Preconference: Shifting from “stuff” to students: Moving toward constructivism using the ACRL Framework

Location: Monarch Bay (1st floor).

The ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, created to refocus on “foundational ideas about the [often uncertain] information ecosystem,” has required a shift away from the easier-to-implement discrete skills enumerated in the Standards. As such, librarians around the country have been/are wary of the new Framework and wonder how to implement it into their practice. Underlying many of the changes in the new Framework is a shift away from the technical and mechanistic aspects of information literacy towards a more constructivist foundation that centers the student as a true constructor of her own knowledge. The Framework encourages librarians to value students’ expertise, experience, and authority in their own community and bring it to their new scholarly community.

In this preconference, the presenters will model constructivist pedagogy and active learning techniques by using the “jigsaw technique”, where attendees meet at tables to discuss each Frame and become “experts” on that Frame. The “experts” then move on to new tables and use their expertise to contribute to the discussion with a new group of participants. Tables will use a scenario from their own institution (or will be offered one) in order to develop lesson plans or activities using the Framework. Attendees will learn about each of the Frames and will collaborate with others to develop student learning outcomes, lesson plans, activities and other interactive techniques based on the Framework.

During the workshop attendees will:

– Gain an understanding of the new Framework and how it can complement the Standards that may already be in place at their institutions;

– Develop lesson plans, activities, and techniques to use to integrate the Framework into their practice at all levels; and

– Begin to use the Framework to move towards a critical practice that places value on students’ integral role in their educational endeavors.


Allison Carr, Social Sciences Librarian, California State University, San Marcos

Talitha Matlin, STEM Librarian, California State University, San Marcos