Vera Butz


In 2015 the new “Reference Framework Information Literacy” (“Referenzrahmen Infornationskompetenz”) for German libraries was published. It serves as a scale for assessing the information literacy of an individual. Moreover, it provides a standard against which the quality of the efforts of libraries regarding information literacy can be measured.
Bayreuth University Library’s educational programme covers a broad range of the skills and competencies laid out in the Reference Framework. It serves as a yardstick to design and evaluate courses and workshops for a variety of clientele, from secondary school pupils to students and doctoral candidates.

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Deutscher Bibliotheksverband, Referenzrahmen Informationskompetenz, (last access: 22nd February 2018), 2016. All English translations of German language documents are my own.

University of Bayreuth, Student statistics, (last access: 22nd February 2018), 2016.

Deutscher Bibliotheksverband, Standards der Informationskompetenz für Studierende, (last access: 22nd February 2018), 2009.

American Library Association, Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, (last access: 22nd February 2018), 2000.

As the 2009 German Standards were based on those defined by ALA, the original ACL standards in English are provided here for better understanding.

Deutsche Hochschulrektorenkonferenz, Hochschule im digitalen Zeitalter: Informationskompetenz neu begreifen – Prozesse anders steuern, (last access: 22nd February 2018), 2012.

Andreas Klingenberg, Referenzrahmen Informationskompetenz für alle Bildungsebenen, 31-41, in: Wilfried Sühl-Strohmenger (ed.): Handbuch Informationskompetenz, 978-3-110-40329-9 Berlin et al. 2016, 2nd ed., 32.

Fabian Franke, Standards der Informationskompetenz – neue Entwicklungen in Deutschland, Großbritannien und den USA, 22-29, in: Wilfried Sühl-Strohmenger (ed.): Handbuch Informationskompetenz, 978-3-110-40329-9 Berlin et al., 2nd ed., 2016, 22f.

European Commission, Strategic framework – Education & Training 2020,, (last access: 22nd February 2018).

Reference Framework, 4.

Klingenberg, 33f.

Klingenberg, 35.

Reference Framework, 5.

Klingenberg, 37.

Reference Framework, 6.

For all courses and workshops offered by Bayreuth University Library, see: (last access: 22nd February 2018).

Markgren, Susanne, Reaching out to Gen Y: Adapting library roles and policies to meet information needs of the next generation, 46-54, in: James R. Kennedy et al. (ed.): Our new public, a changing clientele. Bewildering issues or new challenges for managing libraries?, 978-1-59158-407-0, Westport, CT et al., 2008, 49.


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