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Librarians regularly encounter students who struggle to understand and apply information literacy concepts. A qualitative survey administered to information literacy practitioners asked about troublesome content and analyzed results using the threshold concepts pedagogical framework first described by Jan Meyer and Ray Land. A threshold concept transforms the learner’s view of content and helps integrate previously learned material; threshold concepts are portals that, once traversed, bring insight into how to think and act like a practitioner within a discipline. This project uses the data collected to propose seven threshold concepts for information literacy.


Copyright © 2012 The Johns Hopkins University Press. This article first appeared in PORTAL: LIBRARIES AND THE ACADEMY, Vol 12, Issue 4, October, 2012, pages 387-405.

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