Figure 1: Caption: Visual literacy themes and critical concepts supporting the development of the Framework companion document (Image Credit: Sara Schumacher)
Description: Visualization showing the four themes of Visual Literacy. The Pursue social justice through visual practice theme is an outer circle encompasses all themes with identified critical concepts (counterclockwise): Decentering Whiteness, Indigenous Knowledge, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Accessibility and Disability Justice, Cultural Appropriation, Positionality and Reflection, Trust, Critical Cataloging, Representation, Digital Divide, Algorithmic Influence, Power Dynamics, and Decolonizing the Canon. The Perceive visuals as communication information theme as the left 1/3 of a triangle with identified critical concepts (top to bottom): Visual Rhetoric, Semiotics, Everyone a Creator, Visuals as Evidence. The Participate in a changing information landscape as the right 1/3 of a triangle with identified critical concepts (top to bottom): Remix Culture, New Digital Ethics, Multimodal and Emerging Format, Lifecycle of the Visual. The Practice visual discernment and criticality as the bottom 1/3 of a triangle with identified critical concepts (left to right): Deep/Slow Looking, Misinformation/Disinformation, Legitimacy, Credibility, and Authoritativeness, Critical Evaluation.
Request for Feedback
We are currently seeking feedback from stakeholders on the Visual Literacy Framework Companion Document. As recognized experts, we are asking architecture and planning librarians to consider how this document might impact other areas of work in instruction and collections. How could it be improved to better align with community needs? We thank AASL members in advance for your effort and input to ensure this document is thoughtful and, importantly, useful to AASL’s community.
We will be seeking stakeholder feedback to the Companion Document draft in mid-June 2021. Participants will find the draft in various formats to facilitate accessibility, and feedback options on the Task Force website: http://acrlvltf.org/feedback. If you have any questions, please contact us: email@example.com
Current Task Force Members
- Millicent Fullmer (co-chair), University of San Diego
- Tiffany Saulter (co-chair), Deque Systems, Inc.
- Stephanie Beene, University of New Mexico
- Katie Greer, Oakland University
- Maggie Murphy, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
- Sara Schumacher, Texas Tech University
- Dana Statton Thompson, Murray State University
- Mary Wegmann, Sonoma State University
- Kathy Edwards, Clemson University (2018-2019)