Digital Visual Literacy
The Librarian's Quick Guide
by Nicole M. Fox
April 2022, 91pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-7517-5
$40, £31, 35€, A55
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This concise introduction to visual literacy teaches librarians how to help students navigate their image-rich digital worlds.

Designed to introduce visual literacy to instructional librarians, this book shows librarians how to make visual literacy relevant and engaging by framing it as a digital skill.

Millions of images are uploaded to social media every day, and students are increasingly being asked to participate in such image-rich research projects as websites and blogs. Image manipulation and photo editing are commonplace, but the visual literacy skills needed to detect that kind of misinformation aren’t.

Students need help learning how to find, evaluate, and use images in an ethical and effective manner. Digital Visual Literacy is designed to introduce visual literacy to instructional librarians. This concise introduction teaches visual literacy as a digital skill, complete with digital humanities-based workshops and assignments to make instruction informative and engaging. It covers all aspects of visual literacy, from copyright to image evaluation. Each chapter clearly explains visual literacy standards and proficiencies and offers practical instructional assignments, in-class demonstrations, and more through the use of digital humanities tools.


  • Helps clarify visual literacy, explains its importance, and teaches how to get students thinking about it
  • Demonstrates how to integrate digital humanities tools into instruction more effectively
  • Features demonstrations and assignments that can be used in any class by a wide variety of librarians
Nicole M. Fox, MLIS, is assistant professor and research and instruction librarian at Belmont University, where she teaches instructional library sessions in a variety of undergraduate courses. Fox also serves as the liaison to the School of Design and Department of Art, and she has a BA in art history. She's presented on visual literacy at ACRL. Prior to working at Belmont, she was director of information resources at O'More College of Design, where she headed the library and IT departments.
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