A Constellation To Guide Us: An Interview With Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe About The Framework For Information Literacy For Higher Education

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper was to ask Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, Professor/Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction in the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, about her views regarding the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. Design/methodology/approach: This is an interview. Findings: Hinchliffe believes that the Framework is one among many documents that academic librarians can and should use to promote information literacy. Research limitations/implications: Hinchliffe contradicts the opinion that the Framework and the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education could not have co-existed. Practical implications: Hinchliffe offers librarians practical advice for moving from a Standards-based to a Framework-based information literacy program. Originality/value: Hinchliffe concludes that the old ways of fostering information literacy do not need to be rejected to adopt new practices.


Information literacy, Threshold Concepts, Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, Pennsylvania Consortium for the Liberal Arts (PCLA)

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