Information Literacy Program

Mission Statement

To provide the VCUQatar community with the skills, capabilities and experience needed to identify, find, evaluate and use information, images, media and materials in an effective and socially responsible manner, to inspire creativity, succeed academically, and to support lifelong learning.

Download: Information, Media and Materials Literacy Across the Curriculum Program Outline and Collaborative Learning Outcomes

Definition of Information Literacy

Information literacy (IL) can be defined as a set of abilities requiring individuals to ‘recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information’ (American Library Association, 1989).

Materials  and Media literacy follows the framework of information literacy.  Students will be able to recognize the need for using materials and media in art and design and to have a basic understanding of media and materials in order to facilitate the appropriate application of media and materials to specific processes and projects, taking into account practical, financial and environmental factors.

Note: The proposed learning outcomes for media literacy indicated within the program outline link above are currently of a limited scope and only address video production and physical computing housed within the Innovative Media Studio, a component of the Media Art and Materials Labs (MAML).  Increased collaboration could occur with the incorporation of additional creative production media such as photography, digital fabrication and woodworking.

Philosophy and Rationale

The VCUQatar IL program supports specific IL outcomes defined in the VCU UNIV Core curriculum. The IL program promotes critical thinking and equips individuals for lifelong learning. IL is more than just knowing how to find books and journal articles in the library or on the Internet, or being technology literate. It is about the ability to evaluate the information, media, images and materials found, and being aware of the cultural, economic, legal, environmental and social issues surrounding the use of information, media, images and material resources. The development of these skills is critical to research and the continuing creation of knowledge.