Citizen Media Law Project Laments Loss of Libraries

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The Citizen Media Law Project, a “research center founded to explore cyberspace, share in its study, and help pioneer its development,” points out, in a recent blog post, the contradiction between the FCC upgrading the broadband standard and communities facing library closures.

The prevalence of broadband-capable infrastructure is unimportant, so long as a main method of Internet exposure is dying. Dwindling library access, rather than stagnant Broadband penetration, is a far larger threat to the nation’s Internet access.

The post notes that libraries are the main source of Internet access for poor communities, especially noting how important this access is for job seekers during the recession who may no longer be able to afford Internet access at home to conduct job searches.

Part of the mission of The Citizen Law Media Project is “to build a community of lawyers, academics, and others who are interested in facilitating citizen participation in online media and protecting the legal rights of those engaged in speech on the Internet.” It is no surprise that they are concerned about “the tens of millions of Americans who are gradually losing their only avenue to a wealth of online resources.”

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Logo Contest Entry – Nate Hill

[tweetmeme source=”librarianbyday” only_single=false]This entry is from Nate Hill. It says

Librarian design information architectures that create context across media platforms.
Transliteracy is neither and express of or a reference to any particular medium.
rather it is blurring, connections, facets, and transference.
it is not paper, screens or gadgets.
it is ligaments, tendons.

Infowhelm and Information Fluency

[tweetmeme source=”librarianbyday” only_single=false]An interesting look at the amount of information we as a society are producing each year from the 21st Century Fluency Project

via Information Literacy meets Library 2.0

Logo Contest Entry – John LeMasney

[tweetmeme source=”librarianbyday” only_single=false]We have our first logo entry from John LeMasney, designer of the awesome ALA Battledecks logo.  John writes

I love design challenges, Libraries, and Anna, so this one was a no brainer. So the first thing I did was make sure I had a clear understanding of transliteracy and how it related to libraries, and so I dod some research, starting but not ending with the ubiquitous Wikipedia entry, which gave me a good start, defining Transliteracy as:

“Transliteracy is The ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media from signing and orality through handwriting, print, TV, radio and film, to digital social networks. (PART 2007) The modern meaning of the term combines literacy with the prefix trans-, which means “across; through”, so a transliterate person is one who is literate across multiple media.” from Transliteracy – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia at Sun Jul 18 2010 14:12:31 GMT-0400 (EST) on

A few other sources extended, reinforced and clarified the definition. Thanks for the nudge, Anna, and I hope my answer gets to the finals!

Have an idea for a logo? Send it to me by July 31st!

Participation as Literacy

Media Literacy in the Digital Age

from the blog:

Media itself is being redefined as part of this new landscape of unlimited space and easy entry points to online publishing. In the new information ecosystem, a high responsibility falls on both producers and consumers of information. For consumers, there is endless material – and the challenge is to find the good blogs, videos, essays, news stories and documentaries of our time. Producers, on the other hand, bear responsibility to adhere to high standards of accuracy, diligence and transparency.

According to the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in Democracy, successful participation in the digital age of media requires, in part, “the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, and create the information products.”

But what should “media literacy” or “digital literacy” entail?

Reboot wants to know what you think of how the Common Core Standards define media literacy.  Please take time to share your feedback!

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