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Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education

This is an introduction to the new definition of information literacy being offered by ACRL. Much of the language is from ACRL, but the structure is mine, in an attempt to understand it and promote it.

Why a Framework?

"... is organized into six frames, each consisting of a concept central to information literacy, a set of knowledge practices, and a set of dispositions." ( 2)

  • Authority as Constructed and Contextual
  • Information Creation as a Process 
  • Information has Value 
  • Research as Inquiry
  • Scholarship as Conversation
  • Searching as Strategic Exploration  

These are not ranked or prioritized, but simply presented in alphabetical order. (2)

The influence of Metaliteracy

"This Framework draws significantly upon the concept of metaliteracy, which offers a renewed vision of information literacy as an overarching set of abilities which students are both consumers and creators of information who can participate successfully in collaborative spaces." (2)