Why Transliteracy? An Introduction for Librarians


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  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/akijinn/11983333/Digital divideEducation is geared toward information storage. Today that is neither possible nor necessary. Rather, humankind needs to be taught how to process information that is stored through technology. Education needs to be geared toward the handling of data rather than the accumulation of data.”For centuries, schooling has been designed to make sure students learned facts about the world—which they proved they knew by correctly answering questions on tests. But such a system is no longer relevant when the most up-to-date facts are available at the touch of a button.What students need today is to learn how to find what they need to know when they need to know it, from the best sources available—and to have the higher order thinking skills to analyze and evaluate whether the information they find is useful for what they want to know. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) ranked the U.S. 15th among its 30 member nations in broadband adoption per capita.According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), more than 100 million Americans don't have broadband at home because they either can't get it, can't afford it, or aren't aware of its benefits. Broadband adaption rates US 65%, Singapore 88 %, South Korea 95%The Federal Communications Commission released its National Broadband Plan Consumer Survey, Broadband Adoption and Use in America, which found that affordability and lack of digital skills are the main reasons why 93 million Americans — one-third of the country — are not connected to high-speed Internet at home – The survey findings reinforce the growing body of research that finds digital literacy skills are critical to bridging the gap between those who are able to fully participate in the information age and those who live as second-class citizens in informed communities
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  • http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2152/2051756510_c0138daf6e.jpgThe writer Douglas Adams observed how technology that existed when we were born seems normal, anything that is developed before we turn 35 is exciting, and whatever comes after that is treated with suspicion.  - we are in for some real shocksLibraries took up the call for literacy. Libraries need to take on the task of ensuring all people are transliterate.It is no longer enough to focus solely on the ability to read and write.For years libraries have focused on literacy, the ability to read, write and interact.People need to be literate in order to be involved in and contribute to society.digital literacy: Non-adopters and new users often rely on the assistance of others to get online or get one-on-one support when they use the Internet. As the FCC Survey and a recent survey by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies found, these are most often family and friends, or trusted intermediaries like librarians and social service providers. Like it or not public libraries have taken on the role as the provider of free public access to the Internet and computers for those who are not able to gain access elsewhere, for whatever reason. The library’s role as a technology resource and training center has exploded since 1996, when only 28 percent of libraries offered visitors access to the Internet. 2/3 of people who used library computers received help from library staff or volunteers on computer or wireless network issuesMost of our computer room staff spend their time showing people how to fill out online applications for jobs that may actually be beneath the person's years of experience. They are constantly helping patrons navigate the difficult unemployment forms that can no longer be filed in paper form. We're the liason to social services, providing phone numbers, contacts, and even legal forms for the life events of our patrons. The only place most people can receive instruction on these new literacies is at a library.  There is no one else. While some students may be fortunate enough to be exposed in at school, either through teachers or the library, most are not. Adults have nowhere to turn but the public library. We can accept these changes or we can rail against them But even the bemoaning of the change in the format in which content or information is shared is new. In Plato’s Phaedrus, Socrates bemoaned the development of writing. He feared that, as people came to rely on the written word as a substitute for the knowledge they used to carry inside their heads, they would, in the words of one of the dialogue’s characters, “cease to exercise their memory and become forgetful.” And because they would be able to “receive a quantity of information without proper instruction,” they would “be thought very knowledgeable when they are for the most part quite ignorant.” They would be “filled with the conceit of wisdom instead of real wisdom.” Socrates wasn’t wrong—the new technology did often have the effects he fearedThe French statesman railed against the fashion for getting news from the printed page, arguing that it socially isolated readers and detracted from the spiritually uplifting group practice of getting news from the pulpit. A hundred years later, as literacy became essential and schools were widely introduced, the curmudgeons turned against education for being unnatural and a risk to mental health The wireless was accused of distracting children from reading and diminishing performance in school. In 1936, the music magazine the Gramophone reported that children had "developed the habit of dividing attention between the humdrum preparation of their school assignments and the compelling excitement of the loudspeaker" and described how the radio programs were disturbing the balance of their excitable minds. The television caused widespread concern as well: Media historian Ellen Wartella has noted how "opponents voiced concerns about how television might hurt radio, conversation, reading, and the patterns of family living andresult in the further vulgarization of American culture." Predictions about the future of libraries are futile. It is a complicated subject and there are strong opinions on all sides2.0 vs 1.0 Sometimes I think we’ve lost sight of our original goal – purpose
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/fensterbme/99108769/Be careful not to confuse transliteracy with technology, it is more than technoloygTransliteracy is information content style, connection, format, texting, a telephone call, email, instant messaging, voice, music, art, video, images, social networking, face to face, paper and pencil, gestures, expressions, social, cultural, change, diverse, sharing, participatory, aware, fluid, flexible, fluent, The transliterate individual can identify the type of information the appropriate method, format and medium for accessing information, and for sharing. Transliteracy is identifying your audience and the correct method of sharing your message. Transliteracy is communication in any form. Can identify the the correct method, format and medium for accessing information. Transliteracy is identifying your audience and the correct method of sharing your message. – sharing photos with parent, grandparents and friends
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  • Why Transliteracy? An Introduction for Librarians

    1. 1. Why Transliteracy?<br />An Introduction for Librarians<br />NCompassLive Tech Talk <br />with Michael Sauers<br />Bobbi L. Newman<br />http://librarianbyday.net<br />http://twitter.com/librarianbyday<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/margolove/896307285//<br />
    2. 2. Transliteracy <br />is the ability to read, write and interact across<br /> a range of platforms, tools and media.<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/fijneman/2971210465/<br />
    3. 3. It is coming<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/freefoto/1935702552/<br />
    4. 4. Information<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/ian-s/2152798588// <br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/nickwheeleroz/2533281806/<br />
    5. 5. Technology<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/holtsman/4620019487/in/faves-librarianbyday/<br />
    6. 6. Life<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/427/2255670331//<br />
    7. 7. Access<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/cmbellman/2039807271//<br />
    8. 8. “The future is here. It's just not evenly distributed.” William Gibson<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/akijinn/11983333/<br />
    9. 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<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/barabeke/333713092/ <br />
    10. 10. The world is larger than the space you inhabit<br />http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2152/2051756510_c0138daf6e.jpg<br />
    11. 11. More than technology<br />
    12. 12. A lifelong journey<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/chishikilauren/10780774/<br />
    13. 13. What can we do?<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/jakecaptive/3205277810/<br />
    14. 14. Stop fighting amongst ourselves<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/balladist/2843633256/<br />
    15. 15. It won’t be easy<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/lamerentertainment/1581770980/<br />
    16. 16. No excuses<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/wongjunhao/2953814622/ <br />
    17. 17. Libraries and Transliteracy<br />http://librariesandtransliteracy.wordpress.com<br />Bobbi Newman<br />Buffy Hamilton<br />Tom Ipri<br />Brian Hulsey<br />
    18. 18. Bobbi Newmanhttp://librarianbyday.nethttp://twitter.com/librarianbyday<br />This work is licensed under the Creative Commons <br />Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. <br />To view a copy of this license, visit <br />http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/us/ <br />