Baruch Librarians’ Research Demonstrates Information Literacy Important for Business Careers

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New York, NY – November 22, 2006--A recently published research study in the Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship by two Baruch College library faculty members highlights the importance of strong information literacy skills for students seeking business careers. The research article entitled, “Information Literacy Skills for Business Careers: Matching Skills to the Workplace,” by Professors Louise Klusek, Head of Reference, and Jerry Bornstein, Deputy Chief Librarian for Public Services, examines the demand for information literacy skills in today’s job market, particularly business and finance positions.

According to the American Library Association, information literacy includes the abilities to recognize when and what information is needed, find and retrieve the necessary information, and evaluate information sources and content. In their research,  Klusek and Bornstein used the O*Net database, a web site developed by the Department of Labor which profiles the skills and activities of 956 occupations.  Examining professional positions in finance and management, they found that information literacy was more highly valued than they originally expected.  “Of the twenty-one job titles we looked at,” says Klusek, “19 listed information literacy as important or very important.  Accessing and evaluating information were the most important of the actual work activities.”

Professor Klusek insists that, “the information literacy movement is becoming very strong across the US.”  She notes that  “Baruch has been ahead of the game,” referring to the Library’s work with English 2100 classes and her own work with e-learning for Business 1000 classes.  Klusek hopes that the article will increase awareness of the need to integrate information research assignments in the business curriculum more effectively.  Bornstein suggests that the research should “encourage students to take advantage of the Library’s instructional offerings, including workshops and credit courses, including the minor in Information Studies in order to sharpen their information skills.”

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