The Role of Libraries in a Transliterate World


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  • LITERACY for the 21st Century An Overview & Orientation Guide To Media Literacy Education
  • The Role of Libraries in a Transliterate World

    1. 1. The Role Of Libraries In A Transliterate World Metropolitan New York Library Council Bobbi Newman
    2. 2. …many Americans are in danger of remaining or becoming second- class citizens in the digital age, whether because of low income, language barriers, lack of access to technology, limited skills and training, community norms, or lack of personal motivation. –Knight Commission on the Information Needs of a Community in a Democracy
    3. 3. It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity. — Albert Einstein
    4. 4. 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
    5. 5. We are exposed to more mediated messages in one day than our great-grandparents were exposed to in one year
    6. 6. It takes 5.15 minutes to hack your six character all lower case password Increasing to eight characters and including numbers and symbols increases the time to 2.10 centuries
    7. 7. How do we cope? information literacy technology literacy media literacy digital literacy social media literacy literacy computer literacy news literacy multimedia literacy critical thinking civil literacy health literacy environmental literacy
    8. 8. Transliteracy
    9. 9. 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.
    10. 10. What?
    11. 11. A unifying approach to literacy
    12. 12. A convergence of literacies
    13. 13. … not just about computer–based materials, but about all communication types across time and culture. It does not privilege one above the other but treats all as of equal value and moves between and across them. -Thomas et al.
    14. 14. Not about the tools
    15. 15. The Role of Libraries
    16. 16. Transform
    17. 17. Empower
    18. 18. Comfort
    19. 19. Connect
    20. 20. Are you ready?
    21. 21. You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother. -Albert Einstein
    22. 22. Sometimes I forget that my world is not the mainstream (yet) -Eric Nehrlich
    23. 23. Existing paradigms in technology education must be shifted towards a focus on critical thinking and communication skills and away from “gee-whiz” gaping over new technology tools. -Renee Hobbs
    24. 24. The 21st Century is no place for timid librarians
    25. 25. For resources and additional information please visit Libraries and Transliteracy Tom IpriTom Ipri Brian HulseyBrian Hulsey Anthony MolaroAnthony MolaroBobbi NewmanBobbi Newman GretchenGretchen CaserottiCaserotti