For readers unfamiliar with the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) information literacy framework, this book provides a clear, well-written introduction. Given that information literacy instruction usually involves teaching students how to use resources, and that health sciences information literacy efforts ordinarily focus on teaching search techniques, this volume employs the broader ACRL model, which teaches concepts as well as tasks. Young (Samford Univ.) and Hinton (Univ. of Mississippi) here adapt the ACRL framework specifically to health care. Each chapter explains a concept and offers case studies and assignments. The editors provide one chapter on each topic addressed by the ACRL framework, beginning with the importance of establishing the authority of researchers and resources. Further chapters cover, respectively, the process of creating information; determining the value of information; how to approach research as an iterative process of inquiry; and the importance of viewing scholarship as a conversation among researchers, where each voice contributes and builds on what was found before. Searching is thus presented as a strategic exploration: not simply finding information, but also challenging assumptions. The volume includes a helpful list of criteria used by medical accrediting bodies, describing information literacy expectations for scholarly activity. Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals. Students enrolled in two-year technical programs.
This book will be valuable to experienced academic health librarians looking for ideas to refresh or enhance their instruction and for those new to teaching information literacy who are looking for a place to start. Those institutions who already own the Framing Information Literacyseries will still find this a worthwhile purchase because of its disciplinary focus.
The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Information Literacy (IL) Framework replaced the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education in 2016, but many librarians are still struggling to incorporate the ACRL Framework into their library instruction. This book contains everything needed to do that work: explanations of the ACRL Framework, how it fits into health care and health sciences education, and lots of examples that are ready to be used or modified. . . . Overall, this is an excellent ad-dition to any collection that serves the health sciences. Any librarian who does instruction in the health sciences will find this book valua-ble, but especially those who do more formal instruction sessions and those who work with faculty to incorporate information literacy into the curriculum.
2/27/2020, Choice: This title was included in the February 2020 edition of “The Top 75 Community College Titles.”