Monday, October 27, 2014

Nov: Visual Literacy: Incorporating the Visual into Information Literacy & Library Programs (Simmons)

$250.00 (Simmons GSLIS Alumni Price $200.00)
November 1 - November 30, 2014 - PDPs: 15

With ACRL’s re-design of our information literacy standards into threshold concept-based practices and our profession’s increasing emphasis on trans-literacies, it is a great time to discover ways to incorporate visual literacy into our information literacy instruction and library programming.

Another impetus for use of images and media in information literacy and library programming is our patrons’ enthusiastic use of image-enhanced social media networks including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr, Pinterest and Flickr. Also, use of the visual to communicate data, in the form of infographics is increasing. Indeed as images become a ubiquitous way of transmitting information, the need to understand visual rhetoric and visual modes of communication becomes all the more necessary for students and other library patrons.

In this course, participants will learn about the history of visual literacy as a discipline and explore through readings, visual material, exercises, online discussion and a final project various principles of visual literacy and gain the skills to design lessons or programs that bring together visual and information literacy in ways that can benefit students and library patrons.