Dominique Burns, INFO 233-10, Professors Buchanan and Harlan, Learning Journal Assignment Week 16
As I am finishing up my vision project for the semester, I have been reading a lot about emerging trends in school libraries. One thing that stood out to me was the concept of global literacy from School Library Journal. Global literacy is the “Ability to be a fluent investigator of the world, examine different perspectives, report on and share ideas, and act on those ideas” (Valenza, 2014). At one point in time this meant reading about the world through printed materials, but now it is an educational experience with many different meanings. It can be done through the use of technology, like Skype or Google Hangout. It can be done through field trips or author visits. It can be done through classroom discussions and volunteer projects. Global literacy is learning “How the world is organized and interconnected” through hands on experiences (Global Literacies, 2013).
One example of global literacy is virtual author visits. Messner (2014) writes about the different tools available to us as school librarians. She believes that software, like Skype, allows us to connect our students to a bigger world. Students can read a book in the library on Italy and then attend a virtual author talk from a travel writer. I personally love the concept of global literacy in school libraries. I think that as educators we should be connecting what are students are learning to the world around them. I think it is important to develop a student’s global literacy skills through technology, but also through experiences. I think it would be great to have students learn about gardening or childcare and then giving them the opportunity to volunteer at a community garden or daycare.