Visual Literacy for the Sciences

Amanda H. Brown, Barbara Losoff, and Deborah R. Hollis shared ways to incorporate visual literacy instruction into science classes in a recent article that they wrote for portal: Libraries and the Academy: “Science Instruction Through the Visual Arts in Special Collections.” The authors demonstrated how to creatively use scientific images from Special Collections to teach skills related to defining and articulating the need for images (Visual Literacy Standard 1) and interpreting and analyzing images (Visual Literacy Standard 3).

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Carterette Series Webinar

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On October 3, 2013, Nicole E. Brown delivered an invited professional development program entitled “Leveraging Visual Literacy for Communication” as part of the Georgia Library Association’s Carterette Series Webinars, which highlight trends, innovation, and best practices in libraries.

The presentation shares techniques for using images in libraries, with a focus on pedagogical considerations. Visual learning objects illustrate how images can frame instruction sessions by capturing learners’ attention and preparing them to delve into conceptual content.

A screencast of the full webinar is available here.

LOEX Annual Conference

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On May 4, 2013, Kaila Bussert, Ann Medaille, and Nicole E. Brown gave an interactive workshop at the LOEX Annual Conference in Nashville. The workshop, entitled “Make It Pop: Integrating Visual Literacy into Your Teaching ‘Songbook’,” (pdf) allowed participants to engage with a variety of visual literacy concepts and explore techniques for integrating images into information literacy instruction.

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.