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Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education
ACRL's Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education opens the way for librarians, faculty, and other institutional partners to redesign instruction sessions, assignments, courses, and even curricula; connect information literacy with student success initiatives; collaborate on pedagogical research and involve students themselves in that research; and create wider conversations about student learning, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and the assessment of learning on local campuses and beyond.View the Framework.
Applying the Framework
Dive deeper into using the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy with these professional development opportunities, resources, and publications.
Get training in using the ACRL Framework for your library or organization with our new virtual workshop Engaging with the ACRL Framework.
Discover ways to use the Framework in instructional settings, as well as share your own activities and teaching resources related to the Framework, with ACRL's Framework Sandbox.
Envisioning the Framework offers a visual opportunity for thought, discovery, and sense-making of the Framework and its concepts. Buy it in the ALA Store!
Launched in 2017 by the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Advisory Board, this free toolkit supports professional use and understanding of the Framework.
Standards for Libraries in Higher Education
The Standards for Libraries in Higher Education are designed to guide academic libraries in advancing and sustaining their role as partners in educating students, achieving their institutions’ missions, and positioning libraries as leaders in assessment and continuous improvement on their campuses.View the Standards.
Applying the Standards
Dive deeper into using the ACRL Standards for Libraries in Higher Education with these professional development opportunities, resources, and publications.
Get training in using the ACRL Standards for your library or organization with our new virtual workshop Putting the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education into Action.
From external library reviews and preparing accreditation reports to facilitating staff retreats and strategic planning, ACRL provides a wide array of consulting services to help academic libraries grow and succeed.
The Library Assessment Cookbook features 80 practical, easy-to-implement recipes to help librarians of all levels of experience measure and demonstrate their institutional value. Buy it in the ALA Store!
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