Using Religious Images to Teach Visual Literacy A Unique Opportunity for Theological Libraries

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Daniel Smith


Over the last few years, many publications have appeared that focus on ways of teaching visual literacy and its importance in research. Today's researchers must be equipped with the tools to interpret and make meaning from visual materials to succeed in their studies. The theological/religious world is uniquely well-suited for this discussion, as it already has much to offer in terms of familiar images and icons. These offerings are diverse and filled with much meaning and potential. This Listen and Learn session explored ways to use religious art as a way to teach visual literacy. The hope was that participants would leave with a clearer idea of visual literacy and the ways that theological libraries can engage and teach it to our students. By equipping our students with these skills, they will hopefully become more solid and informed in their scholarship and research and more comfortable using and engaging images.

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