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Metamorphosis into the Metavisual
Good job on changing your blog.  Love the use of images.  I'm big into Pinterest and realized recently that because I don't include images in my blog posts, no one can actually pin any of them.  Thus I am cutting out a chunk of my potential audience.  So, again,  good job with the changes.  You clearly gave it some
cmarten () on November 5, 2013. [Reply]
Where Did California Go?
Congrats on getting your question chosen.  His answer was really cool.  And I love how you took his answer and immediately started asking and pondering another bunch of questions.  A great
cmarten () on November 5, 2013. [Reply]
Open Forum on Revised ACRL Info Lit Standards
Oh!  I had to miss this for an appointment.  Very glad you posted and tweeted on it. 
cmarten () on November 5, 2013. [Reply]
late night rambling on informed learning
I like your post and your thought process about this article.  I'm inspired to read it myself.  How was the
cmarten () on November 1, 2013. [Reply]
The Whole Student: Cognition, Emotion, and Information Literacy - a C&RL preprint of interest
Oh Kate.  This sounds really interesting.  I have to sit down and read this one.  Very relevant to my instruction.  
cmarten () on November 1, 2013. [Reply]
The Double Edged Sword of Shortcuts
Karen, one of my fellow librarians at MIT used to say: "G-d is the answer. Now, what was the question?" While that might be true in a metaphysical sense, its correlary in today's world: "Google is the answer. Now, what was the question?" is too frighteningly true. It's also one of the reasons that librarians still have jobs and why we are trying to impart the elements of Information Literacy or Metaliteracy to our communities. On the topic of visualization, I am reminded how ....
ksherzog () on October 28, 2013. [Reply]
The Importance of Thinking About Thinking (Metacognition)
“Education is what is left after all is forgotten”—B.F. Skinner. Most students come to college knowing how to perform well in school. Their larger goals are often about attaining a respectable GPA, crunching credit hours for timely graduation, and moving their life into a satisfying, well-paid career. But when do educators ask students: “Where is your heart?” Where is your mind?” And, when do we ask them to ask their own questions? If we want students to ....
webb.45 (Katharine Webb) on October 18, 2013. [Reply]
My Thoughts About Textbooks
What do you think about teachers who develop their own textbooks and update them every semester? Do you rather professors stick to a general textbook such as princeton or do you value when professors research the topic they are teaching and formulaize it into a textbook? I'm interested on your thoughts on that because I have mixed feelings. 
shakirajones () on October 16, 2013. [Reply]
Metaliteracy Across the Globe
In terms of living in a capitalistic society, how do you think we can re develop or even work towards a new educationonal realm incorporating openness and appealing to a wider array of students successfully? 
shakirajones () on October 16, 2013. [Reply]
Open Access and Metaliteracy
i really enjoyed this post! It is interesting to see where  the idea of openess can be successful; in terms of developing, analyzing, producig and consuming information amongst a small group via social media. Brilliant. Do you think openness can be sucessful in a broader spectrum? Maybe within our school system? 
shakirajones () on October 16, 2013. [Reply]
Blind Spots
The car is an interesting analogy.  But I wonder . . . what would a map of today's information age look like?  Could it even come close to being similar for a few?  Or will it always be wildly different for each and every person?  Especially since the map changes as one moves down the 'highway'.
cmarten () on October 10, 2013. [Reply]
Why Are Some Institutions of Higher Learning More Credible Than Others?
Thank you for posing this question Brittany.  Yes, why aren't them as credible.  I think over time we will see them gain more credibility, especially once we get rid of the ideas of 'alternative students' or 'nontraditional students' and just call everyone students/learners, etc, regardless of age or personal situation.  And I think it is these online learning opportunities that will drastically change our perspectives on what it means to be a learner and ultimately help ....
cmarten () on October 10, 2013. [Reply]
talk 3a
 To respond to your first question, I think it depends on the situation. Sometimes yes. But let's not discount the huge number of brilliant people in this world who have never had the opportunity to learn to read and write. And your last sentence rings very true. I think what is key is that we do try to define it and count the factors as a way to engage with the topic(s) and others who are part of the discussion. Doing something is better than doing nothing. Well, in this case at least. #....
cmarten () on October 10, 2013. [Reply]
A Journey Through Metacognition
Great thought's on Char's article. She is a great writer and presenter. You really seem to grasp the idea of metacognition. You would enjoy going back and reviewing the recording of the chat session and her closing keynote posted in Topic
cmarten () on October 10, 2013. [Reply]
Metaliteracy within Job Searching
I am in complete agreement that job searching is another area that tests our Metaliteracy skills. Not only are job searchers confronted with a variety (plethora) of job boards, but our technological skills are being tested! Can we upload our résumés? In what format? Are our résumés going to be reviewed by machines first? If so, we'd better know how to make them scannable and how to get the keywords necessary to get our submission to 'pop' for the machine so we actually get to a ....
ksherzog () on October 9, 2013. [Reply]
FREE TEXTBOOKS?!?!?!?!?!?!
