Framing intergovernmental resources

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A summer webinar reminded me of an underrated resource, publications from intergovernmental agencies.  Brett Cloyd (University of Iowa) described how World Bank publications can demonstrate the ACRL Information Literacy Framework.

One of the ACRL  (2015) frames looks at authority.  The controversies surrounding the World Bank provide an example of authority being contested.  We can look at the publications in light of the controversies.

Through another frame we examine the information creation process (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2015).  Cloyd (2015) uses a publication’s social media activity to discuss the varied, informal ways in which information is created and shared.

Another frame  states that information has value (ACRL, 2015).  Cloyd (2015) points to the difference between the World Bank’s fee-based eLibrary and its free publications.

I have simply shared the highlights here.  All the same you can see the frames in action.


Association of College & Research Libraries (2015). Framework for information literacy for higher education.  Retrieved from

Cloyd, B. (2015, June 10). Using ACRL’s  new framework for information literacy to explore teaching strategies for intergovernmental information [Archived presentation]. Retrieved from