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On the move: testing an employability transitional tool

Inskip, C; Donaldson, S; (2017) On the move: testing an employability transitional tool. Presented at: LILAC 2017, Swansea, Wales.

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Abstract

While it is widely recognised that information literacy is a key lifelong learning skill for students and graduates there is an element of disconnect between the information literacies developed in the education system and those required in the workplace. Employability, or career readiness, is increasingly becoming a student experience issue. Library services in education are very well practiced in supporting users in the development of their information literacies in the educational context. There is growing awareness that there is great potential in consolidating the links between the support offered by library, careers services, learning and faculty in the development of information literacies in order to enhance employability. This ILG-funded collaborative project considered the conceptions of information literacy within an established insurance firm in the City of London. Staff at all levels of the organisation who were using information in their day-to-day work were interviewed and took part in focus groups in order to gather rich and detailed qualitative data relating to their information use. Students planning to work in the financial sector also took part in the research. The investigative team included a lecturer in Information Studies and a Careers Consultant, with contributions from Library Services, E-Learning and an MA LIS student. The language used around information was analysed in order to identify different ways of thinking, or conceptions, of information literacy amongst the employees and students in order to determine the extent of any disconnect between these stakeholders" views. A prototype tool was then developed, based on the findings, in order to support the transition of information skills into the insurance sector. Through a series of questions, the tool acts as a "personality test", seeking to match the user’s responses to a persona, which can then be used to provide insights on their experiences of information literacy. This was informed by work exploring conceptions in the nursing profession (Forster, 2015) in an attempt to contribute to the development of an evidence-base which is comparable between professions. It is hoped that this tool will provide guidance for users on how the information and digital literacies they develop during their studies map to skills, competences and conceptions in workplace setting. This guidance will support their CV-writing, for example, and has the potential of enhancing their employability in a highly competitive market. It will be open to all, under Creative Commons license. This Lagadothon session presents a paper-based version of the prototype tool, with a view to gather feedback from participants in order to support further development. In particular, we will focus on the possibilities of widening the tool"s focus in order to explore its potential value in other professions and at other levels, including schools and Further Education. Participants from all sectors would therefore be very welcome to attend. Forster, M. (2015). Six ways of experiencing information literacy in nursing: The findings of a phenomenographic study. Nurse Education Today, 35(1), 195-200.

Type: Conference item (Presentation)
Title: On the move: testing an employability transitional tool
Event: LILAC 2017
Location: Swansea, Wales
Dates: 10 April 2017 - 12 April 2017
Publisher version: http://www.lilacconference.com/lilac-archive/lilac...
Keywords: information literacy, employability
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1556139
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