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Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education: About the Framework

Interconnected concepts and ideas about information, research and scholarship.



The Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education (2015), is among the guiding documents about information literacy developed by the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL).  The Framework is organized into six frames, each outlining a concept central to information literacy. 

Adopt a Common Language

Librarians, like teaching faculty, aspire to teach students to find, interpret, and produce information that is valued in academia.

Together, we can do so by exposing students to six frames of understanding in the introductory, practicing, and mastery level courses that you teach.

Those frames are:

  Scholarship as Conversation: Research matures over time and through sustained discourse amongst researchers.
  Information Has Value: Legal and socioeconomic interests influence information gathering and distribution.
  Authority is Constructed and Contextual: Information is judged in part based on its creator's credibility and is applied in context. 
  Information Creation as a Process: Research is a unique iterative process, which is reflected in a person's work. 
  Research as Inquiry: Each question in the research process builds on the previous one and paves way for the next. 
  Searching as Strategic Exploration: Research works best when approached with an open, flexible mind. 

Research and Instruction Librarian

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Jessica Quarles
Hazy Library, Room 235