Geoffrey, I used to be quite active in NASIG (the North American Serials Interest Group) which focused on the high cost of peer-reviewed journals. Much of what was discussed by publishers relates to textbook publishing. Even if you get an e-text, the production and distribution of the content involves $$:  The cost of the time spent in writing the text - researching, drafting, revising... - on the part of the author. S/he may do it for the love of sharing, in which case it might end up in a ....
ksherzog () on October 9, 2013. [Reply]
Why the 4 Rs are perfect?
I agree that remix is very important because incorporating the ideas of others and feeding off others on a particular topic can generate an entire new realm of ideas; one possibly better than what's circulating in the media today. As they say, two heads are better than one.!
shakirajones () on October 9, 2013. [Reply]
Metacognition & Information in New Contexts
Donna, I'm so glad you made this post because I AM primarily a blogger and, while I look at the Metaliteracy tweets on a regular basis, have not yet established a Twitter handle, I just can't get enough out of 140 characters - or maybe I haven't learned the art of reading tweets. Your blog post was "spot on" - visually engaging and, while sharing your perspective, inviting user response. Note, however, that I'm responding using the MOOC's 'comment' feature, rather ....
ksherzog () on October 6, 2013. [Reply]
metaliteracy MOOC topic two overture
Brian, thank you so much for including a link to: Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy: Creating Strategic Collaborations for a Changing Academic Environment. Since I'm not a student in your class, this is the first time I've been made aware of this ACRL publication. I think that its Conclusion helps give direction to ALL librarians: "to prepare students, faculty, and administrators to take full advantage of the dynamic digital environment for scholarship ....
ksherzog () on September 27, 2013. [Reply]
Dipping my toe into the Metaliteracy MOOC waters
Sounds like your plate is full. As a former academic librarian, I can appreciate the array of tasks on your plate and commend you for adding this MOOC to the mix. On the topic of blogging, I think that the fact that we can 'create' is an important aspect of Metaliteracy that was not articulated strongly enough by ACRL's Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education in 2000. You are probably aware that they have created the ACRL Information Literacy Competency ....
ksherzog () on September 27, 2013. [Reply]
Metaliteracy terms and related concepts
Chris, I think the subtitle of Secker and Coonan's new curriculum says it all: transitional transferable transformational If you train teachers, you are also a teacher. I see an analogy to the field of Instructional Design. The Librarian is the Instructional Designer and the Teacher is the SME (Subject Matter Expert). By pooling their complementary skills, knowledge, and talents, they can help their students develop lifelong learning skills that will be transferable to any future ....
ksherzog () on September 25, 2013. [Reply]
Libraries in crisis
  Rather than the double-edged sword, I see the image of Janus, who looks to the future and to the past and is the god of beginnings and transitions and endings. Libraries are the repositories of the past. Librarians are the guides to the future. Technology has increased the speed at which knowledge is being created and shared. We're in a continual state of transition, metamorphosis, and change. As librarians and as learners, we must be agile - we must continually learn how to find ....
ksherzog () on September 25, 2013. [Reply]
The Main Idea of it All......
Shakira, I was struck with your use of the word diaspora, having considered it to imply scattering and dispersion. So I had to look at definitions, which reminded me that the term also imolies a common point of origin. Therefore, the "diaspora of information" we explore stems from commonalities and shared 'truths'. I have always considered it a "cornucopia of information" because of its abundance and vast array of source types - an almost infinite amount of insight from extensive ....
ksherzog () on September 23, 2013. [Reply]
Metacongition and Metaliteracy: Understandings To Date
Dave, I, too, "believe that one of the best approaches [to assessment in a MOOC environment] would be analyze participation in the activities and the quality of produced content." There are, however, so many ways in which this communication is occurring - an asynchronicity that still exists, despite the nice aggregation feature provided by the 'Metaliteracy MOOC Daily Newsletter.' Just like a blog, activities are reported in chronological streams. I find myself wishing that they were ....
ksherzog () on September 23, 2013. [Reply]
First post
Zack,     I agree. Information and idea of consuming and producing knowledge needs to evolve as our means of communication and such evolves. Linking information literacy and mass media is brilliant.   
