Category Archives: Standards, Guidelines, and Frameworks

Seeking Feedback on Draft of Revised Standards for Libraries in Higher Education


An ACRL task force seeks comments on a draft of potential changes to the the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education (SLHE) before completing final revisions and submitting the standards with a recommendation to approve them. Like all ACRL standards and guidelines, these are subject to a regular cyclical review. Please review the draft documents and provide feedback either by attending an upcoming online open forum or by submitting your comments through an online feedback form by Tuesday, May 23.

Join the free online open forum Seeking Feedback on Draft of Revised Standards for Libraries in Higher Education on Thursday, May 11, from 1:00 — 2:00 p.m. Central time (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Mountain | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern.  Convert additional time zones online.)

How to Register
Submit your free registration online by May 10, 2017.  Login details will be sent via email the afternoon of May 10.  The webcast will be recorded and made available shortly after the live event.

Tech Check
The online open forum takes place in a WebEx meeting room. Make certain you have an updated version of Java. Make sure you have the most recent WebEx software by checking the system requirements. This especially applies to users accessing the meeting through a mobile device. We recommend a USB headset. Please allow a few minutes to get in and test your audio, etc. before the start time.

The SLHE, adopted in 2011, are designed to guide academic libraries in advancing and sustaining their role as partners in educating students, achieving their institutions’ missions, and positioning libraries as leaders in assessment and continuous improvement on their campuses. Libraries in higher education are increasingly required to demonstrate their value and document their contributions to overall institutional effectiveness and be prepared to address changes in higher education. The SLHE is a framework for library planning and assessment that can be used for a variety of circumstances including annual planning, program review, and accreditation self-study.

Contact the task force chair, Andrea Falcone at or (303) 352-3953.

Guidelines for the Screening and Appointment of Academic Librarians Draft

ACRL is seeking comments on a draft of new Guidelines for the Screening and Appointment of Academic Librarians before completing final revisions and submitting the standards for approval. Please review the draft guidelines on the ACRL website (PDF) and submit your comments online by May 10, 2017.

ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Sandbox Launches

Framework for Informaiton Literacy coverACRL’s Framework Advisory Board (FAB) is excited to announce the launch of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Sandbox. The ‘sandbox’ that was first envisioned during the development of the Framework is now a reality.

The Sandbox is an openly accessible platform and repository for librarians and their educational partners to discover, share, collect and use ongoing work related to the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education in practice and professional development. The Sandbox is a dynamic resource whose content is created by contributors engaged in the Framework.

“ACRL’s introduction of this innovative resource to support the needs of librarians engaging with the Framework in all types of academic settings is reflective of the association’s strategic priorities,” said ACRL President Irene M.H. Herold. “By providing opportunities for discovery and sharing of Framework-related instruction and professional development resources, the Sandbox will help build the capacity of librarians to advance the integration of information literacy into student learning. The Sandbox will only be as useful as the membership makes it, so all are encouraged to contribute.”

In this platform, visitors can both browse and contribute by searching for materials tailored to their needs and contributing their own materials to share with others. The Sandbox will foster collaboration and networking as librarians discover examples to adapt and try out in their own settings and find others who are working on topics of mutual interest.

We invite you to jump into the Sandbox to share and learn from others. Searching is freely available for everyone – you don’t need a login to start searching. And since the content of the Sandbox comes from you, the most important way you can celebrate the launch of the Sandbox is to contribute your Framework-related materials by creating a contributor account. Consult the Sandbox Help Center for information about how to get the most out of using the Sandbox.

The FAB Sandbox Project Team (Donna Witek, Susan Miller, and Sharon Mader) want to thank the Cherry Hill Company, ACRL Executive Director Mary Ellen Davis and the ACRL staff, and ALA ITTS for their collaboration and support in bringing this long-awaited resource to life.

See you in the Sandbox!

ACRL Selects New Curriculum Designers/ Presenters for the Framework

Andrea Baer

Andrea Baer

ACRL has selected a team of three curriculum designers/presenters to create professional development offerings to provide support for librarians as they incorporate the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education into their practice at all types of academic institutions.

After careful consideration of the large and outstanding applicant pool, the selection committee, with representatives from the ACRL Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee and the ACRL Framework Advisory Board, selected the following members for the new Framework Curriculum Designer/Presenter Team: Andrea Baer, Instructional Services Librarian and Assistant Professor, University of West Georgia; Brittney Johnson, Head of Library Instruction, St. Edward’s University; and Lindsay Matts-Benson, Instructional Designer, University of Minnesota.

Brittney Johnson

Brittney Johnson

“We are thrilled Andrea, Brittney, and Lindsay have accepted our invitation to develop this curriculum for the Framework,” said Framework Advisory Board Chair Donna Witek of the University of Scranton. “Their combined experience with using the Framework for both their own instruction and the professional development of their colleagues set them apart from a strong candidate pool for these roles. Their knowledge and experience complement each other as a team, bringing to the development of this new curriculum a combination of instructional design techniques, knowledge and practice of pedagogical theories, and on-the-ground engagement with the Framework in their own instructional work.”

Lindsay Matts Benson

Lindsay Matts Benson

The team will plan, develop, and deliver learning experiences for face-to-face and virtual learning contexts, and will work closely with the Framework Advisory Board to align the curriculum with professional development needs. The face-to-face workshops will be offered as licensed ‘roadshows,’ as with the existing Two Paths Converge: Designing Educational Opportunities on the Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy; Building Your Research Data Management Toolkit: Integrating RDM into Your Liaison Work; Planning, Assessing, and Communicating Library Impact: Putting the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education into Action; and Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement workshops.

Online offerings will be part of ACRL’s regular e-Learning program, which includes multi-week asynchronous courses, topical webcasts, and other interactive formats. The first offerings are expected to be available by late spring 2017.

ACRL Framework Advisory Board Welcomes New Members

Framework for Informaiton Literacy coverFollowing the launch of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education in early 2015, the ACRL Board of Directors approved the creation of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Advisory Board (FAB) and appointed five member leaders who have been actively working with the ACRL Visiting Program Officer for Information Literacy to create a supportive and interactive environment for librarians to learn how to use the Framework.

ACRL President Irene Herold has appointed four new members to FAB to expand the range of expertise and perspectives that can contribute to the work of the group. Priority projects for this year include the launch and promotion of the Framework “Sandbox” repository, collaboration with the new Framework Curriculum Designer/Presenter team, and the introduction of the Framework Toolkit as a locally tailored professional development tool.

The Framework Advisory Board, under the leadership of Chair Donna Witek, is pleased to welcome the following new members for terms beginning immediately and running through June 2017:

  • kYmberly Keeton – Academic Librarian, Assistant Professor & Arts Library Coordinator, Lincoln University (Jefferson City, Missouri)
  • Sara D. Miller – Librarian for Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning Initiatives, Michigan State University (East Lansing, Michigan)
  • Raymond Pun – First Year Student Success Librarian, California State University-Fresno (Fresno, California)
  • Mark Szarko – Literature, Global Studies and Languages, and Theater Arts Librarian, Interim Liaison for Philosophy and Comparative Media Studies/Writing, Coordinator for Arts and Humanities Community of Practice, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
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