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Report
“Libraries and their
Users: Dial U for User”
Zagreb, Croatia
March 2 – 3, 2007
Information Literacy
Assessment – the ACRL
Standards and Beyond
Teresa Y. Neely, Ph.D.
Director, Zimmerman Library
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
[email protected]
Order of Lecture
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Information Literacy as a Concept
Defining Information Literacy
Association of College and Research
Libraries (ACRL) Standards
Beyond the Standards
Assessing Information Literacy
Information Literacy as a
Concept
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Zurkowski, 1974
1974 – late 1980’s – no consensus
ALA, 1989 – Final Report
Doyle, 1992 – Behavioral perspective
Bruce, 1996 – Relational perspective
ALA, 1998 – Progress Report
ACRL, 2000 – Standards and Objectives
Defining Information Literacy
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“those who have learned how to learn.
They know how to learn because they
know how knowledge is organized, how to
find information, and how to use
information in such a way that others can
learn from them. They are people
prepared for lifelong learning, because
they can always find the information
needed for any task or decision at hand.”
(ALA 1989)
Defining Information Literacy
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a set of abilities requiring
individuals to "recognize when
information is needed and have the
ability to locate, evaluate, and use
effectively the needed information."
(ACRL 2000)
Defining Information Literacy
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“the ability to access, evaluate, and
use information from a variety of
sources.”
(Neely 2000, 2002)
Why Use Standards?
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Provides opportunity to measure,
compare, and generalize
Outcomes assessment tired to academic
success
ACRL Standards, Objectives
and Competencies
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Published April 2000
International library community efforts
pre-date ACRL Standards
Various terminology and definitions
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Information competency
Information fluency
Technological literacy
ACRL Standards
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The information literate student
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Determines the nature and extent of
information needed
Accesses needed information effectively
and efficiently
Evaluates information and its sources
critically into his or her knowledge base
and value system
ACRL Standards
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The information literate student
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Uses information effectively to accomplish
a specific purpose
Understands the economic, legal, and
social issues surrounding the use of
information and accesses and uses
information ethically and legally
Beyond the Standards
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Students’ relationship with faculty
Attitudinal data
Demographic data
Technological competencies
Assessing Information Literacy
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Institutional support is critical
Determine why you are assessing
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Goals, objectives, research questions,
accreditation, outcomes assessment
Instrumentation
Intervention
Analysis and dissemination
Next Steps
References
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ACRL. Information Literacy Competency Standards for
Higher Education. Chicago, IL: ALA, ACRL, 2000.
http://www.ala.org/acr;/ilcomstan.html.
ALA Presidential Committee on Information Literacy. Final
Report. Chicago, IL: ALA, 1989. http://www.ala.
org/ala/acrl/acrlpubs/whitepapers/presidential.htm
ALA. A Progress Report on Information Literacy: An
Update on the American Library Association Presidential
Committee on Information Literacy: Final Report.
Chicago, IL: ALA, 1998.
http://www.ala.org/ala/acrl/acrlpubs/whitepapers/progres
sreport.htm
References
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Bruce, Christine S. Information literacy: A
phenomenography. Ph.D. diss., University of New
England, Aarmidale, 1996.
Bruce, Christine S. The seven faces of information literacy.
Adelaide, Australia: Auslib Press, 1997.
Doyle, Christina S. Development of a model of information
literacy outcome measures within National Education
Goals of 1990. Ph.D. diss., Northern Arizona University,
1992.
Neely, Teresa Y. Aspects of information literacy: A
sociological and psychological study. Ph.D. diss., University
of Pittsburgh, 2000.
References
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Neely, Teresa Y. Sociological and Psychological Aspects of
Information Literacy in Higher Education. Lanham, MD:
The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 2002.
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Neely, Teresa Y. Information Literacy Assessment:
Standards-Based Tools and Assignments. Chicago, IL: ALA
Editions, 2006.
Zurkowski, Paul G. The information service environment
relationships and priorities. Related paper no. 5. ERIC,
ED 100391, 1974.
Information Literacy
Assessment – the ACRL
Standards and Beyond
Teresa Y. Neely, Ph.D.
Director, Zimmerman Library
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
[email protected]

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