Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Metaliteracy Action Agenda

"So much time and so little to do. Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it." - Willy Wonka
We are not just librarians, the keepers of knowledge; we're also teachers. Our responsibility has been to 'archive' knowledge and to assist our communities in locating, accessing and using that knowledge responsibly.

However, 21st century fluencies include so much beyond the information literacy, whose skills we have chosen to standardize. The Wordle above represents some of the action verbs associated with 21st century information fluency - which Mackey et al have chosen to rename "Metaliteracy."

So I'll begin this discussion by looking at all the things we have put on our teacher-librarian plates - and I would encourage you to add other action/skills to the list I've pictured above. (While it's in alphabetic order, it should probably be rearranged in groups. I've included this alphabetical list at the bottom of this post.)

This is a tall order - a veritable cornucopia of learning critical to the success of our students, of our society, and (perhaps) of our continued existence. I look forward to brainstorming a strategy for improving the information literacy and the metaliteracies of all.