ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Advisory Board

Approved by the ACRL Board of Directors – April 17, 2015.


To serve as an advisory body for the growth and development of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, working with the ACRL Visiting Program Officer for Information Literacy.

Specific Tasks:

  • To review and assess progress on the Framework implementation plan.
  • To offer a strategic overview for future directions for research and practice.
  • To advise on and participate in the development and use of the “sandbox” repository for Framework examples and experimentation and to promote communication by contributing to the Framework website and listserv.

Advisory Board Members, February – June 2017

Smita Avasthi (Public Services Librarian, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA)

Candice Benjes-Small (Head of Information Literacy & Outreach, Radford University, Radford, VA)

Joanna Gadsby (Instruction Coordinator, Reference Librarian, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD)

Tish Hayes, Interim Co-Chair (March 10-June 4, 2017) (Information Literacy Librarian, Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, IL)

kYmberly Keeton, Interim Co-Chair (March 10-June 4, 2017) (Academic Librarian, Assistant Professor & Arts Library Coordinator, Lincoln University, Jefferson City, MO)

Sara D. Miller (Librarian for Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning Initiatives, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI)

Susan Miller (Past Chair, ACRL Instruction Section, 2012-2013)

Raymond Pun (First Year Student Success Librarian, California State University-Fresno Fresno, CA)

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, MA)

Donna Witek, Chair (on leave March 10-June 4, 2017) (Public Services Librarian and Associate Professor, University of Scranton, Scranton, PA)


  • Janice Baskin

    I recommend you put a couple regular classroom faculty on the advisory board. Higher education accrediting expecations are that information literacy instruction needs to be embedded across the curriculum and that requires collaboration with non-librarian classroom instrutors.

    Thanks for your attention and consideration.

  • Laura Saunders

    I would like to second what Baskin says– we need to extend the conversation beyond the library, and incorporate other opinions/ideas. Representation on the task force could also help ensure more faculty buy-in.

  • Joseph McDonald

    I add my support to what Ms Baskin and Ms Saunders recommend and urge the ACRL Board of Directors add non-librarian educators to the Literacy Advisory Board. In my view, this is especially important as IL is broadened in reach and content and increasingly centered on student learning, generally, and no longer limited to library-derived and managed “information”.

  • Sarah Shujah

    I suggest representation from Canada, a librarian working in a Canadian academic institution would be a great addition to the advisory board.

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