Getting started with the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy

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I’ve pretty much stayed on the sidelines for much of the discussion and debate surrounding the Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education since it was first unveiled in 2016. Early on, there was some discussion on the merits of updating the old 2000 Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, but now as I’ve had a chance to digest the Framework (or at least read about it), it’s time to embrace those pieces of it that can be integrated into my local IL curricula. I’m about to embark on revamping the student learning outcomes of my institution’s credit-bearing information literacy class. At the same time, I’m deciding on how to introduce the Framework to subject discipline faculty who come to the library for one-shot sessions. I’ve already found some very relevant examples online and in the literature. I know this is not an exhaustive list — it is top heavy in sources from the Northern Hemisphere.  I’d like to find additional international sources. If you can recommend some, please do.  I’m really trying to find resources that will help folks like me get started, not every article ever written.  I know I’m late to the party, but I’m hoping that I can contribute my experiences through this blog.


  • 23 Framework Things allows you to work through self-paced modules on the 23 aspects of the Framework sponsored by the Minnesota Library logo for 23 framework thingsAssociation. The 23 Framework Things will stay active after the prize eligibility and progress tracking ends on February 1, 2018.


Framework quote: "The Framework Toolkit is intended as a freely available professional development resource that can be used and adapted by both individuals and groups in order to foster understanding and use of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. "

Open Access Assignments:

  • ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Sandbox is full of assignments and activities that librarians and subject discipline faculty have submitted to help colleagues many of which are licensed to share.
  • Project CORA (Community of Online Research Assignments). A resource of Project Cora logo: CORA letters over a book graphicopen access assignments for librarians and subject discipline faculty developed by the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium.

Community College Lens:

International Perspectives:

Open Access Journal Articles:  Open Access logo: illustration of a padlock that is open.