Information literacy is commonly defined as "the ability to locate, evaluate, and efficiently use information" and is comprised of several components:
Students have to be able navigate the Libraries and our print and electronic information resources; they need to be able to evaluate, analyze, and synthesize information to come to conclusions; and they need to be familiar with computers and computer applications not only to find and retrieve information but also to communicate their findings.
Lifelong learning is also encouraged through the promotion of information literacy. Students develop an appreciation of how these skills will assist them in their future coursework and careers, along with developing an understanding of the impact information has on society and their lives.
Faculty and their College Librarian/Liaison can work together to provide opportunities for students to learn these skills. For example, librarians can assist with modifying assignments to incorporate research and the analysis of information. Class time can then be set aside for the librarian, faculty member, and students to explore appropriate research strategies and critical thinking issues.
At present there is no information literacy requirement here at Virginia Tech. To be sure that your students have the necessary skills to survive in this age of information overload, please contact your librarian to discuss integrating information literacy skills into your course curriculum.
Our primary tour option for individuals is a self-guided, audio tour with a graded quiz that can be used to show attendance for classes that require participation or give extra credit.
The tour consists of 16 different information stops/points, accessible by using a device to scan a QR code. Once scanned using the camera in your mobile device and its built-in reader or a separate app, your device will play an audio track (with some photos/videos) explaining the different services that are offered in Newman Library and how our collections are organized. The audio track at each stop will direct you to the next stop, where you will scan the next QR code.
To take the tour you will either need to use a smartphone or tablet, have access to Virginia Tech's wireless network (we recommend wireless over a cellular data network since several sections of the library get little to no cellular signal), and have headphones or earbuds to hear the narration. If you do not have a suitable device, then you can check out an iPad at the Circulation Desk. Circulation staff will show you how to use their iPads and where to start the tour.
Sun: Open 9:00am*
Mon-Thu: Open 24 hours*
Fri: Close at 8:00pm*
Sat: 9:00am - 8:00pm
* During 24 hour operation, a valid Hokie Passport is required to access or remain in the library between 12 midnight and 7:30am.
Sun, Dec 8: 2:00pm - 10:00pm
Mon-Thu, Dec 9-12: 8:00am - 10:00pm
Fri, Dec 13: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Sat, Dec 14: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
The NVC Resource Center is closed Tuesday, December 10, 2013, due to inclement weather. More about unplanned closings.
Mon-Thu: 11:00am - 10:00pm
Fri: 11:00am - 7:00pm
Sat: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sun: 11:00am - 11:00pm
Mon-Thu: 7:30am - 11:00pm
Fri: 7:30am - 5:00pm
Sat: 9:00am - 6:00pm