The Eighth Station of the Cross Kebab House #metaliteracy

The content not the container is the key to metaliteracy.   The focus is  the ability to use and create content across the range  tools, services and understand and communicate meaning.

The learning of metaliteracy is in the doing as well as the observation.  Creating active co-creators of content.  It is about unifying multiple literacies and engaging the abilities to synthesize and critique information from multiple sources and channels.

Metaliteracy/transliteracy allows us to explore the social meaning of literacy and the democratization of knowledge and communication as a result of the increasing use of social media.  The whole process is evolutionary building on prior knowledge creation and shared expertise.

Knowledge Service Role: Metaliteracy Training, Understanding Metaliteracy, Metaliteracy Champion, Community Communication


Gogan, B., 2013. Lost in transliteracy: How to expand student learning across a variety of platforms. Knowledge Quest, 41(5), pp.40–45.

Ipri, T., 2010. Introducing transliteracy. College & Research Libraries News, 71(10), pp.532–567. Available at:

Trimm, N., 2011. Not Just Literate , but Transliterate : Encouraging Transliteracy Adoption in Library Services. Colorado Libraries, 36(1). Available at:

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Listening:  The Third Eye Centre – Belle and Sebastian


Reflections from the 79 #metaliteracy

Clearly we engage with information critically as much through the medium as through the message. Learning needs to understand the norms and mores of the media content is delivered in and use that as part of our critique of content and methodology for content delivery and curation.

Transmitting this as learning to the end user, that’s the challenge. Less perhaps for digital natives but to those not familiar with new technologies.

Metaliteracy seems to be an overarching term bringing not only the range of tools that the individual needs to understand but understanding the literacy of interaction between tools.

Every Scene Needs a Center [sic] #metaliteracy

Metaliteracy requires the individual to:

  1. Understand Format Type and Delivery Mode
  2. Evaluate User Feedback as Active Researcher
  3. Create a Context for User-generated


  4. Evaluate Dynamic Content Critically
  5. Produce Original Content in Multiple

    Media Formats

  6. Understand Personal Privacy, Information Ethics and Intellectual Property Issues
  7. Share Information in Participatory


Key issues requiring a need for the development of the concept of metaliteracy:

Metaliteracy expands the scope of information literacy as more than a set of discrete skills, challenging us to rethink information literacy as active knowledge production and distribution in collaborative online communities.

…we argue for information literacy as a metaliteracy, because this approach requires us to recognize the relationships between core information literacy competencies and emergent literacy frameworks. At the same time, however, metaliteracy is a concept that promotes active engagement with emerging technologies and learnercentered production of information.

…a comprehensive understanding of information and related competencies are central to these literacy concepts. This approach is grounded in the idea that emerging technologies are inherently different from print and require active engagement with multiple information formats through different media modalities.

Traditional definitions of information literacy do not consider collaborative media production and the impact on learning, which is why we need an expanded metaliteracy model with an emphasis on active production and sharing of new knowledge through technology.