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#CILIPConf18: learning and information literacy - chaired by Rosie Jones, director of Library Services, Open University. With Sarah Lacey, consultant and trainer, Ruth Carlyle, Health Education England, & Jacqueline Geekie, Aberdeenshire libraries.
SP: there have been huge tsunamis of change in school education - changes to curriculum on literacy, numeracy, IT, KS3 English. Move away from independent learning.
SP: libraries were not mentioned in previous curriculum. Now there are 2 proper mentions, but they relate to English depts at KS3 reading for pleasure, not anywhere else.
Cuts to GCSEs and A levels, including AS level critical thinking.
Much cheaper to have exams marked by computer because you don't need to pay markers, but then no critical thinking needed.
The feeling is that school libraries and librarians are about English and reading for pleasure, not infolit.
#Greatschoollibraries - need children to see librarians as more than the person who helps with reading. And so they don't see their jobs disappearing.
RC: speaking on health literacy. The #NHS70 - 70 years old today!
Healthcare is changing - more and more people will be struggling with multiple conditions. People need health literacy to be able to make difficult decisions.
Health literacy is both personal characteristics (skills and understanding) but also social resources (eg signage).
48% of adults do not understand textual health info eg to give a child a painkiller. >60% can't combine with numeracy like timings.
Health literacy is a subset of info lit. It includes levels of functional, interactive, and critical. But when you're hearing a diagnosis, you can go into very confusing shock. You think you're fine but you're not taking anything in.
78% of people couldn't understand a BMI chart.
There's a toolkit caller HEE Health Literacy Toolkit. Starts with a business case to give you a starting point. Sample workshop tools. Slides. Case studies.
Spoken communication - not just "did you understand that?" More like "how would you tell your family what I've told you?"
JG: school and public library service in Aberdeenshire. Infolit is often confused with digital literacy particularly in public libraries. Digital literacy and digital skills are also not the same.
Being digitally engaged can really save people money. And it's about equity - everyone should have this opportunity. Eg comparing your electricity suppliers.
Older people in remote places often want to learn to use tech to communicate with distant family, see photos etc.
Infolit is viewed as an HE thing. But public libraries need a voice also.
Excellent fake news poster from IFLA
Someone just mentioned bards as an early example of information literacy! #infolit #CILIPConf18

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Last #CILIPConf18 session! I have nearly made it. Sue Lacey-Bryant, Health Education England on AI our digital future.
85% of 16-75 year olds have a smartphone. More for 18-24 year olds. It is a digital future. Linklaters using chatbots to cover directional enquiries, freeing up time for the professionals.
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Last keynote of #CILIPConf18 - Guy Daines' Grexit. Retiring CILIP head of policy.
As a "policy wonk", conferences and reports are meat and drink. But most reports are never seen again.
Follett report - 1990 - HE institution libs unable to cope with growing numbers. Over 100 new building projects were funded. Special funding for technology and cross-institutional projects.
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#CILIPConf18 keynote: Helen Dodd on GDPR.
Head of data governance for Cancer research UK. 50mill supporters!! So lots of data, lots of PERSONAL data. Moved into an opt-in model.
Data and personal info is a currency. Means it's possible to build profiles of supporters and reach them.
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#CILIPConf18 professional registration cafe. Not just for librarians! All info pros. Showing you have a reliable skill set, a shortcut to having to justify it to future employers.
But also get more awareness of where you sit in the profession, share best practice, learn from others areas and people, become a better reflective professional.
What you did. What went well, what didn't, what you would do differently next time. Reflection is a key part of improving.
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#CILIPConf18 kicking off day 2 with Samira Ahmed speaking about the Windrush archive scandal.
Looking at some unusual libraries used for her research - Gram Library (BBC music and recordings), Science Museum library and archives.
Private school archives had fascinating insights into the education of girls over time.
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Last panel of the day (feeling it a bit now). #CILIPConf18: voice and vision: the importance of diversity in children's and YA literature.
Nadia Shireen - creator of picture books. Held a competition asking children to write a story where the main character shared their name. Wanted to encourage "diversity"
Diversity does not just mean "not white", it's class and gender and sexuality and disability and regionalism and education level.
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