Jackson - Benefits analysis of information literacy for employability
Benefits analysis of information literacy for employabilityCathie Jackson, Cardiff University, JacksonCM@cardiff.ac.ukThe poster will analyse the benefits of information literacy in the workplace and foremployability, based on research undertaken by the Welsh Information LiteracyProject. The research contributes to the overall aim of the project to promote theunderstanding and development of information literacy in education, the workplace,and the wider community in Wales. The poster will therefore focus not only ongraduate employability, but be relevant to all educational sectors as well as withinpublic libraries and the workplace. We will look at how information literacy benefitscandidates in the process of finding a job match. We will also illustrate the skills gapsidentified by employers in Wales and explore how information literacy can bridge thedivide. The benefits of information literacy will be contextualised to the widereconomy in Wales.The Welsh Information Literacy project was launched in July 2010. It is hosted byCardiff University and funded by the Welsh Assembly. Last year, we gave a shortpresentation at LILAC on the first steps taken towards an information literacy nation.We described the cross-sectoral partnership, the creation of the current practice reportand the information literacy framework for Wales. We also explored the widersocietal benefits and dependencies that exist around information literacy. In Phase 2of the project we have developed and piloted information literacy accredited units oflearning and developed advocacy materials for use in schools and, of particularrelevance to this poster, on the topic of employability.