A constellation to guide us

Christine Bombaro (Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA)
Pamela Harris (Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA)
Kerri Odess-Harnish (Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA)

Reference Services Review

ISSN: 0090-7324

Publication date: 14 November 2016



The purpose of this paper was to ask Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, Professor/Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction in the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, about her views regarding the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.


This is an interview.


Hinchliffe believes that the Framework is one among many documents that academic librarians can and should use to promote information literacy.

Research limitations/implications

Hinchliffe contradicts the opinion that the Framework and the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education could not have co-existed.

Practical implications

Hinchliffe offers librarians practical advice for moving from a Standards-based to a Framework-based information literacy program.


Hinchliffe concludes that the old ways of fostering information literacy do not need to be rejected to adopt new practices.



The authors wish to thank the Pennsylvania Consortium for the Liberal Arts’ Board of Presidents and its Executive Director, Irene Burgess, for funding and supporting the workshop that made this interview possible. The authors are also grateful to Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe for spending the extra time necessary to share her views with an audience far beyond the PCLA cohort.


Bombaro, C., Harris, P. and Odess-Harnish, K. (2016), "A constellation to guide us", Reference Services Review, Vol. 44 No. 4, pp. 544-551. https://doi.org/10.1108/RSR-06-2016-0041

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