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Job Skills - Not all Digital! Update from Project Information Literacy

Posted by Mike Eisenberg (mike) on Dec 09 2012
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Alison Head, Affiliate Associate Professor at the UW iSchool and PI of Project Information Literacy, wrote an excellent Op-ed in the Seattle Times today - "Old-school job skills you won't find on Google"  -

Summary: Young graduates might well be digital savvy, but employers are finding they lack the old-school research skills. Guest columnist Alison J. Head proposes some ways to bring them up to speed.

There are some great quotes -

"Our research tells us the razzle-dazzle of all that techno-mastery masks some deep and troubling deficiencies."

"When we did in-depth phone interviews with 23 U.S. employers at Microsoft, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, KPMG, the FBI, the Smithsonian and other organizations, we found that bright new hires dazzle interviewers with their digital skills.

"Once they were on the job, however, it became apparent that today’s graduates lacked essential low-tech, traditional research skills like popping into a co-worker’s office for help in interpreting results or scouring printed reports that were sitting on a shelf.

"Employers were dismayed to find that most of these college hires were tethered to their computers. They rarely went beyond a Google search and the first page of results looking for “the” answer to a workplace problem."


"A conscious effort must also be made to introduce so-called “screen-agers” to the printed word, not out of some nostalgia for paper but because much pertinent and important information is still bound between covers."

"We need to train students who consider all of the possible answers — not what comes up first in an online search that may call up dozens, hundreds or even thousands of results."

-- Mike

Last changed: Dec 28 2012 at 12:23 PM

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