Monday, May 5, 2014

The Directorate-General for Research & Innovation of the European Commission published a report on text and data mining (TDM). TDM is a technique for analysing large stores of digital data. The report was compiled by a group of independent experts under the direction of professor Ian Hargreaves. It presents the general context of TDM including processes of standardization, and economic and legal issues.

Further information is available at



Thursday, April 17, 2014

The CILIP Information Literacy Group website has a new look.

As always, it contains lots of news on IL, IL definitions and practice for IL in the different sectors including a section with teaching material, tips for research and a link to the Journal of Information Literacy.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

The draft Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education which will replace the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education (= ACRL information literacy standards) has been published.

The current document contains the Introduction and Three Threshold Concepts plus a Glossary and Bibliography. In early April they will also release Additional Threshold Concepts and Sample Scenarios.

The document can be sourced at and is open for comment until April 15.  Apparently feedback is welcome from people worldwide.

Whilst the primary target for these standards is in North America, the ACRL standards have been very influential worldwide.

Friday, February 7, 2014

This years`sLibrarians’ Information Literacy Annual Conference in Sheffield (UK) promises a rich programme with lots of interesting sessions.

Keynote speakers are Alison Head, founder of “Project Information Literacy” (PIL) and Bill Thompson, Internet and digital technologies specialist.

LILAC is organised by CILIP’sInformation Literacy Group and aimed at librarians and information professionals who teach information literacy skills, are interested in digital literacies and want to improve the information seeking and evaluation skills of all our library users whoever they may be.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

There is an increasing interest among libraries concerning MOOCs, and a number of questions: Do MOOCs have the potential to become part of information literacy programmes? In how far do they offer new opportunities? Two studies have been published recently which could be helpful: Rebecca Griffith (MOOCs in the Classroom, ) discusses where and how students can receive credits for MOOCs, and asks in how far learning agendas have to be changed. An online survey conducted at the University of Pennsylvania (The MOOC Phenomenon: Who takes massive open online courses and why? - gives insight into learners’ experiences with MOOCs at Coursera.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Google Scholar offers a new service, combining search engine, reference management and fulltext database: Google Library. With Google Library you can save articles right from the Google Scholar search page and save them. It is possible to organize them by topic. You find all add-on information Google Scholar provides: article links as well as citing and related articles. You also find formatted citations in standard citation styles and export links to reference management programmes. If you already have a Google Scholar profile you can easily set up your library, including your own publications.


More information about it in the Google Scholar blog: