This article reflects upon what is the traditional way of conducting information and digital literacy activities, together with some recommendations to move beyond traditional grounds. Information literacy (IL) is the sum of skills or competences that individuals may acquire in order to be competent in tasks involving information. Traditional information literacy ways are worldwide trends, and trends are not easy to overcome. Perhaps we are too used to them, but we need to recognize them to try and innovate beyond; for this we must think outside of the box, and be open to the concept of digital literacy (DL) in particular the growing role of social media as it is becoming the preferred means of information and communication, especially among young people.
A brief reflection on what might be becoming the traditional way of conducting information and digital literacy activities, together with some recommendations in order to move beyond these traditional grounds. This reflection is framed within this age of social media and draws upon information literacy concepts, tools, and experiences.
Juan D Machin-Mastromatteo
Thinking outside of literacy: Moving beyond traditional information literacy activities
Information Development August 2014 30: 288-290, first published on July 9, 2014 doi:10.1177/0266666914537955