Overdue: Incorporating social justice into the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

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The Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education was adopted by the ACRL Board in 2016. Many librarians, particularly those interested in critical librarianship and critical information literacy, were disappointed that social justice did not explicitly appear anywhere in the Framework. To be fair, multiple elements of the Information has Value frame describe social justice work, specifically the Knowledge Practice: “understand how and why some individuals or groups of individuals may be underrepresented or systematically marginalized within the systems that produce and disseminate information.” https://crln.acrl.org/index.php/crlnews/article/view/24937
Original languageAmerican English
JournalCollege and Research Library News
StatePublished - May 2021


  • Information Literacy
  • social justice
  • information literacy framework


  • Library and Information Science

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