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University Libraries have a range of initiatives to help faculty design and embed literacy curriculum in their courses, to prepare students for careers as thoughtful, effective communicators and content creators.

ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Description

The libraries play an integral role in cultivating a culture of effective and influential research through our literacy initiatives. Illuminate's transformational education and research and scholarship initiatives directly relate to the work that the libraries are doing; not just to provide access to a wealth of resources but to promote critical thinking and engagement with those resources.

Our literacy initiatives are driven by the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy. The Framework is based on a cluster of interconnected core concepts, with flexible options for implementation. The Framework is organized into six frames, each consisting of a concept central to information literacy, a set of knowledge practices, and a set of dispositions. Knowledge practices are demonstrations of ways in which learners can increase their understanding of these information literacy concepts. Dispositions describe ways in which to address the affective, attitudinal, or valuing dimension of learning.

This information comes from ACRL's Framework for Information Literacy.

The six concepts that anchor the frames are:

  • Authority is Constructed and Contextual
  • Information Creation as a Process
  • Information has Value
  • Research as Inquiry
  • Scholarship as Conversation
  • Searching as Strategic Exploration

"In addition, this Framework draws significantly upon the concept of metaliteracy, which offers a renewed vision of information literacy as an overarching set of abilities in which students are consumers and creators of information who can participate successfully in collaborative spaces. Metaliteracy demands behavioral, affective, cognitive, and metacognitive engagement with the information ecosystem. This Framework depends on these core ideas of metaliteracy, with special focus on metacognition, or critical self-reflection, as crucial to becoming more self-directed in that rapidly changing ecosystem."

-Association of College and Research Libraries (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

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