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Info. Lit. Competecy Standards Revision Task Force Interim Report (June 2014)

The ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force submitted a Board action form and interim report on June 4, 2014, linked as a pdf below. This describes the latest thinking of the task force as members continue to work on the association’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. The ACRL Board met with the task force chairs at the ALA Annual Conference and discuss their feedback to this report and to the revised draft of the Framework, which was released June 17. A memo reporting on this conversation is in the comments below.

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To:         Craig Gibson, Co-Chair, Info Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force

                Trudi E. Jacobson, Co-Chair, Info Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force

                Troy Swanson, Member, Info Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force

From:    Mary Ellen Davis, ACRL Executive Director

Date:     July 15, 2014

Re:         Info Lit Standards Task Force - ACRL Board I Meeting Annual Conference Follow-up

Cc:          Karen Williams, ACRL President  

Ann Campion Riley, ACRL Vice-President

                Trevor Dawes, ACRL Past President

                Julie Ann Garrison, ACRL Board Liaison

                Kara Malenfant, ACRL Senior Strategist for Special Initiatives

 

On behalf of the ACRL Board of Directors, I would like to thank you for updating the Board at its June 28, 2014, Board I meeting at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV, on the work of the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force.

The Board is appreciative of the Task Force’s progress and are pleased with the direction of the Framework. The Board was especially happy to hear about the strong quality of comments the draft has already received, and would like to request that every individual who provides contact information be acknowledged and thanked for providing feedback. In addition, to alleviate the issue of the same comment being made repeatedly by different individuals, the Board recommends that the Task Force create a public document of frequently asked questions and the Task Force’s responses. ACRL Staff Liaison Kara Malenfant can assist you with these next steps.

I am very pleased to note that the acknowledgments for the comments received this spring have already been sent and that an FAQ about the development of the document has been created and posted. We look forward to the Task Force continuing to acknowledge individuals providing comments on the draft framework and expand the FAQ as needed to document additional decisions made by the Task Force.

As you work through this next round of feedback, we ask you to carefully consider whether there is cause to delay adopting the document this fall. As we have previously noted, the Board is not in a rush to hurry the process if there are still ideas/concepts that need to be thoroughly vetted. It is far more important that a final document represent the best thinking of the task force and the profession so that practitioners will find this document as useful in their work with faculty and students as they have the current standard.

The Board deeply appreciates the Task Force’s thoughtful work and commitment to engaging higher education stakeholders in their process. We value all of your work for ACRL.