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Kaye Towlson

Bio: Kaye Towlson is an academic researcher from De Montfort University. The author has contributed to research in topics: Academic writing & Creativity. The author has an hindex of 2, co-authored 5 publications receiving 9 citations.

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TL;DR: A teacher fellow project at De Montfort University explored the context and practicalities of developing a Graduate Skills Licence (Information Literacy) in answer to the current higher education drive for graduate employability as discussed by the authors.
Abstract: A teacher fellow project at De Montfort University explored the context and practicalities of developing a Graduate Skills Licence (Information Literacy) in answer to the current higher education drive for graduate employability. Research revealed the hidden complexities behind the development of an originally simple notion. It provided scope to create a research informed self-evaluation grid of information literacy skills. It highlighted the need for a multi-agency approach, forging new connections to achieve employability. Practice at other institutions is considered. Librarians have both a key role and a new opportunity to place themselves at the heart of contemporary higher education issues.

6 citations

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TL;DR: Information in Business, the De Montfort University-based information service for business and industry, is offered as a model of library co-operation as mentioned in this paper, with a focus on the future of the service.
Abstract: Information in Business, the De Montfort University‐based information service for business and industry, is offered as a model of library co‐operation. Sets out the background to the development of this joint venture between De Montfort University and Leicester County Council, moving on to the implementation of the contract, service delivery and service development. Considers management issues involved with the service development and delivery. Issues covered include staffing, performance monitoring, communication, strategic development and service planning, marketing and networking. Where possible, issues raised are supported by the author′s personal experience. Considers the future of the service. Concludes that the Information in Business service is a positive model of library co‐operation, enabling the maximization of benefits from different public funds. Highlights threats to the service, i.e. reliance on local government, as a weakness.

2 citations

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01 Jan 2019
TL;DR: The East Midlands Writing PAD Centre at DMU as discussed by the authors uses playful techniques from the arts to enhance engagement with academic writing and research across disciplines and levels, drawing inspiration from Pat Francis' creative perspective on writing in Art & Design, Alison James and Stephen Brookfield's work on engaging imagination and LEGO SERIOUS PLAY.
Abstract: An overview of the East Midlands Writing PAD Centre at DMU, both in terms of teaching practice and supporting theory. We use playful techniques from the arts to enhance engagement with academic writing and research across disciplines and levels. We draw inspiration from Pat Francis’ creative perspective on writing in Art & Design, Alison James and Stephen Brookfield’s work on engaging imagination and LEGO SERIOUS PLAY, David Gauntlett’s research on thinking through making and Alke-Groppel-Wegener’s tactile approach to essay writing. Under the overarching theme of Embodied Creativity, we use visual, tactile techniques such as Reframing Research and Swollage to link theory and practice.

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TL;DR: In this paper, the main OJT training needs were identified as: information technology, job orientation, customer service/public relations, marketing/publicity, refresher courses and managerial skills.
Abstract: Presents the main findings of the study recently conducted by the author: “On‐the‐job training: a tool for professionalism and productivity” (a case study of Botswana National Library Service), which was carried out in order to explore and identify on‐the‐job training (OJT) needs for library staff. The instrument used was an open‐ended questionnaire followed by interviews to eliminate ambiguities. Questionnaires were coded after data collection. This procedure was found to be more appropriate as participants were free to express opinions without being influenced by available choices. Data were analysed by using the MINI TAB computer program. A total of 64 library users and 64 library staff (31 professionals and 33 diploma holders) were surveyed. The main OJT training needs were identified as: information technology, job orientation, customer service/public relations, marketing/publicity, refresher courses and managerial skills.

38 citations

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TL;DR: This article found that wide discrepancies exist between students' perceptions of their own skills and their actual skills on all six ILA-topic areas assessed by the internally developed test instruments, with students overestimating their abilities in all areas.
Abstract: In 2015, the information literacy (IL) team designed an instrument to determine international graduate business students' perceptions of their IL skills and their actual test-assessed IL skills. The purpose of this research was to compare international graduate students' perceptions of their IL skills versus their test-assessed competencies, with the aim of creating training modules to improve test-identified deficiencies. Results demonstrate that wide discrepancies exist between students' perceptions of their own skills and their actual skills on all six ILA-topic areas assessed by the internally developed test instruments, with students overestimating their abilities in all areas.

28 citations

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01 Sep 1997
TL;DR: In this article, the authors present the trends on the subject, according to the literature and compare them with the Brazilian situation; they discuss the process of production, access and distribution of the Information Sources on Companies e Industrial Products, and suggest the creation of a Referral Information Centre to solve the issues of distribution and access of this type of information sources, in Brazil.
Abstract: This article presents the trends on the subject, according to the literature and compare them with the Brazilian situation; it discusses the process of production, access and distribution of the Information Sources on Companies e Industrial Products. The conclusion indicates that improvements are necessary, and suggests the creation of a Referral Information Centre to solve the issues of distribution and access of this type of information sources, in Brazil. With regard to trends, it indicates the use of electronic formats in the production of these sources of information and the incoporation of information from regional markets' countries.

15 citations