Framing Information Literacy: Teaching Grounded in Theory, Pedagogy, and Practice

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Framing Information Literacy coverACRL announces the publication of the six-volume Framing Information Literacy: Teaching Grounded in Theory, Pedagogy, and Practice, book number 73 in ACRL’s Publications in Librarianship series. Edited by Mary K. Oberlies and Janna Mattson, these books are collections of lesson plans grounded in learning theory, each volume devoted to one of the six frames of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.

Many librarians struggle with the best methods, activities, and practices for teaching information literacy. Developing learning outcomes and activities, overcoming student and faculty apathy toward information literacy instruction, and meeting instructional and institutional goals can be difficult if you’re feeling overwhelmed with instructional jargon, or uncertain in your teaching due to no formal training.

Framing Information Literacy contains 52 chapters over six volumes that provide approachable explanations of the Framework frames, various learning theory, pedagogy, and instructional strategies, and how they are used to inform the development of information literacy lesson plans and learning activities. Each volume explores one frame, in which chapters are grouped by broad disciplinary focus: social sciences, arts and humanities, science and engineering, and multidisciplinary. Every chapter starts with a discussion about how the author(s) created the lesson, any partnerships they nurtured, and an explanation of the frame and methodology and how it relates to the development of the lesson, and provides information about technology needs, pre-instruction work, learning outcomes, essential and optional learning activities, how the lesson can be modified to accommodate different classroom setups and time frames, and assessment.

The six volumes of Framing Information Literacy aim to address the teaching anxiety and insecurity librarians often experience by offering narratives with the lesson plans that provide insight into the work involved in developing a polished lesson plan; begin filling the teaching and learning knowledge gap for librarians in the context of information literacy, capturing the knowledge and practice of fifty-eight teacher librarians and five teaching faculty from forty-one institutions for others to incorporate and build upon; and to explore how teacher librarians use the ACRL Framework in conjunction with educational theory and pedagogy to help readers form their own approaches to teaching information literacy.

Each volume contains the table of contents and index for the entire set, as well as an overarching introduction and conclusion, for easy cross-referencing across volumes. Explore your favorite frame, or collect them all!

ACRL is also offering a six-part webcast series providing approachable explanations of the ACRL Frames, various learning theory, pedagogy, and instructional strategies, and how they are used to inform the development of information literacy lesson plans and learning activities. Complete details are available on the ACRL website.

Framing Information Literacy: Teaching Grounded in Theory, Pedagogy, and Practice is available for purchase in print and as ebooks through the ALA Online Store, individually and as a set; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.