Category Archives: Standards and Guidelines

Framework Spotlight on Scholarship

small_bannerThe inaugural “Framework Spotlight on Scholarship” column launched today on the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy website. Curated by Framework Advisory Board Member Donna Witek, this weekly post series will highlight scholarship that uses, builds on, critiques, or responds to the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. The first column features Rebecca Z. Kuglitsch’s article on “Teaching for Transfer.” The new feature will appear on the Framework site on a weekly basis.

Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts Webinar Archive

The video archive of yesterday’s ACRL Presents webinar “Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts: Lesson Plans for Librarians” is now available. The webinar featured a conversation with Gayle Schaub and Hazel McClure, two of the editors of the ACRL publication Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts.

The webinar video is available below and on the ACRL YouTube channel.

ACRL Presents Webinar: Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts: Lesson Plans for Librarians (7/29)

Join us for the free ACRL Presents webinar, “Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts: Lesson Plans for Librarians,” on Wednesday, July 29, from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Central (11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pacific | 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Mountain | 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Central | 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern).  Please note that you can convert additional time zones online at

Participate in a conversation with Gayle Schaub and Hazel McClure, two of the editors of the exciting new book from ACRL, Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts.

  • Hear about how their early exploration of threshold concepts led to this collection of lesson plans from librarians around the country.
  • Learn more about teaching with a focus on conceptual understandings rather than skills.
  • Sample some of the lesson plans to see how you can use and adapt them for your own context.

How to register
Submit your free registration online by 2:00 p.m. Central, July 28, 2015.  The webcast will be recorded and made available shortly after the live event.

Questions should be directed to

SLILC Annotated Bibliography on Threshold Concepts

In light of the new ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, the ACRL Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee (SLILC) has compiled an annotated bibliography on threshold concepts, one of the educational theories underpinning the document.

The articles in the bibliography were chosen by members of the committee based on interest. The list represents a wide variety of disciplines around threshold concepts and serves as an introduction to threshold concepts in the literature of educational theory. There are several examples for how threshold concepts are determined, taught and assessed including case studies and evidence-based assessment.

Articles were chosen from the authoritative resource on threshold concepts:

Threshold Concepts: Undergraduate Teaching, Postgraduate Training and Professional Development – A short introduction and bibliography     

If you would like to make a suggestion for an addition to this annotated bibliography, please contact the SLILC chair.

Framework for Information Literacy Advisory Board

small_bannerThe ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education has introduced a new way of thinking and practicing to the academic library community, and it has already brought both inspiration and challenge to librarians as they explore new directions in information literacy practice and research. To support the implementation of the Framework, the ACRL Board of Directors has approved the creation of a new ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Advisory Board. These member leaders will work with the ACRL Visiting Program Officer for Information Literacy to offer a range of expertise and perspectives that can positively and strategically shape the growth and development of the Framework.

We are pleased to welcome the following as members of the inaugural ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Advisory Board:

Tish Hayes  (Information Literacy Librarian, Moraine Valley Community College)

Susan Miller (Past Chair, ACRL Instruction Section, 2012-2013)

Leslie Morgan (First Year Studies Librarian, Notre Dame University)

Nicole Pagowsky  (Assistant Librarian, University of Arizona)

Donna Witek (Public Services Librarian & Associate Professor, University of Scranton)

More information about the advisory board is available on the Framework website.

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