Cambridge Information Literacy Day

Cambridge University Libraries held an Information Literacy Day online on 25th June.

If you were able to attend, I hope you had an enjoyable day. Thanks go to Libby Tilley for organising the day and to Dr Jess Gardner, Director of Library Services, University of Cambridge, for her welcome. Thanks to the three presenters Ruth Carlyle, Jane Secker and Deirdre Cijffers. Thanks to Isla Kuhn, Laura Moss and George Cronin for support with organising and the practicalities. Thanks to Cambridge Librarians for helping with Twitter.

The twitter hashtag was #ciln2020.

The three presentations, with links to recordings:-

  • Information literacy in the age of Coronavirus: for health and for life – Ruth Carlyle

Slides and Handout

  • Moving online for Information Literacy teaching in the future  – Jane Secker


Handout (with links to padlets) –

  • Introducing Libraries Online – Deirdre Cijffers

This session was for Cambridge Librarians and through interactive tasks Deirdre showed how we could move library inductions online. Here are some examples of Cambridge Libraries ‘induction’ videos:

and suggestions for possible tools to use:

  • LibWizard (Springshare Suite)
  • Screencast – embedding short videos
  • Social media platforms for sharing key points – we use IG effectively via stories / videos to cover key IL points
  • students are now recording sessions
  • forums on our VLE
  • Padlet could also be used for asynchronous discussion, although it’s in a public space where anyone with the link can view/comment on it.
  • Vevox (similar to mentimeter) – can be added into PowerPoint as a plugin
  • To make videos just use Teams/Zoom/Google Meet etc. and basically hold a call with yourself and hit record. It’ll send an email with the video file for you to then edit later if you have the tech.
  • Screencastify (Google, free for up to 5 minutes)

You’ll also find the following webinars useful.

Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning – Teaching remotely guides:

Webinars: run by Online Learning Services at Cambridge University Press hosted by Lead Course Designer Deirdre Cijffers (out afternoon speaker). The topics are:

  • Maintaining student engagement remotely
  • Communicating your ideas online
  • Keeping the conversation going
  • Planning your course
  • Creating and managing your learning community

Open University online webinars:


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