Professional Discourse about the ACRL Framework (a chronology)

person with many questionsAs many of us are, I am still grappling with the ACRL Framework and what it means for me individually as well as the profession. I fully admit I am still on the fence about the Framework — however, I’ve never really been a fan of the Standards. I have several professional friends who served on the TaskForce and others who help elevate the Standards. I feel like I am in a bit of professional dilemma and often ask myself if creating my own middle ground will resolve this odd place I find myself in. Ultimately, the instructional designer and educational theorist in me suggests there can be a way for both to co-exist or at least an attempt should be made.

A colleague of mine recently asked if I had a list of sources regarding the ACRL Framework. What resulted was a fairly long list of blog posts and articles. I thought I would share the list — certainly not exhaustive and not the first of it’s kind.

The list is my attempt to create a chronology of both informal and formal commentary surrounding the Framework to provide a snapshot of the issues, questions, and concerns. If there are any posts or articles you think should be included, please add them to the comments.

Blog posts

Swanson, Troy. “The New Information Literacy Framework and James Madison.” Tame The Web, February 14, 2014. http://tametheweb.com/2014/02/20/the-new-information-literacy-framework-and-james-madison-by-ttw-contributor-troy-swanson/.

Berg, Jacob. “The Draft Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education: Some Initial Thoughts.” BeerBrarian, February 25, 2014. http://beerbrarian.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-draft-framework-for-information.html.

Burkhardt, Andy. “New Framework For Information Literacy.” Andy Burkhardt, February 25, 2014. http://andyburkhardt.com/2014/02/25/new-framework-for-information-literacy/.

Fister, Barbara. “On the Draft Framework for Information Literacy.” Library Babel Fish, February 27, 2014. https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/library-babel-fish/draft-framework-information-literacy.

Pagowsky, Nicole. “Thoughts on ACRL’s New Draft Framework for ILCSHE.” Nicole Pagowsky, March 2, 2014. http://pumpedlibrarian.blogspot.com/2014/03/thoughts-on-acrls-new-draft-framework.html.

Swanson, Troy. “Using the New IL Framework to Set a Research Agenda.” Tame The Web, May 5, 2014. http://tametheweb.com/2014/05/05/using-the-new-il-framework-to-set-a-research-agenda-by-ttw-contributor-troy-swanson/.

Wilkinson. Lane. “The Problem with Threshold Concepts.” Sense & Reference (blog). June 19, 2014. https://senseandreference.wordpress.com/2014/06/19/the-problem-with-threshold-concepts/.

Swanson, Troy. “Information as a Human Right: A Missing Threshold Concept?” Tame The Web, July 7, 2014. http://tametheweb.com/2014/07/07/information-as-a-human-right-a-missing-threshold-concept-by-ttw-contributor-troy-swanson/.

Dalal, Heather. “An Open Letter Regarding the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.” ACRLog (blog). January 7, 2015. http://acrlog.org/2015/01/07/an-open-letter-regarding-the-framework-for-information-literacy-for-higher-education/.

Swanson, Troy. “The IL Standards and IL Framework Cannot Co-Exist.” Tame The Web, January 15, 2015. http://tametheweb.com/2015/01/12/the-il-standards-and-il-framework-cannot-co-exist-by-ttw-contributor-troy-swanson/.

Fister, Barbara. “The Information Literacy Standards/Framework Debate.” Library Babel Fish, January 22, 2015. https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/library-babel-fish/information-literacy-standardsframework-debate.

Farkas, Meredith Gorran. “Framework? Standards? I’m Keeping It Local.” Information Wants To Be Free (blog). February 4, 2015. http://meredith.wolfwater.com/wordpress/2015/02/04/framework-standards-im-keeping-it-local/.

Accardi, Maria. “I Do Not Think That the Framework Is Our Oxygen Mask.” Librarian Burnout, May 14, 2015. https://librarianburnout.com/2015/05/14/i-do-not-think-that-the-framework-is-our-oxygen-mask/.

