When: Thursday, 21 May 2015 @ 18.00pm-21.30pm
Where: University of Liverpool in London, 33 Finsbury Square, EC2A 1AG London
SLA/CILIP ILG members: free
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Information Literacy in the Workplace
In the first of two event collaborations SLA Europe and CILIP Information Literacy Group present an evening focused on the importance of IL in the workplace and what this means for information professionals. We will hear from Nancy Graham, Stéphane Goldstein and Ian Hunter as they lead a panel discussion on this important topic. There will be a chance to network over food and drink following the formalities.
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Nancy Graham is the Research Support and Academic Liaison Manager, Library Services at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has worked in HE libraries for over 17 years and in that time has delivered information literacy training to hundreds of students and researchers. Nancy was the Chair of the CILIP Information Literacy Group from 2013 – 2015 and is the current Chair of CoPILOT, a community of practice to support librarians in openly sharing their information literacy teaching resources.
The employability agenda is now a huge focus for higher education institutions and as a key support service libraries are ideally placed to help deliver graduates with relevant information related skills. This talk will cover the following:
- What are the current employability drivers and issues affecting HE?
- What is the role of the HE library in supporting graduate skills?
- What skills do librarians need to contribute to this?
- Where is the best practice?
- How can we work better with employers to join up IL training with what’s really needed?
Stéphane Goldstein has worked as a manager in higher education and research funding, initially with the Medical Research Council and Research Councils UK, and since 2005 with the Research Information Network. Over this period, he has managed numerous research projects, and undertaken research and analysis, in areas including the scholarly communication environment, research data management and information literacy. Latterly, he has been co-ordinator of the InformAll initiative, which provides a collaborative environment for promoting the relevance of information literacy in higher education and beyond.
“How is information literacy relevant in workplace settings? It is not usually recognised as a term and a concept by employers, but it is present implicitly in many of the attributes and competences that employers look for; and also in the information-sharing practices that organisations deploy. IL can be shown to be associated with important organisational success factors, such as operational efficiency and competitiveness. The challenge is to demonstrate more explicitly to employers across all sectors – commercial, public and not-for-profit – that they have an interest in ensuring that their staff are competent and confident in the way that they use, analyse and disseminate information. It is therefore important to persuade enterprises of the value that an information literate workforce can bring.”
Ian Hunter is Research and Information Services Manager at Shearman & Sterling (London) LLP. Since qualifying in the early 1990s Ian has worked for law firms, investment banks and a university business school. Ian was a SCONUL trainee at the British Library in his graduate trainee year. Ian was Chair of the PR & Promotions Committee of the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians between 2011 and 2014.
Ian will discuss his experiences of training students and trainee solicitors over the years (decades, in fact…) and the trends in terms of IL, including:
- Should we still be worrying about IL among trainee solicitors and other junior professionals? Do they still need to know how to construct Boolean searches? Is information overload a bigger problem now?
- Is the Google generation stereotype true of junior professionals in the workplace?
- If so what can we do to help?
- What IL initiatives/projects are already in place in the legal and legal information professions?