March Read – Transliteracy: Crossing Divides

Welcome to our first shared read! The idea is that we all read the same article and discuss it on the blog (like a book club, but with articles). This gives us a way to work through ideas related to transliteracy and libraries together and openly.  This month’s read is Transliteracy: Crossing Divides by Sue Thomas et. al. Remember the article is not written by librarian nor are librarians the intended audience.

How do you participate? Read the article. Leave a comment. Respond to other people’s comments. That’s it! Its easy. Oh and be polite and courteous to each other. I’ll keep a link on the right sidebar for easy access. Enjoy!


Transliteracy might provide a unifying perspective on what it means to be literate in the twenty–first century. It is not a new behavior but has only been identified as a working concept since the Internet generated new ways of thinking about human communication. This article defines transliteracy as “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” and opens the debate with examples from history, orality, philosophy, literature, and ethnography.


What is transliteracy?
Tracing transliteracy
Really new media
Writing and reading are not enough
Going across and beyond
Networking the book
Transliterate reading
Everyday life in a transliterate world
Future development and debate

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