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Information literacy: why it matters for today’s and tomorrow’s workforce
Information literacy (IL) is not a term that is generally recognised in workplace settings. But even if the term itself isn’t in widespread use, there is increasing evidence of the relevance of information know-how in the context of employment and employability. IL is inherent to many factors – ranging from teamworking to problem-solving to business awareness – that are critical to the success of enterprises, whether in the commercial, public or not-for-profit sectors. And with the fast-evolving nature of work, characterised by rapid technological change, unpredictability, job insecurity and complex lifelong career paths, the ability to acquire some mastery of information becomes that much more pertinent.
Since early 2016, Stéphane Goldstein has been Executive Director of InformAll which, through research, analysis and facilitation, promotes the relevance, importance and benefits of information literacy in the library world and beyond. He is the author of reports, articles and other material on the relevance and applicability of IL to a range of settings, particularly in the context of the workplace.
Andrew Grave currently provides training and support to corporate information teams. He helps information professionals add value to their research, trains non-information professionals on information literacy topics and provides cover when required. He runs popular public and in-house courses on analysing companies and markets and understanding company accounts.
He began his information career at the business support agency Business Link, in London. He then moved on to join the UK’s sixth largest accountancy firm, BDO, where he worked for 11 years. His work there spanned competitive intelligence, vendor management and research and analysis.