Month: June 2010

standards development timeline

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.

agenda – Visual Literacy Standards Task Force open meeting at ALA

This is the agenda for the Visual Literacy Standards Task Force open meeting at ALA.

Date: Sunday, June 27, 2010
Time: 10:30am-12:00pm
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]

Visual Literacy Standards development supported by ILSC

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.

Visual Literacy Standards Working Groups

The Working Groups for development of the Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education are as follow:

Task Force (ongoing)

Denise Hattwig (Chair), University of Washington
Kaila Bussert, Cornell University
Ann Medaille, University of Nevada, Reno
Joanna Burgess, Reed College (2010-2012)

conduct research, conceptualize the VL standards, write the standards document, support adoption of the standards

Advisory Group (2010-2011)

Stephanie Beene, Lewis and Clark College
Kimberly Bugg, Atlanta University Center
Nicolette Bromberg, University of Washington
Tom Caswell, University of Florida
Patricia Kosco Cossard, University of Maryland
Richard Graham, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Trudy Jacoby, Princeton University
Kathleen Lonbom, Illinois State University
Amelia Nelson, Delaware College of Art and Design
Jason Lee, OCLC
Ellen Petraits, Rhode Island School of Design
Shilpa Rele, University of Miami
Phyllis Robarts, University of Miami
Gilda Santana, University of Miami
Sharon Simes, North Seattle Community College
Loanne Snavely, Pennsylvania State University
Tony White, Indiana University
Alessia Zanin-Yost, Western Carolina University
Sean Connin, NITLE

guide development of the standards, provide interdisciplinary perspective and expertise, gather community input, test use of the standards, and make recommendations

Information Literacy Consultant

Jill Gremmels, Davidson College


We’ve started this blog to provide updates on the work of developing Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, and to provide a forum for community engagement with the process. We’re hoping to develop standards that are a useful tool for faculty, librarians, and students working with visual content.  This can only happen with your involvement. Please comment, discuss, critique, support, question, or otherwise let us know what you think as the standards take shape. We want to hear from you!