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Library Toolbox for Faculty

Ideas for helping students navigate the information ecosystem


The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) developed a Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education to encourage college communities to engage with information literacy in new ways.  According to the document itself: "The Framework opens the way for librarians, faculty, and other institutional partners to redesign instruction sessions, assignments, courses, and even curricula; to connect information literacy with student success initiatives; to collaborate on pedagogical research and involve students themselves in that research; and to create wider conversations about student learning, the scholarlship of teaching and learning, and the assessment of learning on local campuses and beyond."

The Framework is made up of six frames or threshold concepts. Assignments designed with the Framework concepts in mind help students become more fluent in understanding our complicated information ecosystem.

For an excellent, concise summary of the Framework, see How Information Worksby Sherri Saines at Ohio University Libraries.

And, for a quick, visual overview of each frame, click the posters below.

Research as Inquiry FrameAuthority is constructed and contextual frameScholarship as conversation frameInformation has value framesearching as strategic explorationInformation creation is a process

Posters created by Cindi Tysick, University of Buffalo

For more information about knowledge practices and dispositions for each of the frames, click the links below.  

St. Louis Community College Libraries

Florissant Valley Campus Library
3400 Pershall Rd.
Ferguson, MO 63135-1408
Phone: 314-513-4514

Forest Park Campus Library
5600 Oakland
St. Louis, MO 63110-1316
Phone: 314-644-9210

Meramec Campus Library
11333 Big Bend Road
St. Louis, MO 63122-5720
Phone: 314-984-7797

Wildwood Campus Library
2645 Generations Drive
Wildwood, MO 63040-1168
Phone: 636-422-2000