Credo believes that everyone deserves the ability to learn and the opportunity to succeed.
While education is essential for successful participation in the workforce today, it is critical for the future. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, by 2018 more than two-thirds of jobs will require post-secondary education or some level of specialized training1 though globally almost 3/4 of tertiary age youth are not enrolled in tertiary education.2 Furthermore, futurists predict that 65% of preschoolers will work in jobs that don’t yet exist, and half of what high school students learn about science and technology during their freshman year will be outdated by the time they graduate.3 This changing information landscape emphasizes the importance of being able to find, evaluate and use information.
Unfortunately the information skills of the average individual are often lacking. For example, 56% of high school graduates don’t know how to do research.4 At the same time, 61% of college students use Wikipedia for research even though just 24% of them believe that it is a trustworthy source.5 This extends beyond the classroom—77% of employees feel that finding and using information is an essential part of their everyday work.6 If that doesn't surprise you then this will: nearly a third of all U.S. citizens do not know how to use the Internet!7
Credo is an information skills solutions provider that serves educational institutions worldwide. We build platforms that enable the flexible configuration of content, technology and services for the purpose of connecting learners, faculty and teachers, librarians and publishers. Credo promotes knowledge building, problem solving and critical thinking to give people the information skills necessary for success throughout their academic, professional and personal lives.
Credo, founded in 1999 in the U.K. under the name of Xrefer, has spent 12 years helping colleges, universities and public libraries successfully educate students and patrons. We are headquartered in Boston, MA, USA and maintain an office in the U.K. Contact us here.
1U.S. Department of Labor. (2012). Credentials for youth: Success in the 21st century. Retrieved from https://youth.workforce3one.org/page/credentials
1The World Bank Group. (2011). The state of education. Retrieved from http://go.worldbank.org/WBYFTX6CM0
3Carroll, J. (2007). 10 truths about the future. Retrieved from http://www.jimcarroll.com/2007/03/10-truths-about-the-future/
4 Achieve, Inc. (2005). Rising to the challenge: Are high school graduates prepared for college and work? Retrieved from http://www.achieve.org/RisingtotheChallenge
5 McKiel, A.W. (2012). 2011 Global student e-book survey. Retrieved from http://site.ebrary.com/lib/surveys/docDetail.action?docID=80076107
6 Travis, T. (2011) From the classroom to the boardroom: The impact of information literacy instruction on workplace research skills. Education Libraries, 34. Retrieved from http://units.sla.org/division/ded/educationlibraries/34-2.pdf
7 United States Department of Commerce. (2011). Fact sheet: Digital literacy. Retrieved from http://www.commerce.gov/news/fact-sheets/2011/05/13/fact-sheet-digital-literacy