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Thursday, November 7 • 2:30pm - 3:10pm
What the Oysters Learned too Late: Reconsidering Literacy

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Literacy, until recently, was defined by the ability to read printed text and to understand the nuances of both the form and content of that printed text. More recently there has been a focus on subsets of literacy – data literacy, numeracy, visual literacy, media literacy, etc. – that basically recognize the means of communicating ideas and facts are not limited to the printed text and there are multiple means which may, in fact, be more powerful ways of communicating in our world. In recent years, higher education has been redefining what it means to be educated – from a focus on specific bodies of knowledge, or disciplines, to a focus on developing and mastering skills for varying modes of inquiry.

Simultaneously, there has been a growing focus on expanding how students and faculty communicate knowledge – what was once strictly the term paper approach is being replaced by the oral presentation, the poster session, or the artistic response.

In a world where ideas are more readily communicated via social media such as YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, the ability to accurately assess additional modes of communication is critical.

This session will explore different subsets of literacy, describe methods for developing mastery of those literacies, and advocate for library professionals to become specialists focused on literacies as much if not more than on content.

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Audrey Powers

Associate Librarian, University of South Florida
I am an Associate Librarian at the University of South Florida. Currently, I work with students and faculty in The College of The Arts, but in my former life I was a Science librarian. These very different roles have provided me with the unique opportunity to work with researchers... Read More →

Marc Powers

Director, School of Theatre & Dance, University of South Florida
I'm an actor, director, theatre professor and academic administrator who has also spent years as an accreditation commissioner/visitor/specialist and have actively worked on revising general education and how it is assessed for my university. I am also the father of Austin Powers... Read More →

Thursday November 7, 2019 2:30pm - 3:10pm EST
Pinckney Room, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401