The ACRL's Information Literacy Framework is a complete document that includes an Introduction for Faculty and Administrators, as well as an appendix that houses suggestions for using the framework, sources for further reading on information literacy and other important information. The whole document in pdf format is linked below for your convenience. You may save the document to your computer or other electronic device, or you may print it out.
The following threshold concepts form the structure of the ACRL Information Literacy Framework. Each concept forms a frame with its theory, application to academic subjects and research, and the disposition of the information literate person who can apply the individual concept. the following concepts are listed alphabetically, since the research process, and therefore the process of becoming information literate, is an iterative process.
"Information resources reflect their creators’ expertise and credibility, and are evaluated based on the information need and the context in which the information will be used. Authority is constructed in that various communities may recognize different types of authority. It is contextual in that the information need may help to determine the level of authority required." - ACRL
"Information in any format is produced to convey a message and is shared via a selected delivery method. The iterative processes of researching, creating, revising, and disseminating information vary, and the resulting product reflects these differences." - ACRL
"Information possesses several dimensions of value, including as a commodity, as a means of education, as a means to influence, and as a means of negotiating and understanding the world. Legal and socioeconomic interests influence information production and dissemination." - ACRL
"Communities of scholars, researchers, or professionals engage in sustained discourse with new insights and discoveries occurring over time as a result of varied perspectives and interpretations." - ACRL
"Searching for information is often nonlinear and iterative, requiring the evaluation of a range of information sources and the mental flexibility to pursue alternate avenues as new understanding develops." - ACRL