Reminder: Comments Due Dec. 12 on Proposed 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 third draft of the association’s proposed Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education by 5pm Central on Friday, December 12, 2014. Read the document and welcome message highlighting major changes since the June second draft then provide your feedback via an online form.

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, sharing drafts for public comment since February 2014.

Please provide your comments on the third draft of the proposed Framework by 5pm Central on Friday, December 12, 2014, via an online form. To help guide your thinking, the task force asks that you consider these questions:

  1. How satisfied are you with the new definition of information literacy?
  2. How satisfied are you with each of the six frames?
  3. How satisfied are you with the opportunities to provide feedback to the task force on drafts of the Framework?
  4. How satisfied are you that the task force has been responsive to feedback provided on previous drafts of the Framework?
  5. OVERALL, how satisfied are you with the third draft of the proposed Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education?
  6. What one thing do you most want the Task Force members to know about the draft Framework?

The task force expects to submit a final document to the ACRL Board in early January 2015 for their consideration at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago, IL, in late January. Before a final document is ready to submit to the ACRL Board for consideration, two other ACRL groups are charged to review and provide feedback on near final drafts: the ACRL Information Literacy Standards Committee and the ACRL Standards Committee.

We Reached Our Goal…But We’re Not Done Yet

PrintCongratulations ACRL membership! You did it.

By any measure ACRL’s 75th Anniversary Campaign is a huge success and a major accomplishment for this Association and its members. Thanks to the incredible support of the membership, this Campaign has established new benchmarks and broken records across the board for ACRL fundraising.

In December 2013, the ACRL Board established the Campaign Working Goal of $50,000 by December 31, 2014. It seemed like an insurmountable target for an Association that had never raised more than $16,000 in a year. How did we get there? Thanks to an unprecedented outpouring of support from current and past presidents and Board and Budget and Finance Committee members, the Campaign jumped off to a fast start in the first month. Then many Section and Division Committee Boards made commitments to raise named scholarships. Those larger gifts were bolstered by support from many individual members – many giving for the first time.

Consider these Campaign highlights:

  • Raised to date: $51,359 (with a little less than a month left to go)
  • Number of first-time donors: 146
  • Number of gifts closed: 281
  • Number of gifts of 1,000 or more: 20
  • Board Member gift: $9,181 (100% participation)

As chair of the 75th Anniversary Campaign, I am really proud of the enthusiasm with which the membership has gotten behind this effort. Special thanks go out to all the Section and Committee chairs that committed to group scholarships and led by example.

There was also a great response to my call for contributions on Giving Tuesday. The 20 donations received that day was a record single-day total for ACRL. The $2,700 contributed that day accounted for just over 5% of the total, and the majority of that came from first-time donors.

What’s so great about all this is that the additional funds will be used to increase travel stipends and/or provide additional scholarships for the ACRL 2015 Conference. An additional 75 deserving academic librarians will receive support. But we can do even better. There is still time for you to “kick start the future” for your colleagues and our Association. This is the perfect time of the year to make a tax-deductible contribution to ACRL. We’ve raised more than our $50,000 goal and that’s reason to celebrate.

But why not $55,000 or even $60,000? Don’t think you can’t give enough to make a difference. We’ve climbed this mountain mostly thanks to contributions of $25 or less. There is still plenty of time to add to the total and keep the Campaign going – with whatever you can give. Let’s make this happen.

Thank you.

Steven Bell

Chair, 75th Anniversary Campaign

Member of the Week: Peace Ossom Williamson

Peace Ossom WilliamsonPeace Ossom Williamson is Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Texas at Arlington Libraries in Arlington, Texas. Peace has been an ACRL member since 2014, is a 2015 ALA Emerging Leader, and your ACRL member of the week for December 8, 2014.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Silly, Sentimental, and Ambitious.

2. What are you currently reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I rarely read fiction, so my titles can be a bit uninteresting to most, but the most recent fiction work I read was Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie because I love everything she writes. Americanah was no exception. The nonfiction books I’ve finished recently are mainly how-to books, but I also read Innovator’s DNA by Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen, and Clayton M. Christensen.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Evolving, Advocating, and Educating.

