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The ACRL Framework Sandbox is accepting contributions!

March 6, 2017 - 11:22am

The ACRL Framework Sandbox: sandbox.acrl.org 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.

Framework Spotlight on Scholarship: Monograph Round-up

December 14, 2016 - 1:00am

This week’s Spotlight on Scholarship offers something a bit different: a round-up of recently published monographs that offer studies, essays, and creative approaches to the Framework.

As we find ourselves in a season of gift-giving, consider giving one of the following books to your favorite librarian, faculty collaborator, or library; full information about each book, including description, table of contents, and how to order, can be found at each link:

The Future Scholar: Researching and Teaching the Frameworks for Writing and Information LiteracyEdited by James P. Purdy and Randall McClure, Information Today, Inc., 2016

Rewired: Research-Writing Partnerships within the FrameworksEdited by Randall McClure, ACRL, 2016

Teaching Information Literacy through Short StoriesBy David Brier and Vickery Kaye Lebbin, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2016

Information Literacy and Writing Studies in Conversation: Reenvisioning Library-Writing Program ConnectionsBy Andrea Baer, Library Juice Press, 2016

Information Literacy: Research and Collaboration across Disciplines (pre-print format, openly accessible online), Edited by Barbara J. D’Angelo, Sandra Jamieson, Barry Maid, and Janice R. Walker, The WAC Clearinghouse and University Press of Colorado, 2016

Also, if you haven’t done so yet, come explore the new ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Sandbox, a platform and repository for sharing Framework-related instruction and professional development materials.

After this post, the Spotlight on Scholarship will be on hiatus through the holidays, with hopes of returning some time after the new year.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy holiday season!

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.

ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Sandbox Launches

December 8, 2016 - 10:32am

The following update is cross-posted at ACRL Insider.

ACRL’s Framework Advisory Board (FAB) is excited to announce the launch of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Sandbox. The ‘sandbox’ that was first envisioned during the development of the Framework is now a reality.

The Sandbox is an openly accessible platform and repository for librarians and their educational partners to discover, share, collect and use ongoing work related to the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education in practice and professional development. The Sandbox is a dynamic resource whose content is created by contributors engaged in the Framework.

“ACRL’s introduction of this innovative resource to support the needs of librarians engaging with the Framework in all types of academic settings is reflective of the association’s strategic priorities,” said ACRL President Irene M.H. Herold. “By providing opportunities for discovery and sharing of Framework-related instruction and professional development resources, the Sandbox will help build the capacity of librarians to advance the integration of information literacy into student learning. The Sandbox will only be as useful as the membership makes it, so all are encouraged to contribute.”

In this platform, visitors can both browse and contribute by searching for materials tailored to their needs and contributing their own materials to share with others. The Sandbox will foster collaboration and networking as librarians discover examples to adapt and try out in their own settings and find others who are working on topics of mutual interest.

We invite you to jump into the Sandbox to share and learn from others. Searching is freely available for 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 launch of the Sandbox is to contribute your Framework-related materials by creating a contributor account. Consult the Sandbox Help Center for information about how to get the most out of using the Sandbox.

The FAB Sandbox Project Team (Donna Witek, Susan Miller, and Sharon Mader) want to thank the Cherry Hill Company, ACRL Executive Director Mary Ellen Davis and the ACRL staff, and ALA ITTS for their collaboration and support in bringing this long-awaited resource to life.

See you in the Sandbox!