Some time ago, my supervisors and I wrote a paper entitled “New information literacy horizons: Making the case for career information literacy” following the successful receipt of our corresponding abstract for the ECIL 2021 conference. I am pleased to announce that the full-text version of this paper has now been selected for inclusion in the conference proceedings of the upcoming ECIL 2021 conference. The ECIL conference will take place online on the 20-23 September, and the book containing selected conference papers will be published shortly afterwards. In the meantime, you can view the PDF of the paper through the Edinburgh Napier repository using this link.
The full citation for this output will be available once the paper is published in the conference proceedings, however, should you wish to cite it now, you can use the following citation:
Milosheva, M., Hall, H. & Robertson, P. & Cruickshank, P. (forthcoming 2022). New information literacy horizons: making the case for career information literacy. In: Information literacy in a post-truth era: 7th European Conference, ECIL 2021 (online), September 20–23, 2021, revised selected papers. Springer.
In this paper, we review the extant literature on workplace information literacy and employability information literacy, and we argue for the inclusion of ‘career information literacy’ as an additional and separate strand to these existing areas of IL scholarship. We do so on the basis of an analysis of the extent to which notions of ‘work’, ’employability’, and ‘career’ have been incorporated into IL publications, and on the basis of an observation that the meaning-making, identity construction, and lifelong learning that make up a ‘career’ have not entered common IL discourse yet. The emphasis has been, instead, on generic graduate employability skills. Here, employability information literacy has been defined differently by different actors in libraries, higher education, and employing organisations, and short-term employability outcomes have been mistaken proxies for sustainable employability. Missing from such conceptualisations of employability information literacy is an individual employability lens that can help individuals make sense of their career experiences and take ownership of their lifelong career development.
We define ‘career’ as a meaning-making device that interweaves work-related experiences into an on-going personal development project, and we suggest that career information literacy should help individuals to 1) make career decisions, and 2) develop knowledge of both their own preferences and aptitudes, and of the world of work at large.
The merit of this paper, in my view, is that it provides an up-to-date outlook on the extant literature on workplace information literacy and employability information literacy, and that it proposes a promising avenue for the study of IL as part of working lives. As an interdisciplinary paper, it brings something fresh and new to the table, and it paves the way for more interdisciplinary collaborations between Career Studies and IL.
Stay tuned for more updates on the ECIL conference shortly after the summer break!