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At Sea in a Deluge of Data

At Sea in a Deluge of Data  is an interesting article by Alison Head and John Wihbey in The Chronicle of Hhigher Education. 

I heard Alison speak at LILAC 2014 - her research looking at student IL capabilities reflect my findings from 2007. Her latest employer research findings again reflect mine  The role of information literacy in addressing a specific strand of lifelong learning: the work agenda

"after interviewing 23 people in charge of hiring at leading employers like Microsoft, KPMG, Nationwide Insurance, the Smithsonian, and the FBI. This research was part of a federally funded study for Project Information Literacy, a national study about how today’s college students find and use information.

Nearly all of the employers said they expected candidates, whatever their field, to be able to search online, a given for a generation born into the Internet world. But they also expected job candidates to be patient and persistent researchers and to be able to retrieve information in a variety of formats, identify patterns within an array of sources, and dive deeply into source material.

Most important, though, employers said they need workers who can collaborate with colleagues to solve problems and who can engage in thoughtful analysis and integrate contextual organizational details rarely found online.

Many employers said their fresh-from-college hires frequently lack deeper and more traditional skills in research and analysis. Instead, the new workers default to quick answers plucked from the Internet. That method might be fine for looking up a definition or updating a fact, but for many tasks, it proved superficial and incomplete.

It turns out that students are poorly trained in college to effectively navigate the Internet’s indiscriminate glut of information."

Of particular interest is that "employers said they need workers who can collaborate with colleagues to solve problems and who can engage in thoughtful analysis and integrate contextual organizational details rarely found online." I highlight this as it reminds me that John Crawford a former colleague and CoP founder member often points out that information literacy in the workplace is not an individual pursuit but one done in collaboration with colleagues as part of a team. The other important issue is the integratation of contextual organizational details rarely found online. So often we hear managers in educational institutions say that we don't need a library as everything is on the internet, as they justify closing the library and doing away with the post of librarian.

Other quotes that I liked where:

  • the hardest part of research is figuring out the question to ask.
  • knowledge in action," a kind of athletics of the mind aided by Internet-enabled devices, search engines, and pools of data from a wide variety of outlets.
  • Knowledge in action means being able to sort through that growing thicket of information. This is a lifelong learning skill, crucial to health, wealth, social equality, and well-being. In an era of partisan fog and the polarization of many subjects, it is a skill vital for effective citizenship.



​Journal of Information Literacy - new issue Vol 7, No 2 (2013)

The latest issue of JiL is now available, it's a bumper issue with papers from LILAC 2013, book reviews, conference and project round ups and new articles.  I've listed just a selection that caught my eye.

Included in the conference corner is:

Included in project round ups are reports on:

Among the articles are:



beta test of international SAILS (Standardized Assessment of Information Literacy Skills) launch

Recent posting that I thought would be of interest to the community.

Dear Colleagues,

Project SAILS (Standardized Assessment of Information Literacy Skills) is launching the beta test of an international version of the SAILS cohort assessment.

We are very excited to reach this stage. Working with librarians from various countries, we have made extensive revisions to the assessment so as to meet the needs of an international audience. In order to determine if the new test is valid, we are seeking testing institutions in countries outside the United States. If you or someone you know is interested, please go to this web page for details:

There is no cost to participate. If you have at least 50 students take the test, you will receive a report about their performance as a group.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

With warm regards,


Carolyn Radcliff
Information Literacy Librarian
Project SAILS