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Supporting the employability agenda in university libraries: A case study from the University of Sheffield

Maria Mawson (University Library, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK)
Amy C. Haworth (University Library, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK)

Information and Learning Sciences

ISSN: 2398-5348

Article publication date: 8 January 2018

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to outline work to support the employability agenda in the Library at the University of Sheffield, set in the context of debates about the nature of employability, employability skills and information literacy in the workplace.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper starts with a brief review of literature on employability and student skills in the UK higher education sector, the place of information literacy as an employability attribute and information literacy in the workplace. It goes on to outline work done in the Library at the University of Sheffield to support the employability agenda. This includes the development of a commercial awareness workshop in collaboration with other services and the incorporation of student and alumni voices in an employability guide.

Findings

The literature reviewed highlights the differences between information literacy in the workplace and academia. This could present challenges and opportunities in promoting information literacy as an employability attribute. The case study highlights the benefits of working in collaboration with students and services beyond the library in the employability arena.

Originality/value

The approaches taken in Sheffield may be of interest to other institutions looking to develop support for the employability agenda.

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Citation

Mawson, M. and Haworth, A.C. (2018), "Supporting the employability agenda in university libraries: A case study from the University of Sheffield", Information and Learning Sciences, Vol. 119 No. 1/2, pp. 101-108. https://doi.org/10.1108/ILS-04-2017-0027

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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