1 What Is Visual Literacy? As librarians, we get the pleasure of working with and sharing a variety of different information sources, from traditional books and articles to pre- served ephemera in special collections. Libraries have been quick to adapt over the years, embracing new forms of born-digital information. However, much like in other areas in academia, there remains a reluctance to see images for what they really are: not just decorative art, but valuable sources of information. Today, the vast majority of images we encounter on a daily basis have touched the internet in one form or another, whether they were created digitally through the use of tools like Photoshop, digitized and stored in a library’s online repository, or shared on social media. People say that a picture is worth a thousand words—but images are much more than the many thousands of words you could use in their description. It’s per- haps better to measure a picture by the forms, elements, contexts, and meanings that make up each one of the images we encounter on a daily basis. This book is designed to be a quick, informative guide to visual literacy instruction in any classroom, not just the art or design classroom. In order to connect visual literacy instruction to the digital space it now occupies, this book also features several workshops and instruction sessions that use digital humanities tools. Maybe you’ve struggled with finding an innovative way to keep your students engaged in an image copyright one-shot lesson or you need to find a great image evaluation workshop suitable for use in an online course either way, this book should serve as a useful resource in your instruction planning.
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