Exploring effective information use in an insurance workplace

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Charles Inskip Sophia Donaldson


As employability has become a more visible graduate attribute, it is becoming recognised that a better understanding of information practices in work may enable a smoother transition from university to employment. This paper discusses the current state of workplace information literacy and presents the findings of research into staff experiences of information use in a City insurance firm. A framework previously developed out of phenomenographic research into nursing is employed to draw parallels and highlight differences between insurance workplace and university student terminology. Context-specific hierarchical statements using the language of the participants are developed from coded interview texts. These statements, which are drawn together in illustrative personae, provide a rich and detailed view of the participants’ experience of effective information use. It is suggested that a better understanding of language use in communities of practice would facilitate transition both between and within the communities.

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INSKIP, Charles; DONALDSON, Sophia. Exploring effective information use in an insurance workplace. Journal of Information Literacy, [S.l.], v. 15, n. 2, p. 45-77, june 2021. ISSN 1750-5968. Available at: <https://www.ariadne.ac.uk/JIL/article/view/PRA-V15-I2-3>. Date accessed: 03 oct. 2022. doi: https://doi.org/10.11645/15.2.2818.
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