Wikimedia+Libraries/Program/Submission/Understanding Wikipedia-based Education through the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy

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Title of your proposal[edit]

Understanding Wikipedia-based Education through the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy

Name(s) and/or username(s)[edit]

Matthew A. Vetter, User:Matthewvetter
Associate Professor of English, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Zachary J. McDowell, User:ZachMcDowell
Assistant Professor of Communication, University of Illinois Chicago


  • Information Literacy or Data Literacy and Wikimedia projects

Type of submission (Please choose one)[edit]

Workshop (75 minutes)

Keywords and hashtags[edit]

Keywords: Information literacy, Wikipedia-based assignments, open educational practices, ACRL, Framework, Frames


The idea for this workshop originated from Matt and Zach's recent article "Wikipedia as Open Educational Practice: Experiential Learning, Critical Information Literacy, and Social Justice," published in Social Media & Society in Feb. 2022 ( In this article, we interpret Wikipedia-based assignments as fulfilling the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education with the goal of building understanding of Wikipedia-based assignments as Open Educational Practice (OEP) that promotes critical information literacy and social justice. The Framework posits the following "frames" or positions through which we have sought to understand Wikipedia editorial practices:

  1. Authority Is Constructed and Contextual
  2. Information Creation as a Process
  3. Information Has Value
  4. Research as Inquiry
  5. Scholarship as Conversation
  6. Searching as Strategic Exploration

Because the Wikimedia+Librarians Conference will be bringing together information literacy and library professionals from all over the world, we see this workshop as an opportunity to expand our engagement with the Framework towards 1) more global understanding, 2) practical orientations and outcomes, and 3) alternative interpretations. We see our article as a starting point for a rich discussion on how Wikipedia-based assignments can work towards teaching dispositions and knowledge practices for critical information literacy.

Ultimately we hope to provide a brief introduction to our previous engagement with each frame, and follow this opening with a workshop in which participants work in small groups to expand understanding of one of the frames towards the elements listed above (global understanding, practical outcomes, and alternative interpretations). Additionally, we would value the opportunity to work with librarians on practical and accessible guides (such as Library Guides) for students and faculty working at the intersection of Wikipedia and information literacy.

Expected outcomes[edit]

  • Expanded engagement with Wikipedia-based editing practices and assignments as helping to fulfill the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education.
  • Setting up extended collaboration (after the conference) on preparing practical and accessible guides for students and faculty.

Duration (without Q&A)[edit]

75 minutes total.

Specific requirements[edit]

Workshop arrangement of tables and chairs; technology for presentation (mic, projector, podium, etc.)

Interested attendees (Please add yourself, and you may indicate your questions to the presenter).[edit]

  1. Laurie Bridges, Bridges2Information
  2. Ngostary2k (talk) 23:20, 11 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  3. Lilian Viana (talk) 17:59, 15 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  4. Xldrkp (talk) 11:08, 21 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]