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Highline College Library - the building is closed until further notice, but staff are working remotely to support you. No services after 5pm on Wednesday, Nov. 25, through Saturday, Nov. 28, during Thanksgiving week. See our Updates and Resources page >

Visual Literacy: Instruction Resources

This guide will help you to find, read, cite, edit and present images.

Instruction Ideas - Activities, Assignments and Exercises

How to Teach Media Literacy

This website hosts a number of free articles on teaching media literacy, but the lesson plans and curriculum resources require a subscription for access. 

Art, Design, and Visual Thinking (Cornell) 

This website is an online textbook designed for a Cornell University course, FSAD 1250 Art Design and Visual Thinking .

Visual Literacy Exercise

This is an exercise provided by the Library of Congress to quickly and effectively introduce someone to the fundamentals of visual literacy.

Visual Literacy Toolbox

This website is intended to help faculty customize their curricula to incorporate visual literacy in ways that suit their individual instructional needs.

Resources at Highline Library


ACRL Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education

ACRL Image Resources Interest Group:

International Visual Literacy Association (IVLA)

IVLA is a not-for-profit association of researchers, educators, designers, media specialists, and artists dedicated to the principles of visual literacy.

What is a Print?

This is a quick overview of woodcut, etching, lithography, and screenprinting techniques.


This is a wiki on the subject of visual literacy.

Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University: How do you look? Promoting Visual Literacy at Duke University and Beyond.

The Visual Resources Association

A multi-disciplinary organization dedicated to furthering research and education in the field of image management within the educational, cultural heritage, and commercial environments.

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Highline College librarians are available to help you via Chat and Email during the following hours during the campus closure:

Thanksgiving Week:
Monday, Tuesday (11/23-24): 9am-7pm
Wednesday (11/25): 9am-5pm
Thursday, Friday, Saturday (11/26-28): closed/no services
Sunday (11/29): 11am-7pm

Fall Quarter
Monday - Thursday: 9am-7pm
Friday: 9am-5pm
Sunday: 11am-7pm

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