Visual Literacy Array

Here is a new visualization of concepts in the ACRL Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.

Visual Literacy Array based on ACRL's Visual Literacy Standards

Visual Literacy Array based on ACRL’s Visual Literacy Standards by D. Hattwig, K. Bussert, and A. Medaille

Copyright 2013 The Johns Hopkins University Press. This image first appeared in PORTAL: LIBRARIES AND THE ACADEMY, Volume 13, Issue 1, January 2013, p. 75.

New article on the Visual Literacy Standards in portal: Libraries and the Academy

A new article on the Visual Literacy Standards is now available in the January 2013 issue of portal: Libraries and the Academy.

Abstract
Visual literacy is essential for 21st century learners. Across the higher education curriculum, students are being asked to use and produce images and visual media in their academic work, and they must be prepared to do so. The Association of College and Research Libraries has published the Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, which, for the first time, outline specific visual literacy learning outcomes. These Standards present new opportunities for libraries to expand their role in student learning through standards-based teaching and assessment, and to contribute to campus-wide collaborative efforts to develop students’ skills and critical thinking with regard to visual materials.

Hattwig, D., Bussert, K., Medaille, A., & Burgess, J. (2013). Visual literacy standards in higher education: New opportunities for libraries and student learning. portal: Libraries and the Academy, 13(1), 61-89.

Visual Literacy Standards published by ACRL

We are pleased to announce publication of the new Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education (pdf) by the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL).

The Visual Literacy Standards include:

  • an introduction to and definition of visual literacy
  • a brief discussion of visual literacy and higher education
  • a brief discussion of visual literacy and information literacy
  • suggestions for implementing the Standards
  • key sources and bibliography
  • 7 standards, 24 performance indicators, and 90 learning outcomes

The Visual Literacy Standards provide, for the first time, a common framework for visual literacy learning in higher education. The learning outcomes included in the Standards provide new opportunities for visual literacy teaching and assessment, and support efforts to develop measurable improvements in student visual literacy.

The Standards were developed over a period of 19 months, informed by current literature, shaped by input from multiple communities and organizations, reviewed by individuals from over 50 institutions, and approved by 3 ACRL committees and the ACRL Board of Directors. For a history of the Standards development process, please see the Standards project blog.

The Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education are a project of the ACRL Image Resources Interest Group, and were authored by the Visual Literacy Task Force – Denise Hattwig (chair), Joanna Burgess, Kaila Bussert, and Ann Medaille.

 

It’s official! Visual Literacy Standards approved by ACRL Board

We’re pleased to announce that the ACRL Board has adopted the Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education (9/19/2011 version) as official ACRL standards. The Standards will be published soon on the ACRL website, and in C&RL News.

Thank you very much to all of you who have taken an interest in the Standards and provided input and feedback throughout the development process. We feel this was a true community effort, and the Standards reflect the great ideas of many individuals.

We will be posting official links and more information about implementation and support plans in coming weeks.

approval process update – SAC approval, on to the Board!

The ACRL Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education have been approved by the ACRL Standards and Accreditation Committee.

The Standards have now been forwarded to the ACRL Board of Directors for review and final approval.

We’d like to extend a sincere thank-you to the many ACRL committee chairs and members who carefully reviewed the Standards drafts, offered suggestions and edits, and acted quickly to move the Standards forward. We appreciate your help and contributions!

Visual Literacy Panel at ALA 2011

Below are photos from the Visual Literacy Panel at ALA 2011 in New Orleans. Many thanks to all the presenters!

approval process update – ILSC approval

The ACRL procedure for review and approval of new information literacy standards is outlined in Tip Sheet 4.  The approval process for the draft Visual Literacy Standards is underway. Here’s an update on where we are now:

The draft Standards have been approved by the ACRL Information Literacy Standards Committee (ILSC)  (6/26/3011, ALA Annual).

The draft Standards have been sent to the ACRL Standards and Accreditation Committee for review.

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