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Events for UNESCO Global Media and Information Literacy Week

As part of UNESCO’s Global Media and Information Literacy Week (24 – 31 October 2021), the CILIP Information Literacy Group is promoting three exciting free events with Library and Information departments at UK universities.

The paths, nodes and edges of information literacy research

Thursday 28th October, 10am-11am UK time

This event will provide insight into information literacy research that is currently being carried out by members of FOIL (Forum on Information Literacy). Talks will include a focus on information literacy and older people; bibliometric studies of information literacy, psycho-physiology and information literacy; the UK information literacy research agenda; internet access and information literacy; and a presentation of the recent Facet title, The Qualitative Landscape of Information Literacy Research. The event will be of interest to researchers, practitioners and students who are engaged with Information Literacy.

Speakers: Dr Alison Hicks, Dr Charlie Inskip, Prof. Annemaree Lloyd, Dr Pam McKinney, Dr Geoff Walton, Sheila Webber, Dr Drew Whitworth.

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FOIL Masters: Emerging Voices in Media & Information Literacy Research

Friday 29th October, 10-11am UK time

This one-hour session, organised by FOIL (the Forum on Information Literacy), presents the work of outstanding Masters students whose 2021 dissertations focused on an aspect of media and information literacy. Speakers include:

Maud Cooper (UCL): Emerging artists in transition: What role does information play in understanding success and failure?

Jo Lapham (University of Sheffield): The value of librarian-led information literacy lessons for Higher Education students in the Further Education college environment

Antony Njuguna (UCL): They are essential workers: How the information literacy librarians kept international students engaged during the pandemic lockdown

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Celebrating UNESCO Global MIL Week 2021 in Scotland: A look at the Media and Information Literacy Alliance (MILA) and the ’Maddie is Online’ Digital Literacy project

Friday, 29th October, 3pm UK time

Jacqueline Geekie (@Jacques97) will present on the recently formed Media and Information Literacy Alliance (MILA), which has been founded by a group of partners including Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and CILIP Information Literacy Group (ILG).  Jacqueline will also showcase the framework which has been developed by members of the ILG group with 5 aspirations for people to be empowered, informed, connected, healthier and socially conscious.

Dr Dina Martzoukou (@Dinamartz) will present on the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) funded project ‘Maddie is Online’ (@MaddiesOnline), which involved research on children’s digital resilience in secondary schools in East Renfrewshire, with the collaboration of school librarian Mr Ioannis Panayiotakis. As part of this presentation, Dina will report on a number of interesting findings that have emerged from this work, including young people’s feelings of being online, which have now been brought to life using real children’s voices.

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