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Higher Education and Assessment: What is Information Literacy

The Framework

Foregrounds conceptual understanding, not skill-building

Authority Is Constructed and Contextual
Information Creation as a Process
Information Has Value
Research as Inquiry
Scholarship as Conversation
Searching as Strategic Exploration

This shift in focus reveals new educational priorities:

  • Critical thinking
  • Habits of mind
  • Collaborations
  • Working across disciplines

Totally changes the way we think, frame, and teach research.


‚ÄčWhat is a metaliterate learner

The Framework pulls from concept of Metaliteracy: learning concerns itself with four areas of information engagement.


Behavioral: skills, competencies
Cognitive: comprehension, organization, application, evaluation
Affective: (changes in learners’ emotions or attitudes through engagement with learning activities)
Metacognitive: reflective understanding of how and why they learn

Embedded Librarian eBooks

Defining Information Literacy

Library profession has re-conceptualized

  • information literacy
  • librarians' roles in information literacy education

How the profession defines its educational priorities. Framework defines information literacy as:

The set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning.

Before the Framework, we had the ACRL Information Literacy Standards. It defined information literacy as:

[The skills needed to] recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information. 

Information Literacy eBooks