Information Literacy in the Disciplines: African-American Studies/Black Studies

Last updated April 2018

The ACRL IS Information Literacy in the Disciplines Committee has gathered links and citations to information literacy standards and curricula developed by accrediting agencies, professional associations, and institutions of higher education in African-American Studies/Black Studies.

1. Standards and Guidelines from Accrediting Agencies and Professional Associations

The ACRL IS Information Literacy in the Disciplines Committee is not aware of information literacy standards in this area. However, the following are the leading professional and library associations in the field.

Association of College & Research Libraries African American Studies Librarians Interest Group (AFAS)

National Association of African American Studies (NAAAS)

National Council for Black Studies (NCBS)

2. Related Research

Becks, Courtney. 2018. “African American Studies Collections and the American Season of Redemption.” Proceedings of the Charleston Library Conference.

Jayawardene, Sureshi M. 2020. “StoryMap(Ping) Black Urban Experiences: Toward an Africana DH Subfield Through Research and Pedagogy.” Journal of African American Studies 24 (2): 210–22.

McDougal, Serie. 2014. “Africana Studies’ Epistemic Identity: An Analysis of Theory and Epistemology in the Discipline.” Journal of African American Studies 18 (2): 236–50.

Paulos, Afeworki, and Robert P. Holley. 2006. “Africana Resources in Four Selected US Academic Research Libraries.” Collection Building 25 (2): 40-44.

Rapchak, Marcia. 2019. “That Which Cannot Be Named: The Absence of Race in the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.” Journal of Radical Librarianship 5 (October): 173–96.

Weissinger, Thomas. 2010. “The Core Journal Concept in Black Studies.” Journal of Academic Librarianship 36 (2): 119-124.

Weissinger, Thomas. 2002. “Black Studies Scholarly Communication: A Citation Analysis of Periodical Literature.” Collection Management 27 (3): 45-56.

Wrighten, Mary, and Laurie A. Rodgers. 2004. “Librarian/Faculty Partnerships and Library Technology Resources Integrated into the Ethnic Studies Curriculum.” LIBRES Library and Information Science Research Electronic Journal 14 (1).

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