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ACRL Board Outlines Next Steps in Information Literacy

The ACRL Board of Directors continued its discussion about the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education at its meeting on Monday, June 27, 2016. The ACRL Board recognizes that there are librarians who are seeking guidance for using the Framework now that the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education have been rescinded. A number of ACRL groups and individuals are already working with the Framework to develop resources that will address the needs of librarians who previously relied on the Standards, including the ACRL Framework Advisory Board, the Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee, and the Information Literacy Framework and Standards Committee.

The ACRL Framework Sandbox, which will be available Fall 2016, will provide a space for librarians to share examples of how they are using the Framework. This will include such things as  lesson plans, rubrics, assessments, and learning outcomes. These resources will be tangible tools that librarians can adapt to their work. ACRL units are developing discipline-specific companion documents that address the need for learning outcomes and assessment. It is the Board’s intention to ensure that tools are available to assist all librarians in the practical application of the Framework.

ACRL Board Takes Action on Information Literacy Standards

Today the ACRL Board of Directors voted to rescind the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. The Board will continue to discuss next steps to support all academic librarians working with information literacy at its public meeting on Monday afternoon at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.

It is important to acknowledge the groundbreaking work embodied in the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, approved by the Board in 2000, in moving the profession forward. These Standards were co-developed with and subsequently endorsed by the American Association for Higher Education and the Council for Independent Colleges.

ACRL recognizes the tremendous contributions of the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education and the transformational work of many ACRL members working with them. Those Standards paved the way for information literacy to become common language in many general education requirements and informed many regional and subject-oriented accreditation bodies. The Board will continue to seek input from the profession as the process moves forward.

ACRL Board of Directors Statement on Orlando Tragedy

As many of us prepare to attend the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, we cannot share often enough our sympathy and heartfelt concern for those directly and indirectly affected by the murders and injuries at the Pulse nightclub last weekend. Many of those slain and hurt were part of the higher education community as students or relatives of students. The ACRL Presidents wish to extend our appreciation to the membership for its many expressions of support and the work you all have done, and will continue to engage in, to contribute to the Orlando community not only in the coming conference week but in the weeks to come. Whether through the statements of ALA President Sari Feldman; the Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; the work of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT); or ALA headquarters flying the rainbow flag in solidarity and support, we want you to know we are proud to be a profession that embraces diversity and inclusion through our words and deeds.

Update from the ACRL Board of Directors on the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

At the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston, the ACRL Board of Directors took action to formally adopt the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. We recognize that our action of filing the document last year has caused confusion and want to make it clear this is a formal ACRL document.

Much has happened since the Board first took action on the Framework at Midwinter 2015. Many of you have spent the last year learning about, and experimenting with, the new Framework, sharing your stories with colleagues at meetings, workshops, and on social media. A number of you are writing about the Framework, including scholarly works.

It is clear that the Framework has been embraced by a great many of you.

The Board also affirmed its intent to make a decision on the status of the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference, according to the timeline established at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting.

The new Framework document remains a framework, not a standard, so that it can move forward as a dynamic, living document with great flexibility and potential. The Information Literacy Frameworks and Standards Committee is drafting a definition for frameworks, similar to those for standards and guidelines, for Chapter 14 of ACRL’s Guide to Policies and Procedures as part of an overall review and revision outlined in their 2015-2016 Work Plan.

We also know that some of you recognize the value of the Framework but believe it pairs well with a set of standards for purposes of assessment. We understand that some of you are now using both documents concurrently while others are making inroads in new ways of assessment which are promising in terms of disciplinary and institutional alignment and collaborations.

The ACRL Board acknowledges there could be room for a standards-like document, developed as a companion to the Framework and in recognition of the current educational and information environment and the need to create outcomes and assessments at the local level. The use of the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education as an umbrella document for the library’s role in institutional assessment and accreditation needs to be further defined and understood.

ACRL fully supports the development of resources to support librarians in their understanding and use of the Framework. Sharon Mader was hired in February 2015 as the ACRL Visiting Program Officer for Information Literacy. In this role she is working with the Framework Advisory Board (appointed in July 2015) and other member leaders to create professional development resources and opportunities to assist librarians in understanding how they can use the Framework and contribute to its growth.

Development of an online sandbox is underway. The sandbox will provide an organized and collaborative space for librarians to share examples of Framework use and practice, with a launch anticipated for late spring / early summer 2016. In the interim, the Framework for Information Literacy WordPress site is gathering resources on the use of the Framework. An “example of the week” will be added in the next month and you may want to check out the “spotlight on scholarship” which highlights scholarship that uses, builds on, critiques, or responds to the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.

Ann Campion Riley, ACRL President
Irene M.H. Herold, ACRL Vice-President
Karen Williams, ACRL Past President

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