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Transferability of information and data literacy beyond academia - Stéphane Goldstein & Geoff Walton.


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Transferability of information and data literacy beyond academia - Stéphane Goldstein & Geoff Walton.

  1. 1. Transferability of information and data literacy beyond academia Information and data literacy (IDL) is critical in academic settings, but is also important as a transferable set of skills beyond academia; particularly so in a knowledge-based economy, where the gathering, interpreting and deployment of evidence are crucial components. The Research Information and Digital Literacies Coalition (RIDLs) has received HEFCE funding to amplify to consider the relevance of IDL for individuals moving from academic to non-academic realms. RIDLs is consulting with selected organisations on the interface between the worlds of higher education and employment, to develop an understanding of the place (if any) of IDL in their policy and practice. Care is being taken in the way that IDL is explained to interlocutors that are approached, as ‘information and data literacy’ is often not well-recognised as a descriptive term outside the library world. To provide an initial corpus of evidence which will be analysed and presented to indicate whether and how these organisations envisage IDL as a transferable set of skills and know-how for individuals moving from academia to the wider professional environment; and a basis for determining possible future action. If successful, this activity could provide an opportunity to create and/or improve channels of communication between stakeholders, with a view to: raising awareness of the relevance and importance of IDL, particularly for those who have not hitherto engaged with the issue; generate among those players a better understanding of the relevance and importance of IDL; set out common approaches to the promotion of IDL in academia and the world of employment; consider the possibility of jointly developing resources such as career profiles. These are the broad questions that are being addressed to the various consulted organisations: Is there a perceived need for IDL capability for individuals within the area of your remit? Do you feel that individuals that you deal with are sufficiently equipped with the relevant information skills and know-how? And if not, what are the gaps? What place does this capability have in the policy and practice of your organisation? Is there a demand for professional development / training in this area from individuals that you deal with? Do you run or promote training or CPD activities that relate, directly or indirectly, to the acquisition or development of relevant skills and know-how? How else might this capability be developed (either by your organisation, or outside it)? This is work in progress…further interlocutors may emerge. Managed by Timescale: Consultations taking place April-July 2014. Synthesis of views and conclusions will be published during the summer. Future action (such as a workshop or forum) could take place from September. Further details: Contact: Stéphane Goldstein, | 020 3397 3647 Premise Approach Objective Questions Higher Education realm University careers / employment services Learned / professional bodies Association of Graduate Recruiters National Centre for Universities and Business UK Commission for Employment and Skills Individual employers TUC CBI Accreditation bodies UK Council for Graduate Education Higher Education Academy Vitae AGCAS Employment realm Who are the players? Who are we talking to? Research Information and Digital Literacies Coalition