Introduction to Transliteracy for Libraries

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A webinar for the Georgia Public Library Service

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  • "It's not just about using the tools, it's about using the tools effectively Fastest growing group of facebook users – women over 55 Passwords – recent post at highlighted how a hacker would break your weak passwords. With basic software it would take 5.15 minutes to hack a 6 character all lower case password, a 6 character, upper, lower & character password would take 8.51 days Spam Phishing Scams
  • The price of computers is dropping allowing more people to own one. Free WiFi access points are increasing, allowing more people internet access. For many people these are new experiences Experiences they can have with no training, no supervision and no support. 45 % of the 169 million visitors to public libraries connected to the Internet using a library computer or wireless network during their visit a connection is often needed to complete school assignments, apply for jobs, or secure government services. U.S. adults living with chronic disease are significantly less likely than healthy adults to have access to the internet (62% vs. 81%). The internet access gap creates an online health information gap Among young adults (14–24 years of age) in households below the federal poverty line, 61 % used public library computers and Internet for educational purposes. Among seniors (65 and older) living in poverty, 54 % used public library computers for health or wellness needs. For many people, social networks are a place for idle chatter about what they made for dinner or sharing cute pictures of their pets. But for people living with chronic diseases or disabilities, they play a more vital role.
  • Times are changing. Not just for libraries but society at large “ a convergence of literacies” as the boundaries between medial literacy, digital literacy, technology literacy and information literacy become blurred when individuals evolve from consumers of information to producers of content Move away from the battles over print versus digital, and a move instead towards a unificiation not just of media, but of all literacies relevant to reading, writing, interaction and culture, both past and present Regurgitation is no longer enough Ethics You used to learn to read and you were done It is no longer enough to be “done” you need to keep learning new things The convergence of media and technology in a global culture is changing the way we learn about the world and challenging the very foundations of education. No longer is it enough to be able to read the printed word; children, youth, and adults, too, need the ability to both critically interpret the powerful images of a multimedia culture and express themselves in multiple media forms. Competencies like critical thinking, global awareness, and media literacy are no longer simply desirable—they are necessary. If 21st century skills are the new design specifications for national and individual success, our nation’s libraries and museums are well-positioned to respond to this need. Critical thinking - Skills like critical thinking and problem solving are not only relevant for K-12 students and schools. There are millions of adult learners not in formal education programs looking to refine workplace skills. Even school-aged children spend the overwhelming majority of their waking hours in non-school settings. In these settings, they develop important skills—such as problem solving, collaboration, global awareness, and self direction—not only for lifelong learning and everyday activities
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  • 1. Introducing Transliteracy Bobbi L. Newman Georgia Public Library Service
  • 2. Let’s talk
  • 3. Technology
  • 4. Information
  • 5. Life
  • 6. Privacy
  • 7. Access
  • 8. Change
  • 9. The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn . - Alvin Toffler
  • 10. Digital Divide
  • 11. The future is here it is just not evenly distributed – William Gibson
  • 12. We are failing our patrons
  • 13. Choice
  • 14. Transliteracy is the ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media.
  • 15. Transliterate Divide
  • 16. Transliteracy is not a destination
  • 17. More than technology
  • 18. The world is larger than the space you inhabit
  • 19. What can we do?
  • 20. Stop fighting amongst ourselves
  • 21. Learn
  • 22. Explore
  • 23. Experiment
  • 24. It won’t be easy
  • 25. No excuses
  • 26. Bobbi Newman This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. To view a copy of this license, visit or send a letter to Creative Commons, 171 Second Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, California, 94105, USA.