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Accreditation Agencies

Middle States Commission on Higher Education
CUNY’s accrediting body. 
Information Literacy and Accreditation Agencies (Association of College & Research Libraries)
Reviews the presence of information literacy in various accreditation standards.

Information Literacy Standards — Middle States

Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education
Middle States’ standards for accreditation, revised 2011. They require information literacy embedded and assessed in the higher education curriculum. See standards 11 and 12 in particular.
Developing Research & Communication Skills: Guidelines for Information Literacy in the Curriculum
A publication from Middle States offering guidelines and specific suggestions for integrating information literacy throughout the curriculum.  Download the executive summary. Of particular use: “Profile of an Information Literate Student,” a list of student learning outcomes (p. 8), and Learning Goals across Academic Levels, a rubric for information literacy assessment (pp. 11-12).

Information Literacy Framework and Standards

Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education
The Framework was filed by the ACRL Board on February 2, 2015. Download the Framework as a .pdf)

Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education
These standards were reviewed by the ACRL Standards Committee and approved by the Board of Directors of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) on January 18, 2000, at the Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association in San Antonio, Texas. These standards were also endorsed by the American Association for Higher Education (October 1999) and the Council of Independent Colleges (February 2004). A  PDF of this document is available.

Information Literacy Standards in the Disciplines

ACRL maintains guidelines, standards, and frameworks by topic area, including information literacy and instruction guidelines, standards, and frameworks by discipline.

About Information Literacy

“Information literacy is defined as a process by which students come to

  • Recognize when they have a need for information
  • Identify the kinds of information needed to address a given problem or issue
  • Develop a search strategy and find and evaluate the needed information
  • Organize the information and use it effectively to address the problem at hand
  • Use the information legally and ethically.”

From the CUNY Council of Chief Librarians’ White Paper on Information Literacy, 2001.

“An information literate individual is able to:

  • Determine the extent of information needed
  • Access the needed information effectively and efficiently
  • Evaluate information and its sources critically
  • Incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base
  • Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
  • Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally.”

From ACRL’s Information literacy competency standards for Higher Education.

Information Literacy (Association of College & Research Libraries)
Gateway to information including an overview of information literacy, standards and guidelines, resources and professional activity. Includes Information literacy in a nutshell for faculty and administrators.

Information Literacy Section (IFLANET) Promoting international coordination in information literacy education.