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Information Literacy and Technological Agility Shared Competency (ILTA)

This guide offers support for faculty members using or exploring the ILTA Shared Competency

SU Libraries & Information Literacy

The Information Literacy Program at Syracuse University Libraries offers support to faculty interested in developing strategies to incorporate information literacy knowledge, skills and attitudes into their teaching. For more information, please contact Information Literacy Librarian Kelly Delevan ( 

ACRL Information Literacy Framework

Information Literacy, as defined by the American Library Association, is "the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning." 

As a guide for librarians, instructors, and institutional partners, the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, approved by the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) in 2016, six frames, each consisting of a concept central to information literacy, a set of knowledge practices, and a set of dispositions:

Authority Is Constructed and Contextual: Information resources reflect their creators’ expertise and credibility, and are evaluated based on the information need and the context in which the information will be used. Authority is constructed in that various communities may recognize different types of authority. It is contextual in that the information need may help to determine the level of authority required.

Information Creation as a Process: Information in any format is produced to convey a message and is shared via a selected delivery method. The iterative processes of researching, creating, revising, and disseminating information vary, and the resulting product reflects these differences

Information Has Value: Information possesses several dimensions of value, including as a commodity, as a means of education, as a means to influence, and as a means of negotiating and understanding the world. Legal and socioeconomic interests influence information production and dissemination.

Research as Inquiry: Research is iterative and depends upon asking increasingly complex or new questions whose answers in turn develop additional questions or lines of inquiry in any field.

Scholarship as Conversation: Communities of scholars, researchers, or professionals engage in sustained discourse with new insights and discoveries occurring over time as a result of varied perspectives and interpretations.

Searching as Strategic Exploration: Searching for information is often nonlinear and iterative, requiring the evaluation of a range of information sources and the mental flexibility to pursue alternate avenues as new understanding develops.

The information literacy framework is also available as an infographic series.

Companion ACRL Frameworks for Information Literacy

The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) also released companion documents to their Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education tied to specific disciplines: 

Additional Information Literacy Resources