In this thing, focus on either one-shot instruction sessions (single instruction sessions) OR information literacy courses (often for-credit, semester-long courses taught by librarians). Choose whichever you feel most applies to your instruction.
Association of College & Research Libraries. (2015). Appendix 1: Implementing the Framework. http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/ilframeworkapps
Farkas, M. (2016). The mindful instruction librarian and the “one-shot” [Slides]. https://www.slideshare.net/librarianmer/the-mindful-instruction-librarian-and-the-oneshot
Kelly, S. (2015). Promoting critical dispositions: Incorporating the IL Framework in one-shot library instruction. Mississippi Libraries, 78(4), 8-9. https://mla42.wildapricot.org/resources/Documents/MLarchive/ML2015Fall.pdf
The one-shot. 60- to 90-minutes to “cover” all six Frames?!?! You don’t need to know much math to see the impossibility of that. The ACRL explains,
It is important for librarians and teaching faculty to understand that the Framework is not designed to be implemented in a single information literacy session in a student’s academic career; it is intended to be developmentally and systematically integrated into the student’s academic program at a variety of levels. (Appendix 1)
It is not the intention of the Framework to fit its entire contents into one session, but to build a curriculum that will reach students throughout their academic experience. Several of the other “things” speak to methods and steps to take to build this curriculum, specifically, Thing 12 – Working with Faculty, Thing 17 – Curriculum-Mapping, and Thing 18 – Outreach/Marketing.
Not all Frames can be taught in depth in a one-shot session. So, what can be done?
Please answer the following questions:
What issues have you run into (or foresee running into) implementing a one-shot session with the Framework? How have you, or could you, overcome these obstacles? Feel free to borrow suggestions from anything you’ve read.
While not all Frames can be taught in depth in a 60-minute session, Kelly and Burgess show that many of them can be touched on. How do you model the attitudes of an experienced researcher when teaching? How can you go further?
Information Literacy Courses
Frank, E.P. & MacDonald, A.B. (2016). Eyes toward the future: Framing for-credit information literacy instruction. Codex: the Journal of the Louisiana Chapter of the ACRL, 4(4), 9-22. http://journal.acrlla.org/index.php/codex/article/view/124/246
Carncross, M. (2015). Redeveloping a course with the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education: From skills to process. College & Research Libraries News, 76(5), 248-250, 273. http://crln.acrl.org/index.php/crlnews/article/view/9309/10406
The sample assignments mentioned in Carncross’ article can be found starting on page 14 of the second draft of the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. According to page 2, “[The Assignments] will be added to a future online sandbox, rather than reside within the Framework proper, as they may change over time.” Here’s that future online sandbox: ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Sandbox
Those teaching information literacy courses may be daunted by the prospect of having to update their entire course curriculum with the filing of the Framework. However, a complete overhaul does not need to occur as it did in the Frank and MacDonald article. In the Carncross reading, the author reworked her existing course curriculum to include concepts of the Framework. This required several changes but left many existing course components intact.
Please answer the following questions:
If your institution is planning to implement the Framework, is a complete overhaul of your IL course required or is a reworking of some parts more applicable? How will you go about making these changes?
If you’ve already updated your IL course, what changes have you noticed in student engagement and their IL development from the course? What advice would you give those who are embarking on updating their courses? If willing, please share your syllabus!