The ACRL Framework Sandbox is accepting contributions!

The ACRL Framework Sandbox: sandbox.acrl.org is accepting contributions!

The Sandbox is an openly accessible platform and repository for librarians engaged with the Framework to discover and share classroom and professional development resources related to the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.

The Sandbox is a place of discovery and sharing that provides opportunities for collaboration and innovation in approaches to the Framework, both in the classroom and in terms of professional development.

Searching is freely available to 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 recent launch of the Sandbox is to contribute your Framework-related materials by creating a contributor account.

Jump into the Sandbox to share and learn from others!

ACRL Framework Advisory Board Member News

The following update is cross-posted at ACRL Insider.

Since July 2015, the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Advisory Board (FAB) has been actively working with the ACRL Visiting Program Officer (VPO) for Information Literacy to create a supportive and interactive environment for librarians to learn how to use the Framework. Original member leaders Tish Hayes, Susan Miller, and Donna Witek were joined by new member leaders kYmberly Keeton, Sara Miller, Raymond Pun, and Mark Szarko in October 2016 to further expand FAB’s range of expertise and perspectives.

Now three additional member leaders have been appointed to FAB by ACRL President Irene M.H. Herold to contribute to the priority projects for this spring, which include promotion and administration of the Framework Sandbox, continued collaboration with the Framework Curriculum Designer/Presenter team, and the introduction of the Framework Toolkit as a locally tailored professional development tool.

FAB is pleased to welcome the following new members for terms beginning immediately and running through June 2017:

  • Smita Avasthi – Public Services Librarian, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA
  • Candice Benjes-Small – Head of Information Literacy and Outreach, Radford University, Radford, VA
  • Joanna Gadsby – Instruction Coordinator, Reference Librarian, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD

In other FAB news, Tish Hayes and kYmberly Keeton have agreed to serve as Interim Co-Chairs of FAB beginning in mid-March through the end of May 2017, when FAB’s Chair Donna Witek will be out on leave.

And at the end of January 2017, Sharon Mader completed her term as ACRL VPO for Information Literacy. FAB extends their heartfelt thanks to Sharon for her leadership and mentorship over the last two years in her support of the Framework.

Framework Spotlight on Scholarship: Monograph Round-up

This week’s Spotlight on Scholarship offers something a bit different: a round-up of recently published monographs that offer studies, essays, and creative approaches to the Framework.

As we find ourselves in a season of gift-giving, consider giving one of the following books to your favorite librarian, faculty collaborator, or library; full information about each book, including description, table of contents, and how to order, can be found at each link:

The Future Scholar: Researching and Teaching the Frameworks for Writing and Information LiteracyEdited by James P. Purdy and Randall McClure, Information Today, Inc., 2016

Rewired: Research-Writing Partnerships within the FrameworksEdited by Randall McClure, ACRL, 2016

Teaching Information Literacy through Short StoriesBy David Brier and Vickery Kaye Lebbin, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2016

Information Literacy and Writing Studies in Conversation: Reenvisioning Library-Writing Program ConnectionsBy Andrea Baer, Library Juice Press, 2016

Information Literacy: Research and Collaboration across Disciplines (pre-print format, openly accessible online), Edited by Barbara J. D’Angelo, Sandra Jamieson, Barry Maid, and Janice R. Walker, The WAC Clearinghouse and University Press of Colorado, 2016

Also, if you haven’t done so yet, come explore the new ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Sandbox, a platform and repository for sharing Framework-related instruction and professional development materials.

After this post, the Spotlight on Scholarship will be on hiatus through the holidays, with hopes of returning some time after the new year.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy holiday season!

The “Framework Spotlight on Scholarship” column is a regular post series highlighting scholarship that uses, builds on, critiques, or responds to the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.

ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Sandbox Launches

The following update is cross-posted at ACRL Insider.

ACRL’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!

Framework Spotlight on Scholarship on Two-week Hiatus

The Spotlight on Scholarship post series will be on hiatus the week of Wednesday, November 30, 2016.

The series will resume in two weeks on Wednesday, December 14, 2016.

If you haven’t done so yet, please visit the Contact/RSS tab to subscribe to the Framework website for updates, including future Spotlight on Scholarship posts.

The “Framework Spotlight on Scholarship” column is a regular post series highlighting scholarship that uses, builds on, critiques, or responds to the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.

Framework Spotlight on Scholarship: Witek’s “Becoming gardeners”

Today’s Spotlight on Scholarship features the article “Becoming gardeners: Seeding local curricula with the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy” by Donna Witek, published in College & Research Libraries News in Volume 77, Number 10, November 2016, pp. 504-508.

This article proposes a way to use the Framework to integrate information literacy at various developmental levels within the local campus-wide curriculum. Witek offers an example of mapping the information literacy frames to the revised core general education curriculum at her institution, articulating the generative relationship between this campus-wide curriculum and her library’s information literacy program student learning outcomes. Using the metaphor of librarians-as-gardeners, the article makes the case for understanding the Framework as a tool and source for deeply integrating information literacy “vertically” within local curricula, and through the process developing further these information literacy concepts as they exist in students’ programs of study. The article is valuable as an example of using the Framework programmatically with the goal of curricular integration, collaboration with faculty across disciplines, and creating opportunities for students to revisit core information literacy concepts at various developmental levels within their programs of study.

Donna Witek is a Public Services Librarian in the Weinberg Memorial Library at the University of Scranton.

The “Framework Spotlight on Scholarship” column is a regular post series highlighting scholarship that uses, builds on, critiques, or responds to the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.

ACRL Selects New Curriculum Designers/Presenters for the Framework

The following update is cross-posted at ACRL Insider.

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.

“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.”

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.

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Brittney Johnson

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Lindsay Matts-Benson

Framework Spotlight on Scholarship on Hiatus

The Spotlight on Scholarship post series will be on hiatus the week of Wednesday, November 2, 2016.

The series will resume in two weeks on Wednesday, November 16, 2016.

If you haven’t done so yet, please visit the Contact/RSS tab to subscribe to the Framework website for updates, including future Spotlight on Scholarship posts.

The “Framework Spotlight on Scholarship” column is a regular post series highlighting scholarship that uses, builds on, critiques, or responds to the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.

ACRL Framework Advisory Board Welcomes New Members

The following update is cross-posted at ACRL Insider.

Following 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”

The following update is cross-posted at ACRL Insider.

The 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)

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