Framework Spotlight on Scholarship: “Equipping Academic Librarians to Integrate the Framework into Instructional Practices” by Hess

Today’s Spotlight on Scholarship features the article “Equipping Academic Librarians to Integrate the Framework into Instructional Practices: A Theoretical Application” [paywall] by Amanda Nichols Hess, published in the Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 41, Issue 6, November 2015, pp. 771-776.

This article considers how adult learning theories might aid librarians in developing effective job-situated (i.e., on-the-job) professional development related to the Framework. Hess first makes the case for the importance and potential of job-situated learning opportunities for academic librarians as they navigate the “sea change” the Framework represents for information literacy instructional practice. Hess then proposes three adult learning theories and considers their implications for facilitating job-situated professional development for the Framework: transformative learning theory; social learning theory; and, goal orientation and motivation. Transformative learning theory involves ten phases of learner development, outlined and described in the article, which Hess applies to potential modes of job-situated professional development related to the Framework. Social learning theory describes characteristics of both the process and environment of learning, and encourages “creating groups of learners that intensively engage in the transformation process together”; Framework communities of practice are an example of this theory in practice. And learners’ goal orientation describes the various motivations for learning and participation in professional development, and argues that these motivations need to be considered and built into job-situated learning opportunities for the Framework if they are to be successful. This article will be especially valuable to leaders of information literacy instruction programs aiming to create successful professional development for their instruction team, as well as library administrators who are able to provide the resources and organizational support for Framework-related transformational learning for their librarian educators.

Amanda Nichols Hess is eLearning, Instructional Technology, and Education Librarian at Oakland University Libraries.

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