Perspectives: Global
‘New School’ Literacy: Concepts, Context, and the Self Print E-mail
By Sean Cordes   

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Communication is critical to a successful academic experience and the forerunner to success in personal life and the workplace. But while still a primary component, the ability to read and write is no longer enough to ensure the literacy of students. Modern literacy requires the ability to both consume and create information in multiple modes using a variety of techniques and media. The ability to do this relies on harnessing student potential to use digital tools, and most important, to apply critical thinking and problem-solving to become adept in the techniques for accessing and creating information in a way that is meaningful to the individual and to the community. This paper presents a foundation for multimodal literacies through a theoretical and applied framework of library instruction that is grounded in the principles of visual, media, information, and multicultural literacy and experience.
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Flexible Learning Spaces and the Majlis Print E-mail
By Andrea Cooney   

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Andrea Cooney shares with us the beautiful library at the Sheikh Zayed Private Academy in the United Arab Emirates. This school strives to mix tradition with current and future needs to create interesting, evocative flexible spaces for learning and teaching. The Majlis is part of this approach, drawing on the cultural heritage of the region while supporting the concept of the library as a centre for community, knowledge and interaction.
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