In this presentation, three members of the ACRL Visual Literacy Task Force, Dana Statton Thompson, Sara Schumacher, and Maggie Murphy, will share teaching ideas and methods for instruction that utilize images or visual information. Attendees will learn more about the concept of visual literacy and how to incorporate visuals into their instruction. The presentations will introduce a technique to critically read digital images, a lesson for visual source evaluation, and an idea for interdisciplinary workshops which use memes as a framing device. Attendees will also be provided with a list of resources for incorporating visual literacy into their teaching. Time for Q & A will follow the presentation.
Dana Statton Thompson is a research and instruction librarian and assistant professor at Murray State University where she teaches courses on information literacy and serves as a liaison to the College of Business. She holds a MLIS, MA in Art History, and MFA in Studio Art from Louisiana State University and a BA in Journalism from Washington and Lee University. Her research and teaching interests focus on the intersection of visual literacy and news literacy, the integration of visual literacy instruction into higher education, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. She serves as the Vice-President for the International Visual Literacy Association.
Sara Schumacher is the Architecture Image Librarian at Texas Tech University Libraries and works to improve visual media resources and promote visual literacy through discipline specific and professional applications. She received an MA in Art History from the University of Oregon (2007) and an MS in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin (2011). Her research interests include ethical concerns surrounding using and creating visual media and navigating emerging visual literacy competencies and knowledge pr actices. She serves as the current Vice President for Conference Program for the Visual Resources Association.
Maggie Murphy is an Assistant Professor and First-Year Writing, Visual Art, and Humanities Librarian at UNC Greensboro. She is also a lecturer for San Jose State University’s iSchool, where she teaches a course on visual resources and art librarianship. Maggie received an MLIS from Rutgers University and has previously worked as an editorial assistant for the College Art Association’s Art Journal and as the visual resources curator at Queens College-CUNY. She is interested in interdisciplinary approaches to visual literacy instruction, improving subject access to art images, and working with art students on critical and ethical information creation and use.