CAUL Advisory Committees

Digital Literacies initiative: University of Waikato

ACODE64 Workshop will feature the Digital Literacies initiative at the University of Waikato.  Launched mid-2013, action was underpinned by principles expressed in the University’s Staff Development Plan.  For a quick view of the scope, look at the Speed Seminars program.  It includes a mix of digital skill sets for teachers and researchers operating in digital environments – and includes topics familiar to academic library staff – evaluating information online, reference management tools, copyright and the nature of eBooks.


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ACRL IL Standards revision – first open forum

A recording of the first open forum (October 17th) on revision of the ACRL information literacy standards is available. There is a link from this page and from this page that also storifies some tweets about the session

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Online Open Forums on Revised IL Competency Standards for HE (US)

The Association of College and Research Libraries (USA) is reviewing their Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. There is a task force that will substantially revise ACRL’s Standards by June 2014. “The revision will underscore the critical need for faculty members and librarians to collaborate to effectively address information literacy education that aligns with disciplinary content. While the exact approach is still under discussion, two new elements will be incorporated: threshold concepts and metaliteracy. See for more information.

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Project SAILS beta test for international version

Project SAILS (Standardized
Assessment of Information Literacy Skills) is launching the beta test of an
international version of the SAILS cohort assessment. Working with librarians from various countries, they have made extensive revisions to the assessment so as to meet theneeds of an international audience. In order to determine if the new test is valid, they are seeking testing institutions in countries outside the United States. If you or someone you know is interested, please go to this web page for details:

There is no cost to participate. If you have at least 50 students take the
test, you will receive a report about their performance as a group.

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Digital Literacies Toolkit

The Digital Literacies Toolkit is an interactive learning tool developed by the eLanguages unit within the School of Modern Languages at the University of Southampton ( ). The purpose of this set of learning resources is to help students: explore the educational uses of Web 2.0 tools and services, to familiarise themselves with a range of useful applications for study-related purposes, and to highlight good practice in the use of social software and the internet, in general.

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Short list of good practice examples of Information Literacy delivery in UK HE feedly

A number of self-selected information literacy resources have been evaluated using the RIDLs criteria, leading to a shortlisting of a selection of 15 good practice examples. This is not to say that every aspect of each of the shortlisted examples is perfect – this project is not about finding ‘the best’ information literacy resource – but the benefit of this selection is that those charged with developing resources to serve a similar need may efficiently access some examples – and ultimately, perhaps, that ‘good practice’ may become ‘common practice’. The value of the criteria in this research has been to provide an analytical framework for such evaluations (for the researcher) and act as a reflective tool (for the developers/deliverers). Hopefully some of the recommendations and comments within the report, combined with a reflective look at the examples – and contact with their helpful representatives – may assist those attempting to deliver good practice information literacy in UK HE in 2013 and beyond.

  • Cardiff University, Embedded information literacy: Postgraduate students, integration of information and digital literacies into the University Graduate College skills development programme
  • Cranfield University, Online information literacy tutorial: Undergraduate / postgraduate students, highly interactive online tutorials on a wide range of IL issues; attractively and imaginatively packaged.
  • Glasgow Caledonian University, PG IL module (‘Pilot’): Postdoc researchers, online tutorials on wide range of IL issues (developed for postdocs, but also suitable for graduate students).
  • Loughborough University, eMRSG: East Midlands Research Support Group: early career researchers, online interactive tutorials on disseminating research outputs and reference management. Resource developed jointly by four East Midlands HEIs.
  • LSE, MY592: Postgraduate students, structured 6-week course on many aspects of IL
  • Open University, Ready to research: Postgraduate students, a set of online tutorials, structured within a broad range of IL topics.
  • Oxford University, Research Skills Toolkit: Postgraduate students, a set of interactive online resources
  • University of Bath, Information Skills for Research Postgraduates: Postgraduate students, extensive programme of courses throughout the academic year, mostly on literature searching, but also on copyright, plagiarism, use of databases. Some discipline-specific resources.
  • University of Birmingham, Raising your research profile, Workshops on publishing, bibliometrics and social media.
  • University of Durham, Training Resources 1213: Postgraduate students, range of IL courses
  • University of Edinburgh, Research Data MANTRA course: Postgraduate students, online tutorials on all aspects of research data management.
  • University of Manchester, Media & Information resource: Postgraduate students, researchers, podcast-based online resource covering wide range of IL issues.
  • University of Nottingham, Effective Literature Searching: Postgraduate students (early stage), 5-day course on literature searching
  • University of Salford, Salford Postgraduate Research Training (SPoRT): Postgraduate researchers, wide-ranging programme of workshops reflecting the structure of the RDF; selected sessions available on aspects of IL.
  • University of Warwick, Digital Researcher: Early career researchers, module-based, 18-week online learning programme on social media in the research lifecycle.



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Barbara Fister @ LOEX13

Barbara Fister’s presentation to LOEX13 Conference held in Nashville on May 3 caused some interesting discussions. The text of the talk is now available: Some of her recommendations are certainly controversial but a lot of them make sense when you read her justification. May the discussions continue!

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IFLA Satellite event presentations available

The IFLA Satellite event The Road to Information Literacy: Librarians as Facilitators of Learning was held in Tampere, Finland in August 2012.  Some of the presentations are available:

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Project Information Literacy Research Report: “Learning Curve”

by Alison J Head:

Abstract: Qualitative findings about the information-seeking behavior of today’s college graduates as they transition from the campus to the workplace. Included are findings from interviews with 23 US employers and focus groups with 33 recent graduates from four US colleges and universities, conducted as an exploratory study for Project Information Literacy’s (PIL’s) Passage Studies. Most graduates in our focus groups said they found it difficult to solve information problems in the workplace, where unlike college, a sense of urgency pervaded and where personal contacts often reaped more useful results than online searches. Graduates said they leveraged essential information competencies from college for extracting content and also developed adaptive information-seeking strategies for reaching out to trusted colleagues in order to compensate for what they lacked. At the same time, employers said they recruited graduates, in part, for their online searching skills but still expected and needed more traditional research competencies, such as thumbing through bound reports, picking up the telephone, and interpreting research results with team members. They found that their college hires rarely demonstrated these competencies. Overall, our findings suggest there is a distinct difference between today’s graduates who demonstrated how quickly they found answers online and seasoned employers who needed college hires to use a combination of online and traditional methods to conduct comprehensive research.

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COLIS2013 Call for Papers

There is an information literacies conference track for the eighth International Conference on Conceptions of Library and Information Science (CoLIS8). COLIS 2013 takes place at the Royal School of Library and Information Science in Copenhagen, Denmark, 19-22 August, 2013. The call is for short or long papers presenting empirical research within information literacies and/or discussjng methodological issues. The deadline for submissions is March 1st 2013. Among the accepted papers on information literacies, one paper will be awarded the inaugural iilresearch Best Information Literacies Paper Award. The call for papers is at and the COLIS conference web site is at

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