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Online Open Forums on Revised Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education

As the higher education association for librarians, ACRL is committed to developing and maintaining forward thinking standards and guidelines that impact student learning across the campus community. As part of this commitment, the ACRL Board of Directors has appointed a task force that will substantially revise the association’s seminal Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education by June 2014. The revision will underscore the critical need for faculty members and librarians to collaborate to effectively address information literacy education that aligns with disciplinary content. While the exact approach is still under discussion, two new elements will be incorporated: threshold concepts and metaliteracy. These two foundational elements should provide the basis for more sustained collaborations with disciplinary faculty and create more aligned teaching and learning communities at the institutional level.

In fall 2013, the task force held three online open forums to talk about the composition of the group, the direction it is taking in revising the standards, and, most importantly, for participants to share their input, reactions, and questions. This was an opportunity to influence the future of these important standards and positively impact information literacy instruction on your campus. The forums were be held:

There was no charge to participate in an online open forum and each lasts one hour. Sign up was limited to 500 logins for each event, first-come first-served and is now closed.

Because there was limited online meeting room capacity, we encouraged participants to participate in a group under one registration. Reserve a meeting room and invite colleagues from your library, academic support services, general education curriculum committee members, faculty partners, and other campus stakeholders to participate together. Customize the sample text below to reach out to your campus partners:

Join me in learning about the revised Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education
Many of you are familiar with the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, first adopted in 2000 by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). These standards – which have defined information literacy for librarians, educators, and assessment agencies – are undergoing extensive revision. A task force is working on a new approach that underscores the critical need for faculty members and librarians to collaborate to effectively address information literacy education that aligns with disciplinary content. While the exact approach is still under discussion, two new elements will be incorporated: threshold concepts and metaliteracy. These two foundational elements should provide the basis for more sustained collaborations with disciplinary faculty and create more aligned teaching and learning communities at the institutional level.
Join me on X date, Y time, Z room location to learn more in an online open forum. The task force co-chairs will talk about the direction the group is taking and ask the broader community to share reactions and questions. This is our opportunity to influence the future of these important standards. It would be helpful to participate together so that we can share our collective thinking and have some discussion, as a group, about possible implications for our campus.

The task force looks forward to sharing the revision process and hearing your thoughts on the new standards.

5 Responses to Learn More And Share Your Perspective

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  2. My library supports a college programs in architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design. We have had a formal program of information literacy for about 10 years. I was a member of the ARLIS/NA architecture section task force which wrote IL standards for students in design disciplines. The IL Librarian and I have been applying those standards in our classes. However, I realized that we are former English majors attempting to teach students who think and learn visually.

    I believe that in addition to our own students learning more readily through visually-oriented instruction, most students who have grown up with computers will learn more easily from visual instruction. Do any of your committee members agree with this idea, and, if so, will this approach be reflected in your new guidelines?

    Thank you

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