The Blue Skunk Blog has an interesting discussion going on. It started with this post, in which Doug Johnson defines postliterates as “those who can read, but chose to meet their primary information and recreational needs through audio, video, graphics and gaming.” He then suggests that, even though the term “postliterate library” seems like an oxymoron,
our best libraries are already postliterate, increasingly serving sets of users who communicate, recreate and learn using media other than print. And the attitude we as professional librarians adopt toward the postliterate may well determine whether our libraries continue to exist.
In part 2 of the discussion, Johnson lists 10 hallmarks of a postliterate library and touts librarians as leaders on the campus that can encourage the use of new technologies and resources.
Some very thought-provoking ideas here. What do you think?