Communications in Information Literacy, Vol 7, No 2 (2013)

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Minding the Gaps: Exploring the Space Between Vision and Assessment in Information Literacy Work

Heidi LM Jacobs


The current “ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standard Review Task Force” presents information literacy practitioners with an engaging intellectual endeavor: how might these standards be revised, rethought, re-envisioned? Regardless of what the review yields, the process is an excellent opportunity for us to think broadly and creatively about the Standards and to remember that they are not a fixed set of rules but a malleable and evolving document. Asking questions about the practical, pedagogical, and theoretical implications of the Standards and considering alternative approaches will yield engaging, fruitful, and necessary conversations not only about the teaching of information literacy but about our role as librarians within the educational mandates of our institutions.

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