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

CamGuides evaluation, testing and editing

This post is by Amanda Hawkes, who along with Sheryl Wombell, organised a comprehensive independent review of the new CamGuides UG resource. With thanks also to Frankie Marsh for designing postcards and other promotional material an example of which is below. Following hot on the heels of the success of CamGuides for Masters students will … Continue reading CamGuides evaluation, testing and editing

CamGuides for Undergraduates is on the horizon

CamGuides is a freely-available, online resource to support students with their transition to a new level of study at the University of Cambridge. In particular, it aims to introduce the information literacy and academic skills they will develop during their degree. In 2018 CamGuides for Master’s was launched. It is now the turn of CamGuides … Continue reading CamGuides for Undergraduates is on the horizon

Helen Murphy wins the Cambridge University Press Technology Enabled Learning Prize for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

If you read this blog and follow us on Twitter you’ll already be very familiar with CamGuides and the wonderful work that Helen and the team achieved to produce the resource in time for the start of the academic year in 2019. And you’ll know that the resource has been well received by all across … Continue reading Helen Murphy wins the Cambridge University Press Technology Enabled Learning Prize for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Creating a curriculum timeline: a story of two pilots

Creating a curriculum timeline: a story of two pilots Image by StockSnap on Pixabay The curriculum mapping group of CILN was tasked with creating a timeline which would help librarians align their information literacy teaching to key ‘events’ across the academic year. Before we tackled obtaining key curriculum deadlines for every subject across Cambridge, we … Continue reading Creating a curriculum timeline: a story of two pilots