Collaborating with Colleagues: Promoting Visual Literacy Across the Curriculum


As new subject area librarians (for the Arts and Humanities respectively) at Virginia Commonwealth University interested in collaborative possibilities, we intend to demonstrate a plan for integrating visual literacy into traditional information literacy programs, including introductory library orientation sessions. This virtual poster will report on efforts at ARL libraries to coordinate these activities and hopefully emphasize to instruction librarians the increasingly important role of visual resources and of the need to have enough experience with them to help patrons using library and other resources to locate images. Visual image databases, Internet resources, and local digital collections will be highlighted for their interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary relevance to students and faculty across campus. Finally, we will present a model for a visual image evaluation component for information literacy sessions, covering image quality, context, source, and copyright issues.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understanding of the need to promote visual resources to patrons

  • Heightened awareness of visual literacy among information literacy instructors

  • Methods for the implementation of a visual information evaluation program
  • Presenters:

    Kristina Keogh
    Reference Librarian for the Arts
    James Branch Cabell Library
    Virginia Commonwealth University

    John Glover
    Reference Librarian for the Humanities
    James Branch Cabell Library
    Virginia Commonwealth University



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