Teaching Information Literacy Reframed

teaching information literacy reframed

Teaching Information Literacy Reframed

I have been working on a small project recently. I think it`s about time that librarians in Norway discuss whether or not we should try to use a standard or a framework in our information literacy classes, and I have been working on translating the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education to Norwegian and tried to see if I could somehow find some practical uses, through describing learning outcomes and learning activities to match them.

The framework itself is conceptual and quite hard to understand, and I came across a great book that I would like to recommend to those who seek to understand the framework. It`s called “Teaching Information Literacy Reframed: 50+ framework-based exercises for creating information-literate learners” and is written by Joanna M. Burkhardt.

Burkhardt has analysed the six frames in the ACRL framework and has tried to find leaning activities to match them. The activities themselves are perhaps not easy to use in Norway, as quite a few of them are very adapted to American society and history, but as inspiration they are great. In my little project, I could not use any of the activities from the book directly, but they made me think more broadly on the subjects and activities that better match the classes that I teach. Many of the activities described in the book are perhaps easier to use in classrooms and smaller groups, rather than in a lecture hall, but maybe one could use this book together with the ideas of a book that I have written about before: “Hvordan engasjere studentene” [How to engage students]? Using ideas from both books might work in lectures. 🙂

Anyway – I`m often impressed by how much interesting and good literature there really is about teaching information literacy. Now if we could only take the time to read and to discuss the ideas with other teaching librarians we could make some real changes..

Reading list – October and November

me with bookThere are so many new things going on at work these days that it is hard to keep up with the new literature. I have a few books and articles on hold that I will bring home with me soon. One of the books is the newly published “Pathways into Information Literacy and Communities of Practice: Teaching approaches and case studies”, edited by Dora Sales and Maria Pinto. I browsed quickly through the table of contents just now, and it looks really promising. As always, I am looking for practical approaches to teaching and assessment, and it looks like the authors have used both theoretical approaches (frameworks, critical thinking) and practical approaches (case studies, blended learning, rubrics, flipped classroom techniques) here. I am looking forward to reading more.

While I am talking about frameworks etc.. I have an rss feed to Meredith Farkas` blog “Information wants to be free”. Yesterday, a post popped into my reader. It was an answer to Christine Bombaro`s “Viewpoint article” in Reference Services Review, where Bombaro argued that the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education was elitist. I am not going to sum up their respective standpoints, but I would recommend having a look at both texts. It is very interesting the framework can be perceived so differently.

Other items on my reading list includes:

Burkhard, J. M. (2016).Teaching information literacy reframed: 50+ framework-based exercises for creating information-literate learners. London: Facet Publishing.

and some Norwegian articles on how students in secondary schools learn writing skills, and what reality they meet in higher education with regards to academic writing.

So many interesting books/articles – so little time!