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Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

Framework Focus: Process

Framework Focus: Process

Information in any format is produced to convey a message and is shared via a selected delivery method. The iterative processes of researching, creating, revising, and disseminating information vary, and the resulting product reflects these differences.

Information Creation as a Process

Key Sentence: Novice learners begin to recognize the significance of the creation process, leading them to increasingly sophisticated choices when matching information products with their information needs. Experts understand that, in order to appreciate the timeliness, accuracy, complexity, and other attributes of information, one must understand the purpose and processes behind its creation.

Knowledge practices:

  1. articulate the capabilities and constraints of various creation processes;
  2. assess the fit between a creation process and an information need;
  3. articulate the processes of information creation and dissemination in a particular discipline;
  4. recognize that information may be perceived differently based on its format;
  5. recognize the implications of information formats that contain static or dynamic information;
  6. monitor the value that is placed upon different types of information products;
  7. transfer knowledge of capabilities and constraints to new types of information products;
  8. understand that their choices impact the purpose and message of information.

We teach:

  • Understanding that the timeliness, accuracy, complexity, etc. of an information object are relative to the purpose and processes behind its creation [gen ed, major]
  • Identifying and differentiating different types of digital information object [gen ed]
  • Recognizing the cultural, physical, and other context within which the information was created and understand the impact of context or interpreting the information [major, capstone/graduate]

“Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.” Association of College and Research Libraries, 11 Jan. 2016, Accessed 21 June 2017.

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