New ACRL publication: Informed Learning

Contact: Kathryn J. Deiss

ACRL Content Strategist

(312) 280-2529


For Immediate Release

October 21, 2008

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has released a new publication, “Informed Learning.”

Written by noted Australian learning theorist Christine S. Bruce, it provides a unique perspective on helping students become successful learners in fluid and fast moving information environments. The work is essential reading across higher education for those interested in learning theory and the teaching of information use.

In answering the question “What should we teach and how, so that our students will use information successfully, creatively and responsibly in their journey as lifelong learners,” Bruce has created a powerful and extensive examination of how information literacy and disciplinary learning can coexist. The framework for what Bruce terms “informed learning” will enable professors, teachers, librarians, researchers and researcher-librarians to work together in a responsive way to help students discover, process and use information.

Bruce is professor in the Faculty of Information Technology at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, and the author of numerous works on learning and information. Her previous titles include “The Seven Faces of Information Literacy” (1997), “Transforming IT Education: Promoting a Culture of Excellence” (with C. Mohay, G. Smith, G. Stoodley, and R. Tweedale, 2000) and “Information Literacy Around the World: Advances in Programs and Research” (with P.C. Candy, Charles Sturt, 2000).

“Informed Learning” is available for purchase through the ALA Online Store ( and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.


ACRL is a division of the American Library Association, representing nearly 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.