Time for new habits


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Since I believe in lifelong learning, I find new year’s resolutions redundant.  All the name the new year and the new semester inspire us to new habits.

The Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA) has connected eight habits of mind (n.d.) with writing success:

  • Curiosity
  • Openness
  • Engagement
  • Creativity
  • Persistence
  • Responsibility
  • Flexibility
  • Metacognition

These habits apply to information literacy as well.

Hensley (2004) has already linked curiosity and creativity to information literacy.  He describes curiosity in terms of attributes, one of which is “take pleasure in learning about other people and show it” (p. 32).  This quote parallels the CWPA (n.d.) definition of curiosity: “the desire to know more about the world.”   Hensley (2004) does not offer a single definition of creativity, but his discussion of the trait links it with curiosity (p. 32) and openness (p. 33).

In describing metacognition the CWPA document (n.d.) references the “individual and cultural processes used to structure knowledge.”  Likewise the ACRL Standards (2000) mention “how information is formally and informally produced, organized, and disseminated” (p. 8).

Ward (2006) goes beyond the ACRL Standards.  He writes about an information literacy where students make personal connections to information.  This aspect of information literacy resonates with the habit of engagement, as referenced in the CWPA document (n.d.).

Let’s include these habits in our information literacy discussions.  Now is a fine time to start such a habit.


Association of College & Research Libraries. (2000). Information literacy competency standards for higher education. Chicago, IL: Author.

Council of Writing Program Administrators. (n.d.). Executive summary.  In Framework for success in postsecondary writing.  Retrieved from http://wpacouncil.org/framework

Hensley, R. B. (2004). Curiosity and creativity as attributes of information literacy. Reference & User Services Quarterly, 44(1), 31–36. Retrieved from http://rusa.metapress.com/

Ward, D. (2006). Revisioning information literacy for lifelong meaning. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 32(4), 396–402.