Visual Literacy Competency Standards

The ACRL Image Resources Interest Group has released a draft of their Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education (pdf).

The ACRL Image Resources Interest Group provides a forum for ongoing discussion of the unique issues presented by the development and support of interdisciplinary image resources in academic libraries.

The increasing dominance of images and visual media in contemporary culture is changing what it means to be literate in the 21st century. Today’s society is highly visual, and visual imagery is no longer supplemental to other forms of information. New digital technologies have made it possible for almost anyone to create and share visual media. Yet the pervasiveness of images and visual media does not necessarily mean that individuals are able to critically view, use, and produce visual content. Individuals must develop these essential skills in order to engage capably in a visually‐oriented society. Visual literacy empowers individuals to participate fully in a visual culture.

They are encouraging comments and feedback through March 31st, 2011, on their blog or by email.

2 thoughts on “Visual Literacy Competency Standards

  1. This academic’s national review of visuacy (no typo – as in literacy, numeracy and now visuacy) isn’t all that old.

    I like Shaun Tan’s simple open ended framework …What does “it” make you think about?…How do you feel?

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