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Learning on the job or is that the library lab? Developing skills programmes for future careers

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Presented at the CILIP: Academic & Research Libraries Group Conference. University of Sussex, 23rd-25th June, 2014.

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Learning on the job or is that the library lab? Developing skills programmes for future careers

  1. 1. Learning on the job or is that the library lab? Developing skills programmes for future careers CILIP: Academic & Research Libraries Group 23rd-25th June, 2014. University of Sussex Siobhán Dunne @dunnesiobhan Dublin City University Source: http://www.biobm.com/images/life_science_laboratory_glassware.jpg
  2. 2. • Graduate Attributes in DCU • Mapping information literacy • Professional Practice - for librarians - for academics - for students • Workshop tasks
  3. 3. The Library, Dublin City University Source: http://www.panoramio.com/user/2045754?with_photo_id=12431979
  4. 4. Information Literacy – A Graduate Attribute “Preparing students for success in life and especially in the workforce now means equipping them with a set of personal skills to enable them to navigate the challenges of a globalised society and an increasingly knowledge based workplace” Students will be encouraged to develop a high level of information literacy that encompasses a sophisticated, considered and critical approach to sourcing, organising, evaluating and using information.
  5. 5. Teaching Online Module – Learning Outcomes • Evaluate your teaching & identify opportunities to include technology in your teaching • Critique range of e tools & identify how appropriate they are to your own competencies • Reflect on your own experience of being a learner and how it informs your teaching • Develop learning resources to be incorporated into at least one module Develop learning resources to be incorporated into at least one module
  6. 6. My professional practice could inform the professional practice of academics and students Co creating resources with faculty who understand the skills required by graduates would ensure their relevancy Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/trees_are/4420379696/ By TakingITGlobal (http://www.sproutecourse.org/) [Attribution], via Wikimedia Commons
  7. 7. Our Learning Resource Plan
  8. 8. Literature Review 1. Determine the extent of information needed 2. Access the required information effectively & efficiently 3. Evaluate information & its sources critically 4. Incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base 5. Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose 6. Understand the economic, legal & social issues surrounding the use of information & access & use information ethically & legally. Field, T., MacMillan, M., 2011. Toward Development of Collaborative, Comprehensive Information Literacy and Research Skills Program inside the Journalism Curriculum. Journalism & Mass Communication Educator. Summer 2011, 66 (2), p176 -186.
  9. 9. Literature Review • Standard One: PLAN. Identifies needed resources, determines where to find them and estimate time & financial costs to access information. • Standard Two: FIND. Begins research using search strategies that are effective and efficient • Standard Three: EVALUATE. Appraises information gathered for accuracy, balance and relevance • Standard Four: DRAFT & CREATE. Writes the story by integrating the information gathered • Standard Five: ETHICAL & LEGAL. Applies professional standards throughout the research process ACRL, 2011. Information Literacy Competency Standards for Journalism Students and Professionals
  10. 10. Less of this..... Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/News_media#mediaviewer/File:CBC_journalists_in_Montreal.jpg
  11. 11. And more of this... Source: Image courtesy of IWMF http://english.alarabiya.net/en/media/print/2013/10/24/Syrian-Afghan-female- journalists-receive-media-awards.html
  12. 12. F2F Library Session: Development of Search Strategy Nexis UK (News & Business) The new Lexis-Nexis platform for news and business, containing full text access to thousands of newspapers and company, financial and market research data. OECD iLibrary Hosts statistics and factbooks for the 34 OECD member states and for selected non-OECD countries. Areas of focus include: economics, education, health, goverance and science and technology. FAME Company accounts, ratios, activities, ownership and management for the largest 2.6 million UK and Irish companies, summary information for a further 1 million smaller businesses. Passport GMID Reports on global markets, countries, industries, company and country profiles; company market share and brand share rankings.
  13. 13. A look at the resources (live demo) Source: http://www.clipartbest.com/photo-of-magnifying-glass
  14. 14. “Last year for the first time we integrated a new library resource into the advanced feature writing module for final year journalism students. The resource was targeted at providing more advanced research techniques for the journalists. Some of the practical aspects such as advanced boolean search techniques proved extremely useful. The students benefitted from understanding how to search library sources on company databases and many went on to use these in investigative features”.
  15. 15. “The embedding of the library's digital literacy skills within the journalism module allowed students to put their learning into practice in an immediately rewarding and practical manner. In this particular instance, the journalism students were able to use these skills for their assignments, but also realised that proper use of the library's digital resources would be of great use to them in their later professional lives. This initiative has transformed the integration of library training skills into the mainstream of journalism education”.
  16. 16. “Just to let you know I had the best feedback with regards to our library session. They were all extremely positive and indeed said it should be on offer to every year and they wished they had it earlier in their careers here it would have been so much help. One even asked if there could be a whole module of it!”
  17. 17. Professional Themes: Twitter Citizen Journalism: from content creation to content curation
  18. 18. Professional Themes: Data Journalism http://www.datajournalismhandbook.org/1.0/en/introduction_0.html#st hash.VapX7NrH.dpuf
  19. 19. Over to you – in groups of 4 • Share any experience you have of delivering IL sessions that address skills for specified professions. • What are the challenges for librarians in participating in such programmes? • What are the opportunities? • Could you apply the model described here to students on other programmes?