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Companion Document to the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education: Social Work: Resources

Created by the ACRL/EBSS Social Work Committee, 2020


The following resources were utilized and consulted during the process of crafting this companion guide. It is not exhaustive and most are not cited directly in this guide, rather this bibliography highlights resources about the current scholarship pertaining to academic librarianship (the Framework in particular) and social work.

Association of College and Research Libraries [ACRL]. (2016). Framework for information literacy for higher education.

ACRL EBSS Social Work Committee. (2020, May 21). Connecting justice to frameworks: Information literacy in social work [Online presentation]. Presented as part of the ACRL Information Literacy Standards and Frameworks Committee Webinar.

Bausman, M. & Ward, S.L. (2016). The social work librarian and information literacy instruction: A report on a national survey in the United States. Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian 35(3), 109-122.

Bingham, T. J., Wirjapranata, J., & Chinnery, S.-A. (2016). Merging information literacy and evidence-based practice for social work students. New Library World, 117(3/4), 201–213.

Branch, N. A. (2019). Illuminating social justice in the framework: Transformative methodology, concept mapping and learning outcomes development for critical information literacy. Communications in Information Literacy, 13(1), 4-22.

Branstiter, C.W. & Halpern, R. (2017). But how do I know it’s a good source? Authority is constructed in social work practice. In Godbey, S., Wainscott, S.B., & Goodman, X. (Eds.), Disciplinary applications of information literacy threshold concepts, (pp. 25-36). Chicago, IL: Association of College and Research Libraries.

Council on Social Work Education. (2015). 2015 educational policy and accreditation standards.

Doney, J. (2018). Situating library instruction: A case study of upper-division social work seminar/practicum courses. New Review of Academic Librarianship, 25(1), 8-27.

Gregory, L. & Higgins, S. (2017). Reorienting an information literacy program toward social justice: Mapping the core values of librarianship to the ACRL Framework. Communications in Information Literacy 11(1), 42-54.

Mapp, S., McPherson, J., Androff, D., & Gatenio Gabel, S. (2019). Social work is a human rights profession. The Social Worker, 64(3), 259–269.

Miller, S. D. (2018). Diving deep: Reflective questions for identifying tacit disciplinary information literacy knowledge practices, dispositions, and values through the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 44(3), 412–418.

National Association of Social Workers. (2018). NASW code of ethics.

Pendell, K. (2018). Behind the wall: An exploration of public access to research articles in social work journals. Advances in Social Work, 18(4),1041-1052. 

Scull, A. (2019). Information creation as a process: With an emphasis on creation. College & Research Libraries News, 80(2), 78–81.

Silfen, K., & Zgoda, K. (2008). Evidence-based practice and information literacy in social work: An assessment of students’ reference lists. Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian, 27(2), 104–115.

Simmons, M. H. (2005). Librarians as discourse mediators: Using genre theory to move toward critical information literacy. portal: Libraries and the Academy, 5(3), 297-311.

Topal, A.D., & Budak, E.C. (2019). Information literacy skills of social work students. Journal of Learning and Teaching in Digital Age, 4(1), 15-24.

Wertzberger, J. (2017). Open access challenge. CORA (Community of Online Research Assignments).