Information Literacy as a Pedagogy of Multiliteracies

Designer Librarian

ACRL’s Information Literacy Competency Standards are finally in the process of being updated to reflect today’s information environment. You can read the recommendations here.

I think the most significant change is in the recognition of information literacy as a set of multiple literacies. This means that information literacy will need to redefined (and it was ill-defined to begin with). It also means that the pedagogy of information literacy will have to change. It will become a pedagogy of multiliteracies.

The good news is that a pedagogy of multiliteracies already exists. In fact, it’s been around for a long time. The New London Group first presented their ideas about a pedagogy for the new literacies back in 1996.

The multiliteracies framework is a bit broader than the metaliteracy framework that Mackey and Jacobson proposed (which is very specific to information literacy). The pedagogy of multiliteracies is cross-curricular and encompasses…

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