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


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

  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.