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Information Literacy Framework

Overview of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy

Frame Defined

The Information Has Value frame refers to the understanding that information possesses several dimensions of value, including as a commodity, as a means of education, as a means to influence, and as a means of negotiating and understanding the world. Legal and socioeconomic interests influence information production and dissemination.

Alignment with 2000 ACRL Standards

Standard Five: The information literate student understands many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and accesses and uses information ethically and legally.

From: Hovious, Amanda. “Alignment Charts for ACRL Standards and Proposed Framework.” Google Docs, January 23, 2015.

Potential Learning Outcomes

Information Has Value
The value of information is manifested in various contexts, including publishing practices, access to information, the commodification of personal information, and intellectual property laws. As creators and users of information, experts understand their rights and responsibilities when participating in a community of scholarship.

Students should be able to:
• Identify publication practices and define how they affect the way information is accessed and valued.
• Recognize that intellectual property is a legal concept, socially constructed according to different professions or communities.
• Give credit to the original ideas of others through citation or attribution.

Adapted from:

USC Libraries. (n.d.). Information Literacy Outcomes for Undergraduates. Retrieved from