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Adopt a Common Language: Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

Librarians, like teaching faculty, aspire to teach students to find, interpret, and produce information that is valued in academia. Together, we can do so by exposing students to six frames of understanding in the first-year, major, capstone, and graduate courses that you teach. Those frames are:

Scholarship as Conversation

Scholarship as Conversation

Research matures over time and through sustained discourse amongst researchers.

Information Creation as a Process

Information Creation as a Process

Research is a unique iterative process, which is reflected in a person's work.

Information has Value

Information Has Value

Legal and socioeconomic interests influence information gathering and distribution.

Research as Inquiry

Research as Inquiry

Each question in the research process builds on the previous one and paves way for the next.

Authority is Constructed and Contextual

Authority Is Constructed and Contextual

Information is judged in part based on its creator’s credibility and is applied in context.

Searching as a Strategic Exploration

Searching as Strategic Exploration

Research works best when approached with an open, flexible mind.

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