May 17, 2022

Video Recording of “ACRL SLILC Forum Global Perspectives on Information Literacy” Now Available

UPDATED March 13, 2016 The complete Global Perspectives on Information Literacy: Fostering a Dialogue for International Understanding”  white paper is now available.
159 pages; PDF. 

From ACRL:

The white paper is divided into thirteen chapters covering several topics from each author’s regional and/or cultural perspective:

Research trends: What kind of IL-related research is being done in your country or region that has impacted your approach to teaching?

Models of information literacy: What standards / frameworks / models / learning theory / pedagogy or specific paradigms do you most often use for inspiration in your teaching?

Theory and practice = praxis: Describe the connection between information literacy and student learning from your position or perspective. Alternatively, what is your teaching philosophy?

Role of librarians: What is the role of librarians in the higher education landscape of your country or region? How were/are you trained to become a teaching librarian?

Future visioning: Think about the future of information literacy for your region and share your vision for what you think that might look like in the next 5–10 years.

A final reflection explores themes presented by the authors, including an overarching shift to an increasing conceptual approach to information literacy; a growing enthusiasm for the teaching role of librarians; a responsibility to prepare our students to live and work in intercultural settings; a growing focus on the intersection of critical pedagogy and information literacy; and the challenges presented by translating information literacy work into multiple languages.


An ACRL SLILC (Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee) Forum Global Perspectives on Information Literacy took place yesterday (Feb. 28, 2017) and a video recording of the event is now available online and also embedded below.

About the Forum (via ACRL Insider)

The ACRL Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee (SLILC) is excited to announce the first in a series of programming and events related to the forthcoming white paper, Global Perspectives on Information Literacy: Fostering a dialogue for international understanding.

The white paper was edited by the ACRL SLILC committee and consists of thirteen chapters written by IL theorists and practitioners from various regions of the world (Africa, Canada, Europe, Oceania, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East), including a foreword by Dr. Emma Coonan of University of East Anglia.

The white paper gives important insight into themes, trends, and priorities for information literacy around the globe.

Global Perspectives on Information Literacy: Fostering a dialogue for international understanding will be published in March 2017.


Merinda Kaye Hensley, past chair of SLILC, and Dr. Emma Coonan Hensley and Coonan will outline the genesis of the white paper, as well as introduce the themes and highlights emerging from the work.

White Paper Preview

Direct to the foreword written by Dr. Emma Coonan: “Towards a constructive unbalancing: The reflexive turn in information literacy”

About Gary Price

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