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Giustini

Nicely done. You are a natural diplomat and have yourself an inimitable style.

What I find extraordinary is that there are others critiquing the use of the term without looking at the literature, without so much as listening to the many available lectures on the topic strewn across the internet. Our librarian colleagues are grappling with the issues themselves and we should help them understand the term if we can.

For the record, I don't particularly like the terms "transnational" or "transliteracy". With respect to the latter, I prefer metaliteracies.

To help my students, I've started an entry on 'transliteracy' http://hlwiki.slais.ubc.ca/index.php/Transliteracy_for_librarians

Senseandref.blogspot.com

You wrote: "transliteracy, as a concept, is an attempt to label what we are already doing--linking up traditional notions of authority with the realities of how people obtain information today." That's what I should have said more explicitly the first time around. It's as simple as that...

Thanks for clarifying what I found it hard to say.

TheGoLibrarians

keep a tight lid on language? not sure about that, but we definitely should keep trying to get better command of language, particularly where we holding professional discussions about education and literacy.

@Giustini you may be onto something when you write that "there are others critiquing the use of the term without looking at the literature, without so much as listening to the many available lectures on the topic strewn across the internet."

much of the literature on this topic and related conversations just misses the mark. it's convoluted. it seems the authors are often underinformed, lack the ability to structure their writing to remain concise and stay on topic, or (yikes) both.

it's like Dylan says: "i'll know my song well before i start singing." i've read a lot lately about transliteracy, metaliteracies, contextual learning, metacognition, learning styles, etc. yet, too often, it seems the authors have not completely grasped the natural contrasts among those subjects. they are linked, but they are not the same. the effect is that i tend to feel handcuffed when i want to join the conversation and contribute to discussion.

it also reminds us why we've subscribed to the same rules of authority for as long as we have.

Marcus

@GoLibrarians, thank you for chiming in!

I observe a widespread double standard in discussions like this, in which anything new is subject to linguistic rigors that are not applied to the supposedly "tried and true." The new ideas have to jump through hoops, the old verities get an easy pass. "Authority" ends up morphing into that concept we don't need to consider anymore, leaving aside time to apply disproportionate rigor to anything new. I'm all for sharp thinking, but it should be across the board.

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