NWCCU Accreditation Standards First Draft: Libraries? Information Literacy?

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) First Draft of the revised Accreditation Standards are oversimplified to the point that libraries are mentioned mainly in terms of collections. Information literacy has been demoted to merely one of several examples of potential core competencies set at the institution level.

The ILAGO Board have joined with other information literacy leaders (including ACRL-OR, and the Orbis Cascade Alliance) to advocate for the critical role of college libraries, and qualified personnel, for information literacy to be clearly stated in the Accreditation Standards.

We have sent the following response to NWCCU. We need your help. Comment on the draft with this feedback form at NWCCU. Or, email comments to standards@nwccu.org.

Further tips are available at: https://acrloregon.org/


ILAGO Summit 2019 Call for Proposals

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The 13th annual ILAGO Information Literacy Summit

When: Saturday May 11, 2019

Where: Linn-Benton Community College Library (Willamette Hall building) in Albany, Oregon.


Whether you have a long history working in an IL program or are engaging with learning goals for the first time, we want to hear from you!
  • What is your experience of being a new or seasoned professional and an expert within the IL discipline?
  • How do you scaffold students towards understanding?
  • Challenge student learning and push them to engage in inquiry?
  • Do assessment?
We need everyone’s expertise as practitioners. Our theme, “Frames in Action: Information Literacy Across the Curriculum” is to focus attention on the myriad ways in which Librarians are supporting student practices to achieve the threshold concepts, at various levels (K-16), of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.

The IL Summit typically has 50+ attendees who are eager to hear new ideas and ways to approach information literacy.

Share Your Ideas!

We invite a diverse range of presentations across library environments (e.g. academic, public, school), curriculum, and/or examples of successful collaboration between librarians and external stakeholders.

Programs can be of various formats including, for example: interactive workshops, guided discussions, panels, or poster presentations.

Presentations are 45 minutes each, including Q & A. Longer programs/workshops will be considered on a case-by-case basis; if submitting a longer proposal, please include that in the Comments field.

Program proposals will be accepted until March 31, 2019

Please submit your proposals here: https://goo.gl/forms/K9BhoOFLdvgafThC2

We look forward to hearing from you!

Pam Kessinger
ILAGO Chair, 2018-2019


We Want Your Input!

(Updated 1/9/2019: Zoom meeting information added at the end)

An ILAGO workgroup has revised and updated the existing Information Literacy Outcomes and Criteria for the AAOT General Education curriculum (found in Appendix E) to better align with the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy. After an extensive drafting and open comment period, we are ready to share the final draft: Outcomes and Criteria for Transferable General Education Courses in Oregon: Information Literacy.

Currently, most examples of Information Literacy are from the Writing course sequence, we need to demonstrate IL teaching and learning in other areas of the Gen Ed curriculum (from Cultural Literacy, Mathematics, Sciences, Social Sciences, and more). Do you have examples of Information Literacy in a discipline area that you’d like to include? Add them to this working draft of Information Literacy Criteria for AAOT Discipline Areas. We also welcome suggestions for language revisions for clarity or context.

Next steps:

  • Continue to seek endorsement from each of the four-year transfer institutions
  • Plan to submit these to the Higher Education Coordinating Commission in early 2019
  • Host an open forum for feedback and questions on January 15, 2019 from 11am to 1pm (link to online meeting room forthcoming).

This effort is an example of Information Literacy advocacy for Oregon students, and we hope you’ll join in!

To join the meeting, use the information below:

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Scholarships for Information Literacy Summit – Deadline Extended

The Information Literacy Advisory Group of Oregon (ILAGO) is pleased to announce that we are offering two scholarships of up to $100 for a library school student and an early career librarian to attend the annual Information Literacy Summit on May 12, 2018. Application is open to any Oregon resident who fits one of these categories:

  • Library school student: must currently be enrolled in library school
  • Early career librarian: librarian (from any type of library) with less than 4 years professional experience

Application deadline has been extended to April 30, 2018. For details and to apply please visit our webform.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Tracy Scharn: scharnt@wou.edu