Traditional literacy is defined as "the quality of being literate; knowledge of letters; condition in respect to education, esp. ability to read and write" (OED Online, "literacy," 2nd ed.).
According to the CIA World Factbook, 83.7% of the world is literate - literate meaning anyone age 15 or older who can read and write (2012).
Alphabetic literacy is still extremely important and a major focus in schools, public libraries, and organizations like the Library of Congress.
Traditional literacy is the building block for all other literacies; without it, they would be impossible to master.
The information in this guide is based on information in a series of presentations and documents associated with an Information Literacy Workshop presented by the ULS Information Literacy and Assessment Working Group.
1. Library instruction/information Literacy
2. Visual Literacy
3. Media Literacy
4. Technology Literacy
5. Network Literacy
6. Cultural Literacy
1. Digital divide - can't assume that all students have 24/7 access to technology
2. Transparency - students might not have the right vocabulary, an environment where information is out there for everyone to see and access
3. Ethical challenges - ownership/authorship, working with someone else's text or media
1. Not a radical change - we are already familiar with these literacies because of social networking, using media, and instructing students on how to access electronic resources
2. Education on ethical issues and participatory challenges - offer guidance and coaching on how to behave and use the tools to survive in a digital world
3. Unique opportunity to embrace and encourage 21st century literacies through instruction, reference, and collection development