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Course Creation/Revision Guide: Information Literacy Standards

This guide is designed to assist course writers and instructional designers with navigating the library and utilizing library resources.

Information Literacy Standards

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) approved the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education in January, 2000 (American Library Association, 2007). Endorsed by the American Association for Higher Education and the Council of Independent Colleges, these standards, along with the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy adopted in 2016, serve as the foundation for information literacy instruction in higher education institutions across the nation. While the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards are prescriptive and closely mirror course learning outcomes, the ACRL Framework is based on a set of interconnected core ideas which allow for more flexibility in implementation (American Library Association, 2016). 

The "Six Skill Sets of the Information Literate Individual" outlined in the CSU Library's Information Literacy Statement are based on the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards, and their ideas are also encompassed in the broader concepts presented in the ACRL Framework. The following chart offers a comparison of the CSU Library's Skill Sets, the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards, and the ACRL Framework.


American Library Association. (2016). Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. Retrieved


American Library Association. (2007). Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. Retrieved from