June 17, 2014
Welcome, Once More
Thank you for taking the time to read and respond to the:
The Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, 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. These, like all ACRL standards, are reviewed cyclically. In June 2012, the ACRL Board of Directors 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 on the task force website.
We have had a great deal of interest in, and response to, the first and second parts of the initial draft Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, released on February 20 and April 4, 2014. For those of you who reviewed our initial draft, we very much appreciate the time that you have taken to read, reflect, discuss, and respond. The first two parts of the initial draft included:
- Five Threshold Concepts (three in part one and two in part two)
Members of the Task Force have spent a great deal of time working on the Framework since those parts were released. This included a number of online meetings, and an intensive day and a half in-person meeting at the end of April in Chicago. Informed by your feedback, we have made a number of changes that you will see reflected in this revised, complete draft.
There are new pieces:
- A streamlined Introduction that includes a new definition of information literacy
(revised from the previous version of the Introduction).
- Suggestions on How to Use this Document, a guide for introducing it on campuses.
- A sixth Frame with the title Threshold Concept Information Has Value.
- An Introduction for Faculty and Administrators.
There are also some revisions here that differ from our previously released documents:
- Each of the six units is now called a Frame. These Frames encompass the definition of the Threshold Concept as well as the accompanying Knowledge Practices/Abilities and Dispositions.
- Two of the Frames have been renamed. Format as Process is now Format as a Process, and Searching is Strategic is now Searching as Exploration.
- The Assignments sections have been moved to a separate, ancillary document. They will be added to a future online sandbox, rather than reside within the Framework proper, as they may change over time.
- The Self-Assessments sections have been removed, with some of the items moved, as appropriate, into the Dispositions and Knowledge Practices sections.
- The original Introduction has been extracted from the first draft, revised, and is an appendix called “Setting the Context.”
- A draft of the actions we will recommend the ACRL Board take is included as now an ancillary document so that you can see our thinking and provide your reactions.
Feedback on this new version of the draft Framework will be accepted through 5pm Central on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, via an online form. We will hold a hearing at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas (Saturday, June 28, 10:30 am – 11:30 am). We also encourage you to share your perspective on the revised, complete draft during one of these upcoming online hearings:
- Monday, July 7, 2014, 11am Pacific/12pm Mountain/1pm Central/2pm Eastern
- Friday, July 11, 2014, 8am Pacific/9am Mountain/10am Central/11am Eastern
Sign up to attend one of these free events at least one hour in advance as login details will be emailed prior to each hearing. Links to the recorded hearings will be posted afterwards on the task force website. Each session is limited to 1,000 attendees.
We will modify the Framework as needed based on this last round of feedback gathered through the in-person and online hearings, as well as responses via the online survey. We expect to submit a final document to the ACRL Board in August 2014 for their consideration and approval in September 2014. Before a final document is ready to submit to the ACRL Board for consideration, two other ACRL groups are charged to review and provide feedback on near final drafts; these groups are the ACRL Information Literacy Standards Committee and the ACRL Standards Committee. Of course, this timeline may change, based on the feedback we receive, but this is our current intention.
We encourage you to gather a group on your campus to discuss this revised draft Framework and report back to us about your group’s impressions. We suggest you invite colleagues from your library, as well as other campus stakeholders who have an interest. To help guide your thinking, we ask that you provide feedback to these questions:
- How satisfied are you with the overall Framework?
- If you have followed the development of the Framework through the previous draft, please tell us what changes you find most helpful.
- Does the “Suggestions on How to Use the Information Literacy Framework” section, in conjunction with the Frames, help you to engage other campus stakeholders in conversation?
- How might the Framework affect the way you work with students?
- What one thing do you most want the Task Force members to know about the draft Framework?
Again, please provide your feedback by 5pm Central on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 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 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 revised, complete draft of the 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Trudi E. Jacobson, Head, Information Literacy Department, University at Albany, SUNY, University Libraries, email@example.com