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Framework Spotlight on Scholarship: Shields and Cugliari’s “Scholarship as Conversation”

April 26, 2017 - 10:53am

Shields, K., & Cugliari, C. (2017). “Scholarship as Conversation” Introducing students to research in nonprofit studies. College & Research Libraries News, 78(3), 137–141.

The April Spotlight features a practical and specific example of Framework theory and application which touches upon disciplinary particulars, conversations between librarians and teaching faculty, and instructional design. Librarian Kathy Shields and professor Christine Cugliari present a case study of a specific frame, Scholarship as Conversation, as a foundation for informing the design of an instructional sequence within a larger course. This frame proved helpful for addressing the area of nonprofit studies research, which is represented by a widespread conversation spread across several disciplines. Cugliari’s focus for her students centered on the process of how nonprofit research was produced, moving beyond simply locating and identifying a relevant nonprofit journal and scholarly article to “the larger picture of how scholarship is created and shared.” Shields and Cugliari detail how they designed a sequence of activities that involved response, reflection, specific questions about the ongoing conversation, a focus on citation as a record of the conversation, and discussion.

Kathy Shields (Twitter: @dottielibrarian) is research and instruction librarian for history and social sciences at Wake Forest University, and Christine Cugliari (Twitter: @doctorgive) is associate professor of nonprofit management at High Point University.

The “Framework Spotlight on Scholarship” column is a regular post series highlighting scholarship that uses, builds on, critiques, or responds to the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.

Framework Spotlight on Scholarship Returning in April 2017

April 24, 2017 - 11:40am

The Spotlight on Scholarship post series is returning after a brief hiatus. Sara Miller will be taking over the post series from Donna Witek. Many thanks to Donna for her thoughtful development of this column. If you have any suggestions for scholarship that you would like to be considered for the Spotlight series, please contact Sara at with the information.

If you haven’t done so yet, please visit the Contact/RSS tab to subscribe to the Framework website for updates, including future Spotlight on Scholarship posts.

This is also a great opportunity to catch up on past Spotlight posts which are accessible at this link:

On behalf of the Framework Advisory Board, we are eager to highlight some of the new literature being published around the Framework.

The “Framework Spotlight on Scholarship” column is a regular post series highlighting scholarship that uses, builds on, critiques, or responds to the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.

The ACRL Framework Sandbox is accepting contributions!

March 6, 2017 - 11:22am

The ACRL Framework Sandbox: is accepting contributions!

The Sandbox is an openly accessible platform and repository for librarians engaged with the Framework to discover and share classroom and professional development resources related to the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.

The Sandbox is a place of discovery and sharing that provides opportunities for collaboration and innovation in approaches to the Framework, both in the classroom and in terms of professional development.

Searching is freely available to everyone – you don’t need a login to start searching. And since the content of the Sandbox comes from you, the most important way you can celebrate the recent launch of the Sandbox is to contribute your Framework-related materials by creating a contributor account.

Jump into the Sandbox to share and learn from others!

ACRL Framework Advisory Board Member News

February 23, 2017 - 6:41am

The following update is cross-posted at ACRL Insider.

Since July 2015, the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Advisory Board (FAB) has been actively working with the ACRL Visiting Program Officer (VPO) for Information Literacy to create a supportive and interactive environment for librarians to learn how to use the Framework. Original member leaders Tish Hayes, Susan Miller, and Donna Witek were joined by new member leaders kYmberly Keeton, Sara Miller, Raymond Pun, and Mark Szarko in October 2016 to further expand FAB’s range of expertise and perspectives.

Now three additional member leaders have been appointed to FAB by ACRL President Irene M.H. Herold to contribute to the priority projects for this spring, which include promotion and administration of the Framework Sandbox, continued collaboration with the Framework Curriculum Designer/Presenter team, and the introduction of the Framework Toolkit as a locally tailored professional development tool.

FAB is pleased to welcome the following new members for terms beginning immediately and running through June 2017:

  • Smita Avasthi – Public Services Librarian, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA
  • Candice Benjes-Small – Head of Information Literacy and Outreach, Radford University, Radford, VA
  • Joanna Gadsby – Instruction Coordinator, Reference Librarian, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD

In other FAB news, Tish Hayes and kYmberly Keeton have agreed to serve as Interim Co-Chairs of FAB beginning in mid-March through the end of May 2017, when FAB’s Chair Donna Witek will be out on leave.

And at the end of January 2017, Sharon Mader completed her term as ACRL VPO for Information Literacy. FAB extends their heartfelt thanks to Sharon for her leadership and mentorship over the last two years in her support of the Framework.