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The Information Literacy Framework: Case Studies of Successful Implementation. Heidi Julien, Melissa Gross, and Don Latham, eds. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2020. 296p. Paper, $50.00 (ISBN 978-1-5381-2144-3). LC 20-9038974.

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The Information Literacy Framework: Case Studies of Successful Implementation provides librarians with examples of how others have implemented and used ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy in a variety of settings. The book is split into three sections: Preparing to Use the Framework, Case Studies of Instruction Using the Framework, and Educating for the Framework. Given the amount of uncertainty that librarians have expressed since ACRL introduced the Framework, this text should be useful to many. While the learning environments will differ, librarians should be inspired by the case studies to adapt the ideas to their own environments. Case studies come from a range of institutions including a private boarding (high) school, large state universities, community colleges, and large and small private universities. While the editors are current faculty at schools of Information or Information Science, practitioners author most of the chapters, with several Information Science faculty contributing to the section on educating for the Framework.

In the preface, the editors briefly introduce the short history of the Framework including how librarians have begun to use the document in instruction. Specific emphasis is given to the challenge librarians face when interpreting the Framework. The editors also discuss the importance of including a wide range of geographic locations, contexts, and organizations for the implementation of the Framework. Showcasing diversity within this text provides a greater range of examples that librarians can draw upon and reinforces the diversity that is present within the profession itself.

The first section of the text covers preparing to use the Framework, and all chapters are authored by practicing librarians. These chapters address a range of issues including helping librarians and faculty to learn about and use the Framework and mapping the Framework to specific curriculum. Other topics covered in this section include embedding information literacy within curriculum, planning to assess student skills based on the Framework, and using the Framework as a guide to think about information literacy instruction. Librarians also share in the section how the Framework has been used to work with faculty and promote information literacy instruction efforts.

The second section contains case studies on instruction written by librarians and the disciplinary faculty who work with instruction librarians. While the examples in this section come from multiple contexts, like all case studies they are specific to their environment and may be difficult to translate to another situation. While perusing this section, readers should keep this in mind and think about how they can adapt the case studies to their own instructional environment. The case studies mostly focus on using the Framework to either support the curriculum or work in a specific course or series of courses. The examples do not come from single one-shot sessions; instead, they come from thoughtful ways to integrate the Framework into instructional programs as a whole or into specific courses or curriculums. The case studies include examples of translating the frames into online tutorials, incorporating the Framework into first-year studies, using the Framework as a guide to teaching source integration, and redesigning a credit-bearing course using the Framework.

The third section is about educating new librarians about the Framework and is mostly authored by professors who teach information studies and topics related to information literacy, though some chapters are written by librarians and library faculty. This part of the text emphasizes educating librarians through professional development and formal curriculum. Authors spend time exploring how librarians connect to the Framework and how that relates to their professional practice, which includes common beliefs about the Framework. In one chapter, the Framework is examined through the lens of metaliteracy, considering ways the Framework can be incorporated into existing metaliteracy instruction. Information Studies faculty consider how the Framework can be incorporated into coursework that engages master’s degree students in diversity leadership and management instruction. Faculty also describe how the Framework has been used to develop graduate-level teaching certificate programs and how graduate instruction in reference and instruction work can incorporate the Framework and threshold concepts.

This text will provide inspiration to librarians and library and information science faculty who are seeking to engage with the Framework for Information Literacy. While each chapter describes a specific environment or library, the authors have generously shared their experiences so that others may learn from and adapt their work. Professionals looking to investigate the usage of the Framework by their peers, especially in the realm of how to adapt and think about the Framework for instruction programs or philosophies, will find value in this text. Anyone who is struggling to engage with the Framework and implementing it in their own environment should use this collection of case studies to learn how other librarians have put the Framework to good use in their own contexts.—Elise Ferer, Drexel University

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