Category Archives: Standards, Guidelines, and Frameworks

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)

Update on the Framework for Information Literacy “Sandbox”

Framework for Informaiton Literacy coverThe ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Advisory Board (FAB) has been hard at work collaborating with the Cherry Hill Company on the development of the Framework “Sandbox,” a repository for sharing Framework instruction materials.

While development has taken a little longer than originally anticipated, we are excited to report that the repository will enter into the testing phase within the next week. After testing is complete and feedback incorporated, we hope to launch the website by the end of November/early December of this year.

We are aware of how highly anticipated this resource is by members of the profession. It has been a priority of ours to balance timeliness of availability of this repository with a high quality, dynamic platform that upon launch will meet the needs of academic librarians using the Framework. This repository will allow contributors to upload resources they have developed and will provide robust searching by fields such as keyword, institution, contributor, and more, so that those looking for ideas can find related materials. We are grateful for everyone’s continued patience, and look forward with excitement to launching before the end of the fall 2016 semester.

In the meantime, we hope Framework practitioners are getting their Framework-related resources ready for submission to the “Sandbox.” We can’t wait to see what everyone has already created!

— The FAB “Sandbox” Project Team (Donna Witek, Susan Miller, and Sharon Mader)

Updates to Standards for Libraries in Higher Education Begin

slheThe ACRL Board of Directors has recently appointed a task force to review and update the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education (SLHE), as appropriate. Like all ACRL standards and guidelines, these are subject to a regular cyclical review. Specifically, the task force is charged to:

(1) review the SLHE, (2) review outcomes as articulated in regional accrediting association guidelines as there is increasing expectation that libraries can contribute to them, e.g., educational role, facilities, etc., (3) incorporate accreditation expectations into the draft standards as appropriate, (4) review the performance indicators for each principle and consider expanding them, (5) recommend needed changes, (6) produce a draft document incorporating these changes, (7) seek comments and input from stakeholder communities and the general ACRL membership, and (8) incorporate, as appropriate, those recommendations into the final draft.

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.

The task force is led by Andrea M. Falcone, Head of Education & Outreach Services at Auraria Library in Denver, and a presenter with ACRL workshop Planning, Assessing, and Communicating Library Impact: Putting the SLHE into Action You can expect to hear more in the months ahead as the task force seeks input and circulates a draft for comment (following the procedures for the review of standards found in the ACRL Guide to Policies and Procedures chapter 14). In the meantime you can offer suggestions or ask questions of Andrea at Andrea.Falcone@ucdenver.edu or 303-352-3953.

– Irene Herold, ACRL President

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