Supporting Practitioners in Health and Social Care.

Supporting Practitioners in Health and Social Care.

ALISS conference 11th February 2015


ALISS Xmas Special: Legal Deposit in the Digital Age, 16th December 2014

ALISS Xmas Special: Legal Deposit in the Digital Age, 16th December 2014

Now available: View the presentations via our new YouTube channel- visit the playlist:

ALISS AGM 2014: Developing Digital Literacies for a Digital World to develop library services

  • Start with the Staff -Sally Patalong provides insight into the digital fluency initiative at Coventry University- a practical project to upskill the library staff.


Aliss One Day Summer Conference 2014: Developing Staff: Innovation and Creativity

Developing Staff: Innovation and Creativity
July 2014

Rob Challis, Deputy Branch Supervisor, University of Bristol. “Librarian or Information Manager? Studying for an MSc at UWE”

Judith Stewart, Associate Lecturer, University of the West of England. “Knowledge, Skills and Reskilling – where does the MSc fit in?

Sally Earney, Aberconway Librarian and Louise Harrington, Subject Librarian, Cardiff University.  “Doing Something Different – Staff Development & Workplace Learning at Cardiff University”

Lou Wallace, Assistant Librarian, University of South Wales. “Ask a question. Manning a virtual chat service through a university merger.

Collaborate, engage and invigorate- Working with our user communities to develop library services

British Library engagement with its user communities.
Maria Lampert, Information Expert – Business and Intellectual Property, British Library

Information skills and the student voice: working together to promote information literacy at UEL.
Cathy Walsh, Director of Library and Learning Services, University of East London.

The transition from school to university – two views:

  1. Prepped for University: introducing academic literacy skills to secondary school students.
    Norma Menabney, Subject Librarian , Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, The Queen’s University, Belfast
  1. Skills for Success: Library involvement in the Liverpool Scholars Programme
    Lisa Hawksworth, Faculty  Librarian, University of Liverpool

Useful resources for Library inductions/ orientations

Useful Resources for Training and Student Inductions.

 Recommended Information/ literacy skills tutorials

 East Midlands Research Support Group
Online tutorial designed for early career researchers. Focuses on disseminating research. The units include: journals and journal articles; journal bibliometrics, author bibliometrics; networking. The partners in developing the module were the universities of Loughborough, Nottingham, De Montfort, and Coventry.

University of East London UEL Info skills modules
Award winning site – covers identifying information, finding, evaluating and referencing. good videos featuring students.

 University of Sydney, Australia This has an excellent iResearch tool page which contains fun interactive modules with quizzes and activities that can be played by students online. Alternatively print off the modules. These give the learning objectives plus the information. There is some emphasis upon locating  specifically Australian information. However, there are some good general topics which include: scholarly versus non-scholarly resources, avoiding plagiarism and an entertaining find that cheese game which teaches students to find items on their reading list!

University of Newcastle, Australia
The InfoSkills information literacy and academic integrity tutorial has 5 modules.

1      Planning for research (List strategies for getting started )

2      Finding Information (Use Library catalogues to find resources, select Library databases to find journal articles, Identify effective search techniques, describe the characteristics of Internet search engines)

3      Evaluating Information

4      Writing and Plagiarism (Identify strategies for good academic practice in writing, e.g. note taking, acknowledging sources, techniques for managing and compiling reference lists and bibliographies.)

5      Using information ethically (Use information appropriately without breaching copyright, censorship and freedom of speech issues, use of inclusive language).

University of Leeds, United Kingdom
The general skills section has some useful links relating to academic reading and note taking skills. is also a maths section The researchers section  has sections on planning your research, finding and managing information, publication and impact.

The Final Chapter: the undergraduate research project guide  is designed to help with final-year research projects. Topics covered include “planning and preparing your project”, “doing a literature review” and “critical thinking and evaluation”. The resource contains videos of Leeds staff and students talking about final-year projects, including their top tips for success.

Open University
The Open University Information Literacy Unit has developed a Digital and Information Literacy Framework. It identifies five skill areas: Understand and engage in digital practices; Find information; Critically evaluate information, online interactions and online tools; Manage and communicate information; and Collaborate and share digital content. It also looks at these skills across 5 levels of study (0, 1, 2, 3 and Masters). There is a companion website with short activities to address the various skills: Being Digital  This includes a self-assessment checklist

Safari is intended for beginners. It is divided into seven sections, each covering a particular aspect of information skills: Understanding information (helps the user identify different types and what they might need for study); Unpacking information (understanding where information comes from, who disseminates it and different types); Planning a search ; Searching (searching on the web, techniques such as phrase searching) Evaluating research results; Organising information (social bookmarking, compiling bibliographies); Where do I go from here (publishing and disseminating , keeping up to date

They also produce the Information Skills for Researchers To support OU postgraduate students. Includes sections with advice on literature searching, writing and referencing.