4. What do you value about ACRL? ACRL is valuable to me because it provides a chance to connect with medical librarians working in academic institutions. It also creates various avenues for ideas to collide, and these can come from individuals with various backgrounds, positions, and experiences. My involvement in these opportunities has strengthened my ability to innovate as well as my knowledge of best practices.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? I work as an informationist, an advocate, an educator, a facilitator, a connector, and a colleague with the students, faculty, and staff on campus. I am liaison to the Biology and Kinesiology Departments and liaison to the College of Nursing, which is the largest not-for-profit nursing college in the country with over 8,000 students. In addition to assisting with research and technology needs through consultations and instruction sessions, I work with the Scholarly Communication librarians to educate the aforementioned groups on copyright and open access issues. Furthermore, I work to connect people across disciplines and to connect academics and their work with the greater community, through the facilitation of special programs and events. My time as an academic librarian at UT Arlington is and will continue to be ever-changing and greatly rewarding!

6. In your own words: Academic librarianship is not for the timid or the tired as it involves a spirit of continuous learning and growing. It is an exciting profession for those who love to grow and develop skills and abilities in technologies that may not have existed a week ago. It also involves forethought into the trends of information needs and an institution’s particular needs, as the library is the cross-roads or meeting point where connections are made and innovation is born.

Editor’s Note: Are you an ACRL member? Would you like to be featured as ACRL Member of the Week? Nominate a colleague? Contact Mary Jane Petrowski at for more information.


Register for ScholCommCamp Unconference at ACRL 2015

Join the first-ever unconference sponsored by the ARL/ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communication (ISC) to be held Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., in Portland, Oregon. This collaborative and informal experience is right for you if you have good knowledge of scholarly communication topics and passion for library-led outreach on campus.

During this community-driven experience, you will come together with your fellow participants to share skills, learn what has worked at other campuses, and build plans for your library’s scholarly communication program throughout the day. You and your colleagues will set the day’s agenda on the spot during the first session of this spontaneous and timely event. ScholCommCamp will be an exceptionally productive day in which you define problems, create solutions, and develop plans so that you can improve your library’s scholarly communication program. Join us for this fun, lively day!

ScholCommCamp is being underwritten by the ARL/ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communication and being offered in conjunction with the ACRL 2015 Conference in Portland, Oregon. Registration for the ACRL 2015 conference is not required to register for ScholCommCamp.

Our lead “wrangler” for ScholCommCamp is Amy Buckland, institutional repository manager at the University of Chicago. She will help participants develop ground rules, build the agenda, and provoke participation. Amy will be joined by Char Booth, director of research, teaching, & learning services at the Claremont Colleges Library, to help participants get the most from the day. We will add additional facilitator name(s) to the ScholCommCamp webpage as they are confirmed.

You are not required to register for the ACRL 2015 conference to register for ScholCommCamp.

When you register for ScholCommCamp, be prepared to tell us about yourself and why you are interested in participating, in 75 words or less. What do you hope to contribute and learn? This information will be shared publicly with all participants.

Register online for $30 (lunch included). Participation is limited to 100 people—first come, first served.


The Institute on Scholarly Communication (ISC) is jointly sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) to promote the development of library-led outreach on scholarly communication issues. Hundreds of institute alumni form a community that provides peer support and professional sharing of information relating to campus outreach. The ISC’s first signature event was an in-person immersive learning experience that prepared participants as local experts within their libraries and provided a structure for developing a program plan for scholarly communication outreach that is customized for each participant’s institution. The institute has supported additional professional development activities and also provides a set of shared resources. The ISC is on the web at

Immersion Program Applications Due Dec. 5

Friday, December 5, 2014 is the deadline to apply to the ACRL Immersion Program (Teacher and Program tracks).  The ACRL Immersion Program provides instruction librarians the opportunity to work intensively for several days on all aspects of information literacy. Whether your institution is just beginning to think about implementing an information literacy component or whether you have a program well under way, the Immersion Program will provide you with the intellectual tools and practical techniques to build or enhance your institution’s instruction program.

Immersion ’15 (Teacher and Program tracks) will be held at Seattle University in Seattle, August 2-7, 2015.  Acceptance to Immersion ’15 is competitive to ensure an environment that fosters group interaction and active participation.  Applications are due December 5, 2014.

Teacher Track focuses on individual development for those who are interested in refreshing, enhancing, or extending their individual instruction skills. Curriculum includes classroom techniques, learning theory, leadership, and assessment framed in the context of information literacy. Program Track focuses on developing, integrating, and managing institutional and programmatic information literacy programs.  Change dynamics, systems thinking, institutional outcomes assessment, scalability, and the integration of teaching, learning, and technology will be brought to bear on analyzing the various programmatic challenges presented in case studies developed prior to the program.

Complete details and application materials are available online.  Questions about ACRL Immersion ’15 programs should be directed to Margot Conahan at

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