Enhancing higher education students' employability and career management: a library service approach

Authors: Davey, A. and Tucker, L.

Journal: Library Review

Volume: 59

Pages: 445-454

ISSN: 1758-793X

DOI: 10.1108/00242531011053959


Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to discuss the Bournemouth University Library's approach to enhance students' employability and encourage their career management.

Design/methodology/approach – The library reviewed its trade publications collection and created a set of web pages to exploit these and newly discovered resources.

Findings – Piloting the project using a few subject areas helped to uncover any inefficiencies, discovered tools that could be used (e.g. Ulrichsweb and Intute) to gain the best information and enabled the creation of a set of guidelines to distribute across the team. There are four phases to this project: review, information gathering, decisions and promotion.

Practical implications – Sifting out good quality authoritative information takes time, although this process is aided by using tools such as Intute for example. It is important to keep the web pages up to date.

Originality/value – This paper discusses how a higher education library service can engage with students' career management.

Source: Manual