Promoting Multiple Literacies (Principles of New Librarianship)

Chesnutt Library will host its sixth cohort (2013 – 2014) of the Chesnutt Library Fellows Information Literacy Program on December 17th and 18th, 2013. #FayettevilleInfoLit    |    #FayettevilleInfoLit1314      |      #FSUIL1314

Designer Librarian

In my last post, I outlined 5 principles that I believe new librarianship encompasses. Today, I’m going to delve into the first principle a little further: promoting multiple literacies. Which literacies should new librarianship promote? How are the literacies inter-related? And how can they be promoted? I will attempt to answer those questions.

Which literacies should new librarianship promote?


There are 6 foundational literacies that I see as the root of all (or at least most) other literacies:

  • Critical literacy views readers as active participants in the reading process and invites them to move beyond passively accepting the text’s message to question, examine, or dispute the power relations that exist between readers and authors. It focuses on issues of power and promotes reflection, transformation, and action (Freire, 1970).” 
  • Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to “recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively…

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