October 27, 2021

New Issue Brief From Ithaka S+R: “Information Literacy and Research Practices” by Nancy Fried Foster

A new Issue Brief From Ithaka S+R: Information Literacy and Research Practices by Nancy Fried Foster.


Yesterday, ACRL released the third draft of the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education and called upon the community to provide additional feedback.

Against this backdrop, our latest issue brief is particularly timely. In “Information Literacy and Research Practices,” Nancy Fried Foster, Ithaka S+R’s senior anthropologist, demonstrates how “researchers in the wild” are adhering to many of the goals described in the draft Framework. While recognizing that the move away from the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, in place now for nearly 15 years, has not been without debate, Foster argues that the Framework  “captures more realistically what information-literate people really do and, despite the controversies, represents a significant step forward in the incorporation of a sophisticated understanding of scholarly work practice into the fundamentals of librarianship.”

Direct to Full Text Issue Brief: Information Literacy and Research Practices (10 pages; PDF)

See Also: Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education (Draft 3)
Newly revised draft from ACRL. Comments due December 12, 2014
Framework Homepage

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.