ACRL – Frameworks

When considering student-centered learning, and creating my statement of teaching philosophy, it makes sense to discuss the ACRL frameworks which is a hugely debated pedagogical framework which grows out of a belief that information literacy is an educational reform movement that will realize its potential only through a richer, more complex set of core ideas.

ACRL – METRO Training
The Association for College and Research Libraries or ACRL has released this Spring Frameworks for Information Literacy. There are six concepts that construct the frames listed below (with hyperlink).


Authority Is Constructed and Contextual
Information Creation as a Process
Information Has Value
Research as Inquiry
Scholarship as Conversation
Searching as Strategic Exploration

Use of the student focused pedagogy helped me to format a training I led last week at the Metropolitan Library Council on Zotero for librarians, wherein which we approached the learning of a software as a contextual process where the class is constructing the rules for how Zotero works. As an open-source software, this meant that the learners understood that the Authority of the resource is based on the user-base and will shift throughout time.

We also incorporated conversation as a part of the process for learning. For twenty minutes we had a discussion In that point of interaction, students were able to discuss how to incorporate this learning in their libraries.

Futures Initiative and LILAC
During a meeting of instruction librarians throughout CUNY campus libraries, we discussed the possibilities of the Futures Initiative, pedagogy, and library instruction throughout CUNY. This conversation evolved into a committee (alongside another committee of CUNY libraries with public libraries) which will consider Futures Initiative’s collaboration with CUNY libraries.


The Futures Initiative
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016-4309