just what does ‘transliteracy’ mean?

there’s a lot of discussion in libraries about just what ‘transliteracy’ really means. it’s a given in our context that we have always talked about information literacy, and more recently information literacies. this has included digital literacies as a matter of course. so should we now be discussing ‘transliteracies’? the association of college and research libraries recently published an article ‘introducing transliteracy: what does it mean to academic libraries?’

one of the obvious points made is that ‘transliteracy is concerned with what it means to be literate in the 21st century … It is not about learning text literacy and visual literacy and digital literacy in isolation from one another but about the interaction among all these literacies’.

sophie mcdonald, a librarian at the university of technology in sydney has written a great response arguing that it really doesn’t matter what we call it. working in libraries it is our role to respond to our clients needs and to support and develop whatever literacy skills they need to access the information they’re seeking.

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