WWU librarian and associate professor Sylvia Tag presented “Emergent Information Literacies In Our Digital World,” in Alexandria, Egypt, on Monday, Oct. 15 as part of the annual meeting of the International Friends of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Tag’s talk explored the dynamics of the digital information environment and how people are reading, writing, speaking, and learning in new ways.
Tag discussed questions around the creation, access, and distribution of information, noting that complexities arise around notions of ownership of ideas as traditional publication pathways exist alongside the immediacy of online expression and exchange. She pointed out that many people do not realize that they, themselves, are information creators. Commonly framed within the constructs of socioeconomic status, the digital divide continues to impact library users. Tag’s talk explored the question: What is the responsibility of libraries to expand access to resources, and how can global libraries effectively adjust, change and adapt to evolving Internet technologies?