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What's Social Justice Got To Do With Information Literacy?

ACRL 2017

Collaboration with CA Catholic Institutions - Our Plan

  • Learn how to integrate and apply an information social justice construct to information literacy
  • Training session for instruction librarians to learn to use Community Online Research Assignments (CORA)
  • Training session and workshop for instruction librarians to learn about ARCL Frameworks specifically information social justice and developing lessons/activities
  • Develop lesson plans and instruction strategies
  • Identify and partner with faculty to incorporate into relevant courses across all campuses
  • Two semesters to teach information social justice framework to relevant courses
  • Assess information social justice as an IL Frame

Defining Social Justice

Social Justice in Information Literacy: What Does that Mean?

When we seek information, we examine the privilege of the voices & sources of our information and we learn to identify whose voices are present and whose voices are missing and how that impacts & influences our understanding of information.

Critical information literacy differs from standard definitions of information literacy (ex: the ability to find, use, and analyze information) in that it takes into consideration the social, political, economic, and corporate systems that have power and influence over information production, dissemination, access, and consumption. Excerpt from  Gregory, L. and Higgins, S. (Eds.) (2013). Information literacy and social justice: Radical professional praxis. Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press.