VLTF Book Project

The ACRL Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education highlight the academic librarian’s role in visual literacy, but important questions remain unanswered. How do librarians implement the Standards? How do they engage with visual literacy? And where do they even begin?

The VLTF is tackling these questions and more in a forthcoming book tentatively titled Visual Literacy for Libraries: A Practical, Standards Based Guide, to be published by ALA Editions. We’ll share proven approaches for applying, teaching, and promoting visual literacy in a library context. Our goal is to provide readers with the tools, strategies, and confidence to apply visual literacy to their work.

We will go beyond introducing librarians to the basics of visual literacy. From techniques to make instruction more engaging, to tools for increasing personal confidence while working with images, we will show how to integrate visual literacy concepts into professional practice.

Stay tuned for developments on this exciting project!

IRIG Meeting at ALA 2014

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Are you headed to ALA in Las Vegas? Check out the Image Resources Interest Group (IRIG)’s program and meeting on Saturday, June 28, 1:00-2:30, Las Vegas Convention Center, Room N101. Lots on the agenda for those of us interested in images and visual literacy! VLTF members Ann Medaille and Nicole E. Brown will be on hand to provide updates and answer any questions about the Visual Literacy Standards.

Image Resources Interest Group (IRIG) Meeting Agenda – Las Vegas, June 28

Please join us for the ACRL IRIG Meeting on Saturday, June 28 from 1-2:30 pm in Las Vegas.The meeting will take  place in the Las Vegas Convention Center in Room N101.

The session will begin with lightning round talks from the following presenters:

Courtney Baron, University of Georgia
“Institutional Repositories: Powerful Tools to Preserve MFA Work”

Nicole LaMoreaux, LIM College
“Beneath the Fold: The Value of Women’s Wear Daily (WWD) Archive and Vogue Archive within an Academic Library”

Ann Medaille, University of Nevada, Reno
“Learning Visual Literacy Skills through Digital Story Creation”

Stephen Patton, Indiana State University
“MDID or Don’t”

Jenna Rinalducci, George Mason University
“Tactile Texts: Transforming Artist Books for the Online Environment”

Tiffany Saulter, Indiana University Bloomington
“Image as Record: The Zine Collection at the Fine Arts Library”

Krista White, Rutgers University
“Digital Imaging Specifications and the Management of Digital Storage Needs”

Following the presentations, members of the Visual Literacy Task Force will provide an update on the Visual Literacy Standards.

Questions? Contact

Kristina Keogh
Convener, Image Resources Interest Group
Head, Fine Arts Library
Indiana University, Bloomington
1133 E. 7th St.
Bloomington, IN 47405
812.855.5743

Visual Literacy for the Sciences

Amanda H. Brown, Barbara Losoff, and Deborah R. Hollis shared ways to incorporate visual literacy instruction into science classes in a recent article that they wrote for portal: Libraries and the Academy: “Science Instruction Through the Visual Arts in Special Collections.” The authors demonstrated how to creatively use scientific images from Special Collections to teach skills related to defining and articulating the need for images (Visual Literacy Standard 1) and interpreting and analyzing images (Visual Literacy Standard 3).

Carterette Series Webinar

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On October 3, 2013, Nicole E. Brown delivered an invited professional development program entitled “Leveraging Visual Literacy for Communication” as part of the Georgia Library Association’s Carterette Series Webinars, which highlight trends, innovation, and best practices in libraries.

The presentation shares techniques for using images in libraries, with a focus on pedagogical considerations. Visual learning objects illustrate how images can frame instruction sessions by capturing learners’ attention and preparing them to delve into conceptual content.

A screencast of the full webinar is available here.