Do You See What I See? Developing Visual Literacy Skills

Designer Librarian

Visual literacy is the ability to both read and write visual information. In an increasingly visual rich society, visual literacy has become more important than ever. Both the ISTE and the ALA recognize the importance of visual literacy for lifelong learning.

Along with information literacy, librarians should be focusing on teaching students visual literacy skills as well. That’s because visual literacy and information literacy are intricately connected. Visual literacy requires information literacy skills.

How can we help develop students’ visual literacy skills? Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Visual essays. The visual essay is an alternative to the traditional essay. Using a traditional thesis statement, students can create an essay using pictures and images instead of just words. Those images can persuade, inform, or tell a story. In many ways, this is more difficult than the traditional essay. The research aspect of developing a visual essay requires a higher level of information…

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