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    I am the owner and managing director of Information Automation Limited (IAL), a company that specialises in research, consultancy and training for the information profession. We are particularly interested in all forms of electronic information resources (e-journals, e-books, etc) and I teach a course in electronic publishing at the Department of Information Studies in Aberystwyth. Drilling down still further(!), my interests centre on the quality and evaluation of electronic information, and in the thinking that underpins activities in library and information science.


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    Saturday, June 16, 2007

    Literacies, shmliteries

    Just when you thought it was safe to come out of the woods, and most people have some understanding of what information literacy is...

    ... despite the slightly confusing 'media literacy', I was fairly happy with the taxonomy of literacies I developed for a lecture in Sheffield and which I have since used in one or two workshops. Now, Sheila Webber's blog tells us that there is a new kid on the block. Enter 'Transliteracy', defined as:
    the ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media from signing and orality through handwriting, print, TV, radio and film, to digital social networks.
    Sounds a lot like Ofcom's 'media literacy' ("the ability to access, understand and create communications in a variety of contexts") to me, but see The PART (Production and Research in Transliteracy) Group, which is led by Professor Sue Thomas at De Montfort University.

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