Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education: Resources

Over the past three months a number of listserv and blog references have been shared on the current topic of integrating the “Framework…” into the daily teaching and workflow interactions for academic librarians. What follows is a selection of such references and articles.

Cindi Tysick, Head of Educational Services at the University at Buffalo, shared seven newly-created infographic posters which visually represent the IL Framework concepts. (


Updates from the Framework Advisory Board

The following post was written by Donna Witek, on behalf of the Framework Advisory Board (FAB). On June 27, 2016, the ACRL Board of Directors outlined next steps for professional development related to the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. The purpose of this post is to share in more detail what the Framework for Information Literacy Advisory Board (FAB) has been working on to support librarians in using the Framework. The Update includes discussion of the WordPress Website, Discussion List, Framework Spotlight on Scholarship, Webcasts, Sandbox, and Toolkit. Read the full update here:


Imagineering the Framework to Enact Change  By, Kate L. Ganski, UW.Milwaukee Libraries  --  Here is my portion of the ALA 2016 panel presentation Imagineering the Framework: Implementing and Assessing Information Literacy Programs. Many thanks to Tim Gritten and Olga Nesi for partnering on this great opportunity.For my part of today’s talk I will address our first learning outcome: Provide leadership when strategizing with teachers, instructors, and other librarians to develop new practices to improve information literacy.I am connecting leadership with change because this resonates with my personal leadership philosophy. Good leaders are able to give direction during times of change or enact change when the status quo is no longer sustainable.So whether you or your team feels the Framework is causing the change (and thus you need to give direction) or you feel the Framework is an opportunity for change (and you want to enact it), I hope that you will be able to take away an actionable leadership idea from my talk today.  Read the entire talk at:

Spotlight on Scholarship article "Ideology and Critical Self-Reflection in Information Literacy Instruction" by Jessica Critten, published in last year's special theme issue of Communications in Information Literacy (CIL 9.2, 2015) that focuses on the Framework.  This article connects "critical self-reflection" in the Framework to critical information literacy by way of ideology, where critical examination of ideology--that of both the information and the researcher--deepens students' practice of information evaluation. The column, which includes a description and link to the article, can be accessed at this link:


Spotlight on Scholarship article "Exploring Creative Information Literacy Practices via Divergent Thinking" by Joseph Hartnett, published in the Journal of Creative Library Practice on April 12, 2016.This article offers a compelling example of a librarian being propelled into a line of inquiry in response to the Framework, focusing on ways to teach creative and divergent thinking in the search process.The column, which includes a description and link to the article, can be accessed at this link:

The September issue of College and Research Libraries News has a new column, "Perspectives on the Framework."  The September issue can be found here:  and the inaugural column, authored by Emily Drabinski, “Turning Inward: Reading the Framework through the six frames:” Many thanks to SLILC’s past chair, Merinda Hensley as well as the ACRL SLILC members John Jackson, Elizabeth Galoozis, and Diane Fulkerson, and ACRL visiting program officer, Sharon Mader, for your vision, energy, talent, and time in getting this column off the ground. We’re looking forward to a great lineup of authors planned throughout the upcoming year. If you have any questions, or would like to suggest content, please feel free to contact me, or the content/column editors:

The Information Literacy Assessment & Advocacy Project (ILAAP) has an information literacy assessment tool that can be used in your first and second year library instruction sessions.  The tool has been developed and tested at several post-secondary institutions in Alberta, Canada and is available for broad use.  To see a list of current and past users, check out our list of Participating Institutions. The ILAAP Assessment Tool is a customizable tool that responds to the unique needs of undergraduate information literacy instruction. The tool is web-based, offering multiple-choice and qualitative questions that have been mapped to the both the ACRL Standards and the Framework.  This is how it works: you select questions from a question pool that you wish to use in each session, tailoring the assessment tool to content delivered in specific sessions.  After you select the questions, we send you the URL to use after you teach.  Then, we send you a report summarizing the responses.