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Entries in LILAC 2014 (5)


#lilac14 – notes from this year’s LILAC

Jenny Foreman & Paul Gray from the Scottish Government Library attended the 10th LILAC (Librarians' Information Literacy Annual Conference) hosted by Sheffield Hallam University from 23rd-25th April 2014.

Visit the Library's blog to read our summary of the action, followed by our pick of the presentations.


Journal of Information Literacy, Volume 8 (1) June 2014

Journal of Information Literacy, Volume 8 (1) June 2014 is now published and includes articles from LILAC 2014 and book reviews including John and I's book.  



A matter of perspective, Jane Secker



Assessing information literacy programmes using information search tasks . Nikolas Leichner, Johannes Peter, Anne-Kathrin Mayer, Günter Krampen

Bilingual workplaces: integrating cultural approaches to information literacy into foreign language educational practices. Alison Hicks

The creation of a university library outreach programme to develop the information literacy of further education students: an interactive approach to support transition. Lisa Anderson, Stephen Bull

Articles from LILAC


Exploring the lived information-seeking experiences of mature students.  Sarah Clark



AMORES - Discovering a love for literature through digital collaboration and creativity. Geoff Walton

Information literacy: a matter of course. Elizabeth Tilley

Graduate information literacy in online education using the embedded librarian model. Lauryl A. Lefebvre, Martha C. Yancey

Conference corner


LILAC 2014 Conference report: a student’s perspective. Amanda Brennan

LILAC and IL: Views from outside the academy. Penny C S Andrews        

Book reviews


Book Review of Heine, C. and O’Connor, D. 2014. Teaching information fluency: how to teach students to be efficient, ethical and critical information consumers. Lanham: The Scarecrow Press. Jennifer Wilson

Book Review of Hepworth, M. and Walton, G. (eds). 2013. Developing people’s information capabilities. Bingley: Emerald. Evi Tramantza

Book review of Baker, K. 2013. Information literacy and cultural heritage. Cambridge: Chandos Publishing. Lorna Hughes

Book review of Crawford, J. and Irving, C. 2013. Information literacy and lifelong learning: policy issues, the workplace, health and public libraries. Oxford: Chandos Publishing. Natasha Skeen




LILAC 2014 presentations - Thursday 24th April

In addition to presenting at LILAC I attended other parallel sessions on the Thursday. I also tweeted at the sessions and or retweeted others. The Twitter feed was #lilac2014 -it is worth a look. 

As usual I picked sessions that were not mainstream for LILAC - these were:

From local to global: sharing good practice in information literacy - the session discussed recent initiatives to facilitate the sharing of information literacy teaching materials as open educational resources both in the UK between librarians from all sectors and internationally. Not surprisingly there is a 'small group of people sharing' and a larger number viewing. This reflects email discussion lists and our own community of practice and the handful of people who blog. What's happening with the professional voicer online? 

I was interested to hear that the CILIP IL subgroup that aims to support and encourage the development and sharing of information literacy teaching materials as open educational resources is looking at creating a website for their Community of Practice. The group discussion about why people are or are not sharing was similar to a discussion I had held at an EU workshop earlier in the year. Similar reasons given. 

Dialogism, Mikhail Bakhtin and information literacy

Drew (Andrew) Whitworth's presentation was a theoretical look at IL where he looked at 'new theories of IL and discussed implications for practice'. Whilst some of the articles he spoke about were new to me - many of his implications for practice were not as I and John Crawford have been saying this for years based on our research and experience e.g.

  • IL is for all it can be taught anywhere workplace
  • Don't just look for IL as the library defines it.

He has a new book coming out 'Radical Information Literacy' it is a Chandos Publication.

Embedded information literacy in the 21st century curriculum

Good to see a school librarian Darren Flynn, Dixons Allerton Academy presenting at LILAC. I was interested to hear that the library has the 'largest teaching space in the school'. Other aspects were familiar issues such as 'pupils need to be more independent learners', linking IL to the curriculum, 'project based learning where pupils have to come up with their own driving question'.  


LILAC 2014: bursary winners

Congratulations to the winners of LILAC's bursary scheme which was set up this year to enable access to the LILAC conference for librarians from sectors which traditionally struggle to secure funding from their employers.
They are:

  • Public - Jacqueline Geekie, Information Literacy and Learning Librarian, Aberdeenshire Libraries
  • NHS - Ruth Jenkins, Librarian, Healthcare Library, Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
  • Schools/FE - Donna Gundry, Head of Library Services, Plymouth College of Art.

Congratulations also to CILIP's Information Literacy Group / the LILAC Comittee for offering this bursary.


LILAC News: paper accepted, bursaries and awards nominations announced; 

Plans and news from LILAC are coming thick and fast.

Paper accepted - the paper I submitted has been accepted - so good news there. The paper is on the community of practice 'Information Skills for a 21st century Scotland: a National Information Literacy Community of Practice'. I'm going to look at the achievements and lessons learned from the Scottish Information Literacy project; what a community of practice is; what the online information literacy community of practice: Information Skills for a 21st century Scotland  looks like and reflect on what has been achieved to date by this community of practice with no budget or funding but through the generosity of people and organisations’ time and commitment to the community; the benefits of a community of practice; what has worked and what hasn’t; lessons learned and the challenges it faces. 

LILAC bursaries announced - three conference places are being offered for the following sectors: Shools/FE, Public, Health. For details see Closing date 7th February 2014 at 17:00 GMT. 

LILAC 2014 awards launched

  •  The Information Literacy Award rewards an individual contribution by a practitioner or researcher (sponsored by the CILIP IL Group and Talis) Closing date: Thursday 6th March 2014.
  • The Credo Reference Digital Award for Information Literacy rewards the best new digital IL resource Closing date: Thursday 6th March 2014.
  • The Student Award provdes 2 students with fully funded places at LILAC (sponsored by the CILIP IL Group) Closing date: Thursday February 20th 2014.

For full details of the nomination process see