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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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    Wednesday, July 04, 2007

    Literacies, schmliteries, 2

    On June 16th, I wrote 'Literacies, Schmliteries' - a sort of frustrated hiccup about the birth of yet another type of literacy.
    “Art does not evolve by itself, the ideas of people change and with them their mode of expression” Pablo Picasso, 1923
    I mentioned that I had developed a taxonomy of literacies for a lecture given a couple of years previously. At that time, I understood the literacy map like this:
    • Visual literacy / audio /reading /writing
    • IT, ICT and ‘ECDL’
      • Technological literacy
    • Media literacy
    • Independent learning skills
    • Research skills / research methodology
    • Library skills
    • Information literacy
    ... and now there is also 'transliteracy'.

    Sheila Webber recently spoke at Umbrella and offered an excellent map of information literacy research, which she has now made available on the Internet. Mind mapping has never been something that comes easily to me, but I know Sheila uses this technique a lot in her teaching and is thus an expert in both information literacy and in mapping concepts. It would be useful (I think) if she were to produce a second map of literacies, and their ownership, definitions and skills.

    (Expression of interest: Sheila and I worked together on the CILIP definition of Information Literacy, which is displayed on the front page of my website.)

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