Over the past few months, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Information Literacy Standards Task Force has continued its work revising the proposed Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education and expects to release the third draft by mid-November, with comments due by mid-December. As the higher education association for librarians, ACRL is committed to developing and maintaining forward thinking standards and guidelines that impact student learning across the campus community. The seminal Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, first adopted in 2000 by ACRL, have defined information literacy for librarians, educators, and assessment agencies. A task force charged by the ACRL Board has been working on the new Framework since March 2013. In recent months, they have been carefully reviewing the many good ideas and suggestions from the library community, and others, through both formal and informal channels since the release of the first draft of the Framework in February 2014.
In response to the rich feedback, the task force has updated its Frequently Asked Questions page to include a detailed FAQ explaining the methods used to analyze the extensive comments and the process used to make changes in the forthcoming third draft Framework. By mid-November, along with an updated version of the Framework itself, an expanded set of FAQs will also be posted that address specific issue raised in the library community about the Framework during the past year. These new FAQs will respond to a range of topics, including assessment, the role of knowledge practices and dispositions, and the research behind threshold concepts as a foundation for the Framework.