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Toolkit: Authority Is Constructed and Contextual- Dispositions


"Information resources reflect their creators’ expertise and credibility, and are evaluated based on the information need and the context in which the information will be used. Authority is constructed in that various communities may recognize different types of authority. It is contextual in that the information need may help to determine the level of authority required." ACRL Framework

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Learners who are developing their information literate abilities do the following:

Disposition 1

Develop and maintain an open mind when encountering varied and sometimes conflicting perspectives.

Disposition 2

Motivate themselves to find authoritative sources, recognizing that authority may be conferred or manifested in unexpected ways.

Disposition 3

Develop awareness of the importance of assessing content with a skeptical stance and with a self-awareness of their own biases and worldview.

Disposition 4

Question traditional notions of granting authority and recognize the value of diverse ideas and worldviews.

Disposition 5

Are conscious that maintaining these attitudes and actions requires frequent self-evaluation.

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