One step at a time: Integrating the Companion Document to the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education: Social Work into an existing instruction program

Esther Roth-Katz

Abstract

The Smith College Libraries facilitate a robust instruction program for students enrolled in the college’s Master of Social Work (MSW) program. In 2021, I used the Companion Document to the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education: Social Work as an opportunity to take stock of the pedagogical aims of the instruction program. Mapping the learning outcomes of course-specific workshops to the Companion Document supports an ongoing effort to provide a programmatic approach to instruction. In an effort to focus on frame 3 of the Companion Document, Information has Value, librarians integrated language about proprietary and nonproprietary sources into a workshop for a required first-year MSW course, Introduction to U.S. Social Welfare Policy. Frame 3 presents information access as a privilege and one that impacts social workers and their clients, a topic which aligns with the themes of the course. This column will focus on the initial work that has been done to incorporate the Companion Document into the instruction program and plans for the future. By taking a side-by-side look at the Companion Document and the MSW curriculum, I will demonstrate how librarians can incorporate a theoretical framework into their practical instruction planning.

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