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On the Draft Framework for Information Literacy | Inside Higher Ed


On the Draft Framework for Information Literacy | Inside Higher Ed.

Barbara Fister provides her input on the draft “Framework” (differentiated from the 2000 “Standards”) for Information Literacy.  She applauds the new definition of information literacy (especially the emphasis on “deep learning in a complex information ecosystem”), as well as the recognition of “bottlenecks” in understanding.  She also “nit-picks” with her concerns regarding limited forms of information (“information, scholarship and data”), and the limitation that these “thresholds are cultural constructs” that could be considered exclusionary to others.

Her greater concern, though, is with the application of the framework, particularly by her fellow librarians “in ways that will be trivial”.  Barbara worries that librarians will not recognize that “crossing these thresholds happens in courses and…research apprenticeships, not through library-directed programs.  The more we emphasize that we don’t own this, the better” (emphasis added).  Challenging comment from a practicing librarian…are we up to that challenge?

I’ve reviewed the draft Framework .  Unlike those whom Barbara referred to as being able to quote the Standards chapter and verse, I was only vaguely familiar with them.  Perhaps this renders me unfit to provide comparisons, but it also allows me to look at the Framework with fresh eyes.  And my eyes are particularly trained on how these can be assessed by librarians.  As we “don’t own” the concepts underlying the Framework, then we have less control over how they are taught to the students.  While this means libraries will have less influence over the overall outcomes, it doesn’t mean libraries have no impact.  We just need to be careful about what we measure and how we measure it.

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