Stick It to the Wall

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Conference Proceeding


The ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education has prompted academic librarians to consider information literacy in groundbreaking ways since its release in 2015. Over the summer of 2015, Research Services librarians at
Bucknell University came together to collaborate on a project that sought to re-conceptualize the new ACRL Framework to make it accessible to students. After much brainstorming and discussion, we decided to create a series of posters, visually oriented learning objects that would attract students’ attention and serve as effective tools for instruction. Each of the six posters (see Appendix) represents a “frame” (e.g., Research as Inquiry, Authority is Constructed and Contextual, etc.), and contains questions related to that
frame. For example, the “Research as Inquiry” poster asks students to consider what they already know about their research topics, and what they need to explore further; what the dialogue or debate is that surrounds their topic; who might produce their “ideal” source; and whether they ought to consider modifying their focus if their research has taken them down an unexpected path. We want students to reflect on the poster questions as they engage in the research process, either as part of an information literacy session with a librarian, or independently when they use our instruction lab.