Transliteracy – what is it?

In Read This on November 17, 2010 at 7:32 pm

Transliteracy – have you heard this term?  Probably not but most people understand the current definition from professor of new media (De Montfort University), Sue Thomas;

“the ability to read, write, and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media from signing and orality through handwriting, printer, TV, radio and films, to social networks.”

A new term for a how we absorb and retain all types of information.  An in-depth look at how transliteracy will affect libraries is available in the November 2010 College & Research Libraries News publication.

More information is also available at Libraries and Transliteracy site which has a useful links and resource list and details on how to involve yourself or library in transliteracy.

As our world continues to evolve, finding, reviewing and understanding information from a variety of media types will be of greater importance.  Libraries have the capability and opportunity to help users wade through the waves of information around them.



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