Category Archives: Standards and Guidelines

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.

New Framework for Information Literacy Discussion List, Webinar Archive

Based on participant feedback from the March 11, 2015, webinar on the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, we’ve created a listserv to provide a convenient spot for exchanging ideas about the Framework. The new list will serve as an open forum for asking questions, posting professional development opportunities, and sharing examples of how you are using the Framework at your libraries. To subscribe, visit http://lists.ala.org/sympa/info/acrlframe.

The recorded presentation for the ACRL Presents webinar Putting the Framework for Information Literacy into Action: Next Steps is now available as well.

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.

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

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