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Friday, 29 April 2016

Information literacy #EBLIPRG

By Suzana Sukovic
Evidence Based Library and Information Reading Group on Twitter (#EBLIPRG) had two great rounds of discussion about information literacy. If you would like to see what people said and follow some excellent links, see a Storify version of our discussions.

Yesterday's discussion was about the new ACRL Information Literacy Framework. The facilitator, Karen Miller, provided links and discussion starters in the previous post on this blog. Fiona Jones has prepared Storify
Our March discussion focused on issues of information proficiency - see details shared before the meeting and Storify below.

Thanks to everyone who contributed! It was informative and good fun.

Now we need a volunteer to facilitate the next meeting on 26 May. Let us know via #EBLIPRG on Twitter or the LARK contact form (left hand side of the screen) if you want to give it a go. 

Monday, 18 April 2016

#EBLIPRG 28 April

#EBLIPRG (Evidence Based Library and Information Practice Reading Group) is meeting again on Twitter.

WHEN? Thursday 28 April at 4 pm AEST (Sydney-Canberra-Melbourne).

HOW TO JOIN? Use #EBLIPRG on Twitter and start chatting. Also check the LARK Diigo group (link on the left-hand side menu) for some useful tools and suggestions how to discuss on Twitter (tag "Twitter").

 Topic: The ACRL Information Literacy Framework
Today’s higher education environment has seen rapid changes in the information ecosystem, resulting in new roles and responsibilities for students, faculty and librarians. Are traditional information literacy frameworks still relevant or useful in this environment?

The new ACRL Information literacy framework, which was formalised earlier in 2016, is a set of six core concepts or frames that offers a different way of approaching the design and implementation of information literacy programs.

  • Authority Is Constructed and Contextual

  • Information Creation as a Process

  • Information Has Value

  • Research as Inquiry

  • Scholarship as Conversation

  • Searching as Strategic Exploration

  • See the link above to read the Framework, which consists of a description of each concept and two additional elements provided for each concept - ‘knowledge practices’ and ‘dispositions’.

     If you would like to read some commentary on the Framework, I recommend this article:

    The recently adopted ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education has generated much critique and discussion, including many important reflections on the nature of information literacy and librarianship itself. This article provides a brief consideration of some of these responses and as well a critique of the Framework from the perspective of critical information literacy. It argues that although the Framework demonstrably opens up possibilities for an information literacy instruction that encourages students to question the power structures and relations that shape information production and consumption, it nonetheless rests on a theoretical foundation at odds with that goal. It urges librarians to embrace the Framework yet also resist it, in the tradition of critical librarians who have practiced resistance to the instrumentalization of the library for neoliberal ends.

    Questions for the Tweet Chat

    • Is there a need for a rethink of ‘traditional’ information literacy frameworks?

    • What is your response to the ACRL framework?

    • How does the ACRL framework extend the boundaries of what and how librarians teach?

    • How can the framework guide the redesign of information literacy programs?

    • What are the pros and cons of the ACRL framework?

    • What particular concerns or issues raised in the article stand out for you?

    • What are the research opportunities for practitioner-research around this topic?

    See you on Twitter!
    Karen Miller