I’m Pam McKinney, I’m a lecturer at the University of Sheffield Information School, and I have a strong interest in the relationship between Inquiry-based learning (IBL) and Information Literacy. In 2005 I started working as a Learning Developer for a HEFCE- funded Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CILASS) based here at the University, that aimed to support the development of approaches to IBL in Higher Education, and it was my responsibility to support the Information Literacy strand of our activities. The resources, including case studies and the Sheffield Companion to IBL, are still available on the IBL @ Sheffield website.
Since starting work as a lecturer in 2010 I have continued to practice and research IBL and IL in my own teaching. I recently passed my “PhD by Publication” which allowed me to bring together my research into IBL and IL, and this is available online through the White Rose eTheses website. I teach on the Information Literacy modules offered to students on the face-to-face and distance Librarianship programmes.
I heard Darryl speak at the LILAC conference, last month, and I was inspired to join this community. I am keen to explore how research could support the development of IL and inquiry in schools.