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Information Literacy in the Disciplines

This guide contains links and citations to information literacy standards and curricula developed by accrediting agencies, professional associations, and institutions of higher education

Information Literacy in the Disciplines: Social Work

The ACRL IS Information Literacy in the Disciplines Committee has gathered together links and citations to information literacy standards and curricula developed by accrediting agencies, professional associations, and institutions of higher education in Social Work.

1. Accrediting Agencies & Professional Associations

Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Educational and Behavioral Sciences Section (EBSS) Social Work Committee. "Companion Document to the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education: Social Work"

Council on Social Work Education. “2022 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards.

National Association of Social Workers (NASW). “NASW Standards.”

Professional Standards Committee of the Clinical Social Work Federation. “Clinical Social Work Association Code of Ethics.” Revised July 2016.

LibGuides at ACRL: "Social Work Liaison Toolkit"

2. Curricula. Articles, and Presentations

Andretta, Susie, Peter Hodgkinson, Stuart Isaacs, Donna Dustin, and Richard Skues. 2010. “Information Literacy Provision for Social Work.” Southampton: The Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Social Policy and Social Work (SWAP). Accessed January 4, 2016.

Bausman, Margaret, and Sarah Laleman Ward. 2015. “Library Awareness and Use Among Graduate Social Work Students: An Assessment and Action Research Project.” Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian 34 (1): 16-36.

Bellard, Eloise. 2005. “Information Literacy Needs of Nontraditional Graduate Students in Social Work.” Research Strategies 20 (4): 494-505.

Bentley, Kia J., Michael Mancini, Anupama Jacob, and David A. McLeod. 2019. “Teaching Social Work Research Through the Lens of Social Justice, Human Rights, and Diversity.” Journal of Social Work Education 55 (3): 433–48.

Brustman, Mary Jane, and Deborah Bernnard. 2007. “Information Literacy for Social Workers.” Communications in Information Literacy 1 (2): 89-101.

Johnson, Sarah C., Margaret Bausman, and Sarah Laleman Ward. 2021. “Fostering Information Literacy: A Call for Collaboration Between Academic Librarians and MSW Instructors.” Advances in Social Work 21 (1): 1–25.

Kayser, John, Jennifer Bowers, Lin Jiang, and Marian Bussey. 2013. “Increasing MSW Students’ Information Competencies through Online Tutorials, Application Exercises, and Course Assignments.” Journal of Teaching in Social Work 33 (4–5): 578–93.

Lee, Eunjung, Toula Kourgiantakis, Ran Hu, Andrea Greenblatt, and Judith Logan. (2022). “Pedagogical Methods of Teaching Social Justice in Social Work: A Scoping Review.” Research on Social Work Practice 32 (7): 762–83.

Liechty, Janet. 2011. “Health Literacy: Critical Opportunities for Social Work Leadership in Health Care and Research.” Health & Social  Work 36 (2): 99-107.

Mooney, Hailey, et al. 2014. “Collaborative Approaches to Undergraduate Research Training: Information Literacy and Data Management.” Advances In Social Work 15 (2): 368-389.

Nover, Cynthia H. 2022. “Digital News Literacy and Social Work: Core Competencies.” Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare 49 (3): 112–34.

Quinn, Andrew, and Dale Fitch. 2014. “A Conceptual Framework for Contextualizing Information Technology Competencies.” Journal Of Technology In Human Services 32 (1/2): 133-148.

Sharun, Sara. 2023. "The critical information literacy of social workers: Information literacy as interpersonal practice." Journal of Information Literacy, 17 (1): 186-203.

Silfen, Kate, and Karen Zgoda. 2008. ”Evidence-Based Practice and Information Literacy in Social Work: An Assessment of Students’ Reference Lists.” Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian 27 (2): 104-115.

Whittaker, Andrew. 2012. Research skills for social work. Transforming social work practice. Second edition. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Exeter: Learning Matters.

Young, J. A., and R. Ronquillo. 2022. “Enhancing New Media Literacies of Social Work Students through a Participatory Learning Environment.” Journal of Technology in Human Services 40 (1): 58–78.

Young, Jimmy A. and Shane R. Brady. 2022. “Re-Imagining Digital and New Media Literacies in Social Work Education: A Critical Framework for Overcoming #FakeNews, Divisiveness, and Injustice.” Advances in Social Work 22 (2): 270-286.