the de facto definition of information literacy. Though they have served the academic library profession well over the past thirteen years, the current standards are showing their age. It is time for our association to engage in a process to rethink and reimagine them for the next generation of academic librarians, college students and the faculty.
- metaliteracy, with its emphasis on metacognition and today’s participatory information environment, with students as information producers
- transliteracy, which incorporates literacies across a range of platforms, including visual and other non-textual types
- new, stream-lined conceptions, such as the Seven Pillars of Information Literacy
Metaliteracy requires us to think beyond discrete skills development in one-shot library sessions and embed metacognitive reflection in dynamic and collaborative learning activities. Metaliterate learners continuously reflect on their own thinking to expand their knowledge and adapt to evolving technologies. The new standards then must consider the ways that learners are encouraged to create and share original and repurposed expressions as critical consumers and producers of information. Metaliteracy moves knowledge acquisition beyond search and retrieval to include the production, distribution, and communication of information in open and online environments. This work must take place across the curriculum, requiring research librarians to build stronger collaborations among faculty and librarian colleagues and to influence learning objectives in a variety of studies and disciplines.
After attending a conference session on metaliteracy, Paige Jaeger discussed the concept in a recent Library Door post, Metaliteracy, Megaliteracy and Information Literacy,
Whether we are working in the K-12 environment or higher education, we are all in the same boat. The learners of the 21st Century are not those of the 1960s and our pedagogy must include adaptations.
Paige created her own infographic summarizing her conversations and explaining the literacies paradigm shift.
For more information:
The MOOC features these two models created by Roger Lipera:
Society of College, National, and University Libraries. (2011). SCONUL Seven Pillars of Information Literacy Core Model for Higher Education. Retrieved from http://www.sconul.ac.uk/groups/information_literacy/seven_pillars.html
Mackey, T. P., & Jacobson, T. (2011). Reframing information literacy as a metaliteracy. College & Research Libraries, 72(1), 62-78. Retrieved from http://crl.acrl.org/content/72/1/62.full.pdf+html
Look for more news on metaliteracy and the ACRL Standards at ALA Midwinter.