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Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education:

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is currently in the process of revising the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education to meet the current informational climate.  This new Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education focuses on six threshold concepts, ideals to serve as "passageways or portals to enlarged understanding or ways of thinking and practicing within that discipline."

This LibGuide will bring together the latest information on the Framework..Click on the tabs above to learn more about each of the 6 frarmes.

Framework for Information Literacy

 

EACH OF THE 6 FRAMES CONTAIN:

  • –Threshold Concept with description     

  • –Knowledge Practices/Abilities

  • –Dispositions

Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning.

In earlier drafts of the Framework, Information literacy was defined as a spectrum of abilities, practices, and habits of mind that extends and deepens learning through engagement with the information ecosystem. It included:

  • understanding essential concepts about that ecosystem;
  • engaging in creative inquiry and critical reflection to develop questions and to find, evaluate, and manage information through an iterative process;
  • creating new knowledge through ethical participation in communities of learning, scholarship, and civic purpose; and
  • adopting a strategic view of the interests, biases, and assumptions present in the information ecosystem.

Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.
Final document. Filed by the ACRL Board February 2, 2015

Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. 
ACRL blog on new standards

Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education
Current standards. Approved by the ACRL January 18, 2000

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