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Threshold Concepts & Information Literacy

Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) revised the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education to address changes to the informational climate.  This new Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education focuses on six threshold concepts, ideals to serve as "passageways or portals to enlarged understanding or ways of thinking and practicing within that discipline."

This LibGuide will bring together the latest information on the Framework, as well as shared material from PALNI member libraries in using the existing Standards and developing Framework.

Information Literacy Redefined

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

In earlier drafts of the Framework, Information literacy was defined as a spectrum of abilities, practices, and habits of mind that extends and deepens learning through engagement with the information ecosystem. It includes

  • understanding essential concepts about that ecosystem;
  • engaging in creative inquiry and critical reflection to develop questions and to find, evaluate, and manage information through an iterative process;
  • creating new knowledge through ethical participation in communities of learning, scholarship, and civic purpose; and
  • adopting a strategic view of the interests, biases, and assumptions present in the information ecosystem.

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