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Digital Literacy

Information from digital literacy workshops given in 2017-2018.

An Introduction to Visual Literacy

What is visual literacy?

Brian Kennedy, director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, defined visual literacy succinctly as " . . . . . the ability to construct meaning from images" during the 2012 TEDxDartmouth event (x = independently organized TED event) .   Both consumers and creators of images do this.  In his talk "Visual Literacy:  Why We Need It!" Kennedy makes the case for teaching visual literacy in all disciplines, not just the arts, because "90% of what we take in in the world we take in visually" and because images are a universal form of communications.


Overview of Visual Literacy

Visual Literacy Skills

Here is a new visualization of concepts in the ACRL Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.

Visual Literacy Array based on ACRL's Visual Literacy Standards

Visual Literacy Array based on ACRL’s Visual Literacy Standards by D. Hattwig, K. Bussert, and A. Medaille

Copyright 2013 The Johns Hopkins University Press. This image first appeared in PORTAL: LIBRARIES AND THE ACADEMY, Volume 13, Issue 1, January 2013, p. 75.


"Fake" Photos

People have been creating "fake" photos since the camera was invented.  Photographers and others do things like stage photos, crop them, alter them, and  manipulate them -- to create a work of art, to elicit an emotional response, to mislead, and so forth.  Viewers must look at images critically and consider factors like context, purpose, bias, intended audience, and accompanying textual information.


Tools That Help Determine the Authenticity of an Image

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