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Information Literacy Framework

Overview of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy

The Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

The Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education was filed by the ACRL Board in 2015, and adopted in 2016. It builds upon the ACRL Standards from 2000. The Framework has developed as a result of the desire to formulate and articulate core ideas about information, scholarship, and inquiry that are more flexible and less prescriptive than the Standards. The Framework is organized into six frames, or concepts central to information literacy, and associated knowledge practices and dispositions. They are presented below alphabetically:

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


The Framework represents a way to reconceive information literacy in terms of a broader cognitive engagement with information as a dynamic ecosystem. The language of the Framework, therefore, is more reflective, and creates opportunities for cross-disciplinary conversations about the creation, use, and value of information. We also believe that the Framework will create more varied opportunities for librarians and teaching faculty to collaborate on ways to teach and assess information literacy.

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