Recommended Reads

Recommended Reads for Visual Literacy is a bibliography of articles, books, and archival materials that seeks to serve as a detailed web resource for visual literacy. This project seeks to empower the current research community and to encourage educators and scholars to explore the existing literature on visual literacy.

The project focuses on three main areas: visual literacy, libraries, and the ACRL Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education; visual literacy across the disciplines; and archival materials about the formation of the International Visual Literacy Association. For more information about the archival materials, please see the Arizona State University’s website about the Benedict Visual Literacy Collection.

This extensive bibliography of visual literacy was created by Dana Statton Thompson and was supported by a 2019 Carnegie Whitney Grant from the American Library Association. The articles and books sections of the bibliography span from 2011-2021. It will not include any articles published after 2021 now that the ACRL has developed the Framework for Visual Literacy in Higher Education which was approved in early 2022.

Click to download (PDF) the Recommended Reads poster, presented at the 2019 International Visual Literacy Association Conference, Leuven, Belgium.