Participants in this preconference will learn approaches for transitioning to and teaching the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education with a social justice lens. The transition from the Standards to the Framework and the shift away from measurable skills-based outcomes has been challenging for many librarians, who still must meet the typical needs and requests of faculty with whom they work. Furthermore, some librarians question the liberal ideological underpinnings of the Framework and its compatibility with social justice-oriented teaching, an orientation that closely aligns with the historical aims, mission, and professional ethics within librarianship. However, the Framework may provide opportunities for deeper, more transformative learning through challenging students to think more critically about their own power and privilege, as well as the lack of certain voices, within the information ecosystem.
This preconference will focus on those ways in which the Framework overlaps, or is compatible with, critical information literacy – information literacy that focuses more on social justice, specifically on challenging systems and structures of power associated with the information ecosystem and helping students reflect upon their identities and positions within those systems and structures. Presentations will focus on specific frames, such as Information Has Value and Research as Inquiry, using contexts that range from one-shots to credit-bearing courses to curriculum design at a variety of university and college settings. Examples from presentations will include a lesson that engages student using popular culture and a classroom exercise that incorporates religious primary sources. A hands-on workshop will walk participants through all the frames and, through a reflective method, help them connect their personal vision of social justice to at least one frame. Finally, the Framework Advisory Board will present information about and share tools from the Framework Sandbox, a database of tools and lesson plans for teaching the Framework.
Meeting Type: Ticketed Event
Interests: Information Literacy, Instruction
Type of Library: Academic
Sponsors: ACRL, ACRL_IS
Cost: Ticketed Event. Not included with registration.