College-Level Information Literacy Framework

Teacher Librarians can Prepare Students


  • Dr. Lesley S. J. Farmer California State University Long Beach



information literacy, academic librarians, teacher librarians, curriculum, collaboration


U.S. K12 education increasingly emphasizes the need for students to be college and career ready; nevertheless, too many student come unprepared to learn effectively. This paper discusses the roles that teacher librarians can play in facilitating such readiness, especially in light of information and digital literacy. First, the American Association of School Librarians standards for 21st century learners and the Association of College and Research Libraries new Information Literacy Framework are detailed, noting implications for education and librarians. Next, models of effective articulation do exist, and strategies for optimizing articulation should be considered. Teacher librarians should collaborate with their post-secondary librarian counterparts; by articulating curriculum either to identify equivalencies or to build upon prior learning, librarians can promote seamless transfer from one level to another – including to the workplace.

Author Biography

Dr. Lesley S. J. Farmer, California State University Long Beach

Dr. Lesley Farmer, Professor at California State University Long Beach, coordinates the Librarianship program. She earned her M.S. in Library Science at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and received her doctorate in Adult Education from Temple University. Dr. Farmer has worked as a teacher-librarian in K-12 school settings, public, special and academic libraries. She edits the International Federation of Library Associations’ School Libraries and Literacy/Reading Sections blogs. A frequent presenter and writer for the profession, she won IASL’s Research Award, American Library Association’s Phi Beta Mu Award for library education, and Library Instruction Round Table’s Librarian Recognition Award. She is also a Fulbright scholar. Dr. Farmer’s research interests include digital citizenship, information literacy, collaboration, assessment and data analysis. Her recent books are Introduction to Reference and Information Services in Today’s School Libraries (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014) and Library Services for Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ALA, 2013).