Is A Picture Really Worth a Thousand Words?


When looking at a source, besides looking at solely the ‘content’ or what it says, also look at ‘how’ it is said. How is it laid out, what about the images? What do the pictures say? Is a picture really worth a thousand words in evaluating a source?

Looking at various ‘rubrics’ for evaluating websites, the poster will discuss how often information literacy really calls upon visual literacy skills as well. There are many rubrics out there to guide the user in determining the ‘worth’ of a source for research. However, how much of the rubric is really about the content, and how much is about the ‘visual’ of the source? Does the librarian work to improve only information literacy, or does the librarian of today need to be visually literate as well?

With the proliferation of image-dense materials available for the seekers of information, the guide to the information, also known as the librarian, needs to ensure the patron knows how to evaluate not only the textual information available but also the media-enriched materials proliferating in today’s society.

Learning Outcomes:

Viewers will gain:

  • an awareness of what visual literacy entails

  • a raised consciousness of the importance of visual literacy to information literacy

  • increased ability to consider the visual as well as the contextual when evaluating media of all forms.
  • Presenter:

    Sara Marcus
    Adjunct Assistant Professor
    Queens College


    Summary: WorthAThousandWords?.pdf
    Audio File:


    1 Comment »

    1. Hue Cdebaca said,

      Excellent post however I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this subject? I’d be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit further. Thank you!

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