Authority Is Constructed and Contextual refers to the recognition that information resources are drawn from their creators’ expertise and credibility based on the information need and the context in which the information will be used. Experts view authority with an attitude of informed skepticism and an openness to new perspectives, additional voices, and changes in schools of thought.
Standard One: The information literate student determines the nature and extent of the information needed
Standard Three: The information literate student evaluates information and its sources critically and incorporates selected information into his or her knowledge base and value system.
From: Hovious, Amanda. “Alignment Charts for ACRL Standards and Proposed Framework.” Google Docs, January 23, 2015.
Key Aspects of the Frame:
Recognize appropriate information resources per discipline through understanding the role of authoritative voices in a subject area.
Determine attributes of authoritative information for different needs, with the understanding that context plays a role in authority-based attributes
Distinguish between different types of sources (i.e. scholarly, popular) in order to select appropriate sources for the research need.
Hands on activities:
This guide was created by a task force of PALNI librarians.
Eric Bradley | Goshen College / PALNI
Ula Gaha | [formerly] Saint Mary's College
Rebecca Johnson | [formerly] Manchester University
Sally Neal | Butler University
Catherine Pellegrino | Saint Mary's College
For general guidance on creating rubrics, refer to:
Rubrics examples for the specific Authority is Constructed and Contextual Frame, include:
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