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Creating student-centred employability resources at City University Library - Diane Bell, Alex Asman, Samantha Halford & Catherine Radbourne

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Creating student-centred employability resources at City University Library - Diane Bell, Alex Asman, Samantha Halford & Catherine Radbourne

  1. 1. Creating student-centred employability resources at City University London Library Diane Bell, Research Librarian Alex Asman, Subject Librarian (Arts) City University London www.city.ac.uk/library
  2. 2. www.city.ac.uk/library Library Employability Group Research best practice and develop Library Services support for employability. Embed employability in information literacy provision. Create employability support materials. Build a small, current careers collection. Produce a report and recommendations for our Library Leadership Team.
  3. 3. www.city.ac.uk/library Diversity at City • We are located in Central London and focused on Business and professional courses such as Law and Health. There are also courses on Psychology, Journalism, Music & Creative Writing etc. • The University specialises in education, research and enterprise for business and the professions and we are ranked 10th in the UK for graduate-level jobs and 12th for graduate starting salaries. • Approx 16,500 students (35% at postgraduate level), 47% are international students from 150 countries & our staff are from 50 countries.
  4. 4. www.city.ac.uk/library Approach • Create student-centred employability resources informed by experience- based design (as used in the NHS) and case studies to enhance services. • To use the experiences, narratives and ideas of participants. • Development of collections, library guides and workshops as part of our IL programme. • Provide organic, evolving rather than static resources.
  5. 5. www.city.ac.uk/library Engagement methods • Survey on Survey Monkey sent to some selected students & via Departmental Administrators (Law & Social Sciences & Business). • Follow up qualitative interviews with some respondents. • Asked for feedback & ‘crowdsourced’ content on our new Employability Library guide in terms of the design, content and suggested resources.
  6. 6. www.city.ac.uk/library Survey respondents Departmental responsibility Student 53% Researcher 17.5% Academic 6% Admin/ Library staff 17.5% Self employed 12% Private sector 6% Careers 65% Student Services 48% Library Services 30% Academic Departments 48% All university departments 58%
  7. 7. www.city.ac.uk/library IL: how can Library Services help? Library resources used 89 77 59 53 36 0 20 40 60 80 100 1 2 Study skills packages 36% Signposting other departments 53% Workshops 59% Online employability guide 77% Online resources 89% Databases 25% Books 19% Journals 19% Training 19% Online guides 19%
  8. 8. www.city.ac.uk/library Case study 1: Research student Profile: Research student, self-employed, lived and worked abroad, motivated by employability, social media and apps. Key findings: • Our Employability library guide is “a rich resource that should be shared and heavily promoted”. • Use social media page to promote apps such Feedly. • Develop communities on LinkedIn, Mendeley for discussions. • Offer Current awareness workshops as part of IL programme. • Employability should be embedded in everything.
  9. 9. www.city.ac.uk/library Case study 2: Masters student Profile: International student with some previous workplace experience, intends to work in libraries abroad. Key findings: • Library is an important source of information. • Provide information in print, online and in IL workshops. • Increase collaboration between Careers, Library etc. • Use academics to disseminate information on employability. • Produce step by step guides eg. on using RSS feeds. • International careers resources are a challenge for us.
  10. 10. www.city.ac.uk/library Case study 3: Undergraduate student Profile: Third year undergraduate, previously worked in retail, has used websites for Careers and has self-taught soft skills. Key findings: • Employability is having a range of qualifications and experience. • Students require soft skills: flexibility, drive, confidence, teamworking, enthusiasm. • Promote library online resources, online guide. • Offer workshops on researching employers and job searching resources.
  11. 11. www.city.ac.uk/library IL workshops for staff and students
  12. 12. www.city.ac.uk/library Our Employability LibGuide
  13. 13. www.city.ac.uk/library Conclusion • Closer working relationships with other departments is a great outcome for us. • Personal narratives & case studies are interesting but are more difficult to use than quantitative data. • Feedback on the Library guide was very useful. • Strong IL skills can assist job searching. • If the University had defined graduate attributes/ skills these could be mapped to an IL programme.
  14. 14. www.city.ac.uk/library Thank you for listening: any questions or discussion points? • Employability guide: http://libguides.city.ac.uk/employability • Workshop booking website: http://libcal.city.ac.uk diane.bell.2@city.ac.uk @dianelouisebell alexandra.asman.1@city.ac.uk

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