Following is a preliminary timeline for the VL standards development process. Task Force and Advisory Group roles are noted.
July 2010 – definition of visual literacy
TF: write definition, following discussion at ALA
AG: review and comment on definition
TF: finalize definition
August – September 2010 – outline of visual literacy standards
TF: draft outline
AG: review and comment on outline
TF: finalize outline
September-October 2010 – draft of visual literacy standards
TF: write first draft of standards
AG: review and comment on draft
TF: revise draft, prepare working draft for use and testing
October 2010 – February/March 2011 (approximate, may change) – use and test standards
all: use and test standards in home institutions, provide regular feedback to TF
TF: assemble comments and make revisions
The post- Feb/March 2011 timeline will be worked out as we progress and get a better sense of how things will look at that time. Next steps will be seeking broad review and further comments, making further revisions, then starting the approval process. The general timeline for standards development recommended by the Information Literacy Standards Committee is at the bottom of Tip Sheet 4: Developing Subject-Specific Information Literacy Standards.
This is the agenda for the Visual Literacy Standards Task Force open meeting at ALA.
Date: Sunday, June 27, 2010
Place: Capital Hilton, New York room, Washington, DC
Discussion Topic: Define visual literacy in the context of an interdisciplinary, information-literacy-based environment
Introductions [5 minutes]
Standards development process [3 minutes]
– Introduction to topic [3 minutes]
– Small group discussion [30-40 minutes]
– Report out [20-30 minutes]
The visual literacy standards working groups will be meeting at ALA, and our discussion topic is:
Define visual literacy in the context of an interdisciplinary, information-literacy-based environment
We welcome your thoughts on the topic, too! Please add your ideas to the comments.
We’ve started a visual literacy bibliography in Zotero. It is fairly narrowly focused to support the project at hand, and is not comprehensive, but we’ve tried to include some of the items most relevant to interdiscipinary visual literacy in higher education. Please let us know if you have citations to add!
Visual literacy is a topic with a broad and deep reach, with experts and practitioners in many disciplines and areas of teaching and learning. For the ACRL visual literacy standards, we will be looking at visual literacy in the following context:
- Interdisciplinary perspective
- Higher education
- Information-literacy environment
The process for developing subject-specific information literacy standards is outlined in ACRL’s Tip Sheet 4: Developing Subject-Specific Information Literacy Standards. Visual literacy standards are a new type of standard (not subject-specific), but we will be following this well-thought-out and tested process.
The ACRL Information Literacy Standards Committee has given their support to the development of visual literacy standards based on ACRL’s Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. The ILSC oversees development of all new IL-based standards, and approves new standards. Jill Gremmels, Davidson College, will be our Information Literacy Consultant.