Framework Spotlight on Scholarship: “First Thoughts on Implementing the Framework” by Jacobson and Gibson [CIL 9.2]

This week’s Spotlight on Scholarship features Trudi E. Jacobson’s and Craig Gibson’s article “First Thoughts on Implementing the Framework for Information Literacy,” published in a special issue of Communications in Information Literacy focusing on the Framework: Volume 9, Issue 2, 2015, pp. 102-110.

The authors of this article–co-chairs of the task force that developed the Framework–offer concrete ideas for how to integrate the Framework into existing information literacy programs as well as broader campus curricula. Jacobson and Gibson offer a “spectrum of possibilities” for integrating the Framework into practice, including redesigning classroom-level instruction sessions, developing assignments in a single course focused on one of the frames, redesigning courses in either general education or disciplinary programs in light of the Framework, developing sets of coordinated courses within or across majors around the Framework, or connecting Capstone courses to the Framework. This spectrum begins at the classroom level and traverses to the institutional level, demonstrating how the Framework can transform our approach to higher education curricula as a whole, at all levels. This also introduces ways to connect information literacy programs to the broader curricula using the Framework as a bridge to do so; to this end, the article also includes strategies for integrating the Framework that include building on successful relationships, developing a process for assignment and course redesigns, developing learning outcomes that map in multiple directions to both disciplines and the Framework, and using assessment methods that “present a picture of student progression or learning over time.” The article then offers two extended examples of these ideas in action: a redesigned single instruction session and a redesigned course with assignments developed around one of the frames (“Information Creation as a Process”). The authors have provided in this article two tool sets and two case studies that, taken together, offer the practitioner multiple avenues for how to put the Framework into practice.

Trudi E. Jacobson is Distinguished Librarian and Head of the Information Literacy Department at the University at Albany Libraries, SUNY, and Craig Gibson is Professor, Research and Education, at The Ohio State 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.