Skills That Transfer: Transliteracy and the Global Librarian (ACRL/NY 2011 Symposium)

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  • 1. Skills that TravelTransliteracy and theGlobal LibrarianLane WilkinsonACRL/NY Annual SymposiumDecember 2, 2011
  • 2. What doesit take to bea globallibrarian? Diverse populations Variety of platforms Progressive technologies
  • 3. For a global librarian“physical distance is nolonger a barrier toteaching and learning.”
  • 4. “I have long contended that a roomfull of books is simply a closet but thatan empty room with a librarian in it isa library.”-R. David LankesThe Atlas of New Librarianship, p. 16
  • 5. Globallibrarianshipis not tiedto the library.
  • 6. global librarians,we can stop treatingthe library as a destination
  • 7. and start treating it as a hub.
  • 8. The global librarian is not a guardian.
  • 9. The globallibrarian is aguide.
  • 10. Transliteracy
  • 11. Is transliteracy a silly buzzword?
  • 12. Absolutely.
  • 13. Information Literacy 2.0: Facilitating Participatory Learning Culture through Transliteracy:The Synergy of Collaborative Student-Centered Learning Communities and Open-Access Knowledge Construction Lane Wilkinson ACRL/NY Annual Symposium December 2, 2011
  • 14. Transliteracy is not a panaceaSo, what is it?
  • 15. 2005 Transliteracies Project 2007 What is Sue Thomas,transliteracy? DeMontfort University 2010 Libraries & Transliteracy
  • 16. The ability to read, write and interact What is across a range oftransliteracy? platforms, tools and media. [PART 2007]
  • 17. [It is] understanding the ways various means of communication interact and understanding…the What is skills necessary to movetransliteracy? effortlessly from one medium to another. -Ipri, T. (2010) Introducing Transliteracy. College & Research Libraries News, 71(10), 532-567.
  • 18. “The most fundamental notion of transliteracy is the ability to adapt. It’s creating a literacy and What is fluidity betweentransliteracy? mediums that’s not tied to space or modality.” - Karp, J. (2010, Oct 25). What is this buzz word “transliteracy”? (Blog) Retrieved from
  • 19. It isn’t a concept we What is teach, it’s an innatetransliteracy? skill we develop.
  • 20. is not transliteracy
  • 21. but this might be.
  • 22. What about information literacy?
  • 23. Why do we need another literacy? Print Scientific Orality Health Signing Economic Visual Cultural Computer Critical Digital Media Communication Evaluation
  • 24. Why do we need another literacy? Print Scientific Orality Health Signing Economic Visual Cultural Computer Critical Digital Media Transliteracy Information Literacy
  • 25. The birth of the web made it necessary for librarians to shift more towards teaching search strategies and evaluation of sources. The tool- focused “bibliographic instruction” approach was later replaced by the skill-focused “information literacy” approach. Meredith Farkas American Libraries Magazine 11/01/2011
  • 26. Information literacy is aboutevaluating content, not containers.
  • 27. Transliteracyis aboutcontainers,not content.
  • 28., what does transliteracy have to dowith the global librarian?
  • 29. If we’re going to go global,we’ll need to pack.
  • 30. Transliteracy can help us figure out what to bring along.
  • 31. Three principles
  • 32. 1 Effective information use requires several information sources
  • 33. We tend tofocus first andforemost onlibraryresources.
  • 34. To distinguishourselves fromthe web We’ve put up defensive walls
  • 35. But, students will usenon-library resources.
  • 36. And they’rerunning right intothe walls we’vebeen building.
  • 37. If we want tobe globalwehave to gowherethey are.
  • 38. 2 Information sources don’t stand alone, they interact.
  • 39. Information can’t fit into tidy compartments.
  • 40. The “versus” mentality doesn’t cut it anymore.
  • 41. Information resourcesare linked.
  • 42. 3 Identify skills that transfer across tools, platforms, and media
  • 43. The question posed by transliteracy is: “Are we encouraging skills that transfer?”
  • 44. Transfer of learning The ability to transfer cognitive skills learned in one domain to a new domain.
  • 45. simply,it’s more bangfor your buck.
  • 46. We don’t know where we’ll end up, but we can still prepare.
  • 47. Start from existing mental models of research (Holman 2011)
  • 48. And teach the analogy1) Candidate inferences2) Schema abstraction3) Re-representation (Gentner & Colhoun 2010)
  • 49. Here’s an example
  • 50. Inference > Abstraction > Re-representation
  • 51. byteachingsimilarities,not differences.
  • 52. Encourageabstraction bytalking abouthow a resourceworks, not justhow to use it.
  • 53. Encouragere-representation byproviding ampletime for free play.
  • 54. By emphasizing transfer we create mobility and adaptability.
  • 55. The ability to read, write and interact Once again: across a range of what is platforms, toolstransliteracy? and media. [PART 2007]
  • 56. Transliteracy is transfer of learning applied totraditional, communicative literacies.
  • 57. Transliteracy is a heuristic for evaluating what we’re teaching our students and what we’re teaching ourselves.
  • 58. Putting it all together…
  • 59. We can’t bringeverything.
  • 60. But we can bringwhat matters.Transliteracy isMultiple resourcesInteractionTransfer
  • 61. is one way of thinking about which skills a guide should pack.
  • 62. knowwhere we’regoing.
  • 63. mayhelp us get there.
  • 64. Thank you
  • 65. Selected ReadingGentner, D. & Colhoun, J. (2010). Analogical processes in human thinking and learning. In Glatzeder, B., Goel, V., and von Muller, A. (2010). Towards a Theory of Thinking. New York: Springer. 35-48.Holman, L. (2011). Millennial students’ mental models of search: implications for academic librarians and database developers. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 37(1): 19-27.Ipri, T. (2010) Introducing Transliteracy. College & Research Libraries News, 71(10), 532-567.Karp, J. (2010, Oct 25). What is this buzz word “transliteracy”? (Blog) Retrieved from http://spotlight.macfound.orgLankes, R. D. (2011). The Atlas of New Librarianship. Cambridge: MIT Press.Thomas, S., et al. (2007). Transliteracy: crossing divides. First Monday, 12(12). Online.