AASL Fall Forum: Transliteracy & the School Library Program

School librarians are gathering in Greenville, SC and across the country this weekend to learn about, discuss, and reflect on transliteracy in the 2012 AASL Fall Forum: Transliteracy and the School Library Program.  I’m joining the Fall Forum from one of four satellite sites – Pittsburgh, PA, at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit.  With me here at the AIU are school librarians, school library educators and practicum supervisors, and district-level technology and school library coordinators.

So as the attendees in Greenville watched Henry Jenkins and Kristin Fontichiaro yesterday afternoon, we tuned in from afar, and shared some rich conversation, questions, and idea-making with each other.  We’re deepening our understanding of “transliteracy”; from Gail Bush’s “The Transliterate Learner” in the September-October issue of SLM (p.5-7),

The learner who is transliterate builds knowledge, communicates, and interacts across a range of platforms, tools, and media.

Here in Pittsburgh, our group talked about new ways of interpreting and building upon David Wiesner’s Flotsam in geography and science; we reflected on what it means to “transliterate” in our practice; and we started to consider what it looks like in the school library to balance the structure of formal learning with the engagement of more participatory, informal learning.

We continue our learning this morning, and I’m looking forward to reporting back to you here on the SLM Blog.  You can follow the Fall Forum on Twitter with the #AASL12 hashtag, and you can follow School Library Monthly at the Fall Forum @SLMonthly.

Image: Copyright American Association of School Librarians.

–Rebecca Morris



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