InformAll have recently published a report on information literacy at the interface between Higher Education and employment, and an annotated bibliography on IL in the context of employment.
InformAll (formerly RIDLs) is a membership organisation, managed by the Research Information Network. Its aim is to provide a collaborative, multi-agency focus for promoting the relevance, importance and benefits of information literacy in the lives of individuals as they progress through education and beyond.
Stéphane Goldstein, Business Manager and Research Consultant at the Research Information Network, has authored a report that examines the relevance of information literacy as a transferable attribute for individuals to take with them as they move from the realm of Higher Education to the world of professional employment. This presents and analyses the views and perceptions from a selection of players at the interface between higher education and employment, notably careers services, professional and accreditation bodies, employers and representative or specialist bodies relating to employment and skills. Stéphane has also written a blog entry for CILIP that provides an overview of the key findings of the report.
The report is complemented by an annotated bibliography by Professor Dorothy Williams, Katie Cooper and Caroline Wavell (Robert Gordon University Aberdeen) that addresses a set of related questions: (i) how should information literacy be described within workplace settings; (ii) what are the priority/key information skills and abilities related to the effective use of information in the workplace; and (iii) whether there is any evidence of the value and/or impact of information literacy in the workplace.
This bears a close relationship to a further literature review, drawn up by Dr Charles Inskip (UCL) for CILIP, covering the identification of information literacy as an attribute of employability, and the concepts, policies and practices of workplace information literacy.
More information on InformAll’s recent research into the transferability of information and data literacy beyond academia is available from their website.
Pioneering project receives funding to tackle digital exclusion in the North East
The ‘Go Digital Newcastle: Connecting Our City’ project will work with government, local charities and community groups to allow digitally isolated residents to access online services and gain digital literacy skills.
The CILIP Information Literacy Group is giving £6,000 to fund a pioneering scheme bringing together public and commercial organisations, local charities and community groups to create a digital support network for residents and businesses in Newcastle upon Tyne.
As more services become predominantly or exclusively online, those without the means or information literacy skills to access the internet are at increasing risk of isolation. Newcastle – like many cities in the UK –has a vibrant third sector, active community groups and a wealth of education providers offering free or low cost internet access and training. Yet those who need this most either aren’t aware of the benefits (and increasing necessity) of being online, don’t know that help is available, aren’t comfortable in the environments where assistance is offered, or are unwilling to ask for help.
Go Digital Newcastle: Connecting Our City is the residents’ support element of Newcastle City Council’s wider Go Digital Newcastle initiative, and provides local opportunities for those who feel digitally excluded to develop, or improve, their digital literacy; enhance their employment prospects; demystify the online world; and understand digital citizenship. This project will support people to discover that the internet can be for them, and show them that a few basic digital skills such as sending an email or accessing a bus timetable can go a long way.
Megan Wiley, University of Bristol, has produced on behalf of the SCONUL Strategy Group on User Experience and Success, some http://www.ecsyork.co.uk/ girl documents new information in the form of a literature review, analysing the contribution of information literacy and libraries to the development of graduate employability skills.
The full literature review is available Ralph Lauren UK Outlet on the SCONUL website at http://www.sconul.ac.uk/page/employability
Dr. Charles Inskip has collated both theoretical and practice-based literature from a variety of workplaces to provide an overview of the main issues around workplace information literacy.
Read Dr. Inskip’s blog post and full literature review on the CILIP website at http://www.cilip.org.uk/cilip/news/information-literacy-life-not-just-good-degree
The Information Literacy Journal Club is an online discussion group focusing on information literacy and other aspects of user education.
Everyone is welcome to participate, whether you are a current student of ILS, an established information professional or just generally interested in the subject area.
The Club’s next online blog-comment meeting takes place at 8-9 pm UK time (times elsewhere in the world) on Wednesday, 19th February 2014.
The focus of the session will be the agenda(s) for information literacy research.
Discussion topics are likely to include:
- What do you think of the research agendas that other people have drawn up? (see pre-discussion reading)
- What do you think are the top priorities for research in Information Literacy?
To participate in the discussion, just visit the Journal Club’s homepage and comment on the latest blog post. More information and links to some pre-discussion reading are available from the same page.
If you are not able to make the real-time discussion at 8pm on 19th February, you are welcome to leave posts before or after.
If you would like to see an example of how the sessions work in practice, you can take a look at the previous discussion posts.