The Framework is elitist

Christine Bombaro (Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA)

Reference Services Review

ISSN: 0090-7324

Publication date: 14 November 2016



This paper aims to question whether the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education adheres to the theory upon which it was based and to examine the actions of the Association of College and Research Libraries following the Framework’s release and its consequences.


This paper is an essay-style viewpoint, reflecting the observations and opinions of the author.


The author criticizes the Association of College and Research Libraries for its inaction in educating member librarians about how to implement the Framework and observes ideological rifts that were exposed within the academic librarian community as the Framework was being discussed following its adoption.


This paper is meant to provoke thought and generate discussion in regard to the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.



Bombaro, C. (2016), "The Framework is elitist", Reference Services Review, Vol. 44 No. 4, pp. 552-563.



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