Going with (and Growing with) the Framework: Teaching Information Literacy with a Social Justice Lens

ACRL Instruction Section Preconference @ ALA Annual Conference
Chicago, Illinois
Friday, June 23, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Offered by the ACRL Instruction Section

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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.


Samantha Becker, Campus Engagement Librarian, Drake University
Alexandra Chappell, Arts & Humanities Team Leader, The Claremont Colleges
Dani Brecher Cook, Director of Teaching and Learning, University of California, Riverside
Jessica Greene, STEM Librarian Team Leader, The Claremont Colleges Library
Lisa Hinchliffe, Professor/ Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction, University of Illinois Urbana
kYmberly Keeton, Lincoln University
Leslie L. Morgan, University of Notre Dame
Karen Nicholson, Manager, Information Literacy, University of Guelph
Nicole Pagowsky, Associate Librarian and Instruction Coordinator, University of Arizona
Laura Saunders, Assistant Professor, Simmons College
Maura Seale, Collections, Research, & Instruction Librarian, Georgetown University
Allegra Swift, Scholarly Communications Librarian, University of California, San Diego
Desirae Zingarelli-Sweet, Reference & Instruction Librarian, Loyola Marymount University


Registration Fees:
ACRL member - $255
ALA member - $305
Nonmember - $355

Registration includes handout packet and morning and afternoon refreshment breaks.

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