Twenty Three Framework Things self-paced training!

How to Participate

To participate in 23 Framework Things, register and work on the 23 things at your own pace. Begin with any “thing” by clicking on it from the homepage or via the “Things” drop-down menu. Each thing presents a prompt, giving a directive or asking a big question. Take time to analyze the prompt and read any suggested articles or blog posts, ask co-workers about the ideas presented, or do your own research on the issue — whatever you need to do to wrap your head around the topic — then follow the directive or share your reaction to the big question in the Comments section of the “thing.” You can also post your reaction on your own site, but be sure to share a link to it in the Comments section of the “thing” if you want us to track your progress. Please use your full name when posting in the Comments section or create a Gravatar.

Welcome to 23 Framework Things, an exploration of the Association of College & Research Libraries’ Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. This academic librarian-focused, self-paced program encourages participants to read, reflect, and respond to prompts and big questions surrounding the implementation of the Framework at their institutions.


In response to the call for more support and resources surrounding the Framework, we, the current and former chairs of the Instruction Round Table of the Minnesota Library Association, decided to make 2017 the year we focus on the Framework. Through this program and the workshop and conference session that preceded it, we are engaging academic librarians in learning more about the Framework and putting it into practice at their institutions.


ALL are welcome to participate in 23 Framework Things, including those across the United States and internationally. However, due to funding, larger prizes will only be given to participants working in Minnesota. Please view the How to Participate page and fill out the Registration Form to participate.


Each “thing” is essentially a prompt to get you to think about one aspect of the Framework. “Things” will be released in waves. At the beginning of each month from May 2017 to August 2017, a new wave of “things” will be released with “things” from different tracks.


The 23 things are split into four tracks that loosely surround a theme, specifically: Pedagogy, Frame Focus, Assessment, and @ Your Institution.


Though the 23 Framework Things site will stay active for years (barring catastrophe and whatnot), progress tracking, site management, and prize eligibility will end on October 5, 2017. Those who complete all 23 things by this date will receive a certificate of completion.


Due to funding from the Minnesota Library Association, the prizes for Minnesota and Non-Minnesota participants will be different. We encourage Minnesota librarians to join and participate in MLA in order to explore additional opportunities for professional development and make connections within the Minnesota library community.

Non-Minnesota Participants

A digital track badge for posting to your personal website will be emailed to you after the completion of each track. Completing all 23 things will earn you a digital “All the Things” badge for posting to your personal website and a certificate of completion for the 23 Framework Things program.

Minnesota Participants

1st tier (completing 1 thing): A print copy of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education [First 50 Minnesota participants]
2nd tier (completing 1 track): A 1st track button, a 1st digital track badge for posting to your personal website, and entry into a drawing for your choice of a READ poster from the ALA Store [Max: $18] (1 winner)
3rd tier (completing 2 tracks): A 2nd track button, a 2nd digital track badge for posting to your personal website, and entry into a drawing for a $30 gift card to Lithographs or Out of Print (1 winner – your choice)
4th tier (completing 3 tracks): A 3rd track button, a 3rd digital track badge for posting to your personal website, and entry into a drawing for your choice of a library instruction book from the ALA Store [Max: $60] (1 winner)
5th tier (completing all things; 4 tracks): An “All the Things” button, a digital “All the Things” badge for posting to your personal website, a 4th track button, a 4th digital track badge for posting to your personal website, entry into a drawing for up to $100 off MLA membership dues (1 winner; valid for next time your membership is due), and a certificate of completion for the 23 Framework Things program
For those who elect to receive prizes via mail, prize packages will be sent out within 1 month of completion. Drawing winners will be notified by October 9, 2017.”

Expand your vocabulary with these interesting words

Library people tend to enjoy words, and this article is definitely a fun read. Kory Stamper, lexicographer at Merriam-Webster and author of Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries shares seven of her favorite words. Some of the words she discusses are maybe a little over the top to include in daily conversation, but it’s always nice to have the option if you ever need to sound extra impressive!

