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Presented by Alex Nichols at the Annual Conference of the Visual Resources Association, April 18th - April 21st, 2012, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Session: Visual Literacy Case Studies
The term “visual literacy” was first coined in 1969 by Jack Debes of Kodak, co-founder of the International Visual Literacy Association. According to the Association of College and Research Libraries “Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education,” visual literacy “is a set of abilities that enables an individual to effectively find, interpret, evaluate, use, and create images and visual media. Visual literacy skills equip a learner to understand and analyze the contextual, cultural, ethical, aesthetic, intellectual, and technical components involved in the production and use of visual materials. A visually literate individual is both a critical consumer of visual media and a competent contributor to a body of shared knowledge and culture.”
The three case studies in this session will explore (1) implementing visual literacy standards and guidelines at Lewis & Clark College, (2) visual literacy among library and information science students at Wayne State University, and (3) curating and building a collection of image-based art history exam questions at Michigan State University.
MODERATOR: John Taormina, Duke University
• Joan Beaudoin, Wayne State University
“A Case Study of Visual Literacy Among Library and Information Science Students.”
• Stephanie Beene, Lewis & Clark College
“Implementing Visual Literacy Standards and Guidelines at Lewis & Clark.”
• Alex Nichols, Michigan State University
“Curating Questions: Building a Collection of Image-Based Art History Exam Questions.”