Communication Teamwork Commercial awareness Initiative Planning and organising Self management / time management
Don’t hide your skills “under a bushel”: librarians and our own employability - Gillian Siddall
Don’t hide your skills under
Librarians and our own
• 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
• 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”
• 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
“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”
• Initiative & problem
• Commercial awareness
• Organisation & planning
– Computing and IT
– Cultural awareness
• Are there links between information
literacy skills and employability skills?
“gather, use, manage, synthesise
and create information and data”
–Planning and organising
–Initiative and problem solving
–Analysing and investigating
How do we contribute to the
development of employability skills?
• PKSB can be used to highlight our skills
and demonstrate our value to the wider
• Information literacy skills can help
students to develop employability skills
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Photographs by James Heppell at Heppdesigns
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