Companion Documents to the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education: Journalism and Visual Literacy

The ACRL Board of Directors approved two new Companion Documents to the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education at its April 6, 2022, virtual meeting. 

Developed by the ACRL Education and Behavioral Sciences Section’s Communication Studies Committee, the Companion Document to the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education: Journalism (PDF) presents knowledge practices and dispositions important for information literacy within journalism. These abilities and attitudes are addressed under six conceptual frames: Authority is constructed and conceptual, information creation as a process, information has value, news as conversation, research as inquiry, and searching as strategic exploration.

Developed by the ACRL Visual Literacy Standards Task Force, the Companion Document to the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education: The Framework for Visual Literacy in Higher Education (PDF) identifies four emerging themes for learning in visual literacy. These themes form the structure of this companion document:

  • Learners participate in a changing visual information landscape
  • Learners perceive visuals as communicating information
  • Learners practice visual discernment and criticality
  • Learners pursue social justice through visual practice

The Companion Document to the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education: Journalism (PDF) and Companion Document to the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education: The Framework for Visual Literacy in Higher Education (PDF) are freely available in the Standards, Guidelines, and Frameworks section of the ACRL website.