Here are some of the words from her list (and don’t miss the funny history of “pumpernickel”):

  • Sesquipedalian: “It means “given to using long words,” and it has the added benefit of making its object sound very erudite while also gently poking fun at them.”
  • Salmagundi: “English has many words that mean “mixture,” but none is as fun to say as “salmagundi.”
  • Jawn: “It’s peculiar to Philadelphia where it serves as a colorful substitute for the word “thing.”


Library Lock-ins for Adults

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(From Public Libraries Online, by Melanie A. Lyttle and Shawn D. Walsh)

It’s a Friday night and library staff are planning to be awake for the next twelve hours, plus the time it takes for them to drive home and fall exhausted into bed. It’s another lock-in, but this time the youngest attendees are 18. It’s an adult lock-in, and just like when they were in high school, there is no expectation of sleep. Squeezed in around jobs and school, new adults make time to gather with their friends at the library and be kids again.

We can’t say that this is an activity that would work everywhere. It seems quite situation-dependent. For example, our Adult Library Lock-In consisted of a core group who grew up attending lock-ins and other library programs. However, this time they brought their college friends, roommates, co-workers, and significant others to meet the librarians and former classmates they spent hours with at the library sometimes as long as five years ago.

How does an adult lock-in look different from a high school lock-in? Instead of large coolers filled with lemonade and water there is a carafe of very strong coffee and some 2 liter bottles of soft drinks. There isn’t a litany of rules to go over at the beginning so everyone behaves because everyone is an adult now. Anyone can leave when they want because most have cars, so there isn’t a need to call an over-sleeping parent and remind them to come get their child in the morning. There is more talking among the participants at the beginning of the event as they catch up with each other on what they have been doing since the last time they saw each other. Even in the age of social media it seems like talking face-to-face is still the best way to get information. There are also new friends from outside the community. It isn’t just kids from the local schools in the area.

How does an adult lock-in look the same as a high school lock-in? There are current and retro-gaming systems set up around the building. Tables are filled with board games ready to play. One television is ready for movie-watching. There is still pizza to eat, and someone still wants to organize a game of capture the flag. There are still people who decide to curl up in a niche on a comfy chair and read during the night, and there are still one or two people who decided to sleep for an hour or two during the event.

Why an adult lock-in? Whether these new adults are attending some type of post-secondary education in the area or farther away, they still want to come home. For many of them the library was their home during high school. This was their third place other than school and home. They could be themselves here. Now they want to share that with their significant other, their college roommate, or their co-worker who likes the same things they do. It is also a time to show the important adults in their lives, the librarians, that they have grown up and become something. Now they tell the librarians about their jobs, their classes, and their internships. And just like during high school, the librarians listen attentively, praise their efforts, and remind these young adults that they still believe they can do anything.

These kids aren’t kids anymore. They are now able to vote for library levies and generally support or ignore libraries. Soon they will have kids of their own, and hopefully they will bring their babies to your library for storytime!

(Read this entire article here!)

UC Merced Library Chosen to Digitize AIDS Historical Archives

Gary Fisher (1961-1994) was a gay African American man who enjoyed writing and drawing and was a dedicated diarist who died of AIDS at the age of 32 in San Francisco. This page, dated February 7, 1991, is from one of his journals and it illustrates the fear, uncertainty and hope that surrounded the use of new medications to treat HIV and AIDS. (Gary Fisher Papers, San Francisco Public Library)
Gary Fisher (1961-1994) was a gay African American man who enjoyed writing and drawing and was a dedicated diarist who died of AIDS at the age of 32 in San Francisco. This page, dated February 7, 1991, is from one of his journals and it illustrates the fear, uncertainty and hope that surrounded the use of new medications to treat HIV and AIDS. (Gary Fisher Papers, San Francisco Public Library)


(From UC Merced website, by By Lorena Anderson, University Communications)

“The UC Merced Library Opens a New Window. ’s digital assets team is playing an important role in providing access to a swath of modern history that will contribute to research and society.

The team has been asked to digitize about 127,000 pages from 49 archival collections related to the early days of the AIDS epidemic in the San Francisco Bay Area as part of the AIDS History Project, which is being funded by a two-year, $315,000 Implementation Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The project is a joint effort of the Archives and Special Collections department of the UCSF Library, the San Francisco Public Library, and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.

