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09 April 2009
The University recently hosted the 5th international Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC), organised by the Information Literacy Group at the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).
This is the only conference dedicated to information literacy in the UK and provides a forum for discussion amongst information practitioners and researchers from all sectors, highlighting information literacy developments and good practice.
During two and a half days, the Information Services Division welcomed 291 delegates from 11 countries across four continents, Wales and the rest of the UK.
Vice-chancellor Dr. David Grant opened the conference with a wide-ranging speech highlighting the importance of information literacy at Cardiff. Keynote speakers from University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Oxford University, University College Dublin and Princeton Public Library delivered presentations.
In a full programme, there were 73 parallel sessions on themes including "Supporting Research" and "Emerging Technologies". Sessions varied from short practitioner papers, to interactive workshops and extended research-based presentations.
This year’s Information Literacy Award was judged by University Librarian Janet Peters and presented to Ronan O’Beirne from Bradford College. Ronan pioneered the development of an e-learning package for training front line public library staff in information literacy skills. Last year the award was presented to Cardiff’s Nigel Morgan, Subject Librarian, for his internationally renowned innovative methods in information literacy teaching and learning which are now used globally.
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