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Saturday, May 3 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Visual Literacy: Putting Guidelines into Practice

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Sponsored by Washington Art Library Resources Committee (WALRC)


Jennifer Friedman, Instruction and Research Services Librarian, Ringling College of Art & Design
Sarah Carter, Assistant Professor and Director of Bridwell Art Library, University of Louisville
Carrie McDade, Head Librarian, Lesley University College of Art & Design
Gary Ginther, Fine Arts Librarian, Ohio University
Robin Potter, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Santa Fe Community College

Greg Hatch, Head of Fine Arts and Architecture, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah

In October 2011, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) published its Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. The 10-page document identifies seven standards (modeled on ACRL’s own Information Literacy Competency Standards) and prescribes performance indicators and learning outcomes for students in higher education. However, the guidelines did not include librarian users in its scope nor did it offer practical examples of how to apply the standards in real-world situations.

During the first half of this panel session, the speakers will present a wide variety of visual literary projects and initiatives, which will inspire attendees—from academic, art school, and museum libraries alike—with real-world examples of how ACRL's visual literacy guidelines have been implemented. The speakers will note which ACRL Visual Literacy Standards correlate to their examples, as well as comment on the financial costs, time investment, and the technology and skills required to implement them. The second half of this session will engage attendees with interactive discussions on developing and embedding visual literacy into their own library work.

Saturday May 3, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Room: McPherson Square Grand Hyatt 1000 H Street NW, Washington DC 20001

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