New info lit framework

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Often I have mentioned the ACRL Standards (2000) in these posts.  Last month the Association of College & Research Libraries released the initial draft of a new information literacy framework (2014).

As useful a starting point as the Standards were, the new framework includes some important concepts they did not address.  These threshold concepts (to use the ACRL terminology) show research as :

  • Conversation (p. 11)
  • Questioning (p.13 )
  • Beyond formats (p.15 )

The framework even includes suggested assignments for fostering each concept.

I could go on at length about the framework, but I’m still getting to know it myself.  Besides, this post is only the first of what I hope will be many conversations–in many venues–about these ideas.  Note that there is even a site for offering your feedback.


Association of College & Research Libraries (2014). Framework for information literacy for higher education: Draft 1, part 1.  Retrieved from

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