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What is Visual Literacy?


"Visual literacy is a set of abilities that enables an individual to

effectively find, interpret, evaluate, use, and create images and visual media." 

In an interdisciplinary, higher education environment, a visually literate individual is able to:

• Determine the nature and extent of the visual materials needed
• Find and access needed images and visual media effectively and efficiently
• Interpret and analyze the meanings of images and visual media
• Evaluate images and their sources
• Use images and visual media effectively
• Design and create meaningful images and visual media
• Understand many of the ethical, legal, social, and economic issues surrounding the creation and use of images and   visual media, and access and use visual materials ethically


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

Visual Literacy Resources at Highline Library

Media Equipment at Highline

The Library Viewing Room is available to support student learning. It is currently configured for viewing only. The room may be used for simple video/audio recording if the patron provides the recording equipment.

The room is located on the third floor of the library (Bldg. 25, Room 316) and may be scheduled for groups of four or more to view media materials. Inquire at the Circulation Desk on the 2nd floor/Plaza level (see picture above) for scheduling and remote controls.

This room is currently equipped with:

  • wall-mounted monitor
  • Computer
  • Podium/Lectern
  • DVD player
  • Table