Framework Spotlight on Scholarship: “Beyond the Threshold” by Beilin

This week’s Spotlight on Scholarship features Ian Beilin’s article “Beyond the Threshold: Conformity, Resistance, and the ACRL Information Literacy Framework for Higher Education”, published in In the Library with the Lead Pipe on February 25, 2015.

This article takes a critical information literacy approach to the Framework. In it Beilin argues that information literacy’s purpose is to encourage students not only to learn to succeed within the information structures and systems within which we participate, but also to question the authority and justness of those same structures and systems, of which the Framework is a part. Beilin proposes that for librarians the Framework has the potential to be both the catalyst for the former goal and the occasion for the latter, if we can find a way to “embrace the Framework yet also resist it.”

Ian Beilin is Humanities Research Services Librarian at Columbia University Libraries.

The “Framework Spotlight on Scholarship” column is a weekly post series highlighting scholarship that uses, builds on, critiques, or responds to the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.