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Entries in LILAC2014 (3)


Great ‘Tips for Aspiring IL Authors’ LILAC 2014 session

I didn't manage to see Jane Secker and Cathie Jacksons' session where they shared ‘Tips for Aspiring Authors’ on writing for publication. Specifically the Journal of Information Literacy.

In Jane's blog lilac-2014-reflections-and-thoughts Jane talks about the session saying that 

"It was aimed at people who wanted to turn their LILAC presentation into a full peer-reviewed paper and attempted to de-mystify the peer review process and provide people with a structure for an academic paper. There was a chance to look at a short project report and think about how this could be worked up into a peer reviewed paper. Our slides are on the ILG’s Slideshare account."

The slides contain a lot of useful tips and links to resources /guidelones. I would recommend that if are thinking of writing an article or not very confident then have a lot. If you have never written an article below then it is a good journal to write for. So go on and share / publish your thoughts and work. 


LILAC 2014 key note - Alison Head / Project Information Literacy

Alison J. Head, Ph.D. is a Research Scientist in the University of Washington’s Information School and a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. She is the founder and director of Project Information Literacy (PIL), an ongoing research study in the US that has investigated how college students conceptualize and operationalize research tasks for course work and “everyday life” use. Since 2008, Alison and her team of PIL researchers have interviewed and surveyed over 13,000 undergraduates at 57 US four-year public and private universities and colleges and two-year community colleges. In 2013, Library Journal named PIL one of the “Big Four Research Studies” about library users. PIL is available at:

Alison is a good speaker and many of her findings resonated with my findings from 2005. 

Her presentation Truth Be Told: How Today’s Students Conduct Research is now available along with the other LILAC 2014 presentation 


LILAC 2014 Posters

Penny Andrew's poster Embedding multiple literacies in a MOOC for professionals caught my eye with its Russian Doll images in relation to  information literacy and multiple literacies. 


Embedding multiple literacies in a MOOC for professionals

The poster is by Penny Andrews, Penny is an an MSc Student at the University of Sheffield. @pennyb The following papragraph from her poster explains the images ...

"Information literacy is the literacy that contains all the other academic literacies. Florence Dujardin @afdujardin originated the idea of a matryoshka doll (set of nested dolls) as a metaphor for this concept" 


From how to why: critical thinking and academic integrity ..

From how to why: critical thinking and academic integrity as key ingredients in information literacy teaching was another poster that caught my eye, this one was from the Artic University of Norway. In their poster they present their plans and purposes with the course and discuss in particular why we consider a shift in focus to be essential.

They say that their "approach differs from many existing resources by our main objective, which is to train the students’ critical thinking in order to enhance their general learning outcome." 

 "The online resource will be launched for beta testing in September 2014, in cooperation with five different departments at our university. After final evaluation, the online course will be available to everyone under a Creative Commons licence." 



I'm a great believer in self-efficacy and believe that if you do not believe in yourself you fail before  you start whereas if you believe in yourself / what you do you can achieve so much more.

Thus the interest in this poster Does information literacy increase a person’s self-efficacy by Geoff Walton, Northumbria  University, and Eleanor Johnston, Staffordshire University,

The quesution is part of a study which aims to establish whether the IL programme 'Step-Up to HE' contributes directly to participants’ self-efficacy – a key programme objective (Taylor, 2012). I'll be interested in the findings.