Academic Commons

Essays

Beyond the Threshold: Conformity, Resistance, and the ACRL Information Literacy Framework for Higher Education

Beilin, Ian G.

The recently adopted ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education has generated much critique and discussion, including many important reflections on the nature of information literacy and librarianship itself. This article provides a brief consideration of some of these responses and as well a critique of the Framework from the perspective of critical information literacy. It argues that although the Framework demonstrably opens up possibilities for an information literacy instruction that encourages students to question the power structures and relations that shape information production and consumption, it nonetheless rests on a theoretical foundation at odds with that goal. It urges librarians to embrace the Framework yet also resist it, in the tradition of critical librarians who have practiced resistance to the instrumentalization of the library for neoliberal ends.

Files

  • thumnail for Beilin_-_Beyond_the_Threshold.pdf Beilin_-_Beyond_the_Threshold.pdf application/pdf 132 KB Download File

More About This Work

Academic Units
Libraries and Information Services
Published Here
June 24, 2015
Academic Commons provides global access to research and scholarship produced at Columbia University, Barnard College, Teachers College, Union Theological Seminary and Jewish Theological Seminary. Academic Commons is managed by the Columbia University Libraries.