Thank you for taking the time to read and respond to the first part of the draft Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education (pdf).
The Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education (ILCSHE), adopted by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) in 2000, have become an essential document related to the emergence of information literacy as a recognized learning outcome at many institutions of higher education. They have defined information literacy for librarians, educators, and assessment agencies for more than a decade. These, like all ACRL standards, are reviewed cyclically. In June 2012, the ACRL Board approved a unanimous recommendation that they be a significantly revised.
We co-chair a task force charged with creating the Framework and have been working since March 2013. The group reflects some of the best minds in the library profession currently working in the area of information literacy. It also includes experts from other parts of higher education and an accrediting agency. Find out more about the task force members, our charge, our process, and interim reports to the ACRL Board at http://acrl.ala.org/ilstandards/.
In this document (pdf) we are releasing the first part of the draft Framework, which includes:
- Three Threshold Concepts
We expect to release the next part of the draft in April. It will include:
- Additional Threshold Concepts
- Sample Scenarios
We are pleased now to share the first part of the draft Framework with the academic library community. While you are welcome to provide feedback at this point, you may wish to wait until the second part of the draft is released in April. The additional threshold concepts and the scenarios will provide a more robust understanding of the Framework. Feedback on the first two parts will be accepted through 5pm Central on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, via the form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JCVY3GW.
We encourage you to gather a group in your library to discuss these first portions of the 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:
- 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)?
- 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?
- 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:
- 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.
- An online sandbox where the community can share approaches to using the Framework.
We will hold a hearing at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Las Vegas 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 Tuesday, April 15, 2014, via the form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JCVY3GW. 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.
Stay tuned for the next part of the draft Framework in April. We will include details then on how you can sign-up to participate in a live online forum and share your reactions in real time.
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
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Trudi E. Jacobson, Head, Information Literacy Department, University at Albany, SUNY, University Libraries