A recent tweet from colleague Stephen Francoeur tipped me to an essay in the November 2010 College and Research Library News. In "Introduction to Transliteracy," Tom Ipri provides some useful background on the origin of "transliteracy" and shares some thoughts about why librarians will do well to stay abreast of the transliteracy research. I won't attempt to summarize his take, but his closing paragraph offers a gentle awareness-raising nudge worth sharing:
Despite the fact that transliteracy originated outside the library realm, librarians should follow the development of this concept because so much of transliteracy overlaps concerns much at the heart of librarianship. As more research is created in the field, librarians can incorporate these new ideas into the ways they assist patrons with accessing, understanding, and producing information. The social aspects of transliteracy can enhance the workplace by creating robust systems of knowledge sharing and can enhance user experience by granting them a role in the construction of information.
METRO will be hosting a webinar next week on "The Role of Libraries in a Transliterate World" with librarians Bobbi Newman and Brian Hulsey. For more information and registration details visit http://bit.ly/cg3yg5.