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Don’t hide your skills “under a bushel”: librarians and our own employability - Gillian Siddall

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Don’t hide your skills “under a bushel”: librarians and our own employability - Gillian Siddall

  1. 1. Don’t hide your skills under a bushel: Librarians and our own employability Gillian Siddall
  2. 2. Aims • Identify some of your core competencies • Align these to CILIP’s Professional Knowledge and Skills Base • Highlight key employability skills that can be directly supported by Librarians and information literacy instruction
  3. 3. Hi, my name is …
  4. 4. Group work • Choose a sector e.g. further education • Discuss and write down the core competencies or skills that you think are essential to the role of Librarian within the sector
  5. 5. Discussion • Core competencies . . . – Sector and competency
  6. 6. CILIP PKSB
  7. 7. PKSB • Professional Knowledge and Skills Base – Ethics and values, – Professional expertise and generic skills • Self assessment tool • “It can be used to demonstrate your unique skill set to employers”
  8. 8. Group work • Looking back at your core competencies, can you link your skills to the PKSB? • Can you identify any that you think could also be considered as employability skills? – Put an asterisk * next to the relevant ones
  9. 9. Information literacy “Information literate people will demonstrate an awareness of how they gather, use, manage, synthesise and create information and data in an ethical manner and will have the information skills to do so effectively” (SCONUL, 2011).
  10. 10. Employability Skills
  11. 11. Employability skills Oxford University • Initiative & problem solving • Communication • Team-work • Leadership • Commercial awareness • Organisation & planning • Self-management – Computing and IT – Languages – Cultural awareness
  12. 12. Discussion • Are there links between information literacy skills and employability skills?
  13. 13. “gather, use, manage, synthesise and create information and data” –Planning and organising –Initiative and problem solving –Commercial awareness –Communication –Analysing and investigating
  14. 14. How do we contribute to the development of employability skills?
  15. 15. Conclusion • PKSB can be used to highlight our skills and demonstrate our value to the wider institution • Information literacy skills can help students to develop employability skills
  16. 16. Thank you for listening
  17. 17. Any questions?
  18. 18. References Cole, D. and Tibby, M. (2013) Defining and developing your approach to employability. A framework for higher education institutions. York: the Higher Education Academy Cox, A. M. and Corrall, S. (2013) Evolving academic library specialties. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 64 (8). pp. 1526-1542. Available from: http://d- scholarship.pitt.edu/18951/1/asi22847-post-print.pdf [Accessed 10th March 2015]. Oxford University [n.d.] Employability skills. University of Oxford. The Careers Service [online]. Available from: http://www.careers.ox.ac.uk/internship-office-and-work-experience/employability-skills/ [Accessed 18th March 2015]. SCONUL (2011) The SCONUL Seven Pillars of Information Literacy: Core Model. SCONUL [online]. Available from: http://www.sconul.ac.uk/sites/default/files/documents/coremodel.pdf [Accessed 19th March 2015]. Sen, B. (2014) A “jack of all trades”? The key skills of health information professionals. HLG Conference, July 2014. Sen, B.A., Chapman, E. and Villa, R. (2014) Working in the Health Information Profession: Perspectives, Experiences and Trends: the results of an EAHIL-funded 25th anniversary project. In: Proceedings of the 14th EAHIL 2014 Conference. 14th EAHIL 2014 Conference, 11th - 13th June 2014, Rome, Italy. EAHIL Full report: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/78521/ University of Kent [n.d.] What are the top ten skills that employers want? Careers and employability service [online]. Available from: http://www.kent.ac.uk/careers/sk/top-ten-skills.htm [Accessed 18th March 2015]
  19. 19. References continued Images: Photographs by James Heppell at Heppdesigns CILIP (2013) My Professional Knowledge and Skills Base (PKSB). London: CILIP. Available from: http://www.cilip.org.uk/cilip/jobs-and-careers/professional- knowledge-and-skills-base/what-professional-knowledge-and-skills University of Kent [n.d.] Employability skills map. Careers and employability service [online]. Available from: http://www.kent.ac.uk/careers/sk/skillsmap.htm [Accessed 18th March 2015].

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