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Threshold Concepts: Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education: Information Creation as a Process

Resource guide for faculty, librarians, and administrators on the new framework for information literacy for higher educaiton.

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.

--Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

 

Information Creation as a Process

Knowledge Practices

Learners who are developing their information literate abilities do the following:

  • Articulate the capabilities and constraints of information developed through various creation processes
  • Assess the fit between an information product’s creation process and a particular information need
  • Articulate the traditional and emerging processes of information creation and dissemination in a particular discipline
  • Recognize that information may be perceived differently based on the format in which it is packaged
  • Recognize the implications of information formats that contain static or dynamic information
  • Monitor the value that is placed upon different types of information products in varying contexts
  • Transfer knowledge of capabilities and constraints to new types of information products
  • Develop, in their own creation processes, an understanding that their choices impact the purposes for which the information product will be used and the message it conveys

Dispositions

Learners who are developing their information literate abilities do the following:

  • Are inclined to seek out characteristics of information products that indicate the underlying creation process
  • Value the process of matching an information need with an appropriate product
  • Accept that the creation of information may begin initially through communicating in a range of formats or modes
  • Accept the ambiguity surrounding the potential value of information creation expressed in emerging formats or modes
  • Resist the tendency to equate format with the underlying creation process
  • Understand that different methods of information dissemination with different purposes are available for their use