Becker, April Aultman. “Visualizing the ACRL Framework for Students.” Librarian Design Share, September 22, 2015. https://librariandesignshare.org/2015/09/22/visualizing-the-acrl-framework-for-students/.
All visualizations can be found here: http://researchbysubject.bucknell.edu/framework

Articles

Oakleaf, Megan.  “A Roadmap for Assessing Student Learning Using the New Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.”  Journal of Academic Librarianship 40, no. 5 (2014). http://meganoakleaf.info/framework.pdf

Morgan, Patrick K. “Pausing at the Threshold.” portal: Libraries and the Academy 15, no. 1 (2015): 183-195. https://muse.jhu.edu/article/566428.

Burgess, Colleen. “Teaching Students, Not Standards: The New ACRL Information Literacy Framework and Threshold Crossings for Instructors.” Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library & Information Practice & Research 10, no. 1 (January 2015): 1-6. http://dx.doi.org/10.21083/partnership.v10i1.3440.

Beilin, Ian. “Beyond the Threshold: Conformity, Resistance, and the ACRL Information Literacy Framework for Higher Education.” In the Library with the Lead Pipe (February 25, 2015). http://www.inthelibrarywiththeleadpipe.org/2015/beyond-the-threshold-conformity-resistance-and-the-aclr-information-literacy-framework-for-higher-education/.

Baer, Andrea. “The New ACRL Framework for Information Literacy: Implications for Library Instruction & Educational Reform.” InULA Notes: Indiana University Librarians Association 27, no. 1 (May 15, 2015): 5–8. https://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/inula/article/view/18978/25096

Kuglitsch, Rebecca Z. “Teaching for Transfer: Reconciling the Framework with Disciplinary Information Literacy.” portal: Libraries and the Academy 15, no. 3 (2015): 457-470. https://muse.jhu.edu/article/586067.

Foasberg, Nancy M. “From Standards to Frameworks for IL: How the ACRL Framework Addresses Critiques of the Standards.” portal: Libraries and the Academy 15, no. 4 (2015): 699-717. https://muse.jhu.edu/article/595062.

Communications in Information Literacy 9, no. 2 (September 11, 2015) – Special Section

Jacobson, Trudi E., and Craig Gibson. “First Thoughts on Implementing the Framework for Information Literacy.” Communications in Information Literacy 9, no. 2 (September 11, 2015): 102–10. doi:10.7548/cil.v9i2.348.

Battista , Andrew, Dave Ellenwood, Lua Gregory, Shana Higgins, Jeff Lilburn, Yasmin Sokkar Harker, and Christopher Sweet. “Seeking Social Justice in the ACRL Framework.” Communications in Information Literacy 9, no. 2 (September 11, 2015): 111-25. doi:10.7548/cil.v9i2.359.

Hosier, Allison. “Teaching Information Literacy Through “Un-Research.” Communications in Information Literacy 9, no. 2 (September 11, 2015): 126-35. doi:10.7548/cil.v9i2.334.

Pagowsky Nicole. “A Pedagogy of Inquiry.” Communications in Information Literacy 9, no. 2 (September 11, 2015): 136-44. doi:10.7548/cil.v9i2.367.

Critten, Jessica. “Ideology and Critical Self-Reflection in Information Literacy Instruction.” Communications in Information Literacy 9, no. 2 (September 11, 2015): 145-56. doi:10.7548/cil.v9i2.324.

Seeber, Kevin Patrick. “This Is Really Happening: Criticality and Discussions of Context in ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy.” Communications in Information Literacy 9, no. 2 (September 11, 2015): 157–63. doi:10.7548/cil.v9i2.354.

Dempsey, Megan E., Heather Dalal, Lynee R. Dokus, Leslin H. Charles, and Davida Scharf. “Continuing the Conversation: Questions about the Framework.” Communications in Information Literacy 9, no. 2 (September 11, 2015): 164–75. doi:10.7548/cil.v9i2.347.

Anderson, Melissa J. “Rethinking assessment: Information literacy instruction and the ACRL framework.” SJSU School of Information Student Research Journal 5, no. 2 (2015). http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/vol5/iss2/3

Berkman, Robert. “ACRL’s New Information Framework: Why Now and What Did It Discover?” Online Searcher (March/April 2016). http://www.infotoday.com/OnlineSearcher/Articles/Features/ACRLs-New-Information-Framework-Why-Now-and-What-Did-It-Discover-109503.shtml.

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