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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.”

Only 10 Days Left to Register for 23 Mobile Things!

The clock is ticking, and we would really like to see you register by February 15th for this fun, self-paced program. Do you vaguely remember something about this program, but forgot the details? Read our recent blog post with everything you need to know to get started!

Do 23 apps or  June 15th as a program end point just sounds like too much commitment? No worries, register for the program and do as much or as little as makes sense for you. After all, even if you learn about one new app that makes your personal or professional life better, you are still ahead of the game! And, who knows, you may be having so much fun, that you go ahead and try another, and another, and win prizes too!  See you all online!

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23 Mobile Things Update

icon_23_100px1Our Mobile Things participants are off to a great start!The adventure has started!

Registration opened on Jan 15; more than 300 people have registered to participate in 23 Mobile Things. And in the CMLE region, we currently have 56 people registered. A few individuals in our region are dangerously close to earning their first badge for completing five of the Things. I can’t help but notice that  many 23 Things On a Stick “grads” (from five years ago) have signed up for this version of the program. Individuals tell me that they enjoy learning at their own pace, in the privacy of their cube when they really mess up! I often learn the most when things don’t work out quite as I had planned! So, don’t be afraid to try things and take a winding trail if needed to meet your learning goals. But what if you mess up, and get really stuck? Now it might be time to look over your cube wall to your colleague! See how far they are in the program, and whether they may have the same problem. And, if you get really stuck, you can always email  us at minn23@gmail.com. When you get yourself out of the ditch, be sure to post about your struggle, as you may very well help someone else out as they read your blog post!

Reminder: 23 Mobile Things is open to all staff in Minnesota libraries, as well as their Boards & Friends. It may be helpful to find a group to connect with via your blogs or in person to provide mutual support & encouragement. You can see all of the registered blogs in a region by clicking on a region’s name in the sidebar of the site. Here are those who have registered in CMLE . Tip: See what people are saying on Twitter about 23 Mobile Things by following the hashtag #23ThingsMN  and  join the conversation.

Registration runs through Feb 15 and the program ends Jun 15. We estimate that it takes about an hour per app to do the program, so whether you are doing it on “library time” or on your own time, plan to spend about 25-30 hours over the course of the 6 months.

If you are undecided about the program, read the Welcome & the FAQs to get a sense of what’s ahead. Then fire up your device, register, & get appy!

Adapted from a recent  post by Metronet, the Twin Cities multitype library system.