The Ellen Clarke Bertrand Library

Worldcat Library Catalog Journal Titles

Image Resources: Visual Literacy

What is Visual Literacy?

According to the ACRL Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, "Visual literacy is a set of abilities that enables an individual to effectively find, interpret, evaluate, use, and create images and visual media. Visual literacy skills equip a learner to understand and analyze the contextual, cultural, ethical, aesthetic, intellectual, and technical components involved in the production and use of visual materials. A visually literate individual is both a critical consumer of visual media and a competent contributor to a body of shared knowledge and culture." (ACRL Visual Literacy Standards)