For immediate release | June 20, 2016

Burkhardt decodes ACRL's Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

CHICAGO — The six threshold concepts outlined in the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education are not simply a revision of ACRL's previous Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. They are instead an altogether new way of looking at information literacy. In “Teaching Information Literacy Reframed: 50+ Framework-Based Exercises for Creating Information-Literate Learners,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, bestselling author and expert instructional librarian Joanna M. Burkhardt decodes the Framework, putting its conceptual approach into straightforward language while offering more than 50 classroom-ready Framework-based exercises. Offering a solid starting point for understanding and teaching the six threshold concepts in the Framework, Burkhardt’s guidance will help instructors create their own local information literacy programs. This book:

  • discusses the history of the development of the Framework document and briefly deconstructs the six threshold concepts;
  • thoroughly addresses each threshold concept, scaffolding from the beginner level to the intermediate level;
  • includes exercises that can be used in the one-shot timeframe as well as others designed for longer class sessions and semester-long courses;
  • offers best practices in creating learning outcomes, assessments, rubrics, and teaching tricks and tips; and
  • looks at how learning, memory, and transfer of learning applies to the teaching of information literacy.

Burkhardt is collection management officer and director of the Narragansett Bay Campus and Providence Campus branch libraries of the University of Rhode Island. She has written numerous articles and made presentations about instruction and information literacy, and is lead author of “Teaching Information Literacy: 50 Standards-Based Exercises for College Students” and “Creating a Comprehensive Information Literacy Plan.” She has reviewed books for Library Journal and American Reference Books Annual for more than 30 years.

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