Garden of Earthly
Deutch, David. Rotunda (detail). 2002. Brooklyn College Library Art Collection.
“..what is seen with
the eye and what is
„seen‟ in the mind.
A visually literate
person should be
able to read and
includes the ability
messages and to
Frau Venus und der Verliebte. Meister Casper. ca 1485.
Scholar's Books and Objects, Korea, 19th century
…determines the nature and extent of the visual materials
…finds and accesses needed images and visual media
effectively and efficiently
…interprets and analyzes the meanings of images and visual
…evaluates images and their sources
…uses images and visual media effectively
…designs and creates meaningful images and visual media.
…understands many of the ethical, legal, social, and economic
issues surrounding the creation and use of images and visual
media, and accesses and uses visual materials ethically.
Visual Literacy Array based on ACRL’s Visual Literacy Standards by D. Hattwig, K. Bussert, and A. Medaille
Types of images/media
General art image resources
resolution, image size, dpi
Difference: duration, motion, soundtrack
Similarity: metaphor, symbol, color, editing, line, shape, contrast, cropping, pov
Books, magazines, archives, museums, their own photographs, drawings, videos
Copyright, image licensing, fair use
Moving images vs. still images
biology, anthropology, chemistry, education, etc.!?)
Other resources for images
Artstor, Cinema Image Gallery, Internet Archive, wiki commons, flickr
Searching- brainstorming for keywords, synonyms
graphs to hd video and back)
Photoshop, Lightroom, Final Cut, Illustrator
Does the same image mean the same to you as it does to me? Why not?
Photo by Ann
Porteus via Flickr
Embedded in a course?
One shot library workshops
Library Workshop series, each with a
For-credit course in the library!
How do our libraries embrace twitter,
tumblr, vine, youtube, pinterest, etc.,
How well do we know copyright and fair
How can modelling visual literacy
competencies benefit other areas?
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prints. Brooklyn College Archives and Special Collections.
Screen shots (Nov 2013) of Facebook, Pinterest, Google Images, Huffington Post,
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