ACRL release draft Framework for Information Literacy Standards



The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has released the first part of a draft Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education, which is intended to replace the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education (ILCSHE) that were adopted by ACRL in 2000.

The Competency Standards have become an essential document related to the emergence of information literacy as a recognized learning outcome at many Higher Education institutions in the USA. The ACRL describes them as having “defined information literacy for librarians, educators, and assessment agencies for more than a decade”. As with all ACRL standards, the Competency Standards are reviewed on a cyclical basis. In June 2012, the ACRL Board approved a unanimous recommendation that they be significantly revised.

The first part of the draft Framework includes:

  • Introduction
  • Three Threshold Concepts
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography

The second part of the draft is expected to be released in April 2014, and will include:

  • Additional Threshold Concepts
  • Sample Scenarios

ACRL is welcoming feedback on both parts of the document until 15th April 2014.

More information on the new Framework, including the draft document, is available from the ACRL website.

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