Multiple Literacies

Literacy in the 21st Century takes multiple forms, including but not limited to:

  • Financial Literacy – an understanding of basic financial principles to be an informed consumer and manage one’s finances

  • Health Literacy – skills for managing one’s health and well being, including making effective decisions and partnering with healthcare providers to live a full, productive life

    • For Health Literacy Month in October, ALA’s Libraries Transform campaign and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine created a free toolkit for raising awareness of how libraries support health literacy in their communities.
  • Cultural Literacy – an understanding and appreciation of the similarities and differences between one’s own system of behaviors and beliefs and those of others

  • Media Literacy – an informed, critical understanding of mass media, including the ability to evaluate sources and synthesize information