“Transliteracy: Take a Walk on the Wide Side”: Paper presented by Susie Andretta of London Metropolitan University at the World Library and Information Congress 75th IFLA General Conference and Assembly in August 2009.
from the paper’s abstract:
In this paper we explore the concept of ‘transliteracy’ which according to Professor Thomas offers “a unifying perspective on what it means to be literate in the 21st Century [including] 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”. Currently transliteracy is primarily the domain of Communication and Cultural Studies and this paper aims to position transliteracy in the professional domain of ‘practising’ librarians and within the remit of the library world. It is with this aim in mind that we examine the prefix ‘trans’ in terms of ‘moving across literacies’ and also in terms of ‘moving beyond literacy’ in order to evaluate the implications emerging from these two manifestations of transliteracy for the information professions and for the 21st Century Library. Examples of transliteracy practice by information professionals will provide evidence that libraries are already meeting the challenges of transliteracy by crossing the divide between printed, digital and virtual worlds to address the constantly changing needs of the learners they support.