21st-Century Learning – Libraries and Transliteracy

A Taxonomy of Literacies

With the increasingly important role for libraries to support knowledge construction and creation, even more so than information and knowledge consumption, the issues surrounding libraries and transliteracies has become an interesting topic of discussion.
While I was curating information on this topic, Lane Wilkinson’s post on his blog caught my attention with this chart above which I thought beautifully sums up the relationships between all the literacies which we generally lumped under Information literacy (although you can beg to differ). Here’s the link to his post “Reorganizing literacy” on his blog Sense and Reference.
So what information skills are needed to support library users in the 21st-century? What roles do we play as information specialists and educators? Mike Eisenberg, Dean Emeritus and Professor at the University of Washington iSchool is one of the experts in this area. He is the co-developer of the “Big Six Information Skills” information problem-solving model which has been in use for over 20 years in schools and libraries, primarily aimed at kindergarten through twelfth-grade students. Head over to the official Big6 website and you will be able to find a lot more information and resources relating to the Big6 model. Professional Eisenberg did a series of vodcasts for this topic in partnership with ABC-CLIO last year and I have reproduced them below for your easy viewing:
Vodcast #1 : What is Information Literacy

Vodcast #2 : How to implement an Information Literacy Program

Vodcast #3 : Accountability in the Information Literacy Program

Vodcast #4: The Role of the Teacher-Librarian and the School Library Program

Other links :
Libraries and Transliteracy – This is a blog site dedicated to the sharing of information about the all literacies (digital literacy, media literacy, information literacy, visual literacy, 21st century literacies, transliteracies and more).
The Big Six Information Skills As a Metacognitive Scaffold: A Case Study
Using the Big6 to help students develop critical thinking skills
Online Resources to Support BIG6™ Information Skills

About Rica

Director, Civica Library & Learning ... got teleported from the academic library space to the commercial library space in 2005 ...
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