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Creating ‘real-life’ case studies that embed employability skills in library and information science curricula

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Author(s): Yvonne Hamblin | Derek Stephens

Journal: ITALICS
ISSN 1473-7507

Volume: 6;
Issue: 1;
Date: 2007;
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Keywords: employability | library and information science | case studies | teaching materials

ABSTRACT
This paper describes the creation of ‘real life’ case studies to enhance teaching materials in UK library and information science departments. Through the Higher Education Funding Council for England, funding has been granted to the Library and Information Management Employability Skills two year project. Led by the Department of Information Science at Loughborough University, the project funding has facilitated the creation of teaching materials by library and information science academics at Loughborough University, the University of the West of England, Bristol and Liverpool John Moores University. Case studies have been created in collaboration with practitioners in response to employability skills gaps identified by the library and information sector. The materials include case studies in the use of branding in marketing, customer care, information auditing and disability issues in collection management.The LIMES project has also facilitated three communities of practice in Research Methods, Information Literacy and Cataloguing and Indexing. Academics and practitioners have been brought together to create case study material to enhance existing teaching materials in these areas. The project will be sustained by the Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Information and Computer Sciences.
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