Learning and information literacy seminar

14.15 – Thursday 5th July

Following the recently launched CILIP definition of Information Literacy this panel session brings together three experts from different contexts to share their perspectives of how information literacy relates to learning.


Tsunamis, salvage and reclamation – teaching information literacy in schools

Sarah Pavey will argue that over the last ten years information literacy teaching in schools has changed markedly. Her presentation will address why librarians need to be teaching information literacy in schools placing emphasis on the need for good practice from our future information creators.

Sarah Pavey MSc FCLIP, Consultant and Trainer

Sarah was a school librarian for about 20 years in both the maintained and independent sectors. She now works for herself as an education consultant specialising in information literacy. Sarah speaks regularly at the LILAC conference and is also co-author of the ‘Innovative School Librarian’ (Facet 2016). Sarah is a member of the National School Libraries Group Committee of CILIP and part of the Steering Group for the National Literacy Trust led Commission on Fake News and the Teaching of Critical Literacy Skills in Schools. http://www.sp4il.co.uk

Health literacy: an issue for life

Dr Ruth Carlyle will provide insight into the issue of health literacy and its impact on health and health choices.  She will introduce the Health Literacy Toolkit literacy techniques that can be applied in information literacy and learning more widely.

Dr Ruth Carlyle, Head of Library & Knowledge Services and Technology Enhanced Learning, Midlands and East, Health Education England

Ruth is a health librarian and a health promotion specialist. She joined Health Education England in April 2017 as Head of Library & Knowledge Services and Technology Enhanced Learning across the Midlands and the East of England. Ruth has spent most of her career in the voluntary sector, developing, running and advising on health information and support services, most recently overseeing cancer information and support services run by Macmillan Cancer Support with the NHS and other service providers. She is policy officer for the Health Libraries Group and her PhD is on the politics of public involvement in the NHS.

Lifelong learning  in public libraries

Jacqueline Geekie will explore how public libraries are continuing with the lifelong learning agenda, providing access to and supporting the use of resources while referring to the new definition of information literacy and the role of the information professional in ‘supporting and enabling Information Literacy’.

Jacqueline Geekie, Information Literacy and Learning Librarian, Aberdeenshire Libraries

Jacqueline is the Information Literacy and Learning Librarian for Aberdeenshire Libraries. Her main interests are in using technology in a creative way to enhance learning and encourage all to be digital participants. Throughout her career in libraries, information literacy has been at the core of her work so enjoys the role of Public Libraries Representative on the CILIP Information Literacy Group. Working in a rural environment, means a whole day in the office is rare. Aberdeenshire is a joint school and public library service, so her job involves working with all ages.

Chair: Rosie Jones, Director of Library Services and Open Learn, The Open UniversityRosie Jones is Director of Library Services and Open Learn at the Open University. She has worked in academic libraries since 2001 taking a particular interest in games and learning, information literacy and learning space development. She is particularly involved in the UK academic library Information Literacy community, currently co-chairs the Librarians’ Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC) and is the Deputy Chair for CILIP Information Literacy Group.