Handbook of Research on Social Software and Developing Community Ontologies

Although full preview is not available, I believe enough of the chapter, “Transliteracy as a Unifying Perspective” is available to give a reader the essence of the full chapter text; you may access the chapter preview by clicking on the Google Book preview of Handbook of Research on Social Software and Developing Community Ontologies.

From the chapter abstract:

Transliteracy might provide a unifying perspective on what it means to be literate in the 21st Century. It is not a new behaviour but has been identified as a working concept since the internet generated new ways of thinking about human communication. This chapter 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, ethnography and education. The authors invite responses, expansion, and development. See also http://www.transliteracy.com

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Digital Literacy Skills Essential to Closing Broadband Gap #knightcomm

The Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy sites the Broadband Adoption and Use in America (pdf) report released by the Federal Communications Commission in Digital Literacy Skills Essential to Closing Broadband Gap when emphasising the importance and need for digital literacy

The survey findings reinforce the growing body of research that finds digital literacy skills are critical to bridging the gap between those who are able to fully participate in the information age and those who live as second-class citizens in informed communities

How do we close this gap? The Knight Commission recommends support and funding for public libraries.

Enhancing the information capacity and digital literacy skills of individuals isn’t limited to traditional educational institutions, however. The Commission recognized that digital skills are skills to be acquired and honed over a lifetime, and that other community institutions, organizations and individual citizens have a role to play. Along these lines, the Commission has recommended that  communities fund and support public libraries and other community institutions as centers of digital and media training, especially for adults (recommendation #7).


Literacy for the 21st Century: An Overview & Orientation Guide to Media Literacy Education

Literacy for the 21st Century: An Overview & Orientation Guide to Media Literacy Education

CML’s plain language introduction to the basic elements of inquiry-based media education.

Now expanded to include the Questions/TIPS (Q/TIPS) for both construction/production and deconstruction!

How does media literacy relate to the construction of media? How can critical thinking be taught and learned while students are producing media?

It’s not enough to know how to press buttons on technological equipment: thinking is even more important. Find out how to connect thinking with production in CML’s newly published 2nd Edition of Literacy for the 21st Century!

In a short and readable format, it:

Provides a complete framework for critical inquiry, using CML’s Five Core Concepts, and Five Key Questions for both construction and deconstruction of media, along with handouts.
Gives explanations and Guiding Questions to illustrate how to connect the Key Questions when consuming or producing or participating with media.
Provides in-depth explanations and the foundational role of the Five Key Questions of Media Literacy.
Offers a sample inquiry into visual language: “How to Conduct a ‘Close Analysis’ of a Media ‘Text.'”

Information literacy and the role of public libraries

Information literacy and the role of public libraries” from Scandinavian Public Library Quarterly

‘Informationskompetence’, – the Danish term for information literacy was introduced in Denmark in 1998 by American-born Elisabeth Arkin, former Head of Library Services at Aalborg University Library, at a conference on the marketing and evaluation of library services.

Development of competencies was a buzzword in those days, and the term was immediately accepted by the library world as an appropriate term that covered a broad concept of user education and library instruction emphasising student learning and the pedagogical role of the librarian.

Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy Warns of “Second Class Citizens” in the Digital Age

The Knight Foundation has released a new report Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy. A good deal of the content either is or could be applies to libraries.  The entire report is 148  pages, you can also download a 2 page summary that includes recommendations like these

  • 2: Increase support for public service media aimed at meeting community information needs.  Read more …
  • 6: Integrate digital and media literacy as critical elements of education at all levels through collaboration among federal, state, and local education officials.  Read more …
  • 7: Fund and support public libraries and other community institutions as centers of digital and media training, especially for adults.  Read more …
  • 10: Support the activities of information providers to reach local audiences with quality content through all appropriate media, such as mobile phones, radio, and public-access cable.  Read more …
  • 12: Engage young people in developing the digital information and communication capacities of local communities.  Read more …
  • 14: Emphasize community information flow in the design and enhancement of a local community’s public spaces..  Read more …
  • 15: Ensure that every local community has at least one high-quality online hub.  Read more …

The Foundation has also taken actions that affect libraries:

$3.3 million to improve free, public Internet access in libraries in 12 communities

$2.28 million in broadband access projects in underserved neighborhoods in three cities

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The Post That Started it All – Libraries Need to Focus on Transliteracy

Transliteracy matters to libraries because it matters to our patrons.

Libraries need to focus on transliteracy

Libraries have focused on literacy, the ability to read, write and interact, for years. It is an important service to our patrons and our communities.  People need to be literate in order to be involved in and contribute to society. Times are changing, technologies are evolving rapidly,  it’s no longer enough to focus on the ability to read and write alone. If we only focus on literacy we are doing a disservice to our patrons.

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