Visual literacy is a set of abilities that enables an individual to effectively find, interpret, evaluate, use, and create images and visual media. Visual literacy skills equip a learner to understand and analyze the contextual, cultural, ethical, aesthetic, intellectual, and technical components involved in the production and use of visual materials. A visually literate individual is both a critical consumer of visual media and a competent contributor to a body of shared knowledge and culture.
The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) through the ACRL Visual Literacy Standards Task Force (VLTF) created a recent revision of the ACRL Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.
The ACRL Visual Literacy Task Force Zotero library shares additional supporting documents and resources.