libraries andthe future oftransliteracy                lane wilkinson                   houston, tx                 april ...
Welcome!
Blogs                     Presentations                       WebsitesWhere you’ll find                        Journals tr...
Social media                    Digital literacy Some things            Ebookstransliteracy is    Participatory    not…   ...
Transliteracythe ability to read, write, and  interact across a range of platforms, tools, and media.
A brief history of  transliteracy
2005The Transliteracies      Project   “Text has historicallyexisted as a negotiation     between media, including oral, w...
2005The Transliteracies      Project Studying “the zone ofnegotiation…by which   the older dialogue among print, writing,o...
2007PART: Productionand Research in  TransliteracyThe ability to read, write  and interact across arange of platforms, too...
2007PART: Productionand Research in  Transliteracy    “Transliteracy is an      umbrella termencompassing different litera...
2010  Libraries and  Transliteracy“Transliteracy began as a descriptive concept,designed to understand how people navigate...
2010   Libraries and   Transliteracy“[It is] understanding the ways various means ofcommunication interactand understandin...
What do all of these approaches      have in common?
1. Multiple media
2. Communication
3. Interaction
Transliteracy is the ability to  communicate meaning      between media
Why is transliteracy relevant to           librarians?
Libraries have always    promoted literacy
Literacy has alwaysbeen mediated by        information        technology
So, technologyinfluences how we    can and should  promote literacy
But, amultiplicity oftechnologies   can be a    logistical  nightmare
Transliteracy helps us    promote literacyacross technological              barriers
The three pillars in more detail
Multiple media
Once upon a time…            …literacy was simple.
Then, something changed…
We invented new tools                 to communicate
We found new places        to communicate
We found new time      to communicate
We’ve always had choices
Just never quite so many
economic social                               orality                                              financial statistical  ...
There’s got tobe a betterway
Communication
The birth of the web made it necessary forlibrarians to shift more towards teachingsearch strategies and evaluation ofsour...
The end of the “tool-focused approach”
But, information isn’t just evaluated
Information is used
Information iscommunicated
But doesn’tinformation literacy       cover that?
Transliteracy and information literacy       Print             Scientific     Orality              Health     Signing     ...
We can be literate without  being able to evaluate
We can be  information       literatewithout being   tech-savvy
Transliteracy and information literacy       Print             Scientific     Orality              Health     Signing     ...
Transliteracy and information literacy       Print             Scientific     Orality              Health     Signing     ...
We’ve done a great job with       evaluation
Transliteracy is about bringing ourattention back to communication
Interaction
Transliteracy is also     about asking:   “How are all of these literacies &     technologies      supposed to         int...
How have librarians          dealt with   interaction and       integration?
Librarians lovecompartments
But patrons don’t
The “versus” mentality    doesn’t cut it      anymore
Informationresources are linked
Transliteracy is about avoiding silos
Caveat:It’s not just digital
Analog to analog
Analog to digital
Digital to digital
Transliteracy isaboutthe network
Transliteracy is an intersection…       Multiple media       Communication         Interaction
Transliteracy and librarianship
Librarians encourage transliteracy  by adopting programming andteaching strategies that promote     skill transfer across ...
Transliteracy is not something we               teachTransliteracy is something we take           advantage of
1. Effective information use requires    multiple information sources
The days of “one medium”        research are over.
Yet we tendto focus onthe resourcesthat we know
To distinguishourselves fromthe web                 we often put                 up defensive                        walls
But, patrons will usenon-library resources
And they’rerunning rightinto the wallswe’ve beenbuilding
Get comfortable with non-library                      resources
Show how the library fits in
2. Identify skills that can adapt
How are youpreparing your   patrons for     change?    Your staff?     Yourself?
An example
Can your patrons still use it?
Identify skills that will outlast change
3. Encourage skills that transferacross platforms, tools, and media
The question posed  by transliteracy is:             “Are we       encouraging           skills that          transfer?”
Transfer of learning         The ability to transfer                cognitive skills       learned in one domain          ...
Encourage skills that will adjust
Start from patrons’  existing   mentalmodels of  libraries  (Holman 2011)
And teach                          the analogy1) Candidate inferences2) Schema abstraction3) Re-representation      (Gentn...
Begin with what they know
Encourage inference through         analogy
Show how it works,not just how to use it
Give ample time for free play
The library is reinforced as a   node in the network
Wikipedia before class
Google versus the Library
You moved off-campus, but now you’ve got roaches!Where’s the best place to find out which bug-spray ismost effective?A. Of...
Teaching the analogy
The world of information
Ample time to experiment
Social media training
Workshops and beyond…
We constantly ask:How can we makethe library a partof their network?
