Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Rethinking Information Literacy: A Practical Framework for Supporting Learning

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Rethinking Information Literacy: A Practical Framework for Supporting Learning

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Rethinking Information Literacy: A Practical Framework for Supporting Learning. Edited by Jane Seeker and Emma Coonan. London: Facet, 2013. 224 p. Paper $95 (ISBN: 978-1-85604-822-4).

The focus of this ambitious volume is ANCIL, A New Curriculum for Information Literacy. The editors developed this approach in the U.K., so it is both distinct from and resonant with ACRLs information literacy standards. For readers in the U.S., this volume provides an opportunity to rethink approaches, borrow ideas, draw comparisons, and revisit information literacy concepts.

ANCIL comprises ten elements that map to the chronological development of the undergraduate researcher. The editors insist that these strands are represented best visually, but the written list is compelling too:

1. Transitioning from school to higher education.

2. Becoming an independent learner.

3. Developing academic literacies.

4. Mapping and evaluating the information landscape.

5. Discovering resources in one's discipline.

6. Managing information.

7. Engaging with the ethical dimension of information.

8. Presenting and communicating knowledge.

9. Synthesizing information and creating new knowledge.

10. Engaging with the social dimension of information.

Coupled with this process is the crucial mandate to "seek out partnerships and to work interprofessionally in our schools, colleges and universities. …

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