On The Move: transitioning information skills into the workplace
Information literacy is a key life skill for students and graduates. Understanding the disconnect between Higher Education and the professional world will help university services when preparing students for the career path ahead. On The Move is a 12 month project, funded by the CILIP Information Literacy Group, which aims to foster engagement between stakeholders (careers staff, librarians, academic staff, employers, job-hunters) and help them understand the information skills graduates need in their early careers. The project will produce a valuable e-resource which will help students and support services more effectively design, develop and communicate transferable information skills.
This collaborative work will focus on the financial sector, being in the top five of most common destinations for UCL graduates for the last nine years. It will act as a pilot for wider cross-sectoral research in future. The insights of careers services will be integral to the project, enabling a new opportunity to develop a wider view of information literacy issues, which are currently strongly located within library silos. Research on workplace learning will be used to inform the project design and analysis, encouraging cross-fertilisation of ideas.
At completion, a workshop presenting the project and the tool will be targeted towards employers, careers services, candidates, librarians and academics in an attempt to develop and strengthen cross-disciplinary links and contribute to strategy development enabling transition of information literacies from HE into employment.
More information: Dr Charles Inskip, Lecturer, Department of Information Studies, UCL, Gower Street, LONDON, WC1E 6BT, 020 7679 3753, firstname.lastname@example.org; Dr Sophia Donaldson, Careers Consultant, UCL Careers, 4th Floor Student Central, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY, 020 3549 5918, email@example.com
Research project partners: Kieron Jones (UCL Library), Steve Rowett (UCL E-learning / Digital education), Eleanor Wale (current MA LIS student)
Project blog: https://rilads.wordpress.com