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FAQs on IL Framework available; Reminder: online hearings July 7 and 11, comments due July 15

small_bannerMembers of the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force are grateful for all the robust input 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 the feedback provided by members seriously, and has used this feedback to guide and improve their process. They have been listening to all of your comments and incorporating much of the feedback into the latest, revised draft. As they continue to carefully consider all the new input they receive, task force members recognize some questions/concerns are recurring and have addressed those in a new Frequently Asked Question section of their website.

They are eager to hear more from you about their latest, revised draft. Please be sure to please share your thoughts if you haven’t already done so. Sign up to participate in one of the online hearings being held Monday, July 7, at 1pm Central and Friday, July 11, at 10am Central. Provide your written feedback by Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 5pm Central, via the online form. To help guide your thinking, the task force asks that you consider these questions:

  1. How satisfied are you with the overall Framework?
  2. If you have followed the development of the Framework through the previous draft, please tell us what changes you find most helpful.
  3. Does the “Suggestions on How to Use the Information Literacy Framework” section, in conjunction with the Frames, help you to engage other campus stakeholders in conversation?
  4. How might the Framework affect the way you work with students?
  5. What one thing do you most want the Task Force members to know about the draft Framework?

While the task force asks that you send reactions via the online form (so it is easier to compile comments and ensure no emails have gone astray) the co-chairs are also happy to connect with you on a personal level. You should feel free to be in touch with them to discuss your reactions to the draft and can reach them as follows: Craig Gibson, Head, Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Library, Ohio State University Libraries, gibson.721@osu.edu; and Trudi E. Jacobson, Head, Information Literacy Department, University at Albany, SUNY, University Libraries, tjacobson@albany.edu.

ACRL seeks feedback on revised 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 revised draft of the association’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.

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 and shared a first draft this spring.

“The revision of the ACRL information literacy standards is vital in order for our libraries and librarians to think about, understand, and use new methods of incorporating information fluency in our curricula. I’m pleased with the work of the task force thus far and look forward to the completion — and implementation — of the new Framework,” said ACRL President Trevor A. Dawes of Washington University in St. Louis.

Since the publication of the first standards, the information environment has evolved into a fragmented, complex information ecosystem that demands greater sense-making and metacognition from the student.

“The Framework offers possibilities for thinking about information literacy in a more holistic way and for designing more coherent programs based on genuine collaboration,” said Co-Chair of the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force Craig Gibson of Ohio State University Libraries.

The new Framework seeks to address the interconnected nature of the abilities, practices and dispositions of the student, moving away from the hierarchical and formulaic approach of the current standards.

“Preliminary conversations about the Framework with both librarians and faculty at a number of institutions suggest increasing excitement about and engagement with the potential it provides,” said Trudi E. Jacobson, co-chair of the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force and head of the Information Literacy Department at the University at Albany, SUNY University Libraries.

The revised draft Framework, along with questions to guide the review and feedback process, is now available on the task force website. An in-person hearing is scheduled for 10:30 am – 11:30 am on Saturday, June 28, at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas. Two additional online hearings will take place on Monday, July 7, and Friday, July 11, 2014. Sign-up for the July online hearings is available on the task force website.

Please provide feedback on the revised draft by 5pm Central on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, via an online form.

Contact ACRL Senior Strategist for Special Initiatives Kara Malenfant with questions.

Sneak Peek at Forthcoming Revised IL Framework

small_bannerMembers of ACRL’s Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force have been working diligently to revise the draft Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. They’ve been reviewing all the community feedback to the February 20 and April 4 drafts and are working to improve and expand the revised draft, which will be released next week.

The full task force met in person in Chicago in late April for an energizing and productive meeting. Members engaged in very important discussions as they come into the home stretch of their work and reached conclusions that they shared with the ACRL Board on June 4 in their latest interim report. Some important decisions are related to primary audience and stakeholder outreach, recasting the introduction, calling each threshold concept with its supporting elements (i.e., knowledge practices/abilities and dispositions) a “frame,” and moving assignments and scenarios to an ancillary document that will, later on, form the basis of an online “sandbox.”

In addition to sharing these decisions, the task force also shared their thinking about prospective recommendations to the Board. These would be recommendations they expect to make in August when they submit a final Framework to the ACRL Board for approval. They will be seeking community input on the recommendations along with the revised draft later this month. Read the full June 4 interim report to understand their latest thinking.

Stay tuned for the revised, complete draft Framework next week with an in person hearing on Saturday, June 28, 10:30 am — 11:30 am, at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV. Online hearings are scheduled for Monday, July 7, at 1pm Central and Friday, July 11, at 10am Central. Sign up details will be included when the forthcoming draft is released next week.

Learn more about the revision process and listen to recordings from past online open forums on the task force website.

Comment on IL Framework by April 21; Participate in April 17 Online Forum

small_bannerACRL’s Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force invites you to share your perspective on the initial draft of the association’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education during the online open forum to be held Thursday, April 17, 2014, 8am Pacific/9am Mountain/10am Central/11am Eastern. Sign up online to attend at least one hour in advance as login details will be emailed prior to the forum.

Watch the recording or download the presentation PDF from the April 4 online forum on the task force website. Additionally, we encourage you to provide feedback on both parts of the initial draft via an online form. The deadline for comments has been extended to 5pm Central on Monday, April 21, 2014.

ACRL Releases Second Part of Draft Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

small_bannerACRL’s Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force has released the second part of their initial draft of the association’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.

The Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, adopted by ACRL in 2000, have 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.

The second part of the initial draft of the new Framework includes two additional threshold concepts. In response to some of the feedback the Task Force has received on the first part of the initial draft, released February 20, they have tried something new with one threshold concept. In the section on Possible Assignments/Assessments, you will find indicators of level and type of instruction, and connections with other threshold concepts or topics of instruction. The task force encourages your feedback on this trial as it will help them with the revised draft, expected in early June.

We encourage you to provide feedback on both parts of the initial draft by 5pm Central on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, via an online form. Additionally, you can share your perspective on the initial draft during one of these upcoming online open forums:

  • Friday, April 4, 2014, 11am Pacific/12pm Mountain/1pm Central/2pm Eastern
  • Thursday, April 17, 2014, 8am Pacific/9am Mountain/10am Central/11am Eastern

Register online to attend one of these free events at least one hour in advance as login details will be emailed prior to the forum. Links to the recorded forums will be posted afterwards on the task force website. Each session is limited to 500 attendees.

Contact ACRL Senior Strategist for Special Initiatives Kara Malenfant with questions.

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