The ACRL Framework for Information Literacy highlights six core concepts that measure the degree to which anyone understands and can use information with success. The frames, or core concepts, define what it means to be "information literate."
Click on each tab in the "ACRL Frames Say, I Say" box below to see what the Framework says about that concept, and what I say in response.
ACRL says, "Information resources reflect their creators’ expertise and credibility, and are evaluated based on the information need and the context in which the information will be used. Authority is constructed in that various communities may recognize different types of authority. It is contextual in that the information need may help to determine the level of authority required."
I want to point out that as a writer you are already in the process of establishing (or perhaps undermining) your own authority. You do this by
They say, "Information in any format is produced to convey a message and is shared via a selected delivery method. The iterative processes of researching, creating, revising, and disseminating information vary, and the resulting product reflects these differences."
I say that information creation -- writing, for example -- is a process that works best when you
ACRL says, "Information possesses several dimensions of value, including as a commodity, as a means of education, as a means to influence, and as a means of negotiating and understanding the world. Legal and socioeconomic interests influence information production and dissemination."
I say that the most valuable sources of information for writing are
They say, "Research is iterative and depends upon asking increasingly complex or new questions whose answers in turn develop additional questions or lines of inquiry in any field."
Inquiry means asking questions to learn. This means several different things in the research process:
They say, "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."
I say that research and writing is precisely engaging in such conversations. It's not only "scholars, researchers, or professionals" who engage in these conversations. This is something all of us do all the time. As a college student with a research assignment you are being asked to engage in conversations that are important to a wider audience than usual.
They say, "Searching for information is often nonlinear and iterative, requiring the evaluation of a range of information sources and the mental flexibility to pursue alternate avenues as new understanding develops."
I agree, but want to add that it's useful and even enlightening to think of search as a conversation. The give and take of "they say, I say" is built into searching.
In fact, the characteristics of searching given above are also characteristics of interesting and valuable conversations:
For more about searching, look at the tab "Find What's Interesting and Engaging."
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