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How to Design a Library Research Assignment

The skills necessary to become information literate are analogous to those skills required of someone who employs critical thinking. This guide provides sample information literacy assignments and guidelines for creating effective library assignments

Critical thinking and Information Literacy

Information Literacy is the ability to efficiently navigate information resources in order to identify credible sources relevant to a research question and use those sources to inform and engage one’s own thinking. The skills necessary to become information literate are analogous to those skills required of someone who employs critical thinking.

The "Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education" (from the Association of College and Research Libraries) contextualizes information literacy into the following six "frames" presented in alphabetical order.

"The ACRL Framework is called a framework intentionally because it is based on a cluster of interconnected core concepts, with flexible options for implementation, rather than on a set of standards or learning outcomes, or any prescriptive enumeration of skills.

Two added elements illustrate important learning goals related to those concepts: knowledge practices, which are demonstrations of ways in which learners can increase their understanding of these information literacy concepts, and dispositions, which describe ways in which to address the affective, attitudinal, or valuing dimension of learning." 

"Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education", American Library Association, February 9, 2015.
ttp://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/ilframework (Accessed July 8, 2021)
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