Information Literacy in the Disciplines: Social Work

Last updated May 2018

The ACRL IS Information Literacy in the Disciplines Committee has gathered together links and citations to information literacy standards and curricula developed by accrediting agencies, professional associations, and institutions of higher education in Social Work.

1. Accrediting Agencies & Professional Associations

Council on Social Work Education. “2015 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards.

National Association of Social Workers (NASW). “NASW Standards.”

Professional Standards Committee of the Clinical Social Work Federation. “Clinical Social Work Association Code of Ethics.” Reviewed July 2006.

2. Curricula. Articles, and Presentations

Adams, Nancy. 2014. “A Comparison of Evidence-Based Practice and the ACRL Information Literacy Standards: Implications for Information Literacy Practice.” College & Research Libraries 75, no. 2: 232-248.

Andretta, Susie, Peter Hodgkinson, Stuart Isaacs, Donna Dustin, and Richard Skues. 2010. “Information Literacy Provision for Social Work.” Southampton: The Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Social Policy and Social Work (SWAP). Accessed January 4, 2016.

Bausman, Margaret, and Sarah Laleman Ward. 2015. “Library Awareness and Use Among Graduate Social Work Students: An Assessment and Action Research Project.” Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian 34, no. 1: 16-36.

Bellard, Eloise. 2005. “Information Literacy Needs of Nontraditional Graduate Students in Social Work.” Research Strategies 20, no. 4: 494-505.

Bradley, Cara. 2013. “Information Literacy in the Programmatic University Accreditation Standards of Select Professions in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia.” Journal Of Information Literacy 7, no. 1: 44-68.

Brustman, Mary Jane, and Deborah Bernnard. 2007. “Information Literacy for Social Workers.” Communications in Information Literacy 1, no. 2: 89-101.

Holler, Carissa. 2009. “Client-Based Projects and the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.” Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian 28, no. 1-2: 7-22.

Johnson, O., J. Whitfield, and B. Grohe. 2011. “Improving Social Work Students’ Information Literacy Skills: A Faculty and Librarian Collaboration.” Journal On Excellence In College Teaching 22, no. 3: 5-21.

Kayser, John, Jennifer Bowers, Lin Jiang, and Marian Bussey. 2013. “Increasing MSW Students’ Information Competencies through Online Tutorials, Application Exercises, and Course Assignments.” Journal of Teaching in Social Work 33, no. 4–5: 578–93.

Liechty, Janet. 2011. “Health Literacy: Critical Opportunities for Social Work Leadership in Health Care and Research.” Health & Social Work 36, no. 2: 99-107.

Mooney, Hailey, et al. 2014. “Collaborative Approaches to Undergraduate Research Training: Information Literacy and Data Management.” Advances In Social Work 15, no. 2: 368-389.

Quinn, Andrew, and Dale Fitch. 2014. “A Conceptual Framework for Contextualizing Information Technology Competencies.” Journal Of Technology In Human Services 32, no. 1/2: 133-148.

Silfen, Kate, and Karen Zgoda. 2008.”Evidence-Based Practice and Information Literacy in Social Work: An Assessment of Students’ Reference Lists.” Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian 27, no. 2: 104-115.

Whittaker, Andrew. 2012. Research skills for social work. Transforming social work practice. Second edition. Exeter: Learning Matters.

Young, Jimmy A. 2015. “Assessing New Media Literacies in Social Work Education: The Development and Validation of a Comprehensive Assessment Instrument.” Journal Of Technology In Human Services 33, no. 1: 72-86.