Month: February 2011

VLTF open meeting – thank you!

Thank you very much to the 50+ people who attended and participated in the VLTF virtual open meeting last week! Your comments, questions, and observations were interesting and helpful. Thank you, too, for your patience with the meeting technology; it was difficult to have a free-flowing but organized discussion using chat, but the virtual meeting did allow more people to participate.

Please continue the discussion here, and take advantage of the open comment period for the draft Standards (now through March31) by posting comments here or emailing

Thank you again!

meeting notes,   meeting powerpoint

timeline update

Following is an updated timeline for the standards development process:

Timeline review:
February 2010 – ACRL Information Literacy Standards Committee supports project
March 2010 – Task Force and Advisory Group formed
April-June 2010 – visual literacy research, bibliography development, started blog
June 2010 – VLTF open meeting at ALA Annual
August 2010 – working definition of visual literacy released
September 2010-January 2011 – standards drafted by VLTF
January 2011 – Advisory Group review of standards
February 2011 – draft of standards publicly released

Upcoming dates:
February 10 – March 31, 2011 – open review and testing period, ongoing outreach
March 2011 – ALA Annual 2011 program call for participation
April 2011 – standards revisions, begin approval process (IRIG Convener, ILSC, Standards & Accreditation Committee, ACRL Board)
June 2011 – introduce draft standards at ALA program

agenda – VLTF virtual open meeting (ALA Midwinter 2011)

Following is the agenda for the Visual Literacy Standards Task Force virtual open meeting for ALA Midwinter 2011.

Date: Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Time: 11:30am-1:00pm PST/2:30-4:00 EST (note:  The time on ilink is not the start time for this meeting.)
(If you register in advance at this link, you’ll get an email about an hour before the meeting with a link to join the meeting. You can also use the above link to directly join the meeting without registering – just select the “Join” tab above the list of meetings, then select the VLTF meeting.)

Topic: open discussion of new draft ACRL/IRIG Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education (Draft)

Standards development process
Open Discussion
– Standards document
– Implementation and assessment

Please bring your questions or comments about the Standards draft, and your ideas for implementation. We’ll mostly be using the text chat feature, but if you have a headset and would like to speak, please feel welcome.

We’re looking forward to the meeting and your participation!

draft Visual Literacy Standards now available

A draft of the ACRL/IRIG Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education (Draft) is now available.

We’d like to invite feedback and comments on the Standards. Comments can be posted to this blog, or emailed to Denise Hattwig

The open comment period will be from February 10 – March 31, 2011.

We are very interested in your thoughts on the Standards, and your input is appreciated.  Thank you!