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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.

ACRL Seeks Feedback on Draft Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

small_bannerACRL’s Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force seeks feedback on the 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.

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. To better equip students to navigate, understand and contribute in this dynamic information ecosystem, the task force determined that a move from the traditional standards model to a Framework was needed to allow for more creative and integrated information literacy learning outcomes. 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.

The first part of the initial draft of the new Framework, available now on the task force website, includes an introduction, three threshold concepts, a glossary and a bibliography. The second part of the initial draft, slated for release in April 2014, will include additional threshold concepts and sample scenarios. An online forum soliciting additional input on the draft will be held in April 2014. A second, revised draft of the Framework, incorporating comments received on the initial draft, will be released in June 2014, followed by hearings at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas and online.

The initial draft Framework, along with additional information and questions to guide the review and feedback process, is now available on the task force website. Please provide feedback on the two parts of the draft by 5pm Central on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, via the form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JCVY3GW.

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

Expected February Release of Draft Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education

ILCSHE bannerThe Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, adopted by the Association of College and Research Libraries (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. While they are currently in force, during 2013-14 an ACRL task force is extensively revising them. In fall 2013, the task force held three online open forums (recordings and ppt available) to inform constituents about the composition of the group, the direction it is taking in revising the standards, and, most importantly, for participants to share their input, reactions, and questions.

The task force heard so much valuable feedback during the online open forums that they’re taking more time to craft a robust draft for public review and comment. Learn more about the future of the standards on the task force website, and read their most recent interim report to the ACRL Board with request extend their timeline. If you’ll be at ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia, PA, you can attend an update forum on Saturday, January 25, 2014 – 10:30am to 11:30am at the Loews Hotel, Commonwealth A-D to learn more about the progress of the task force. We anticipate a draft will be released for public comment in mid February 2014.

Space Added for Upcoming Online Open Forums on Revised Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education

ILCSHE bannerA task force, appointed by the ACRL Board of Directors, is substantially revising the seminal Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. First adopted in 2000, these standards have defined information literacy for librarians, educators, and assessment agencies.

Learn more about the work of this group, the direction it is taking in revising the standards, and, most importantly, share your input, reactions, and questions. Given the high demand, we have increased capacity for the two remaining online open forums to be held:

  • Tuesday, October 29, 8am Pacific/9am Mountain/10am Central/11am Eastern
  • Monday, November 4, 10am Pacific/11am Mountain/noon Central/1pm Eastern

Sign up now, or watch a recording of the first forum held earlier in October. There is no charge to participate in an online open forum and each lasts one hour.

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 task force is working on a new approach that underscores the critical need for faculty members and librarians to collaborate to effectively address information literacy education that aligns with disciplinary content. While the exact approach is still under discussion, two new elements will be incorporated: threshold concepts and metaliteracy. These two foundational elements should provide the basis for more sustained collaborations with disciplinary faculty and create more aligned teaching and learning communities at the institutional level.

Online Open Forums on Revised Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education

ILCSHE bannerAs 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. As part of this commitment, the ACRL Board of Directors has appointed a task force that will substantially revise the association’s seminal Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education by June 2014. The revision will underscore the critical need for faculty members and librarians to collaborate to effectively address information literacy education that aligns with disciplinary content. While the exact approach is still under discussion, two new elements will be incorporated: threshold concepts and metaliteracy. These two foundational elements should provide the basis for more sustained collaborations with disciplinary faculty and create more aligned teaching and learning communities at the institutional level.

Join the task force for one of three upcoming online open forums to learn more about the composition of the group, the direction it is taking in revising the standards, and, most importantly, share your input, reactions, and questions. This is your opportunity to influence the future of these important standards and positively impact information literacy instruction on your campus. The forums will be held:

  • Thursday, October 17, 10am Pacific/11am Mountain/noon Central/1pm Eastern
  • Tuesday, October 29, 8am Pacific/9am Mountain/10am Central/11am Eastern
  • Monday, November 4, 10am Pacific/11am Mountain/noon Central/1pm Eastern

There is no charge to participate in an online open forum and each lasts one hour. Sign up is limited to 100 logins for each event, first-come first-served. Sign up now and be part of the community revising this important document! Links to the recorded forums will be posted afterwards on the website.

Because there is limited online meeting room capacity, we encourage you to participate in a group under one registration. Reserve a meeting room and invite colleagues from your library, academic support services, general education curriculum committee members, faculty partners, and other campus stakeholders to participate together. Customize the sample text below to reach out to your campus partners:

Join me in learning about the revised Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education

Many of you are familiar with the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, first adopted in 2000 by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). These standards – which have defined information literacy for librarians, educators, and assessment agencies – are undergoing extensive revision. A task force is working on a new approach that underscores the critical need for faculty members and librarians to collaborate to effectively address information literacy education that aligns with disciplinary content. While the exact approach is still under discussion, two new elements will be incorporated: threshold concepts and metaliteracy. These two foundational elements should provide the basis for more sustained collaborations with disciplinary faculty and create more aligned teaching and learning communities at the institutional level.

Join me on X date, Y time, Z room location to learn more in an online open forum. The task force co-chairs will talk about the direction the group is taking and ask the broader community to share reactions and questions. This is our opportunity to influence the future of these important standards. It would be helpful to participate together so that we can share our collective thinking and have some discussion, as a group, about possible implications for our campus.

The task force looks forward to sharing the revision process and hearing your thoughts on the new standards.

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