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InformAll publish report on IL and employment

InformAll logoInformAll 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.

CILIP launch Blogger Challenge

CILIP Blogger Challenge

The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) has launched the Blogger Challenge, a competition giving you the opportunity to talk about important library, knowledge and information issues.

Can you bring your knowledge and experience to bear on one of the big topics of the day and offer a new perspective?

Who can enter?

Anyone who works or studies in the library, knowledge or information sector, or has an interest in this or related areas, can enter the competition.

You don’t have to be a CILIP member to enter and you don’t have to live in the UK.

What sort of topics could I write about?

You could, for instance, provide a new perspective on a library, information and knowledge related topic, such as:

  • Everyday life, e.g. Why supermarket shelves should be arranged by Dewey Decimal
  • Copyright and the law, e.g. How does current UK copyright law serve people with disabilities?
  • Data, information and knowledge, e.g. Why don’t people care about their own data?
  • Education,e.g. How to teach information literacy in the classroom
  • Publishing, e.g. 6 reasons a paper book is the perfect technology
  • Research,e.g. 5 thoughts on the future of open access journals
  • Technology,e.g. How do you archive a video game?
  • The economy and business, e.g. 5 ways libraries are supporting new businesses
Judging criteria and guidelines

Each submission will be judged on the quality of the writing and the criteria below:

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Information Literacy Journal Club – next meeting: Monday, 14th April 2014

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 will take place at 8-9 pm UK time (times elsewhere in the world) on Monday, 14th April 2014.

The focus of the session will be the draft Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education, which is intended to replace the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education (ILCSHE) that were adopted by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) in 2000.

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 14th April, 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.

ACRL release part two of draft Framework for Information Literacy Standards

Association of College & Research LibrariesThe Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has now released the second part of a draft Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education, which is intended to replace the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education (ILCSHE) that were adopted by ACRL in 2000.

Part one was made available in February 2014. The second part of the draft framework includes two additional threshold concepts.

ACRL is welcoming feedback on both parts of the document until 15th April 2014. You also have the opportunity to participate in two online open forums that are taking place in early April. Registration is required in advance.

ACRL will make revisions as a result of the feedback received, and will release a second draft of the framework in early June.

More information on the new framework, including the draft documents, is available from the ACRL website.