Info lit standards and info lit frames

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At one point the Association of College & Research Libraries had two co-existing information literacy documents: the Standards and the Framework (Hinchliffe, 2016).  On June 25 the ACRL officially rescinded the Standards (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016).

I see the two documents as complementary.*  The Framework, for instance, describes authority as “constructed and contextual” (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2015).  This phrase implies the ability to question authority.  The Standards included checking for authority (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2000, p. 11).  Checking for authority implies a shared concept of authority to question.

The Framework was not meant to be prescriptive (ACRL, 2015).  If you still find something from the Standards useful, nothing stops us from using it in our classes.

The news of the rescinded Standards has caused much discussion in library circles.  It’s time to include you in the discussion.


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

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

Retrieved from ACRL website:

Association of College & Research Libraries. (2016, June 25). ACRL board takes action on information literacy standards [Blog post].

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Hinchliffe, L. J. (2016, June 19). The ACRL information literacy constellation [Blog post].

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*NOTE: This view is my own and does not reflect the views of any institution or organization.

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