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Research & Writing in the Library: Helping with the Scholarly Conversation: Scholarship As Conversation

An expanded definition of information literacy

With a new focus on meta-literacy and the threshold concepts, ACRL has recast the definition:

Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning.


Setting the Stage: Threshold Concepts

In March 2015, ACRL (the national organization for academic libraries) accepted the Framework as another way of thinking about information literacy. "The Framework . . . is called a framework intentionally because it is based on a cluster of interconnected core concepts, with flexible options for implementation, rather than on a set of standards or learning outcomes, or any prescriptive enumeration of skills. At the heart of this Framework are conceptual understandings that organize many other concepts and ideas about information, research, and scholarship into a coherent whole."

  1. Authority Is Constructed and Contextual
  2. Information Creation as a Process
  3. Information Has Value
  4. Research as Inquiry
  5. Scholarship as Conversation
  6. Searching as Strategic Exploration

Scholarship as Conversation

Communities of scholars, researchers, or professionals engage in sustained discourse with new insights and discoveries occurring over time as a result of varied perspectives and interpretations.

Why Scholarship as Conversation?

  • Writing crucial to this concept - interact w/written text to learn, contribute via written work
  • Related to other threshold concepts that inform written product: Research as Inquiry, Information Creation as a Process, Authority is Constructed and Contextual 
  • Covers much of what faculty concerned with about research process: Narrowing topics, citations, evaluation/use of sources