Monday, June 11, 2012

C&RL News > Characteristics of Programs of Information Literacy That Illustrate Best Practices: A Guideline

College & Research Libraries News / Vol. 73 No. 6 / pp. 355-359 
 June 2012

ACRL Information Literacy Best Practices Committee

Note: Approved by the ACRL Board of Directors, June 2003, revised January 2012

The Characteristics of Programs of Information Literacy that Illustrate Best Practices: A Guideline attempts to articulate elements of exemplary information literacy  programs for undergraduate students at four-and two-year institutions.

The characteristics identify and describe features not able in information literacy  programs of excellence. The characteristics  are not, however, descriptive of any one program, but rather represent a metaset of elements identified through examination of many programs and philosophies of undergraduate information literacy.

In addition, though guided by the definitions found in the Final Report of the ALA Presidential Committee on Information Literacy (1989), A Progress Report on Information Literacy: An Update on the  American Library Association Presidential Committee on Information Literacy: Final  Report (1998), and the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher  Education (2000), the characteristics themselves do not attempt to define information literacy per se. Instead, the focus is on defining the elements of best practices in  information literacy programming.

Although an attempt was made to categorize and organize the characteristics for ease of use and logical presentation, the order does not reflect any judgment of priority.


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