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Supporting the employability agenda in university libraries

Supporting the employability agenda in university libraries PurposeThis paper aims to outline work to support the employability agenda in the Library at the University of Sheffield, set in the context of debates about the nature of employability, employability skills and information literacy in the workplace.Design/methodology/approachThe paper starts with a brief review of literature on employability and student skills in the UK higher education sector, the place of information literacy as an employability attribute and information literacy in the workplace. It goes on to outline work done in the Library at the University of Sheffield to support the employability agenda. This includes the development of a commercial awareness workshop in collaboration with other services and the incorporation of student and alumni voices in an employability guide.FindingsThe literature reviewed highlights the differences between information literacy in the workplace and academia. This could present challenges and opportunities in promoting information literacy as an employability attribute. The case study highlights the benefits of working in collaboration with students and services beyond the library in the employability arena.Originality/valueThe approaches taken in Sheffield may be of interest to other institutions looking to develop support for the employability agenda. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Information and Learning Science Emerald Publishing

Supporting the employability agenda in university libraries

Information and Learning Science , Volume 119 (1/2): 8 – Jan 8, 2018

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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2398-5348
DOI
10.1108/ILS-04-2017-0027
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Abstract

PurposeThis paper aims to outline work to support the employability agenda in the Library at the University of Sheffield, set in the context of debates about the nature of employability, employability skills and information literacy in the workplace.Design/methodology/approachThe paper starts with a brief review of literature on employability and student skills in the UK higher education sector, the place of information literacy as an employability attribute and information literacy in the workplace. It goes on to outline work done in the Library at the University of Sheffield to support the employability agenda. This includes the development of a commercial awareness workshop in collaboration with other services and the incorporation of student and alumni voices in an employability guide.FindingsThe literature reviewed highlights the differences between information literacy in the workplace and academia. This could present challenges and opportunities in promoting information literacy as an employability attribute. The case study highlights the benefits of working in collaboration with students and services beyond the library in the employability arena.Originality/valueThe approaches taken in Sheffield may be of interest to other institutions looking to develop support for the employability agenda.

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Information and Learning ScienceEmerald Publishing

Published: Jan 8, 2018

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