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Communications in Information Literacy, v7 n2 p139-145 2013

The publication of educational standards inspires a variety of responses, from wholesale acceptance and deployment to criticism and blame. The author of this paper contends that the revision of the ACRL's "Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education" must be accompanied by a critical, conscious, and conscientious reception by librarians and information literacy advocates.

Descriptors: Information Literacy, Academic Libraries, Academic Standards, Competency Based Education, Educational Change, Student Characteristics, Relevance (Education), Educational Practices, Library Instruction, Educational Environment

Communications in Information Literacy. Director, University of Oklahoma-Tulsa Library, Schusterman Center, 4502 East 41st Street, Tulsa, OK 74135. Tel: 918-660-3222; Fax: 918-660-3215; e-mail: editors[at]; Web site:

Author: Harris, Benjamin R.


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