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What is workplace information literacy? A comparison of views from the chalkface and the workplace

Inskip, C; (2015) What is workplace information literacy? A comparison of views from the chalkface and the workplace. Presented at: Librarians' Information Literacy Annual Conference LILAC, Newcastle. Green open access

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Abstract

This presentation discusses a mapping of information literacy (IL) concepts drawn from the library and information professional literature (CILIP, 2014; SCONUL, 2011) to graduate employability profiles drawn from higher education (QAA, 2014; Rees et al, 2006) and careers services (NCS, 2012; Prospects, 2014) in terms of their reference to information / digital literacies. The purpose of the mapping is to identify patterns of description in the UK around information literacies and further enable comparisons between professions and careers in terms of their IL needs. The CILIP (2014) and SCONUL (2011) frameworks are widely used in higher education by library and information professionals to develop and deliver information literacy interventions. The employability profiles and benchmark statements are widely used, alongside professional accreditation criteria and other frameworks, in good practice education to inform curriculum development. The careers services job profiles are designed to assist job seekers identify suitable jobs and careers. There is a perceived lack of uptake of the IL concept by employers, which is arguably exacerbated by a semantic gap between the higher education views of IL and those within the workplace. The analysis explores this gap between stakeholder views, comparing them to definitions of workplace information literacy drawn from the academic literature. The discussion of the analysis identifies key areas where library and information professionals may contribute to better communication between these stakeholders, thus enabling a more positive transition for those moving into the workplace. CILIP (2014) Professional knowledge and skills base. Available online at http://www.cilip.org.uk/cilip/jobs-and-careers/professional-knowledge-and-skills-base accessed 31 Dec 2014 NCS (2012) Job profiles. Available online at https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/advice/planning/jobfamily/Pages/default.aspx accessed 31 Dec 2014 Prospects (2014) Types of jobs. Available online at http://www.prospects.ac.uk/types_of_jobs.htm accessed 31 Dec 2014 QAA (2014) The UK Quality Code for Higher Education: subject benchmark statements. Available online at http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements accessed 31 Dec 2014 Rees, C., Forbes, P. & Kubler, B. (2006) Student employability profiles: a guide for higher education practitioners. Available online at https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/sites/default/files/student_employability_profiles_apr07.pdf SCONUL (2011) The SCONUL seven pillars of information literacy: core model for Higher Education. Available online at http://www.sconul.ac.uk/sites/default/files/documents/coremodel.pdf accessed 31 Dec 2014

Type: Conference item (UNSPECIFIED)
Title: What is workplace information literacy? A comparison of views from the chalkface and the workplace
Event: Librarians' Information Literacy Annual Conference LILAC
Location: Newcastle
Dates: 08 April 2015 - 10 April 2015
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://archive.lilacconference.com/past-conference...
Language: English
Keywords: information literacy
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Information Studies
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1472110
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