Information literacy in the workplace is a relatively new and increasingly important area of research in library science. Many libraries offer information literacy programmes in order to help students find, access and use literature for their studies and final papers. But to what extent does instruction in information literacy help people in their future employment?
Information requirements in the working environment tend to be less linear, less predictable and more open-ended than those students are confronted with during their studies. Very often, academic search routines are not applicable or need to be complemented with strategies that are more informal and use social networks as well as freely available internet resources. In addition to a more general, less skill-based approach to information literacy, concepts of lifelong learning and critical thinking seem to be crucial factors for employability.
There are already a number of publications in international library science that investigate concepts of employability and their relation to information literacy. In some parts of the world, however, the discussion is just beginning. The workshop will bring together librarians and representatives from the business sector, and offer the opportunity to develop a better understanding of the differences between information literacy as part of a university study programme, and information literacy in the workplace.
Information specialists, leading library staff and all others interested in the topic
Presentations with German titles will be held in German, presentations with English titles in English.