. The ongoing study investigates how the relatives of people with dementia act as informal caregivers and support them with information. Whilst this study is situated in Iceland, Iceland is not alone in the growing proportion of elderly people. As Agusta states 'How people are able to receive support with information [is] vital for their health and welfare [it] is of great significance. Today's information environment consists of a variety of information sources that can be accessed in various ways and by different means. However, not all members of the society are able to benefit from it and people with dementia are in urgent need for support from their informal caregivers.' This study raises a number of issues including the need to support carers. As a carer myself I know how difficult it can be to locate and navigate health resources including health professionals for loved ones. It requires all your information literacy skills and capabilities plus a knowledge of the health and social landscape in your area and country. 
  •  Dr. Annemaree Lloyd - Knowing and learning in everyday spaces (KaLieds): The role of Information literacy and literacies of information in supporting refugee youth learning outside school. it is always interesting to hear about the work Annemaree is involved in. The project Knowing and Learning in Everday Spaces (KaLiEDS) investigated the role that everyday spaces play in in the information literacies and learning of refugee youth. I was interested in the photo voice technique. Refugees were given digital cameras and tasked with taking photographs of the information resources that were important to them and the places where that information was located. It reminded me of an induction intitiatve that used this technique. It also reminded me of the resources that we as residents, tourists and visitors use to find our way about new cities and towns for example shopping centre catalogues/guides looking for best buys or places to go. Annemaree talks about information landscapes. A concept that I like. As she says '... information landscapes of participants are intricate and complex (e.g. faith-based groups; sporting teams; family and digital spaces). I think it is important for everyone to recognise information landscapes, their own and others who they interact with. I'm also taken with 'literacies for information'. Something to think about ... 

I have more thoughts to share but that will need to be another day. In the meantime have a look at Sheila Webber's she was live blogging from the conference. The conference twitter feed was #i3RGU

Once the presentations are available online then I'll provide links to them.


Exploring child information poverty, looking at children’s access (or lack of) to information, in particular children living in poverty.

Just reading the latest posting from 23 (more) librarians Frances - doctoral researcher about 'Exploring child information poverty, looking at children’s access (or lack of) to information, in particular children living in poverty' a doctoral research by Frances Breslin (University of Strathclyde). 

Frances post really interested me form several points. Firstly that it is information literacy orientated and secondly it is research focused and like me has become a PhD student.

Frances is at the early stages.

I am currently undertaking my literature review in which I justify my research, set parameters and seek information to assist my research.  This stage feels like a personal treasure hunt, I am looking to know more about certain topics and have to navigate a sea of information to track down what is pertinent. 

I look forward to hearing more about Frances research / PhD and are now following her on Twitter @FBreslinDavda  

if you haven't heard of the 23 librarians blog and 23 (more) librarians then I would recommend it 


CILIPS School Library Advocacy Group seeks short quotes that highlight the importance of a school librarian 

Item of interest from CILIP in Scotland's April Newsletter. Great idea this - so please contibute and spread the news. 

"CILIPS school library advocacy group is planning to create content for online/print that advocates for school librarians and gathers all the amazing and vital things you all do.

What they want is that highlight the importance of a school librarian to them. If you were able to send a quote or two from any of the above that would be incredibly helpful, ideally the quote would be attributed but the group welcome anonymous ones too.

The easiest way may be to keep a notepad handy and ask people for a quick quote about why they love the school library or about how you have helped them.

The group would also like some images of school libraries in action across Scotland, anything at all that you can give your permission to use.

If you can provide something, no matter how small, please e mail it to CILIPS would very much appreciate your help on this. Please share this with anyone else if you wish."


THE DIGITAL TOMORROW…..TODAY The 17th Annual Grampian Information Conference,

THE DIGITAL TOMORROW…..TODAY The 17th Annual Grampian Information Conference, 7 November,  James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen

I've attended the Grampian Information Conferences in the past and they have been really good events with some good speakers. This year's speakers include:

  • Liz McGettigan Head of Libraries and Information Services, Edinburgh Council - an inspirational person
  • Dughall McCormick an Educational Consultant working with schools in the UK and has a background of many years in the primary classroom.

Unfortunately I won't be able to attend but will look out for news from the event.


Bloom's Taxonomy and Information Literacy

Interesting discussion at the LinkedIn CILIP Information Literacy Group about whether anyone was using Bloom's Taxonomy to assess and evaluate information literacy. Responses include examples of it being used within a piece of research on first year students (Geof Walton) and it being considered by the Open University (Katherine Ready) in the development of their information literacy framework and more recently with their Digital and Information Literacy framework. 

I also responded and mentioned a Nursery Teacher that was using Blooms Taxonomy to introduce children and their parents to the benefits of questioning 

Useful links provided included: