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Call for Feedback on the Framework for Visual Literacy draft

Request for Feedback


Please return the survey by July 7, 2021

We are currently seeking feedback on the Visual Literacy Framework Companion Document. We are asking you to consider how you might use this document. We would also like to understand how it could be improved to better align with your needs. We thank you in advance for your input to ensure this document is thoughtful and useful.

Survey link for feedback:

Participants will find the draft in various formats to facilitate feedback options on the Task Force website:  If you have any questions, please contact us at


In the years following the publication of the 2011 Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, librarians began to engage with threshold conceptsmetacognition, and metaliteracies, reflected in the 2016 ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education (Framework), which replaced the Information Literacy Standards. Ongoing critical conversation continues to shape how learners are taught to create, use, share, and assess information in the twenty-first century. Addressing these shifts, ACRL assembled several task forces in 2018 to develop Framework Companion Documents and update disciplinary literacy standards documents. In this spirit, the current Visual Literacy Task Force was formed by the Image Resources Interest Group to update the 2011 Visual Literacy Standards.

At the outset, we acknowledged that visual literacy and related terminology remained difficult to define due to variations in use and meaning across disciplines. We also recognized that mapping to the Framework would be a challenging exercise. Success would require the participation of thoughtfully engaged stakeholders. Therefore, we began by conducting an IRB-approved qualitative research study[i]. From fall 2019 to spring 2021, we interviewed a broad community of practitioners and scholars, including architecture and planning librarians. Participants were asked to define visual literacy, identify necessary skills and competencies for their discipline, and discuss what they perceived as challenges and opportunities.

By coding the interviews, we identified four themes that serve as the backbone for the current Visual Literacy Framework Companion Document draft. These themes are:

·         Perceive visuals as communicating information;

·         Participate in a changing information landscape;

·         Practice visual discernment and criticality; and

·         Pursue social justice through visual practice.

Current Task Force Members

Millicent Fullmer (co-chair), University of San Diego

Tiffany Saulter (co-chair), Deque Systems, Inc.

Stephanie Beene, University of New Mexico

Katie Greer, Oakland University

Maggie Murphy, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Sara Schumacher, Texas Tech University

Dana Statton Thompson, Murray State University

Mary Wegmann, Sonoma State University

Past member:

Kathy Edwards, Clemson University (2018-2019)

[i] IRB #00001310 was coordinated through the University of San Diego. Co-Principal Investigators were Millicent Fullmer and Dana Statton Thompson. Co-Investigators were Stephanie Beene, Sara Schumacher, Katie Greer, Maggie Murphy, and Mary Wegmann.

2021 Conference Guides and Newer Attendees Call for Participation

La version française suit.

The Montreal conference planning team will pair interested Newer Attendees with volunteer Conference Guides at the 2021 Virtual Conference. Interested in participating? Click the sign-up link at the bottom of this email.

The annual conference is a time to renew relationships and forge new connections. This year’s pivot into the virtual environment opens up the exciting possibility of networking with a larger pool of participants across locations. 

We have an even greater incentive to use the Conference Guides Program to bridge social distances and help all attendees make meaningful, collegial connections.  

Newer Attendees (those with 0-3 years of ARLIS/NA conference experience, no matter their professional level) will be paired with more experienced conference goers (4+ years conference experience), who act as their guides during the conference. Conference Guides arrange to meet their Newer Attendee at the start of the conference, check in with them along the way, introduce them to colleagues, and help them to get the most from the experience!

Participating doesn’t take much time and is limited to the duration of the conference. A tip sheet will be made available to Conference Guides, and a liaison will be at the ready to answer questions. 

If you are interested in participating as a Newer Attendee or Conference Guide, please use this form to sign-up by Wednesday, May 5, 2021. Questions? Contact Erin Rutherford


Appel à participation pour les guides de la conférence 2021 et les nouveaux participants 

L’équipe de planification de la conférence de Montréal souhaite jumeler les nouveaux participants intéressés avec des bénévoles qui pourront les guider lors de la conférence virtuelle de 2021. Vous souhaitez participer ? Cliquez sur le lien d’inscription au bas de ce courriel. 

La conférence annuelle est l’occasion de renouer des liens et d’en forger de nouveaux. Cette année, le passage à l’environnement virtuel offre la possibilité de nouer des liens avec un plus grand nombre de participants dans différents lieux.  

Nous avons plus que jamais intérêt à utiliser le programme des guides de conférence pour combler les distances sociales et pour aider tous les participants à établir des liens significatifs et collégiaux.  

Les nouveaux participants (ceux qui ont 3 ans d’expérience ou moins des conférences ARLIS/NA, quel que soit leur niveau professionnel) seront jumelés avec des participants expérimentés (4 ans ou plus d’expérience des conférences), qui leur serviront de guides pendant la conférence. Les guides de conférence rencontrent leur nouveau participant au début de la conférence, prennent de ses nouvelles en cours de route, le présentent à ses collègues et l’aident à tirer le meilleur parti de son expérience! 

Participer ne prend pas beaucoup de temps et se limite à la durée de la conférence. Une fiche de conseils sera mise à la disposition des guides de la conférence, et un agent de liaison sera prêt à répondre aux questions.  

Si vous souhaitez participer en tant que nouveau participant ou guide de conférence, veuillez utiliser ce formulaire pour vous inscrire avant le mercredi 5 mai 2021. Vous avez des questions? Contactez Erin Rutherford  

Save the Date! The Art and Design School Libraries (ADSL) Presentation and Meeting

Save the Date!
The Art and Design School Libraries (ADSL) Division Presentation on the “State of” Report and Divisional Meeting
Date: Tuesday, May 25
Time: 3:00-5:00pm: 3:00pm ET / 2:00pm CT / 1:00pm MT / 12:00pm PT (find your time zone)
RSVP for Presentation/Meeting (required for Zoom link):

The first hour will be dedicated to presenting some key points from our research, discussion of survey findings, and an overview of case studies, all of which will be included in the soon-to-be finished “State of Art and Design School Libraries Report.” There will be about 10 minutes at the end for questions. After a short break, the second portion will be dedicated to our annual division meeting, details to follow. The presentation is open to any and all who would like to attend. We hope many of you can join us.

Please RSVP for the presentation/meeting (see form link above). Both the presentation and the division meeting will be recorded and made available later, for any who are unable to attend on the 25th.

We will also be looking for a new Vice-Moderator/Moderator for 2021-2023. If you are interested, there is an option on the RSVP form to add your contact information. No prior experience needed, and new faces to ARLIS are very welcome!

Looking forward to seeing you. 

Be well,

The ADSL Report Team

 Abi (Moderator), Margot (Co/Vice Moderator), Alex, Emily, Grace and Annemarie

Best Student Research Paper Award 2021


DOI 10.1515/libri-XXXXXX

Since 1950, through 70 volumes, Libri: International Journal of Libraries and Information Studies has been a leader among scholarly journals in the international library and information science world. As part of its strategy to remain one of the premier library and information science journals, Libri is issuing a call for “Best Student Research Paper of 2021.” This competition supports Libri’s goal of publishing the best articles from the next generation of library and information science professionals. We are proud once again to recognize the very best article with this special award.

Students who are currently enrolled for a Masters or PhD or who have completed their Masters or PhD during the 24 months preceding the closing date of the competition[1] are invited to submit articles with clarity and authority. There is no stated theme, but should fall within the scope of LIBRI’s research focus areas cover the broad area of library and information science, including but not limited to:

· Libraries (national, public, academic, school, special, etc.) and other information environments

· Information and knowledge management

· Information for development (developing and industrialized countries)

· Indigenous knowledge

· Literacy (media, information, etc.)

· Data analytics, big data and their impact on organisations (e.g., customer related data; social science perspective)

· Digital libraries and repositories

· Data management, data curation and virtual research environments (VREs)

· Information ethics and information law

· Freedom of access to information and freedom of expression

· Archives & preservation

· Cultural heritage

· Book and publishing history

· Theory submissions

Research papers should address one of the significant issues facing today’s librarians and information professionals. Case studies, best practices, and pure research papers are all welcome.

The best paper will be selected by an independent panel consisting of selected members of the Editorial Board, the Advisory Board and other international experts. Submissions will be judged on the basis of

  • originality of thought and observation
  • depth of research and scholarship
  • topicality of problems addressed
  • the international readership of the journal
  • the quality of the composition

The article will be published in the 2021:4 issue. The author of the winning article will be honoured with an award of 500.00 € and with a complimentary subscription to Libri for 2022.

If the quality of competition warrants, some papers may be designated as honourable mention and the authors will receive complementary subscriptions to Libri for 2022  All winners will receive access to e-prints of their winning submission. 

Manuscripts should be submitted to submitting a paper for the Best Student Research Paper Award, please choose “Best Student Research Paper Award” at the drop-down menu “Manuscript Type.”

All submissions should include a cover sheet confirming:

  • the name of the institution where the student is or was enrolled
  • the degree for which the student is or was enrolled
  • the dates when the student is or was enrolled
  • the degree/course/module for which the paper was prepared
  • the date when the paper was written

PLEASE NOTE: Paper submissions who do not include all the above required elements, as well as do not comply with the content requirements specified, will be disqualified for consideration. All papers will also automatically be screened for plagiarism and patch-writing.

[1] Exception: Senior information scholars returning to school for additional degrees outside the field of library and information science are not eligible for this award.

Call for Digital Posters

The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) 49th Annual Conference, Convergence = Créativité + Collaboration, will be hosted virtually in Montreal, Canada and held from May 11-13, 2021. We invite library and archive professionals, students, scholars and educators, curators and designers to submit a poster proposal in (English or French) to showcase at the conference.

A poster presentation is perfect for sharing new or in-progress research, for highlighting a case study, and for starting a conversation with colleagues about your work. Posters allow for effective combinations of graphics and text that summarize your research. They allow viewers to read the information presented at their leisure, to ask questions and provide feedback. Posters will stay on view throughout the conference, and there will be dedicated time for conference attendees to chat directly with you.

Deadline to submit proposal: April 6, 2021
For more information click here.

Appel d’affiches numériques

La 49e conférence annuelle Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA), Convergence = Créativité + Collaboration, se tiendra virtuellement à Montréal, au Canada, du 11 au 13 mai 2021. Nous invitons les professionnel(le)s des bibliothèques et des archives, les étudiant(e)s, les universitaires et les éducateur(-trice)s, les conservateur(-trice)s et les designers à soumettre une proposition en anglais ou en français pour la présenter à la conférence.

Une présentation par affiche est parfaite pour partager une recherche nouvelle ou en cours, pour mettre en lumière une étude de cas et pour entamer une conversation avec des collègues au sujet de votre travail. Les affiches permettent une combinaison de graphiques et de textes qui résument efficacement votre recherche. Elles permettent aux spectateurs de lire les informations présentées à leur guise, de poser des questions et de donner leur avis. Les affiches seront exposées pendant toute la durée de la conférence, et les participants disposeront d’un moment dédié pour discuter directement avec vous.

Date limite de soumission des propositions d’affiches : le 6 avril 2021
Cliquez ici pour avoir plus d’information.

Samuel H. Kress Foundation Scholarships

The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) and the Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF), along with the SEI 2021 Implementation Team, are pleased to announce the Samuel H. Kress Foundation Scholarships for the 2021 Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources and Image Management (SEI), to be held online on June 22-25, 2021.

The Samuel H. Kress Foundation is once again generously funding scholarships for SEI 2021. This year, due to the reduced registration fee for the online workshop, we are able to fund more scholarships than in previous years. This intensive workshop is designed to serve a wide range of information professionals eager to learn about best practices and new technologies and/or update job skills in the realm of digital collections management, as well as to provide significant networking and professional development opportunities. The comprehensive curriculum seeks to address the requirements of today’s cultural heritage information professional, including hands-on and lecture modules presented by expert instructors. SEI provides new professionals, current library school students, and mid-career professionals from a wide range of related fields the opportunity to stay current in an ever-evolving digital landscape. Museum professionals, archivists, visual resources professionals, digital librarians, art and architecture librarians, digital project managers, current and recent graduate students, and others in related fields are all encouraged to attend.


  • The Kress Scholarship recipients will each receive complimentary registration to SEI.
  • SEI 2021 is a live event and nearly all workshops will be taught synchronously over 3.5 days. Kress Scholarship recipients are expected to participate fully in the entire workshop. We encourage you to review the schedule before applying.
  • Each Kress Scholarship recipient will be required to write a summary detailing how they benefitted from SEI and the scholarship upon completion of SEI 2021.
  • All applications will be evaluated by the SEI Co-chairs based on the criteria established for the award and any additional directions from the Kress Foundation. Priority will be given to ARLIS/NA and VRA members and those who are in graduate school, professionals who have a financial need, or who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).


  • Kress Scholarship applications are due by Monday, March 8, 2021.
  • Recipients will be notified after March 15, 2021.

How to Apply:

More information can be found on the SEI website:

ARLIS/NA Professional Development Webinar

Hey snappers! If you’re currently a member of ARLIS/NA or are interested in joining, don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about getting involved in the society. From the ARLIS/NA Professional Development Committee:

Interested in building and strengthening your leadership skills? Looking for unique networking and collaboration opportunities with like-minded colleagues? Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) invites all current society members and individuals who are interested in joining the society for a 45-minute webinar on an overview of how to participate in our vibrant committees. Panelists include Mark Pompelia, Vice President/President-Elect 2020-2021, Laurel Bliss, Chair of Nominating Committee, Beth Owens, Chair of Membership Committee, Carol Ng-He, Chair of Professional Development Committee, with moderator Shoshana Vegh-Gaynor, member of Professional Development Committee. Q&A will be included.

The session will be recorded and available on ARLIS/NA website.

Friday, December 11, 2020
11pm PST/ 12pm MST/ 1pm CST/ 2 pm EST
Free and open to all

To register:

Note: Registrants are welcome to submit their questions about committee membership applications in advance by at We will try to address your questions in the session.

To become an ARLIS/NA member, visit