Standards & Practices

Explore the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education as well as related accreditation and international guiding documents.

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On, January 18, 2000, the ACRL Standards Committee and the ACRL Board of Directors reviewed and approved the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.

In July of 2011, ACRL formed a Task Force charged to recommend retaining the existing standards, revising the standards, or eliminating the standards. The task force recommended that the standards be extensively revised. Towards that end, the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force is revising the standards slated for publication in the summer of 2014.

CHARGE: Update the Information literacy competency standards for higher education so that they reflect the current thinking on such things as the creation and dissemination of knowledge, the changing global higher education and learning environment, the shift from information literacy to information fluency, and the expanding definition of information literacy to include multiple literacies, e.g., transliteracy, media literacy, digital literacy, etc. Information Literacy Task Force Homepage

 Further Readings on the revisions to the ACRL Information Literacy Framework

Understand the Standards

Further readings on ACRL Information Literacy Standards


Accreditation agencies have lent their support to the information literacy movement by including language in their Standards that stress the importance of teaching these abilities in colleges and universities. Explore and search these accrediting web sites for related reports and content.

International Standards

Information Literacy is important throughout the world and many interesting programs are being developed. We are providing links to seminal information literacy standards and definitions on this page. If you know of more please send us the information so that we can include it here.