EMPATIC News No 1: January - March 2011
In this edition...
Following the successful Project Management Board (PMB) meeting held in London, 10 December 2010 partners have concentrated on two main areas: a) the organisation of validation trials and workshops to be held with each sector and b) on further developing the dissemination strategies for EMPATIC.
1 Validation Trials and Workshops
One workshop is to be planned for each sector. It was agreed that both the Adult Education and Higher Education workshops will take place in Athens at the end of May as part of QQML 2011 (International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods on Libraries. 24 – 27 May 2011). The Schools workshop and the Vocational Education workshop will take place separately in May and June respectively.
The purpose of the workshops is primarily to validate deliverables D4.1 Strategic Modeling for Information Literacy and D4.2 Illustrative Case Studies
2 Dissemination strategies
It was agreed that MDR would make all EMPATIC reports and project power points available on the website and that the Newsletter would be disseminated to members of the stakeholder database to ensure that information on EMPATIC was shared widely throughout Europe.
3 The third Project Management Board was held in Istanbul on 23 March 2011
The main agenda item for the Istanbul meeting was finalisation of details for each of the validation workshops, being:
Information Literacy in the Higher Education sector
Athens in collaboration with International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods on Libraries
24 – 27 May 2011
Information Literacy Development in the School Sector
Institute of Information and Library Science, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland
Information Literacy, the core of the lifelong learning
Athens in collaboration with the International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods on Libraries
24 – 27 May 2011
The Importance of Information Literacy in the Vocational Sector
Turkish National Library, Ankara
Turkey June 2011
The purpose of the workshops was confirmed to be validation of EMPATIC deliverables D4.1 and D4.2
The Partners agreed to have similar agendas, to include:
- introductions by keynote speakers – setting the context for each sector workshop
- general information about EMPATIC
- the specific information about EMPATIC’s results up to date – basing on Deliverable 1.1., Deliverable 4.1 and the appropriate part of Deliverable 4.2 (HE cases – CERIS, school cases – JAGU, adult learning cases – TUC, vocational cases – TKD)
- discussion and evaluation feedback moderated by the keynote speakers
- summary, closing remarks
The participants will include:
- each partner is to invite 5 or more experts in their sector + people from their own country
- Partners discussed the best ways to attract experts and other participants to their workshops, including:
After each workshop the lead partner will produce a report, with two main sections:
- finalized best practises/case studies for each sector – that is “cases” taken from the Deliverable 4.2 and enriched, validated and/or changed by the workshops’ participants discussion and suggestions
- description of the “real-life”, existing IL activities in each country for each sector (instead of “trials”)
Information Literacy News
Meeting of the Journal Club “IL strategy”
2 February 2011
Virtual World Second Life
During this meeting the Corrall, S. “Benchmarking strategic engagement with information literacy in higher education: towards a working mode l” was discussed.
The video gives a glimpse of the proceedings.
Information handling training
14 February 2011
The event aimed to launch a regional network that connects professionals from a range of sectors such as academia, data management, graduate training programmes, information policy and librarianship. It promoted communication on a virtual basis; provided a forum to meet in person and discuss relevant issues, report and research; presented examples of good practice in research development; and facilitated collaboration on training for both professionals and researchers.
There is no charge, but you need to book .
Meeting of the Journal Club: “Pedagogical Considerations in Developing an Online Tutorial”
23 February 2011
Virtual world Second Life
The meeting considered Skagen T., Torras M., Kavli S., Mikki S., Hafstad S., Hunskar I. “Pedagogical Considerations in Developing Online Tutorial in Information Literacy” This is open access,
View copies of the main points from the discussion .
The National Conference on Information Literacy Skills For Librarians in Digital Environment
26-27 February 2011
Aggarwal College, Ballabgarh, India
View conference brochure .
International Women’s Day - Media and Information Literacy
8 March 2011
UNESCO launched the 2011 edition of “The Women make the News” a global initiative aimed at promoting gender equality in the media. The theme for this year was “Media and Information Literacy and Gender aims to improve understanding about gender perspectives in the media and information systems. In particular UNESCO is asking for people to contribute their stories about using Media and Information Literacy to raise awareness about gender and the equality issues.
14-15 March 2011
BT Convention Centre, Liverpool, UK
The 2011 JISC Conference programme is about digital opportunities and it consists of a variety of keynotes, sessions, workshops, demonstrations and exhibition stands providing delegates with the opportunity to seek advice, guidance and inspiration to realise the potential to their existing technologies within their institution.
Professor David Baker, Deputy Chair, JISC,
Professor Eric Thomas, Vice chancellor of University of Bristol.
Embedding Information Literacy: from strategy to practice
13 April 2011
University of Bradford, UK
Librarians and academics from a variety of universities described the development of their information literacy strategies and showed how they successfully put them into practice. Speakers on Information Literacy strategies included:
- Michelle Schneider (University of Leeds),
- Fiona Middleton (Leeds Metropolitan University) and
- Peter Gledhill (Sheffield Hallam University).
More details can be obtained from Anne Costigan , Life Sciences Librarian, University of Bradford.
CILIP Course- Learning and Information Literacy in Digital Environment
7 April 2011
CILIP course- E-leraning to M-learning supporting learning and Information Literacy
13 April 2011
This course aims to understand how new technologies can be used to support learning and Information Literacy and how mobile devices can be a key feature for supporting students in the process of learning.
LILAC - Librarians Information Literacy Annual Conference
18-20 April 2011
The British Library and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London, UK
LILAC - the Librarians’ Information Literacy Annual Conference - is specifically aimed at librarians and information professionals who teach information literacy skills, are interested in digital literacies and want to improve the information seeking and evaluation skills of library users.
The themes for LILAC 2011 included:
- New to teaching: sponsored by Department of Information Studies Aberystwyth University;
- Creativity in Information Literacy: sponsored by Library Services, University of Birmingham;
- Supporting excellence in the research community;
- IL in society: making a difference;
- IL in the future;
- Evidence based IL
Workshops and Seminars
Collaborative tools to support the learner experience
9 March 2011
Edinburgh Training Centre, Edinburgh, UK
This workshop explored how students might use collaborative tools to achieve greater levels of satisfaction, engagement and retention and enhance communication between learners and their lectures and tutors.
Workshop Exploring Digital Storytelling
10 March 2011
Edinburgh Training Centre, Edinburgh, UK
This workshop looks at why stories are a powerfull and effective way of communicating with an audience and how the technique can be used effectively for a wide range of purpose: learning, publicity and marketing, community engagement and more. The workshop will give plenty of opportunities to get “hands on” with the technology as well as offering a chance to explore how use the technique for practice and share ideas.
Course Essentials of Trainings skills: BTEC Certificate
22-24 March 2011
Netskills Training Suite, Herschel Building, Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK
This three-day course is highly practical, involving presentations, discussions, group work and practical computer based hands-on sessions. Candidates are assessed through a variety of practical activities including the design of a training program. This provides an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to produce a solution to an identified training need.
Good Practice in Information Literacy for Academic Research
14 March 2011
The University of Warwick, UK
This workshop aimed to present the Information Literacy and the Research Development Framework, The 7 Pillars of Information Literacy and the role of librarians, Good Practice and Research Data Management and a Joined-up Approach to Promoting Information Literacy for Researchers.