ARLIS/NA Lunchtime Chats
"Visual Literacy in Your Library" with moderator Barbara RockenbachSeptember 18th, 1:00pm Eastern
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DescriptionVisual literacy is a key tool that information professionals can and should use to insert ourselves into the larger conversations on campus on topics such as:
There are conversations all over campuses and across disciplines about competencies and life-long learning skills that students need that involve understanding the visual world in which they live. Visual literacy is a skill or set of skills that we are uniquely positioned to teach. Visual Literacy is a tool for us to prove our value and to become involved in some of these larger, exciting conversations about the future of student learning.
Food for Thought
"The problem is that there is no logical place in current curricular models or college/university faculty charts to locate core, nonspecialized coursework that unifies the acquisition of a basic new-literacy skill set: Who is prepared to offer introductory-level, required coursework that encompasses a critical introduction to the static visual (e.g., photography) and the verbal and the moving images and the sound and a bit of graphic design to teach students to author well-argued, well-researched, and well-organized digital publications suited to a networked, online world?"From: John Weber. "Thinking Spatially: New Literacy, Museums, and the Academy" EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 42, no. 1 (January/February 2007): 68–69.
Aids for Instructors Teaching Visual Literacy Skills
Many university writing centers include visual literacy tutorials and other types of course support on their websites. Here are just a few examples:
Librarians have also written research guides on the topic. Here are just a few examples: