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Information Literacy Student Learning Outcomes: ACRL Framework for Information Literacy

ACRL Framework


What is the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy

The framework was developed by ACRL in 2015 as a model for teaching students about research and evaluation of information. 

What significance or value does the ACRL Framework have for faculty?

“The Framework opens the way for librarians, faculty, and other partners to redesign instruction sessions, assignments, courses, and even curricula; to connect information literacy with students success initiatives; to collaborate on pedagogical research and involve students themselves with that research; and to create wider conversations about student learning, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and the assessment of learning on local campuses and beyond.” ("Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education", American Library Association, p. 3, February 9, 2015.

Six Frames

  1. Authority Is Constructed and Contextual (ACC)
  2. Information Creation as a Process (ICP)
  3. Information Has Value (IV)
  4. Research as Inquiry (RI)
  5. Scholarship as Conversation (SC)
  6. Searching as Strategic Exploration (SSE)

Information Literacy Defined

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

23 Framework Things

Learn more about the Framework by taking the 23 Framework Things free course.

23 Framework Things