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Topic 4.4 Convergence of literacies in 21C

Posted by arlekeno on May 19, 2009

Response to :the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Standards for the 21st-century learner (2007).

Looks very in depth and hard ot argue with, while being Easy to read!

also went straight from to the challenge blog.

OOhh, New York Schools city Library system uses striplings model.

response to:Warlick, D. (2007). Literacy in the new information landscape, Library Media Connection, 26, 20-21).

I guess being so close to the I-generation I have seen most of this stuff. And have seen a lot of Machine animation ( my favourite is “I’m bobba the fett” )

response to: Lorenzo, G. (2007). Catalysts for Change: Information Fluency, Web 2.0, Library 2.0, and the New Education CultureClarence Center, NY: Lorenzo Associates, Inc., March.

There are some seriously worrying trends identified in this article.

• more than half (53 percent) believe information from search engines is at the same level of trustworthiness as library information;

• while they more readily use electronic resources than older respondents, only 20 percent of 14- to 17- year-olds who have used a library website completely agree it provides worthwhile information compared to 45 percent of college students who completely agree.


This is a flaw in our getting the info out there as well as their ability to tell the diference between what is useful and what isn’t. As OCLO says.

“it is time to rejuvenat ethe library brand, which is still strong in the category of books but needs to be made stronger in leveraging its brand to incorporate growing investments in electronic resources and library web-based services.”


 Again we are back to advocacy.. more politics, less education.

The trends of NetGenners.

• NetGeners are incredibly articulate, are estimated to have Intelligence Quotients that are 15 to 20 points higher than Baby Boomers, and are being recognized as the smartest generation in history.


• NetGeners with high SAT scores and who also do well academically in higher education typically graduate from school systems that have strong libraries.


• NetGeners are multi-taskers who have grown accustomed to changing contexts seamlessly, and they expect this from others.



• NetGeners process information quicker than previous generations and can “make connections and recognize patterns easily instead offollowing linear thought patterns.”


• NetGeners are accustomed to synchronously and asynchronously connecting with others worldwide and working in virtual teams, which has important implications related to how they access information and solve problems.




• NetGeners are social, but their connection to others does not have to be face-to-face; they frequently practice peer-to-peer learning through friends in their social network; and they prefer a lateral approach to learning as opposed to a hierarchical approach.



• Because NetGeners have grown accustomed to rich media that has consistently kept their attention and entertained them since birth, they demand to be engaged in their learning and information- gathering environments. Otherwise

I.E. short attnetion span.

However, their information technology savviness is often considered less than admirable by most higher education standards.


   Interesting ideas of CONTAINED SPACES, e3ssentiall Library quality collections online.  

• NetGeners read images much more easily and differently than generations before them. They are basically visual-based learners as opposed to generations before them who are text-based learnersSo all old information will have to be re-made? • NetGeners see technology as a friend and not a foe, and it is recommended that educators allow them to create their own computer applications, information-oriented websites and business models.• NetGeners do not fear anything that is digital, are constantly connected to information and other people online or through their cell phones, do not read instructional manuals, and demand immediacy.I.E. they have short attention spans. I AM one of them!• NetGeners use a “Nintendo” approach to learning by trial-and-error as opposed to conducting careful research.Not sure this goes well in businessYAY FOR LIBRARIES Wow, i must be one of them! And this idea of massification is interesting, Now universtiy types have to put up with the same thing high school teachers do 😛

From another point of view, there are ten easyto -understand themes that describe Web 2.0:

1. Organizing the Unorganized

2. Enhancing Consumer Choice

3. Empowering Individuals to Become the Media

4. Facilitating Constant, Cheap Communication

5. Sharing with Friends

6. Enabling a Multimedia Revolution

7. Making it Easier to Find and Spend Online

8. Democratizing Labor Markets

9. Breaking Down Geographic Barriers

10. Engaging Individuals in Conversation with the Powerful


Interesting talkl on Conectedness.

This “connectedness” includes a “peer-to


Catalysts peer movement,—aided by social software—that is growing in popularity and changing the hierarchy of information trust, spreading the acquisition of information and knowledge laterally among friends and friends of friends.

Lovely really, just like common sense… the same common sense that ridiculed people who thought the earth was round.

I doubt that most peopel are aware that with Freedom to Publish online comes the consequences.
Would also love to see a tV show about the 3 month long arbitration done by WIKIPEDIA into Global warming.
The theory of the Long tail is particularly interesting. Libraries have always been niche, but now anyone can publish anythign. I am interested in making my own fake site.

We are leaving the Information Age and entering the Recommendation Age. Today information is ridiculously easy to get; you practically trip over it in the street. Information gathering is no longer the issue—making smart decisions based on the information is now the trick. Recommendations serve as shortcuts through the thicket of information.



a new job for us!
Response to : Warlick.Episode 74 — A Conversation about the Future of Libraries
Library as a user centred work place. (that’s what my town library is 🙂

The Librarian is the most important part of the library, but they have to get out of the library and into the classroom.


Unlike Office works ( kinkos) you get help in creating content.Librarian as strategy guide.


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