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Visual Literacy

ACRL Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education 
Association of  College & Research Libraries.

"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."


How Do You Look? Promoting Visual Literacy at Duke University and Beyond.  
Duke University Libraries & The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke.

A comprehensive site covering all aspects of visual literacy with an abundance of illustrative image links.


Writing for Specific Disciplines
Thompson Writing Program, Duke University:

Visual Rhetoric.
Purdue Online Writing Lab.

"These OWL resources will help you understand and work with rhetorical theories regarding visual and graphical displays of information. This area includes resources on analyzing and producing visual rhetoric, working with colors, and designing effective slide presentations."