Cambridge Information Literacy Day

Cambridge University Libraries held an Information Literacy Day online on 25th June. If you were able to attend, I hope you had an enjoyable day. Thanks go to Libby Tilley for organising the day and to Dr Jess Gardner, Director of Library Services, University of Cambridge, for her welcome. Thanks to the three presenters Ruth … Continue reading Cambridge Information Literacy Day

Would you like to write for publication?

Image by StockSnap from Pixabay This post aims to detail publications that may be interested in pieces from librarians, and their requirements. There are a wide variety of journals and magazines that you might wish to publish in. Each will have differing criteria on scope of topics, length of article, style (e.g. conversational or academic), … Continue reading Would you like to write for publication?

Teaching and Learning for Librarians

By Meg Westbury and Kirstie Preest This post discusses a pilot 10-month course for Cambridge library staff called Teaching and Learning for Librarians that started in September 2019 and aims to strengthen librarians’ core pedagogical practices. (Earlier posts on this blog discuss development of the course and when it opened for registration.) Librarians and pedagogy. … Continue reading Teaching and Learning for Librarians

Using the Minute Paper as a Classroom Assessment Technique

By Clare Trowell Alison Hicks’ presented at the CILN Forum and one of the assessment ideas she mentioned was using minute papers. I thought this sounded like a great idea for assessing students in large groups. A minute paper is a short and informal writing assessment which typically occurs at the end of the lecture. … Continue reading Using the Minute Paper as a Classroom Assessment Technique

Framework Five – Thing 1

It’s been really interesting to read the submissions and blog posts for Thing 1. We asked “What is Information Literacy” and the task asked you to reflect on what informs, and contributes to, information literacy in your context. I’ve picked a few snippets and included a full submission to give you a flavour of the … Continue reading Framework Five – Thing 1

Introducing the Reflective Practice Toolkit

This month we’d like to promote a really useful guide to reflective practice. The Reflective Practice Toolkit introduces the basics of what reflective practice is, its benefits, how to integrate it into your everyday life and the basics of reflective writing. Being able to reflect is a valuable skill. It helps you to think about … Continue reading Introducing the Reflective Practice Toolkit

CamGuides and engagement with faculty staff at MMLL

At MMLL, we emailed our new undergraduates and our Directors of Studies at the very beginning of October to introduce the Library and the subject librarians, and I also took this opportunity to promote CamGuides. The email was written in a friendly ‘welcome to Cambridge’ style and was pitched as ‘this will help with your … Continue reading CamGuides and engagement with faculty staff at MMLL

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

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