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Them or us? Ethical considerations when reviewing Information Literacy provision

I have recently acquired the word ‘assessment’ in my job title. A relatively strong and seemingly rigid word (I would often rather talk about ‘evaluation’ – more on similar semantics later!) but commonplace and usually understood in the library world, particularly amongst our US counterparts. ‘Assessment’ = ‘measurement’, assessing a service = evaluating that service. … Continue reading Them or us? Ethical considerations when reviewing Information Literacy provision

Critical Reading Workshops: Introducing Freshers to Reading Academic Articles

The beginning of this academic year has seen a wealth of classes and inductions aimed at orienting students around Cambridge. In amongst all of this, the Critical Reading Group has been piloting a session to teach students how to critically read academic works. The Critical Reading Group formed eight months ago when a demonstration was … Continue reading Critical Reading Workshops: Introducing Freshers to Reading Academic Articles

Keeping on Keeping on

A keeping-in-touch day for Cambridge Librarians in a week of many, many other updates and information provision. A video of the afternoon will be forthcoming…. 2018-2019 A quick overview of ‘all the things’ CILN has achieved through the huge commitment by library staff across the University was provided to start with. We’ve completed BIG projects … Continue reading Keeping on Keeping on

Is reading for fun teaching information literacy? Reflections on the Cambridge EcoFiction Bookgroup

Written by Marian Via Rivera The idea: Last year we decided to try out something new in the MMLL library: running a bookgroup. As we expand our library teaching provision, we look for new ways to embed skills instruction into our activities. The main question was whether we needed to focus on our Faculty’s teaching, … Continue reading Is reading for fun teaching information literacy? Reflections on the Cambridge EcoFiction Bookgroup

Teaching with CamGuides for Undergraduates

This week I had the enormous privilege and great fun of working with the most magnificent group of Sutton Trust students. 26 of them, in Year 12, from a variety of schools, and all really keen on studying English Literature at Cambridge or universities like it. I wanted to use CamGuides for Undergraduates in the … Continue reading Teaching with CamGuides for Undergraduates