ACRL Framework: Information Has Value

Misti and I went through the ACRL Framework as we developed outcomes for our information literacy sessions. I will now outline each frame.

Information Has Value:

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.

Knowledge and original ideas deserve to be credited and must be cited. There is value in information – even if people disagree on the commodification of knowledge. Speaking of the commodification of knowledge, learners should begin to wonder how current paywalls may limit certain socioeconomic classes’ education and access to resources. Indiana University has access to a lot of expensive databases; are other state schools so lucky? Beyond this, learners and new scholars should know that their thoughts have value, too!

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