We are the ACRL Visual Literacy Standards Task Force (VLTF), the group who wrote ACRL’s Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. We are actively engaged with visual literacy outreach, instruction, and advocacy, both at our home institutions and nationally through professional organizations, writing, and presenting. This blog is our forum for sharing information and updates about the standards and our activities. Please contact any of us any time about the Standards or visual literacy.  We’ll look forward to hearing from you!

Task Force Members

Denise Hattwig (Chair), University of Washington, dhattwig@uw.edu

Denise Hattwig is Curator of Digital Collections at the University of Washington Bothell Library, where she collaborates with faculty and students on digital scholarship projects, facilitates digital collection and repository development, and teaches archiving and interdisciplinary image use. Her research interests include student participation in digital collections, intersections of digital scholarship and repositories, visual literacy, scholarly communication, and data curation. Denise is lead author of ACRL’s Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. She holds an MA in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University and an MLIS from the University of Washington.

Kaila Bussert, California Polytechnic State University

Kaila Bussert is the Foundational Experiences Librarian at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo where she leads a foundational information literacy program. Her research interests center on the role of visual literacy across the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. She holds an MA in Near Eastern Studies and an MLIS from the University of Arizona.

Ann Medaille, University of Nevada, Reno, amedaille@unr.edu

Ann Medaille is the Assessment Librarian at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she coordinates library assessment efforts, teaches information literacy and research skills, and serves as the library liaison for education, art, anthropology, theatre, and dance. She holds an M.A. in Theatre from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an M.L.S. from the University of North Texas. She has published articles relating to library instruction, visual and media literacies, information behavior, and reference services.

Nicole Brown, New York University, neb1@nyu.edu

Nicole E. Brown is the Multidisciplinary Instruction Librarian at NYU, where she teaches research workshops to a variety of user groups and works to expand and strengthen the teaching role of librarians. She has given presentations, workshops, and led professional development training on four continents and has written for Library Journal and Internet Reference Services Quarterly. Her research interests include innovative teaching practices and incorporating new literacies into teaching and learning environments. She holds an MLIS from Pratt Institute.

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