Author ORCID Identifier

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Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Year of Publication


Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation




Educational Policy Studies and Eval

First Advisor

Dr. Jeffrey P. Bieber


Cumulatively, this dissertation has been a study of the evolution of information literacy and academic librarians as instructors as hastened by the advent and proliferation of information technology. This study traces the history and evolution of information literacy from its inception up to the publication of the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. For the bulk of the 20th century, academic libraries have principally served as repositories of curated physical collections used to support the research, information, and recreational needs of students, disciplinary faculty, staff, and their institution’s curricula. Within that era, information literacy instruction directly reflected a curated-physical-collection orientation; and as a result, it was narrow, highly pragmatic, mostly skills-based, and far from theoretical. This study explores how the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education and the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education impacted the disciplinary literature outside of library and information science as a way of gauging The Standards and The Framework’s broader impact on higher education. This study uses Boleman and Deal’s theoretical framework to explain the construction, revision, and dynamics of general education curricula. Collectively, these chapters represent a progression of thoughts and questions about information literacy, its place within higher education, and the instructional role of academic librarians that I have pondered over the entirety of my professional career.

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