That’s the core of transliteracy
It’s not a set of skills
It’s a goal
Conclusion?
The future of transliteracy?
There’s still something of value
We still have to deal withmultiple media
We still have to deal withcommunication
We still have to deal withhow it all fits together
So, how do we get there?
Transliteracy is the ability to read,write and interact across a range of     platforms, tools and media
It’s about communicating  meaning across media.
The word ‘transliteracy’ may not last
But, the need fortransliteracy willalways be around
Thank you   senseandreference.wordpress.comlibrariesandtransliteracy.wordpress.com
ReferencesAndretta, S. (2009). Transliteracy: Take a walk on the wild side. In World Library and Information Congress: 75t...
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  1. 1. libraries andthe future oftransliteracy lane wilkinson houston, tx april 20, 2012 CPE#535
  2. 2. Welcome!
  3. 3. Blogs Presentations WebsitesWhere you’ll find Journals transliteracy Conferences Job descriptions Job titles
  4. 4. Social media Digital literacy Some things Ebookstransliteracy is Participatory not… Open Access New librarianship Library 2.0
  5. 5. Transliteracythe ability to read, write, and interact across a range of platforms, tools, and media.
  6. 6. A brief history of transliteracy
  7. 7. 2005The Transliteracies Project “Text has historicallyexisted as a negotiation between media, including oral, written, print, visual, and… electronic media.” (Liu 2006)
  8. 8. 2005The Transliteracies Project Studying “the zone ofnegotiation…by which the older dialogue among print, writing,orality, and audiovisualmedia…enters into new relations with digital media.” (Liu 2006)
  9. 9. 2007PART: Productionand Research in TransliteracyThe ability to read, write and interact across arange of platforms, tools and media. (Thomas, et al., 2007)
  10. 10. 2007PART: Productionand Research in Transliteracy “Transliteracy is an umbrella termencompassing different literacies and multiple communication channels.” (Andretta 2009)
  11. 11. 2010 Libraries and Transliteracy“Transliteracy began as a descriptive concept,designed to understand how people navigatetheir way across various media.” (Newman 2011)
  12. 12. 2010 Libraries and Transliteracy“[It is] understanding the ways various means ofcommunication interactand understanding…theskills necessary to move effortlessly from one medium to another.” (Ipri 2010)
  13. 13. What do all of these approaches have in common?
  14. 14. 1. Multiple media
  15. 15. 2. Communication
  16. 16. 3. Interaction
  17. 17. Transliteracy is the ability to communicate meaning between media
  18. 18. Why is transliteracy relevant to librarians?
  19. 19. Libraries have always promoted literacy
  20. 20. Literacy has alwaysbeen mediated by information technology
  21. 21. So, technologyinfluences how we can and should promote literacy
  22. 22. But, amultiplicity oftechnologies can be a logistical nightmare
  23. 23. Transliteracy helps us promote literacyacross technological barriers
  24. 24. The three pillars in more detail
  25. 25. Multiple media
  26. 26. Once upon a time… …literacy was simple.
  27. 27. Then, something changed…
  28. 28. We invented new tools to communicate
  29. 29. We found new places to communicate
  30. 30. We found new time to communicate
  31. 31. We’ve always had choices
  32. 32. Just never quite so many
  33. 33. economic social orality financial statistical economic meta web healthnew media information literacy cultural print digital critical visual computer scientific historical electracy post- visual financial numeracy
  34. 34. There’s got tobe a betterway
  35. 35. Communication
  36. 36. The birth of the web made it necessary forlibrarians to shift more towards teachingsearch strategies and evaluation ofsources. The tool-focused “bibliographicinstruction” approach was later replacedby the skill-focused “information literacy”approach.Meredith FarkasAmerican Libraries Magazine11/01/2011http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/columns/practice/information-literacy-20
  37. 37. The end of the “tool-focused approach”
  38. 38. But, information isn’t just evaluated
  39. 39. Information is used
  40. 40. Information iscommunicated
  41. 41. But doesn’tinformation literacy cover that?
  42. 42. Transliteracy and information literacy Print Scientific Orality Health Signing Economic Visual Cultural Computer Critical Digital Media
  43. 43. We can be literate without being able to evaluate
  44. 44. We can be information literatewithout being tech-savvy
  45. 45. Transliteracy and information literacy Print Scientific Orality Health Signing Economic Visual Cultural Computer Critical Digital Media Communication Evaluation
  46. 46. Transliteracy and information literacy Print Scientific Orality Health Signing Economic Visual Cultural Computer Critical Digital Media Transliteracy Information Literacy
  47. 47. We’ve done a great job with evaluation
  48. 48. Transliteracy is about bringing ourattention back to communication
  49. 49. Interaction
  50. 50. Transliteracy is also about asking: “How are all of these literacies & technologies supposed to interact?”
