Draft for Comment

April 4, 2014

Welcome, again

Thank you for taking the time to read and respond to this second part of the draft Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. We hope by now you have had the chance to read the first part of the initial draft, released February 20. The first part included:

  • Introduction
  • Three Threshold Concepts
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography

This second part of the draft Framework includes two additional threshold concepts.

Feedback on these first two parts of the draft Framework will be accepted through 5pm Central on Monday, April 21, 2014, (deadline extended) via an online form.

We also encourage you to share your perspective on the initial draft during one of these upcoming online open forums:

  • Friday, April 4, 2014, 11am Pacific/12pm Mountain/1pm Central/2pm Eastern
  • Thursday, April 17, 2014, 8am Pacific/9am Mountain/10am Central/11am Eastern

Register online to attend one of these free events at least one hour in advance as login details will be emailed prior to the forum. Links to the recorded forums will be posted afterwards on the task force website. Each session is limited to 500 attendees.

We encourage you to gather a group in your library to discuss both portions of the initial draft Framework and report back to us about your group’s impressions. To help guide your thinking, we ask that you provide feedback to these questions:

  1. In what ways will the focus on threshold concepts help you to generate conversations with other campus stakeholders (such as disciplinary faculty partners, members of the general education curriculum committee, and academic support services staff)?
  2. How do the sections for knowledge practices and assignments/assessments provide helpful guidance when considering implementing the new Framework? What else would you want to see in these sections?
  3. We plan to include additional materials in a subsequent phase (described below). What other elements would you find helpful that aren’t mentioned in our plans?

Based on everything we hear from you, we will make revisions and release a second draft in early June. We will promote this more fulsome, complete draft to the broader community of higher education stakeholders to solicit their reactions (and yours again, too). The June version will contain the components listed above along with these additional elements:

  • One (or possibly more) additional threshold concepts
  • Scenarios that provide ideas for how a threshold concept might integrated into an instructional opportunity or program
  • An executive summary
  • An introduction to the Framework meant to be shared with faculty members, administrators, and other constituencies
  • Mapping the Framework and the 2000 ILCSHE.
  • Mapping the Framework and the American Association of School Librarians Standards for 21st Century Learners.
  • Concept maps of the threshold concepts and their intersections.
  • Possibly an online sandbox where the community can share approaches to using the Framework. (If you are interested in access to such a sandbox, please leave comments to that effect in your response due by April 15)

We will hold a hearing at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Las Vegas (Saturday, June 28, 10:30 am – 11:30 am) as well as online hearings in June. We will continue the iterative process, modifying the Framework based on feedback we receive then. We expect to submit a final document to the ACRL Board in August 2014 for their consideration and approval in September. Of course, this timeline may change, based on the feedback we receive, but this is our current intention.

Again, please provide your feedback by 5pm Central on Monday, April 21, 2014, (deadline extended), via the online form. We ask that you send us your reactions via that form so it is easier to compile all the comments we expect to receive on and ensure we don’t overlook any comments in an email gone astray. We are also happy to connect with you on a personal level, and you should feel free to be in touch with either of us by email to discuss your reactions to the draft.

Thank you again for your interest in this draft Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. We are eager to receive your feedback.

Craig Gibson, Head, Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Library, Ohio State University Libraries, gibson.721@osu.edu
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Trudi E. Jacobson, Head, Information Literacy Department, University at Albany, SUNY, University Libraries, tjacobson@albany.edu

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