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Introduction

While the new ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education was filed by the ACRL Board in February, 2015, and was a major topic of discussion at ACRL 2015 in Portland, many academic librarians still question how to use the new Framework in library instruction. Since 2013, the CARLI Instruction Showcase has offered academic librarians from Illinois the opportunity to share tips, tricks, and techniques they have used in library instruction. This Toolkit maps those instructional activities taught at the CARLI Instruction Showcase to the Framework, with the hopes that instruction librarians can use these presentations as resources for creating and/or re-imagining their own library instruction to accord with the Frames.

Frames

The Frames are presented alphabetically, and presentations are categorized by corresponding Knowledge Practices. 

Authority Is Constructed and Contextual

Information Creation as a Process

Information Has Value

Research as Inquiry

Scholarship as Conversation

Searching as Strategic Exploration

Standards and Framework

Definitions & Discussions on Threshold Concepts

  • Barradell, S. (2013). The identification of threshold concepts: A review of theoretical complexities and methodological challenges. Higher Education, 65(2), 265-276. doi:10.1007/s10734-012-9542-3
  • Morgan, P.K.  (2015, Winter).  Pausing at the Threshold. Faculty Publications.  Paper 1258 http://digitalcommons.hope.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2306&context=faculty_publications
  • Oakleaf, M. (2014).  A Roadmap for Assessing Student Learning Using the New Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.  Retrieved from http://meganoakleaf.info/framework.pdf
  • O’Donnell, R. (2010, December). A Critique of the Threshold Concept Hypothesis and an Application in Economics.  University of Technology, Sydney. School of Economics and Finance. Working Paper No. 164.
  • Private Academic Library Network in Indiana (PALNI).  Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education (LibGuide)
    Includes links to webinars and videos including presentation at the 2015 IL Summit by Hofer, Lu, and Townsend.  Retrieved from http://libguides.palni.edu/ilframework
  • Rowbottom, D.P. (2007). Demystifying threshold concepts. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 41(2), 263-270. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9752.2007.00554.x
  • Townsend, L., Brunetti, K., Hofer, A.R.  (2011, July).  Threshold Concepts and Information Literacy.  portal: Libraries and the Academy, 11(3), 853-869.  http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/pla/summary/v011/11.3.townsend.html
  • Wilkinson, L. (2014, June 19).  The Problem with Threshold Concepts, Sense and Reference: A Philosophical Library Blog.  Retrieved from https://senseandreference.wordpress.com/2014/06/19/the-problem-with-threshold-concepts/
    Wilkinson resigned from the Framework Task Force and uses this blog to provide his objections to the threshold concept approach. Also provides links to many blog posts written during the drafting of the Framework.

Critique/Discussion of the Framework

Incorporating into our teaching: Assessment/Learning Objectives/Case Studies

Bibliographies Providing More Sources

  • Association of College & Research Libraries.  (2015, February 2).  Appendix 3: Sources for Further Reading, Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/ilframeworkapps#appendix3
    Identifies the seminal research related to threshold concepts as well as other approaches to information literacy learning.
  • University College London. Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering.  Threshold Concepts: Undergraduate Teaching, Postgraduate Training, and Professional Development; A Short Introduction and Bibliography.  Retrieved from http://www.ee.ucl.ac.uk/~mflanaga/thresholds.html
  • Private Academic Library Network in Indiana (PALNI).  Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education (LibGuide)
    Includes links to webinars and videos including presentation at the 2015 IL Summit by Hofer, Lu, and Townsend.  Retrieved from http://libguides.palni.edu/ilframework
  • Wilkinson, L. (2014, June 19).  The Problem with Threshold Concepts, Sense and Reference: A Philosophical Library Blog.  Retrieved from https://senseandreference.wordpress.com/2014/06/19/the-problem-with-threshold-concepts/
    Wilkinson resigned from the Framework Task Force and uses this blog to provide his objections to the threshold concept approach. Also provides links to many blog posts written during the drafting of the Framework.

Instruction Activities- Selected Titles

Instruction Activities- Library of Congress Subject Headings