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Information Literacy: ACRL Framwork 2016


  • Authority Is Constructed and Contextual
  • Information Creation as a Process
  • Information Has Value
  • Research as Inquiry
  • Scholarship as Conversation
  • Searching as Strategic Exploration

Purpose of Framework

Opens the way for librarians, faculty, and other institutional partners to:

  • redesign instruction sessions, assignments, courses and even curricula;
  • connect information literacy with student success initiatives;
  • collaborate on pedagogical research and involve students themselves in that research; and,
  • create wider conversations about student learning, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and the assessment of learning on local campuses and beyond.

Key Points of the ACRL Framework

  • Reflective discovery of information
  • Understanding of how information is produced and valued
  • Use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning.

Threshold Concepts & Information Literacy

  • transformative–causes the learner to experience a shift in perspective;

  • integrative–brings together separate concepts (often identified as learning objectives or competencies) into a unified whole;

  • irreversible–once grasped, cannot be un-grasped;

  • troublesome–often counter-intuitive, the place where students stumble or get stuck;

  • bounded–may help define the boundaries of a particular discipline, are perhaps unique to the discipline.3 [