Spring Forum – Full Programme #uhmlg19

We’re delighted to announce the programme for the UHMLG Spring Forum.

When: Friday 8th March 2019, Royal Society of Medicine

Theme: Literacy in all its forms – digital, academic, information, health, and more

Improving literacy has always been at the core of a librarians role, but the definition of literacy is evolving all the time, not least with the new definition of Information Literacy released by CILIP in 2018. This spring forum is about all things literacy – information, health, digital and more.

Speakers and titles (full abstracts are listed below)

  • Ruth Carlyle
    Health literacy: life support from library and knowledge specialists
  • Dawn Grundy and Graeme Prescott
    LEAP Online: the development of a healthy relationship.
  • Lisa Jeskins
    The IL Definition: what CILIP and the Information Literacy Group did next…
  • Helen Webster
    Academic Literacy: A Contested Concept
  • Hannah Bond,  Peer Assisted Learning Administrator, University of West of England
    Peer to Peer Support: How Academic Wellbeing is supported at UWE Bristol.
  • Cheryl MorganThe Diversity Trust
    Transgender Literacy

Lightning Talks:

    • Manfred Gschwandtner, Learning and Research Librarian, Canterbury Christ Church University
      Reviewing the role of librarians in supporting student’s digital capabilities
    • Jane Shelley, Anglia Ruskin University
      Information literacy and the active curriculum
    • Siobhan Linsey, Outreach Librarian for Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
      Health Literacy Awareness: An Early Intervention for Long-term Impact
    • Natasha Howard, Library Manager, NELFT
      Health literacy project: progress report
    • Veronica Philips, Reader Support Assistant, Cambridge University Medical Library
      Teaching literacy: preliminary outcomes of a PGCERT in teaching and learning in higher education on information literacy training
    • Eleanor Barker, Reader Support Assistant, Cambridge University Medical Library
      STEM showcase: information literacy speed dating
    • Ruth Jenkins, Academic Support Librarian, University of Edinburgh
      Developing information and research literacy through a Wikipedia assignment
    • José Lopez Blanco, Faculty Librarian, Bournemouth University
      Critical Thinking for health students. First experiences of teaching critical thinking skills from a librarian’s perspectives


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

Title:  Health literacy: life support from library and knowledge specialists 

The role of libraries, particularly educational libraries, in information literacy has a long heritage.  There is a risk, however, that information literacy can be seen as an ‘extra’ that produces good assignments, rather than a life skill.  In England, 61% working age adults do not have the skills to understand the text and numbers used in health information .

By providing core skills support, library and knowledge services can make a positive difference to the skills underlying health literacy.  In this session, Ruth will introduce some of the core resources and techniques for health literacy awareness and to improve health literacy. She will also suggest some of the practical ways that these can be incorporated into the activities of library and knowledge services.

Dawn Grundy and Graeme Prescott 
Academic Librarian, Faculty of Health & Wellbeing, and eLearning developer respectively, University of Bolton

Title:  LEAP Online: the development of a healthy relationship. 

LEAP Online is an interactive skills portal designed to support students on their university journey, both academically and from a personal development perspective.

This session will focus on the effectiveness of LEAP Online to provide flexible, bite-sized information allowing students to take charge of their own learning around-the-clock including work based learning. We will reflect on the collaborative development of LEAP Online, the engagement of academics in embedding information literacy into mainstream curriculum delivery and the incorporation of badges assessments to showcase learning. Discussing how the quantitative data (during August – December 2018 over 5700 badges) demonstrates how LEAP Online is embedded and aligns itself with the University TIRI agenda.

We will explore collaborative working with Health and Nursing academics to develop bespoke modules and content such as Professionalism and Meds Management and share findings from the viewpoint of a Trainee Nursing Associate student of how LEAP Online has impacted her personally.

LEAP Online which won the Digital Literacy award at LILAC last year and it’s been particularly embedded as a resource by the Health and Nursing students and team here at the University.

Lisa Jeskins, Deputy Chair, CILIP Information Literacy Group

Title: The IL Definition: what CILIP and the Information Literacy Group did next…

The launch of the new information literacy definition in 2018, meant that ILG have had an active year. I will share our achievements so far, and discuss how we see the future of information literacy, including our plans to try to mainstream the need for information literacy to the wider public. I will look at the health literacy context of the definition and how health and medical librarians can use it to inform their own work. I’ll end by sharing some ideas about how you can get involved in our IL campaign, something that I feel is incredibly important and timely given Health Education England’s project to improve health literacy for all.

Helen Webster, head of the Writing Development Centre, University of Newcastle 

Title: Academic Literacy: A Contested Concept

Is it Academic Literacy, or Academic Literacies? What happened to study skills, anyway? Is it basically about writing good essays? Who teaches it, and why were we never taught it back in the day? With so many competing models of Information Literacy, why isn’t there even a single one for Academic Literacy? And what on earth is Learning Development? This session will explore why Academic Literacy is such a tricky concept, and the main challenges currently facing its practice in Higher Education

Hannah Bond,  Peer Assisted Learning Administrator, University of West of England

Title: Peer to Peer Support: How Academic Wellbeing is supported at UWE Bristol.

Peer Assisted Learning, or ‘PAL’ as it is known at UWE Bristol, supports academic transition, orientation and progression of students moving into the world of Higher Education. In this session, Hannah will explore how the changing remit of the Library has expanded to encompass the delivery of Peer Support with a particular focus on the philosophy of Peer Learning and how it aligns with the strategic aims of the Library’s Learning Services offer. She will also look at how the involvement of library staff in the training, assessing and quality assuring of PAL harnesses their teaching and learning expertise and in return affords them greater insight into the student journey. Finally, Hannah will highlight the techniques and methods used to ‘facilitate’ rather than ‘teach’, drawing on specific examples from PAL in Health and Social Care and discuss some of the evaluation methods used to measure the impact of Peer Support on the student experience.

Cheryl MorganThe Diversity Trust

Title: Transgender Literacy

Transgender people are still poorly understood in wider society. Cheryl Morgan of The Diversity Trust provides an introduction to the trans community and advice on how best to provide services to trans customers.

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