Information literacy

People in Singapore reading more: NLB study

(1 Jul 2019)  According to the 2018 National Reading Habits Study, people in Singapore are reading more books, magazines and newspapers – in both print and digital formats. The trend is in part attributable to the popularity of e-books. Read the full story from The Straits Times here.  

July 7, 2019 - 9:19 am

The woman bringing the joy of reading to book-starved children

(28 Jun 2019) Australian entrepreneur Rebecca McDonald burst into tears of joy last month. The founder and CEO of Library for All – a digital library for young children in developing countries – had just heard a seven-year-old girl called Lovely in Papua New Guinea read fluently from an e-book on a tablet. Only a year earlier, just […]

July 7, 2019 - 9:08 am

Open Research in practice: moving from why to how?

(17 June 2019)  From a guest post on Scholarly Kitchen, “…questions about Open Research are also changing — from “why” to “how” — amidst growing awareness that the required skill sets, both technical and social, are not yet part of the standard training programs for researchers” The authors have compiled a list of resources and […]

June 27, 2019 - 2:00 pm

World’s largest database uncovers Australia’s secret reading passions

(17 June 2019)  Researchers from the Australian National University’s literature school will launch this week the new Australian Common Reader website, giving a historical snapshot of the nation’s reading habits drawn from what the university says is the world’s largest database of library borrowing records. The records show borrowing habits – not catalogued books – from […]

June 18, 2019 - 10:15 pm

How Finland is fighting fake news – in the classroom

(21 May 2019)  Studies show a positive relationship between the level of education and resilience to fake news, the Open Society Institute report said, with more knowledge and better critical-thinking skills guarding against fabricated information. Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands are among countries that teach digital literacy and critical thinking about misinformation to school children. Read […]

May 27, 2019 - 8:56 am

How does the world perceive science? Findings from 2019 State of Science Index

(8 May 2019)  Science is an indivisible part of our life. To put it in the most basic words, for scientists the main intent behind conducting research is to know the world we live in better and to make human lives better. But what does the general public think about science? Is their perception of the […]

May 15, 2019 - 8:35 am

Exposure to incorrect information is widespread in most emerging economies surveyed

(10 May 2019)  Exposure to false or incorrect information is a key concern for people in 11 emerging economies, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. Many social media users report being regularly exposed to misinformation when using the platforms. In most countries surveyed, more than a quarter of social media and messaging app users say they frequently […]

May 14, 2019 - 10:58 am

Confirmed: our collective attention span is shrinking

(10 May 2019)  From Curiosity – The average human attention span has fallen to eight seconds — below the average attention span of a goldfish. At least, so said a recent wave of debunked press coverage from outlets including The New York Times and, uh, us. The factoid, which had no clear source, felt true. New research suggests this may be because […]

May 14, 2019 - 10:33 am

State Library of Western Australia and Rio Tinto recognised for improving literacy

(22 March 2019) Last night (March 21), Rio Tinto and the State Library of Western Australia were awarded the Hawaiian Corporate Social Responsibility Excellence Award at the Australian Institute of Management WA Pinnacle Awards. The Pinnacle Awards are one of Western Australia’s most reputable business awards. The award includes leadership and management training to the […]

March 25, 2019 - 10:27 am

Edith Cowan University hiring Digital and Information Literacy Project Adviser

(12 February 2019)  Digital and Information Literacy Project Adviser Library Services Centre Joondalup Campus $87,200 to $97,898 (Hew7) Ongoing, Full-Time Overview The Library Services Centre provides innovative, high quality, customer-focused library services including digital and information literacies and use of learning technologies, research skills, information resources, scholarly and cultural collections, and learning facilities that contribute […]

February 13, 2019 - 9:16 am

New IFLA Standard: IFLA Guidelines for Library Services to Children aged 0-18 [revised version 2018]

(10 December 2018) The Committee on Standards is pleased to announce the publication of the IFLA Guidelines for Library Services to Children aged 0-18, revised version 2018, which was endorsed by the IFLA Professional Committee in August 2018. The IFLA Libraries for Children and Young Adults Section (C&YA Section) have undertaken this revision of the […]

December 11, 2018 - 11:35 am

The University of New England in Armidale, Australia is hiring a Digital Experience librarian

(5 November 2018) The Digital Experience Librarian will provide leadership in actively identifying, evaluating and, as necessary, deploying new learning technologies and tools related to library services to improve and respond to user needs. This role creates and supports the development processes and innovations that lead to high-quality learning environments and ensures cross-platform navigation for […]

November 6, 2018 - 8:33 am

Facebook launches Digital Literacy Library in 6 Indian languages with lessons on digital safety

(31 October 2018) Facebook recently launched a collection of lessons in Bengali, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam to help train three 300,000 Indians in digital safety. The Digital Literacy Library was launched on Monday. “We expect to train 3,00,000 people by end of 2018, and we will multiply these efforts in times to come,” […]

November 1, 2018 - 9:04 am

Credo helps libraries address the skills gap with new and expanded instruction offerings

(24 September 2018, Boston, MA)  Credo has created a Learning Tools product family to offer librarians new and updated resources for teaching foundational skills like information literacy (IL), critical thinking, and communication. The highly-acclaimed InfoLit Modules will now be known as InstructTM to best reflect the growing range of possibilities opened up by the revamped […]

September 26, 2018 - 11:13 am

The Wonder Years: What did the New Professionals Learn?

(22 August 2018) SMU Libraries and the Library Association of Singapore (LAS) jointly organised a two day seminar for new and early career library professionals from 20 to 21 August 2018. In addition to the mostly local participants, there were delegates from Indonesia and the Philippines. Over 80 participants celebrated their Wonder Years on topics […]

September 19, 2018 - 1:22 pm