  51. 51. How have librarians dealt with interaction and integration?
  52. 52. Librarians lovecompartments
  53. 53. But patrons don’t
  54. 54. The “versus” mentality doesn’t cut it anymore
  55. 55. Informationresources are linked
  56. 56. Transliteracy is about avoiding silos
  57. 57. Caveat:It’s not just digital
  58. 58. Analog to analog
  59. 59. Analog to digital
  60. 60. Digital to digital
  61. 61. Transliteracy isaboutthe network
  62. 62. Transliteracy is an intersection… Multiple media Communication Interaction
  63. 63. Transliteracy and librarianship
  64. 64. Librarians encourage transliteracy by adopting programming andteaching strategies that promote skill transfer across media
  65. 65. Transliteracy is not something we teachTransliteracy is something we take advantage of
  66. 66. 1. Effective information use requires multiple information sources
  67. 67. The days of “one medium” research are over.
  68. 68. Yet we tendto focus onthe resourcesthat we know
  69. 69. To distinguishourselves fromthe web we often put up defensive walls
  70. 70. But, patrons will usenon-library resources
  71. 71. And they’rerunning rightinto the wallswe’ve beenbuilding
  72. 72. Get comfortable with non-library resources
  73. 73. Show how the library fits in
  74. 74. 2. Identify skills that can adapt
  75. 75. How are youpreparing your patrons for change? Your staff? Yourself?
  76. 76. An example
  77. 77. Can your patrons still use it?
  78. 78. Identify skills that will outlast change
  79. 79. 3. Encourage skills that transferacross platforms, tools, and media
  80. 80. The question posed by transliteracy is: “Are we encouraging skills that transfer?”
  81. 81. Transfer of learning The ability to transfer cognitive skills learned in one domain to a new domain
  82. 82. Encourage skills that will adjust
  83. 83. Start from patrons’ existing mentalmodels of libraries (Holman 2011)
  84. 84. And teach the analogy1) Candidate inferences2) Schema abstraction3) Re-representation (Gentner & Colhoun 2010)
  85. 85. Begin with what they know
  86. 86. Encourage inference through analogy
  87. 87. Show how it works,not just how to use it
  88. 88. Give ample time for free play
  89. 89. The library is reinforced as a node in the network
  90. 90. Wikipedia before class
  91. 91. Google versus the Library
  92. 92. You moved off-campus, but now you’ve got roaches!Where’s the best place to find out which bug-spray ismost effective?A. Off.comB. The Journal of EntomologyC. Yahoo! AnswersD. Ask Grandma The library is not (always) the answer
  93. 93. Teaching the analogy
  94. 94. The world of information
  95. 95. Ample time to experiment
  96. 96. Social media training
  97. 97. Workshops and beyond…
  98. 98. We constantly ask:How can we makethe library a partof their network?
  99. 99. That’s the core of transliteracy
  100. 100. It’s not a set of skills
  101. 101. It’s a goal
  102. 102. Conclusion?
  103. 103. The future of transliteracy?
  104. 104. There’s still something of value
  105. 105. We still have to deal withmultiple media
  106. 106. We still have to deal withcommunication
  107. 107. We still have to deal withhow it all fits together
  108. 108. So, how do we get there?
  109. 109. Transliteracy is the ability to read,write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media
  110. 110. It’s about communicating meaning across media.
  111. 111. The word ‘transliteracy’ may not last
  112. 112. But, the need fortransliteracy willalways be around
  113. 113. Thank you senseandreference.wordpress.comlibrariesandtransliteracy.wordpress.com
  114. 114. ReferencesAndretta, S. (2009). Transliteracy: Take a walk on the wild side. In World Library and Information Congress: 75th IFLA Genreal Conference and Assembly, Milan, Italy: 23-27. http://eprints.rclis.org/handle/10760/14868Farkas, M. (2011). Information literacy 2.0. American Libraries [Blog post]. November 1, 2011. Available at: http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/columns/practice/information-literacy-20Gentner, 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. Heidelburg: 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), 532-567Liu, A. (2006). Definition of Online Reading. http://transliteracies.english.ucsb.edu/category/research- project/definition-of-online-readingNewman, B. (2011). Beginner’s guide to transliteracy. Available online at http://librariesandtransliteracy.wordpress.com/beginner’s-guide-to-transliteracy/Thomas, S., et al. (2007) Transliteracy: crossing divides. First Monday, 12(12). Online. http://firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/2060/1908

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