SMILE is an information literacy and employability skills training package. Developed by Glasgow Caledonian University; Marion Kelt; Imperial College; Loughborough University; Worcester University. It is made up of HTML pages and multimedia content. It is offered free as a zip file via the depository Jorum for downloading and editing to suit local use.  It is generic so can be used to support all subjects. Topics covered include: organising time, finding information, evaluating information and plagiarism.

Writing Resources.
 A series of resources from the Royal Literary fund. They include Essay Writing: a Guide for Undergraduates a comprehensive guide to essay writing, written for students by Dr David Kennedy. Topics covered include understanding the question, literature searching and drafting essays.Mission Possible: the Study Skills Pack is a range of study skills materials developed for students, tutors and teachers by Mario Petrucci. Includes basic study skills techniques, presentation skills, writing skills. Writing Dissertations: a Guide for Graduates gives support and guidance on the process of writing a dissertation or thesis. It was developed by Andrew Ward and Peter Wood. Covers literature reviews, revising editing. Also section  for students where English is a second Language.

Guide to Undergraduate Dissertations in the social Sciences
This site was developed in 2005 by the Centre for Sociology, Anthropology and Politics (C-SAP), the Centre for Social Work and Policy (SWAP), and the Learning and Teaching Institute (LTI) at Sheffield Hallam University and updated subsequently. Offers learners general advice on questions relating to exploring what the demands of a dissertation are including ethics, academic writing styles and methodologies.

Copyright Toolkit
Developed by Eduserve it provides practical, pragmatic advice, within an understanding of the legal framework, on how to license copyright works, who to approach, how best to approach them and how to negotiate the best deal. Includes online exercise which teach the legal background to copyright and the structure of the Rights clearance process.

Information Literacy Resources

Use these to keep up to date with what other librarians are doing!

Information Literacy Website
Maintained by information professionals from key UK organisations including CILIP and SCONUL. Aims to support practitioners by offering free access to news, book reviews and case studies of best practice. They include lists of resources. 

Journal of Information Literacy
Open access scholarly journal covering the philosophy, technology and practice of information literacy. Excellent starting point for locating up to date materials.

 Handbook for Information Literacy Teaching
Excellent free resource developed by group of subject librarians at Cardiff University to support their colleagues in Information Services as they developed their information literacy teaching. Chapters include planning lessons, developing teaching aids, evaluating and improving teacher skills. Of great value for those developing their own courses.

Information Literacy resource bank
Originally developed for staff at the University of Cardiff it includes some interesting examples of ‘bite sized’ tutorials on research, internet searching skills. There are also examples of flowcharts and online quizzes.

CoPILOT (Community of Practice for Information Literacy Online Teaching) Project – working to establish an international community of practice of librarians sharing their information literacy teaching resources openly.

LOEX: Clearing House for Library Instruction
International membership organisation which supports training and information literacy in libraries. Website has an excellent archive of conference papers, plus a free directory of links to online tutorials, case studies, and other recommended teaching and learning materials for library staff.

LIS-Info-Literacy. Excellent JISC email discussion list useful for keeping up to date with the latest events, research and publications in the field. You can view recent postings and archived messages from the website or sign up to join.

2013 summer conference: Supporting Evolving Research Needs

The Systematic Review – is the social sciences librarian involved. If not, why not? – Alan Gomersall. Senior Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Evidence & Policy, King’s College London.

What did I do wrong?”a project to support independent learning practices to avoid plagiarism – Helen Hathaway, Liaison Team Manager Science and Information Skills Coordinator,  University of Reading Library

Supporting the Research data management process– a guide for Librarians –  John Southall, LSE Data Librarian.

Identifiers for Researchers and Data: Increasing Attribution and Discovery –  John Kaye, Lead Curator Digital Social Science, British Library

Sharing information literacy teaching materials openly: Experiences of the CoPILOT project – Nancy Graham  Subject Advisor (Medicine), Library Services, Academic Services, University of Birmingham and Dr Jane Secker, Copyright and Digital Literacy Advisor, Centre for Learning Technology, Information Management and Technology, London School of Economics and Political Science

Supporting research by becoming a researcher – Miggie Pickton, Research Support Librarian, Northampton University

Summaries of the content of all the papers has been expertly provided by one of the delegates- Laura Wilkinson of University of Sunderland