shakirajones () on September 20, 2013. [Reply]
metaliteracy MOOC topic one wrap-up
Brian, Your post has deeply resonated with me. In your blog's 'About Me,' you note that "titles ignore the change and growth that's inherent in my work." So you recognize that the work of any professional includes a component of keeping knowledge and skills up-to-date. Perhaps the best way of doing this is through the development of one's own Personal Knowledge Network/Environment. This can include feed and aggregator subscriptions. And these can usually be scheduled for ....
ksherzog () on September 17, 2013. [Reply]
ACRL Library Support for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) Discussion Group - FYI
For current/future librarians who are part of the Metaliteracy MOOC, I'd like to mention "ACRL Library Support for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) Discussion Group" <>, which will provide "librarians with an opportunity to share information about how libraries are supporting the provision of MOOCs created by their campuses. As more and more academic institutions offer Massive Open Online Courses (....
ksherzog () on September 17, 2013. [Reply]
Constructivism vs. Connectivism If we consider Terry Heick's interpretations of Jackie Gerstein's definitions of Constructivism and Connectivism, we see that the difference is that the former is still 'formal' learning, while the latter is 'informal.' Since ....
ksherzog () on September 17, 2013. [Reply]
Inventory of a Metaliterate In Progress
I'd suggest you add a 'curator' hat (with apologies to Esphyr Slobodkina's Caps for Sale) [source: We Read it Like This. Caps for
ksherzog () on September 16, 2013. [Reply]
What is the Best Way to Learn About Metaliteracy?
Brittany, Your post highlights the difference between synchronous and asynchronous learning. Hrastinski, Stefan. "Asynchronous & Synchronous E-Learning: A study of asynchronous and synchronous e-learning methods discovered that each supports different purposes." Educause Quarterly 31.4 (2008). Web. 15 Sept. 2013. <>.
ksherzog () on September 15, 2013. [Reply]
The Eighth Station of the Cross Kebab House #metaliteracy
Kieran, I think you've hit the nail on its head. You might consider adding the concepts of PLNs (personal learning networks), PKNs (personal knowledge networks), or PLEs (personal learning environments)/PKEs (personal knowledge environments) to your definition. One learns through 'lurking' in social environments but contributing and collaborating are the keys to being a part of a social organization and
ksherzog () on September 15, 2013. [Reply]
Is Metaliteracy really new? Is it feasible?
Sarah - I think that from the perspective of a 'learning organization' Metaliteracy IS something new. Most of the students we interact with are NOT going to make their future in academiia - they are going to go out into the 'real world' and, in that environment, are going to seek and consume information in new ways. They are going to use the Internet and their own organization's social learning network to solve real-world everyday problems. They will have to learn how to ....
ksherzog () on September 15, 2013. [Reply]
Librarians as Knowledge Creators
Donna, this post has resonated with me. Over the course of my career, I've held 'academic' appointments at MIT and UCLA, a 'faculty' appointment at UB, and an academic 'staff' career at ITT Tech. The relative attention to 'professional development' provided by these institutions varied greatly: MIT (18 years) - The MIT Libraries encouraged 'professional development' in several ways: participation (both by professional AND support staff) in library ....
ksherzog () on September 15, 2013. [Reply]
What is Metaliteracy?
I love the way you defined and described Metaliteracy by breaking it into two. I've had a difficult time coming up with a proper definition for the word and yours so far has helped quite a bit. As obvious as it may seem, I never thought to break up 'Meta' and 'literacy' even though I'm aware of what they both mean. 
lw913993 () on September 12, 2013. [Reply]
The Metaliteracy Action Agenda
Your metaliteracy action verb list actually helped me quite a bit to understand the true meaning of "Metaliteracy". Thank you! 
lw913993 () on September 12, 2013. [Reply]
testing #metaliteracy
Just a note that the first two "live" sessions are scheduled for the Jewish holidays, during which our library is closed, and which I'm sure some other participants might be observing.  Honoring this tradition would exhibit cultural
swarwick () on September 9, 2013. [Reply]
Hi all, I don't see anything when I click "Recordings" from the left menu. Help!? Thanks :)
Felicia () on September 3, 2013. [Reply]
Is Anyone Interested in Discussing Learning Objectives?
  I was struck by Adam Renfro's recent blog post "Trending Reasons to Teach Social Media in Schools" <>. Many of Renfros' "trending reasons why we should both teach and utilize social media in our schools" tie in with the Learning Objectives outlined in Developing Metaliterate Learners <>. These include: Personal Branding Thinking Critically ....
ksherzog () on August 30, 2013. [Reply]