Friday, 30 March 2007

When I attended the Teaching Information Skills workshop in February run by the Higher Education Academy, I received a booklet which is called "Celebrating excellence - six years of the NTFS" (National Teaching Fellowship Scheme). I've put it in the black box as it's interesting to read the kind of work people are doing for the NTFS. SK
I think it might be useful for us to think about a response to the National Info Lit Framework for Scotland recently published in draft form at:

Pages 38 onwards are interesting to look at, especially in light of our listing of info skills for different levels. What is perhaps an area of concern is the level of skills students are expected to have for Highers. Do our students not yet have these skills or are we going over old ground?


Thursday, 29 March 2007

Just a couple of things for people to take a look at from this years LILAC Conference. I'll give a full report at our next Information exchange meeting:

Information Literacy module from Edge Hill: this module is hosted on their VLE and makes use of informs tutorials and self assessment quizzes, Edge Hill have kindly offered to provide access until the 13th April. I'll e-mail everyone with the URL and password.

Jane Falconer from the London Health Libraries also advertised free access to the CLIST repository of learning sets .

EBSCO was advertising free access to a number of resources including Dynamed, LISTA and the Teacher Reference Centre. If anyone is interested in having these added to our users profile please contact Steve the EBSCO rep. For more information please see the following EBSCO webpage.

Finally the big launch this year was for LolliPop an online IL course aimed at enquiries desk staff. The material is going to be made freely available and a link LolliPop should be appearing shortly on the Information skills website

Please let me know if you would like any further information on any of the above.

Thanks, Caro.

Wednesday, 21 March 2007

Just reading the JISC Tech Watch report: What is Web 2.0? Ideas, technologies and implications for education by Paul Anderton. It is available at

It contains some useful descriptions of new services/technologies, raises the issue of whether this is a new phase of the web or not and highlights some interesting issues (the big 6) behind Web 2.0:
1 Individual production and User Generated Content
2 Harnessing the power of the crowd
3 Data on an epic scale
4 Architecture of Participation
5 Network effects, power laws and the Long Tail
6 Openness

Definitely worth a read to feed into our learning curve about this area of development.

Wednesday, 7 March 2007

Information Fluency at St Martin's

Dear all,
I have just received some material from James Fraser at St Martin's on their Information Fluency framework, which I heard about whilst attending the "Teaching IL effectively in HE" course in Carlisle last Monday.
The pack includes a brochure, the St Martin's Teaching and Learning Strategy '06-'09 (which I believe officially recognises the IF framework), the IF annual report '05/'06 and a document on learning outcomes.

I will place these documents in the black journal boxes once I've had a look at them, and will also send round my write-up of the above event in due course.



Tuesday, 6 March 2007

Peter Godwin article

I've printed off the Peter Godwin article "Information Literacy in the Age of Amateurs" from ITALICS. Caro has bagged first look after me but after that we'll put it in one of the black boxes behind Nicola's desk. HDM

Friday, 2 March 2007

New Developments on WoK

I've added the print material from the WoK update session that I attended in Leeds in January to the Black Box. Please let me know if you need the URL for the online training. CB

Recognising the Need conference, staffs uni

I have added a series of papers from this conference (May 2006) to the black folder. LKJ


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