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Is this a genuine article…….and how would we know?

In our latest blog post, Sarah Pavey, the School Libraries representative for the CILIP Information Literacy Group, talks about current ways that are normally used to teach fake news and instead suggests that a flipped approach is best. We may settle down and watch the latest episode on television of members of the public delving …

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Schools

A wealth of knowledge? Debt collectors, prison sentences and the implications for how we conceptualise, teach for, and assess information literacy

This guest post has been written by Alison Hicks, JIL’s Editor in Chief. It was the title of the financial literacy piece that got me- “What can rich kids do that poor kids can’t?” The idea that wealth and poverty might have an impact on what people are able to do is such a simple …

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Improving information literacy in an algorithmic world

In this guest blog post, Christian Headley and Jesper Solheim Johansen, from  Keenious, the automatic online researcher tool, considers how to improve information literacy in an algorithmic world.  We’re grateful that Keenious are one of the sponsors of the LILAC 2022 conference. If you are attending the conference this year, do visit their stand in our …

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Combatting disinformation – the war in Ukraine

CILIP and the Media and Information Literacy Alliance have pulled together a guide and a short list of resources to help address the issue around disinformation and ‘fake news’ around the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This is available here on the CILIP website. The guide incorporates a useful and succinct infographic, reproduced and downloadable below, with …

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How might literature-based studies work better for academics, students and librarians?

In this guest blog post, Darren Flynn, Academic Liaison Manager, Library and Learning Services at the University of Northampton, talks about assigned systematic reviews in a higher education and allied health setting. This post is an expansion of Darren’s thoughts that he first expressed in a Twitter thread. Over recent years it’s become increasing common …

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Media Literacy

Ukraine: information resilience, information resistance

Stéphane Goldstein from the Information Literacy Group has written this post on media and information literacy in Ukraine. A few days ago, CILIP issued a statement of solidarity with librarians, archivists and information professionals in Ukraine[1], signed (at time of writing) by nearly 700 of their peers in the UK and beyond. The statement declares …

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Schools

New impartiality guidance for schools: a need for media and information literacy?

This post is from Sarah Pavey, one of the Information Literacy Group’s School representatives. On 17th February 2022, the UK Government issued new guidance to state sector schools and academies for the teaching of sensitive and controversial topics in the classroom and in extra-curricular events (DfE, 2022). The guidance contains no further legal obligations than …

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Why do we associate information literacy with fake news?

In this guest post, JIL’s Editor in Chief, Alison Hicks asks “Why do we associate information literacy with fake news?”. I mean I obviously know why, in principle. ‘Fake news’, alternative facts, misinformation, disinformation or whatever you want to call it is associated with bias, trust, reliability, credibility and authority, all of which are hallmarks …

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Reflecting on information literacy through the lens of the newly published Online Media Literacy Strategy

Alison Hicks, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Information Literacy, reflects on the UK Government’s newly-published Online Media Literacy Strategy. I recently came across the national Online Media Literacy Strategy, a document that I wouldn’t normally have paid much attention to given that I have mostly given up aspiring to agree with current governmental policy. What …

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Guest post: Creating an information literacy teaching framework

Emma Burnett, an Information Consultant at Royal Holloway, University of London, and a member of the CILIP Information Literacy Group’s Comms team, has shared a post (with permission) that was originally published on the CLA HE blog in October 2021. In this post, Emma talks about how the Royal Holloway’s Academic Liaison team created an …

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