May 25, 2022

New Research Article (Preprint): “Employer Perceptions of Critical Information Literacy Skills and Digital Badges”

The following preprint is scheduled for publication in the May 2016 issue of College & Research Libraries.



Victoria Raish
Penn St. University

Emily Rimland
Penn St. University


via College & Research Libraries website


Digital badges are an educational innovation used to measure learning of specific skills, such as information literacy. However, few studies have quantitatively surveyed employers for their perceptions about information literacy skills or digital badges.

An online survey was developed and sent to employers to gauge perceptions of information literacy skills of college graduates and the use of the innovation of digital badges to represent competencies that students have accumulated. The results of the survey showed that: information literacy and metaliteracy skills are valued in the workplace, employers would like more detailed representations of student skills, and that digital badges are a possible way to showcase student achievement.

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