Category Archives: Information Literacy

FAQs about Proposed Framework for IL Updated; Comment on Draft by December 12

small_bannerACRL’s Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force is grateful for the feedback they have begun receiving on the third draft of the association’s proposed Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education released last week on November 12, 2014. Because there are some common threads in the comments, they continue to update the Frequently Asked Questions section of their website to explain their thinking. A newly added answer explains the reasoning behind the non-parallel titles of the Frames.

The task force encourages the community to check the FAQ page for additions over the next few weeks. Read the third draft of the proposed Framework online and provide your comments by 5pm Central on Friday, December 12, 2014, via an online form.

ACRL Immersion Programs – December 5 application deadline

ACRL announces its 2015 Information Literacy Immersion Programs. The ACRL Immersion Programs provide instruction librarians the opportunity to work intensively on all aspects of information literacy.

Teacher and Program TracksAugust 2-7, 2015, Seattle, WA
Deadline to apply: December 5, 2014
http://www.ala.org/acrl/immersionprogram

ACRL is currently accepting applications for the Immersion ’15 Program (Teacher and Program tracks) to be held at Seattle University in Seattle, August 2-7, 2015. Acceptance to Immersion ’15 is competitive to ensure an environment that fosters group interaction and active participation. Applications are due December 5, 2014. Teacher Track focuses on individual development for those who are interested in refreshing, enhancing, or extending their individual instruction skills. Curriculum includes classroom techniques, learning theory, leadership, and assessment framed in the context of information literacy. Program Track focuses on developing, integrating, and managing institutional and programmatic information literacy programs. Change dynamics, systems thinking, institutional outcomes assessment, scalability, and the integration of teaching, learning, and technology will be brought to bear on analyzing the various programmatic challenges presented in case studies developed prior to the program.

Practical Management TrackMarch 25, 2015, Portland, OR
Deadline to register: February 6, 2015
http://www.ala.org/acrl/immersion/practicalmanagement

Registration materials are now available 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. The registration deadline is February 6, 2015. The Practical Management Track 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. Discover how to influence in multiple directions in order to achieve programmatic goals and develop a succinct proposal for administrative consideration.

Questions about ACRL Immersion ’15 programs should be directed to Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org.

ACRL seeks feedback on third draft of proposed Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

small_bannerThe Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force seeks feedback on the third draft of the association’s proposed Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, released today, November 12, 2014. Read the document and welcome message highlighting major changes since the June second draft then provide your feedback via an online form by 5pm Central on Friday, December 12, 2014.

The Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, adopted by ACRL in 2000, has become an essential document related to the emergence of information literacy as a recognized learning outcome at many institutions of higher education. These, like all ACRL standards, are reviewed cyclically. In June 2012, the ACRL Board of Directors approved a unanimous recommendation that they be a significantly revised. A task force charged with creating the Framework has been working since March 2013, sharing drafts for public comment since February 2014.

Members of the task force are grateful for all the robust input in reaction to the proposed Framework gathered through online feedback forms, member forums and hearings (face-to-face and online), member emails, conversations in social media, as well as comments from the ACRL Board of Directors. The task force takes all this feedback seriously, and has used these comments to guide and improve the third draft. As they carefully considered all the input gathered over the summer and fall, task force members recognize some questions/concerns are recurring and have addressed those in the Frequently Asked Question section of their website.

Find the third draft of the proposed Framework online and provide your comments by 5pm Central on Friday, December 12, 2014, via an online form. To help guide your thinking, the task force asks that you consider these questions:

  1. How satisfied are you with the new definition of information literacy?
  2. How satisfied are you with each of the six frames?
  3. How satisfied are you with the opportunities to provide feedback to the task force on drafts of the Framework?
  4. How satisfied are you that the task force has been responsive to feedback provided on previous drafts of the Framework?
  5. OVERALL, how satisfied are you with the third draft of the proposed Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education?
  6. What one thing do you most want the Task Force members to know about the draft Framework?

The task force expects to submit a final document to the ACRL Board in early January 2015 for their consideration at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago, IL, in late January. Before a final document is ready to submit to the ACRL Board for consideration, two other ACRL groups are charged to review and provide feedback on near final drafts: the ACRL Information Literacy Standards Committee and the ACRL Standards Committee.

Your Comments Matter; 3rd Draft of Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education Forthcoming by mid-November

small_bannerOver the past few months, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Information Literacy Standards Task Force has continued its work revising the proposed Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education and expects to release the third draft by mid-November, with comments due by mid-December. As the higher education association for librarians, ACRL is committed to developing and maintaining forward thinking standards and guidelines that impact student learning across the campus community. The seminal Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, first adopted in 2000 by ACRL, have defined information literacy for librarians, educators, and assessment agencies. A task force charged by the ACRL Board has been working on the new Framework since March 2013. In recent months, they have been carefully reviewing the many good ideas and suggestions from the library community, and others, through both formal and informal channels since the release of the first draft of the Framework in February 2014.

In response to the rich feedback, the task force has updated its Frequently Asked Questions page to include a detailed FAQ explaining the methods used to analyze the extensive comments and the process used to make changes in the forthcoming third draft Framework.  By mid-November, along with an updated version of the Framework itself, an expanded set of FAQs will also be posted that address specific issue raised in the library community about the Framework during the past year.  These new FAQs will respond to a range of topics, including assessment, the role of knowledge practices and dispositions, and the research behind threshold concepts as a foundation for the Framework.

ACRL announces 2015 Immersion Programs

ACRL announces its 2015 Information Literacy Immersion Programs.  The ACRL Immersion Programs provide instruction librarians the opportunity to work intensively on all aspects of information literacy.

Practical Management TrackMarch 25, 2015, Portland, OR
Deadline to register: February 6, 2015
http://www.ala.org/acrl/immersion/practicalmanagement

Registration materials are now available 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.  The registration deadline is February 6, 2015. The Practical Management Track 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.  Discover how to influence in multiple directions in order to achieve programmatic goals and develop a succinct proposal for administrative consideration.

Teacher and Program TracksAugust 2-7, 2015, Seattle, WA
Deadline to apply: December 5, 2014
http://www.ala.org/acrl/immersionprogram

ACRL is currently accepting applications for the Immersion ’15 Program (Teacher and Program tracks) to be held at Seattle University in Seattle, August 2-7, 2015.  Acceptance to Immersion ’15 is competitive to ensure an environment that fosters group interaction and active participation.  Applications are due December 5, 2014. Teacher Track focuses on individual development for those who are interested in refreshing, enhancing, or extending their individual instruction skills. Curriculum includes classroom techniques, learning theory, leadership, and assessment framed in the context of information literacy. Program Track focuses on developing, integrating, and managing institutional and programmatic information literacy programs.  Change dynamics, systems thinking, institutional outcomes assessment, scalability, and the integration of teaching, learning, and technology will be brought to bear on analyzing the various programmatic challenges presented in case studies developed prior to the program.

Questions about ACRL Immersion ’15 programs should be directed to Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org.

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