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Community Colleges and the ACRL Framework by TTW Contributor Troy Swanson


I am excited to share a link to an article I wrote in College & Research Libraries News, Sharing the ACRL Framework with Faculty: Opening Campus Conversations.”

Part of the reason that I put this article together is because I have heard from a few community college librarians who are concerned that the Framework does not work for 2-year colleges. They seem to be especially concerned that the Framework does not connect to career programs or developmental education. I have not found these concerns to be valid.

My C&RLNews article linked above outlines a professional development course for faculty that I conducted with my colleague Tish Hayes. Faculty from diverse programs (including career programs and ESL) participated and found that the ACRL Framework had strong connections to their curricula. It was a great experience that moved our campus conversation on information literacy forward.

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Troy A. Swanson is Department Chair and Teaching & Learning Librarian at Moraine Valley Community College. He is the co-editor of the recent book from ACRL, Not Just Where to Click: Teaching Students How to Think About Information. You can follow him on Twitter at @t_swanson.