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Thirty AASL members receive Bound To Stay Bound grants to attend first national conference

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Jennifer Habley
Manager, Web Communications
American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

CHICAGO – Thirty members of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) have been awarded a $750 travel grant to attend their first AASL national conference. Generously sponsored by Bound To Stay Bound Books, Inc. (BTSB), the grants will allow recipients to secure housing, transportation and/or registration for the AASL National Conference & Exhibition taking place Nov. 9-11, 2017, in Phoenix, Ariz.

Grant recipients include:

  • Lisa Beal, West Liberty Elementary, West Liberty, Iowa
  • Susan Bloom, Peabody Primary School, Washington, DC
  • Sherri Bryan, San Marcos High School, Santa Barbara, Ca.
  • Tracey Cain, Reams Road Elementary School, Midlothian, Va.
  • Janet Hamilton, K-8, Hampden Wilbraham Regional School District, Wilbraham, Mass.
  • Amy DeNomme, Harrisburg Explorer, Sioux Falls, S.D.
  • Melanie Downie, Auburn Elementary, Auburn, Kansas
  • Christine Drysdale, Somers High School, Lincolndale, N.Y.
  • Valerie Ehlers, Gladbrook-Reinbeck/Grundy Center, Reinbeck, Iowa
  • Terri Gaussoin, Janet Kahn School of Integrated Arts, Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Susannah Goldstein, Bronx School for Law, Government & Justice, Bronx, N.Y.
  • Brenna Greer, Robertsville Elementary, Morganville, N.J.
  • Rebecca Gullans, Albert Einstein Academies Elementary School, San Diego, Calif.
  • Anastasia Hanneken, Indian Mills Memorial School, Shamong, N.J.
  • Julie Hengenius, Pembroke Jr./Sr. High School, Corfu, N.Y.
  • Erica Leu, Pflugerville Elementary, Pflugerville, Texas
  • Joan Maybank, Lynnwood High School, Bothell, Wash.
  • Christina Northrup-Thompson, Ritenour High School, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Alexandra Quay, Sinai Akiba Academy, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Emily Ratica, Arroyo Valley High School, San Bernardino, Calif.
  • Kate Ricter, Bridge Point Elementary, Austin, Texas
  • Lea Roberts, Hollywood Hill Elementary, Woodinville, Wash.
  • Camille Rodgers, Pontotoc High School, Pontotoc, Miss.
  • Alicia Rogers, Christensen Elementary, Tacoma, Wash.
  • Leslie Roy, Maury High School, Norfolk, Va.
  • Jennifer Sharp, John Overton High School, Nashville, Tenn.
  • Georgina Trebbe, Minnechaug Regional High School, Wilbraham, Mass.
  • Paula Tonn, Lodi Middle School, Wis.
  • Stacy Udo, Tumwater High School, Tumwater, Wash.
  • Laurie Vitt, Firgrove Elementary School, Puyallup, Wash.

“At Bound To Stay Bound we recognize the value of the professional school librarian in our schools and take pride in being able to offer these grants to help further their knowledge and give them an opportunity to share their experiences with other professionals,” said Bob Sibert of Bound To Stay Bound Books.

“AASL is so grateful to Bound To Stay Bound Books for their continuing support of the first-timer grant,” said AASL President Audrey Church. “Through their generosity, BTSB is allowing thirty school librarians a chance to see ‘beyond the horizon’ and attend the national conference where AASL’s new ‘National School Library Standards’ will launch. These professionals will be among the first to explore the new standards and will return their schools ready to implement them on Monday.”

The AASL National Conference & Exhibition is the only national conference dedicated solely to the needs of school librarians and their roles as educational leaders. “Beyond the Horizon,” taking place Nov. 9-11, 2017, in Phoenix, Arizona, will feature preconference workshops, concurrent sessions and an exhibition featuring companies relevant to the profession. Those communicating about the national conference are encouraged to use the official hashtag, #aasl17.

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