Information Literacy in the Disciplines: Business

Last updated March 2020

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 Business.

Standards and Guidelines from Accrediting Agencies and Professional Associations

AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, International). Eligibility procedures and accreditation standards.

AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, International). “Business Standards,” updated July 1, 2018, 2018 updates effective January 1, 2019.

AACSB Standard 9: mentions that advanced research skills are expected of students in Ph.D. and certain M.A. programs.

IACBE (International Accreditation Council for Business Education). Eligibility procedures and accreditation standards, amended April 2019.

BRASS (Business References & Services Section). “Business Reference Essentials,” last updated February 2020.

RUSA (Reference and User Services Association). “Business Research Competencies,” approved by the RUSA Board December 9, 2019, approved by the BRASS Executive Board, November 19, 2019.

Related Research

Bowers, Cecilia McInnis, Byron Chew, Michael R. Bowers, Charlotte E. Ford, Caroline Smith, and Christopher Herrington. 2009. “Interdisciplinary Synergy: A Partnership between Business and Library Faculty and its Effects on Students’ Information Literacy.” Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship 14, no. 2: 110-127.

Conley, Theresa M., and Esther L. Gil. 2011. “Information Literacy for Undergraduate Business Students: Examining Value, Relevancy, and Implications for the New Century.” Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship 16, no. 3: 213-228.

Devasagayam, Raj, Kathryn Johns-Masten, and Joseph McCollum. 2012. “Linking Information Literacy, Experiential Learning, and Student Characteristics: Pedagogical Possibilities in Business Education.” Academy Of Educational Leadership Journal 16, no. 4: 1-18.

Fiegen, Ann. 2011. “Business Information Literacy: A Synthesis for Best Practices.” Journal Of Business & Finance Librarianship, 16 no. 4: 267-288.

Gunn, Mariela, and Cynthia E. Miree. 2012. “Business Information Literacy Teaching at Different Academic Levels: An Exploration of Skills and Implications for Instructional Design.” Journal Of Information Literacy 6, no. 1: 17-34.

Guth, LuMarie and Dianna E. Sachs. 2018. “National Trends in Adoption of the ACRL Information Literacy Guidelines and Impact on Business Instruction Practices: 2003-2015.” Journal of Business and Finance Librarianship 23, no. 2: 131-153.

Howard, Heather A., Wood, Nora, and Ilana Stonebraker. 2018. “Mapping Information Literacy Using the Business Research Competencies.” Reference Services Review 46, no. 4: 543-564.

Klusek, Louise, and Jerry Bornstein. 2006. “Information Literacy Skills for Business Careers: Matching Skills to the Workplace.” Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship 11, no. 4: 3-21.

Stonebraker, Ilana, Caitlan Maxwell, Kenny Garcia, and Jessica Jerrit. 2017. “Realizing critical business information literacy: Opportunities, definitions, and best practices.” Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship, 22, no. 2: 135-148.

Stonebraker, Ilana, and Rachel Fundator. 2016. “Use It or Lose It? A Longitudinal Performance Assessment of Undergraduate Business Students’ Information Literacy.” Journal of Academic Librarianship 42, no.4: 438-444.

Wu, Yuhfen Diana and Susan Lee Kendall. 2006. “Teaching faculty’s perspectives on business information literacy.” Reference Services Review 34, no. 1: 86-96.

Adaptable Instructional Materials

Business-specific resources from the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Sandbox

Business-specific resources from PRIMO
(Peer-reviewed instructional materials online database)

Business-specific resources from Project CORA
(Community of Online Research Assignments)