librarians and libraries as sponsors of literacy buffy j. hamiltonalabama library association preconference april 2010 Image used under a CC license from http://www.flickr.com/photos/tsmall/3299315590/sizes/o/
sponsors of literacy transliteracy participatory librarianship
let’s think about literacy for a moment via two text polls Image used under a CC license from http://www.flickr.com/photos/_lovenothing/3772984885/sizes/l/
how do you define literacy? Don’t forget: You can copy-paste this slide into other presentations, and move or resize the poll.
how did you acquire literacy? Don’t forget: You can copy-paste this slide into other presentations, and move or resize the poll.
“literacy is the energy supply of the information age.” deborah brandt
a sponsor of literacy includes any agent who enables, supports, teaches, and models, as well as recruits, regulates, suppresses, or withholds literacy—and gains advantage by it in some way
sponsors of literacy are delivery systems for the economies of literacy
Brandt views literacy as a “valuable—and volatile property” that can potentially help individuals gain “…power or pleasure, [accrue] information, civil rights, education, spirituality, status, [and] money.”
an examination of a person’s literacy sponsors, “… exposes the deeply textured history that lies within the literacy practices of institutions and within any individuals’ literacy experiences. Accumulated layers of sponsoring influences---in families, workplaces, schools, memory----carry forms of literacy that have been shaped out of ideological and economic struggles of the past.” deborah brandt Image used under a CC license from http://www.flickr.com/photos/ericsbinaryworld/2720772989/sizes/l/
all literacy sponsors, past, present, and future, shape a person’s literacy learning, literacy development, and literacy opportunities
“the more that the school organizes literacy teaching and learning to serve the needs of the economic system, the more it betrays its democratic possibilities” deborah brandt
“this means that our democratic institutions (schools and libraries particularly) have to work hard and thoughtfully to mitigatethese forces.” Deborah Brandt
knight foundation recommendation 6: integrate digital and media literacy as critical elements for education at all levels through collaboration among federal, state, and local education officials
knight foundation recommendation 7: fund and support public libraries and other community institutions as centers of digital and media training, especially for adults
“we have to make sure schools and libraries invite critical and active uses of media that strengthen our democratic potential.” Deborah Brandt
“as new and powerful forms of literacy emerge, they diminish the reach and possibilities of receding ones”deborah brandt
the idea that literacy is only about print materials is slowly disappearing
helping patrons and stakeholders understand the expanding definition of literacy is a muddy but playful endeavor cc licensed flickr photo by harold.lloyd (won't somebody think of the bokeh?): http://flickr.com/photos/safetylast/4068790874/
we're on the cusp of profound changes in what counts as a “text” and literacy
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 Image used under a CC license from http://www.flickr.com/photos/somegeekintn/3368983089/sizes/l/
as sponsors of transliteracy, libraries can close the participation gap
how can libraries function as sponsors of transliteracy? Image used under a CC license from http://www.flickr.com/photos/eleaf/2536358399/sizes/l/
how do we disrupt limited perceptions of literacy and open up conversations about the possibilities of transliteracy? Image used under a CC license from http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuckincustoms/4034124468/sizes/l/
how do we position literacy as a means for equity and democracy rather than a commodity shaped by extrinsic motivation?
how do we invite and facilitate conversations about transliteracy with our patrons?
a participatory climate is conducive to a library program acting as a powerful and positive sponsor of transliteracy
participatory librarianship is about inviting and creating spaces for … cc licensed flickr photo by Suttonhoo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/suttonhoo22/2512983749/
inviting and engaging participation cc licensed flickr photo by domesticat: http://flickr.com/photos/domesticat/2538309841/
sparking conversations cc licensed flickr photo by Laenulfean: http://flickr.com/photos/laenulfean/2913482048/
knowledge construction and creation cc licensed flickr photo by Ian Muttoo: http://flickr.com/photos/imuttoo/2631466945/
Teach students social bookmarking tools for tagging and organizing favorite web resources as well as a research tool in one’s personal learning network Image Attribution: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dav/104349246/sizes/l/
digital equipment Image used under a CC license from http://www.flickr.com/photos/skokiepl/3521970447/sizes/l/
our information portals and digital information streams
the possibilities are challenging but exciting Image used under a CC license from http://www.flickr.com/photos/huangjiahui/3127634297/sizes/l/
re-envision literacy from alternate and multiple perspectives cc licensed photo by http://www.flickr.com/photos/laprimadonna/3559930813/sizes/m//
libraries’ efforts as sponsors of transliteracy can create ripple effects in the lives of our patrons
works cited Brandt, Deborah. “In Their Own Words: Students Provide a Video Tour of Their Netvibes Learning Portals .” Interview by Buffy Hamilton. The Unquiet Librarian. N.p., 25 Mar. 2010. Web. 8 Apr. 2010. <http://theunquietlibrarian.wordpress.com/2010/03/25/sponsors-of-literacy-in- contemporary-culture-an-e-interview-with-dr-deborah-brandt/>. Brandt, D. (2001). Literacy in American Lives. New York: Cambridge University Press. Hamilton, Buffy. “In Their Own Words: Students Provide a Video Tour of Their Netvibes Learning Portals .” The Unquiet Librarian. N.p., 26 Mar. 2010. Web. 8 Apr. 2010. <http://theunquietlibrarian.wordpress.com/2010/03/26/in-their-own-words-students-provide- a-video-tour-of-their-netvibes-learning-portals/>. The Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy. “Recommendation 7.” The Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy. Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program, 2 Oct. 2009. Web. 8 Apr. 2010. <http://www.knightcomm.org/recommendation7/>.
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Democracy. Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program, 2 Oct. 2009. Web. 8 Apr. 2010. <http://www.knightcomm.org/recommendation6/>. Lankes, R. David. “Introduction.” The Participatory Librarianship Starter Kit. N.p., n.d. Web. 9 Apr. 2010. <http://ptbed.org/intro.php>.