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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.

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.

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