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ACRL Presents Webcast –Putting the Framework for Information Literacy into Action (3/4)

small_bannerJoin us for the free ACRL Presents webcast, “Putting the Framework for Information Literacy into Action: Next Steps,” on Wednesday, March 4, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Central.  Following the ACRL Board Action at Midwinter, the Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education is now a dynamic living document that has great potential for transforming information literacy research and practice.  This webcast will provide an overview of next steps for the Framework and will highlight examples of how librarians are already incorporating it into their work.  Join us to learn more about plans for creating resources and professional development opportunities to support librarians in using the Framework and contributing to its growth.

Learning outcomes:

  • Become more familiar with how the threshold concept foundation of the Framework can inform action research and curriculum design.
  • Explore examples of how librarians are experimenting with the Framework in a variety of contexts.
  • Hear about next steps for using the Framework and how you can contribute.

Presenters: ACRL President Karen Williams and Sharon Mader, ACRL Visiting Program Officer for Information Literacy

How to register
Submit your free registration online by noon Central, March 3, 2015.  The webcast will be recorded and made available shortly after the live event.

Questions should be directed to

Final Framework Now Available!

small_bannerThe final HTML version of the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education is now available on the ACRL website for librarians to access and experiment with.

As evidenced by the engaging discussion and examples of ways librarians are already using it in their local environments, the Framework offers great potential for transforming our ways of thinking and practicing. We want everyone to contribute to the growth and development of the Framework as a dynamic, living document. In my new role as ACRL Visiting Program Officer for Information Literacy, I will be involved in planning and facilitating next steps, which will include professional development and other opportunities for conversations, collaborations, and sharing. Watch for an announcement of an upcoming free ACRL Presents… webinar at 1p.m. Central on March 4, featuring an overview of the Framework.

Heartfelt thanks to the Task Force for their hard work and commitment and thanks to all of you for your enthusiastic interest in the Framework.

Immersion Practical Management Program: Feb. 20 registration deadline

Register by February 20 for the Immersion Management Track: Practical Management for the Instruction Coordinator. The Immersion ’15 Practical Management track will be held in conjunction with the ACRL 2015 Conference in Portland on March 25, 2015.

Instruction coordinators are often well-grounded in theory and instruction practice and have some of the tools they need to begin building campus-wide programs. Frequently, however, coordinators or those in similar roles do not supervise the majority of librarians who participate in a library’s instructional program, presenting challenges to the development of innovative and effective programs. This interactive one-day program will address how to lead from within – developing the powers of persuasion to influence in multiple directions.  Other topics include creating the right environment for a successful instruction program, understanding a broader campus environment, providing constructive feedback, and coaching for success.

“The Immersion Program gave me plenty of practical ideas to take home. Being in a room of people all facing the same challenges that I’m facing, and all acknowledging that they ARE challenges is invaluable.” ~ 2013 Practical Management Track Participant

Learning Outcomes
After participating in the Immersion ’15 Practical Management track, you will be able to:

  • Open a discussion with appropriate leadership about your role and responsibilities
  • Provide influence in multiple directions in order to achieve programmatic goals
  • Develop a succinct proposal for administrative consideration
  • Understand the critical elements for creating a desired environment
  • Understand the potential of information literacy programs in a larger campus context

Complete details about the program and registration materials are available on the ACRL website.  Questions about the Immersion Practical Management Program should be directed to Margot Conahan at


Final Framework Version Coming Soon!

We at ACRL would like to thank the academic and research library community for your interest in the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. We appreciate your enthusiasm and know you are eager to begin working with the document. ACRL staff are working on creating a copyedited HTML version of the document for posting on the association website. In the interim, you can access the final version submitted to the ACRL Board of Directors by the Framework Task Force on their website.

Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education – Final Version Sent to ACRL Board, January 16, 2015 (PDF)

We will post here on ACRL Insider and social media again in the near future when the HTML version is available on the ACRL website. Thanks again for your enthusiastic interest in the Framework.

Mary Ellen K. Davis, ACRL Executive Director

More from the ACRL Board on the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

The ACRL Board of Directors met on Saturday, January 31, 2015, to discuss the proposed Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. This agenda item was coupled with an open microphone session. We were very pleased that about 60 guests were present for this conversation, 12 of whom opted to speak with the Board during open mic. Comments continued to be thoughtful, thought provoking, impassioned and very helpful.  Many thanks colleagues, for your full participation through a variety of options for giving input.

The Board met again on Monday, February 2, 2015, to take action. Following careful consideration of the comments and perspectives contributed by librarians over many months, the Board engaged in thoughtful discussion about the role of the Framework and the existing Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, the expectations of the membership, and how best to meet the needs of a broad spectrum of stakeholders while at the same time moving the profession forward in its thinking about information literacy.

The Board voted to recognize the excellent work of the Task Force in producing a document that will forge new directions in information literacy research and practice, and, in accordance with parliamentary procedure, we took the official action of ‘filing’ the Framework document in order to foster its intended flexibility and potential. This positive action allows the Framework to move forward as a dynamic, living document that can be changed in the future without needing a vote and full Board approval. In plain English, this means that we have accepted the Framework and it will assume its place among the constellation of documents used by information literacy practitioners.

Many members expressed excitement about the Framework and intend to begin working with it immediately. Others see its value, but believe it pairs well with a set of standards.  We’ve heard so many perspectives on the value or lack of value of standards, that we feel conversation around sunsetting the Standards is best deferred until we’ve had more opportunity to see how the Framework builds. In the interest of sustainable change, we believe that this path will allow for greatest success.

The Board believes the ACRL membership needs time and support for learning more about the Framework and how to use it. To that end, Sharon Mader, the newly appointed ACRL Visiting Program Officer for Information Literacy, will work for the next two years with member leaders to develop resources to help members use the framework, such as building a “sandbox” for examples and experimentation by the community. Sharon, who has long been involved as a valued member leader in ACRL’s information literacy and standards work, will also work with member stakeholders to create a professional development program to assist librarians in understanding how they can use the Framework and contribute to its growth.

The Board expresses its deep appreciation for the hard work and deep consultation that the Task Force undertook to engage the community in this stimulating scholarly discussion and to introduce this new way of thinking and practicing to the academic library community. You can look forward to learning more about ACRL’s work in this area and opportunities to engage in the weeks and months ahead.

– Karen Williams, ACRL President

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