April 26, 2006

STLHE Initiative

I'd like to heartily endorse this important iniative, spearheaded by Flavia Renon and Janice Scammell from Carleton University. I've heard repeated criticism in the instruction librarian community that we spend too much time talking to each other -- here's an opportunity to get involved with the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education -- and widen the dialogue. Thanks to Flavia and Janice for getting it off the ground and for sending along this invitation to all interested librarians.

An Invitation

We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to attend STLHE 's first meeting of the Librarians’ group. Please join us in this groundbreaking initiative where we will open discussion to the role librarians in the area of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.


The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) is a national association of academics interested in the improvement of teaching and learning in higher education. Since 1981, STLHE has shown leadership in higher education, advocating for teaching excellence and to advancing the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Background on SoTL

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: A Canadian Perspective

This article written by Julia Christensen Hughes, president of STLHE provides a brief overview of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and how STLHE is working to strengthen its presence in Canada.


Lynn Copeland representing CARL will be speaking at the STLHE Steering Committee Meeting in June on the role this organization will play in the area of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Meeting location and details

We encourage all to attend the Educational Developer's Caucus General meeting at 4pm.

Librarians’ Meeting
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Location: TBA
Time: 5:00 pm

Following this meeting, there will be a Newcomers' Welcome Reception
at 6 pm followed by the Opening Reception.

To become a member: http://www.mcmaster.ca/stlhe/membership/information.html
Institutional membership is available.

To register for the conference please go to:
Early registration deadline: May 1, 2006.

To view the 2006 conference program:

Posted by Lisa Sloniowski at 3:34 PM

February 10, 2006

IL Speaker Series Covered on CBC Radio 1 Show

Tune in to CBC Radio 1's afternoon show "Freestyle" on Tuesday, February 14th (2-4pm, but 1-3pm in Toronto and Winnipeg, and 2:30-4:30 in NL) to hear about a speaker series presented by Mount Allison University Libraries' Information Literacy Program. They'll be doing a short interview with me about "The Bullshit Series."

The series concludes on Feb.14 with Laura Penny, author of last year's Your Call is Important to Us: The Truth About Bullshit, who will be talking about the ubiquity of bullshit out there. There were two previous speakers in the series. Erin Steuter, sociology professor at Mt.A, who talked about identifying possible causes of BS in the media and to recognize them and deal with them. Craig Brett, Canada Research Chair in Canadian Public Policy and economics professor at Mt.A, talked about dealing with numbers -- recognizing when someone may be trying to pull a fast one on you with a number and deciding whether or not they are.

So essentially, it's a series about critical evaluation of information. I could have called it "The ACRL IL Competency Standard 3 Series" but I don't think it would have been picked up by CBC... I'll post an update later to say how it all went. We hope to have video files of the speakers on our web site -- I'll find out this afternoon if the first recordings were good enough and will post the URL if all goes well.

Posted by sgullikson at 9:14 AM

November 20, 2005

Two IL-related documents out of Alexandria

Two separate conferences held in Alexandria, Egypt this month have come up with statements about the importance of IL in an international context. The first came out of the High Level Colloquium on Information Literacy and Lifelong Learning, Nov.6-9: The Alexandria Proclamation on Information Literacy and Lifelong Learning. It says all sorts of lovely things about information literacy and is the sort of thing that might make your day. The second is from the World Summit on the Information Sociey pre-conference, "Libraries -- the Information Society in Action." Their document is most fabulously titled the Alexandria Manifesto on Libraries, the Information Society in Action. Among other things, the manifesto "urges national, regional and local governments as well as international organizations to ... recognise the importance of information literacy and vigorously support strategies to create a literate and skilled populace which can advance and benefit from the global Information Society."

Slightly odd is that this last manifesto comes from IFLA, although the main Summit is a UN initiative. Also, I checked the documents that came out of the main Summit, and there is no mention of IL anywhere. Lots of talk about ICT (information and communication technology), but nothing about IL. Hmmm... Still, how cool is it that you can quote something called the Alexandria Manifesto when talking about your job?

Posted by sgullikson at 1:05 PM

August 31, 2005

IL in Canada Wishlist

Hi everybody. Sorry for the long delays in posting, we're still sorting out bugs with the blog and of course everyone's been on summer holiday...

At the "Spitting in the Wind: IL in Canada" session at the excellent U of Guelph-hosted WILU 2005, participants gathered to hash out a plan for what might be needed to advance the IL cause in Canada and help us all in our jobs. Using the flipcharts from the session I created a group wishlist sorted into general categories, which I'm posting here for your comment.

Obviously a wishlist is just a list of wishes and not a plan -- however I'd encourage ILIG, the CARL IL Task Force, the WILU Steering Committee and CORIL members to take a look and see how their organizations might be able to assist with some of the items in the list. I will also send it to the CLA Executive, as the CLA recently endorsed a resolution on supporting IL in Canada. I should clarify that this is not MY list, but a list created by the participants in the session which I have put together in one piece. I also encourage any instruction librarian to post to the blog and let us know if you are working on, or are willing to work on any of the items listed. Maybe we can create some informal working groups out of this, who can report back via the blog or at WILU 2006 in Wolfville?

Please save your comments for the blog, rather than replying to me directly ... I am merely the messenger...

Here's the file:
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Posted by Lisa Sloniowski at 11:56 AM