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Carol Hansen

Director of Libraries, VCUQatar

VCUQatar Library

VCUQatar Library, Room 106-O


  • M.L.S., University of Southern California-Los Angeles, 1975
  • B.A., Johnston College, University of Redlands, 1973

Previous Professional Experience

  • Professor, Arts and Humanities Librarian, Weber State University, 2009-2011
  • Professor, Supervisor/Coordinator, Learning Enhancement Center, Zayed University, 2007-2009
  • Professor, Library Supervisor, Zayed University, 2004-2006
  • Professor, Instruction Services Librarian, Weber State University, 1986-2004, 2006-2007
  • ALA/USIA Library Fellow, Universiti Utara Malaysia, 1992-1993 (sabbatical)

Teaching Experience

  • Information Literacy Component of UNIV 112 
  • Internet Navigator
  • Humanities on the Internet
  • Introduction to the University at Zayed University


  • Special Presidential Recognition for Exemplary Efforts to Advance Information Literacy in Higher Education, ACRL National Conference, Seattle, WA, 2009
  • Zayed Award for Excellence in Teaching given by students to selected faculty, Zayed University, 2006
  • Team leader, Infoasis, ZU's information literacy e-course, wins Best College or University Teacher Project in the international UAE Educational IT Challenge, 2006
  • Library Instruction Round Table Distinguished Service Award, Utah Library Association, 2003
  • Loew Faculty Award for Outstanding Innovative Teaching, Weber State University, 2001
  • Exemplary Collaboration Award for WSU Online Learning, Weber State University, 1999
  • Library Instruction Round Table of the American Library Association, LIRT Top 20, 1999
  • Innovative Distance Education Award (as part of WSU Online Teaching and Learning Team), Peterson’s and University Continuing Education Association, 1998
  • The Internet Navigator, Utah Academic Library Consortium's online course (Lombardo, N. & Hansen, C.  primary authors) selected as one of nineteen innovations highlighted in Imagining the Learning Library, ALA President’s Showcase of Ideas: American Library Association, San Francisco, 1997

Selected Funded Research Projects and Grants

  • Hansen, C., Lombardo, N., et al. (1999). Information for life: Utah's information literacy initiative, proposal to revise Internet Navigator course. Funded by UALC Directors, for Information for Life Task Force. $24,935. 
  • Tinkler, S., Hansen, C., et al. (1995). Development of a Certificate Program in International Business. United States Department of Education, $180,000.
  • Peay, W., Lombardo, N., Hansen, C., et al. (1995). The Internet Navigator. Utah Higher Education Technology Initiative (HETI), $50,000.
  • Hansen, C. & Kumar, P. (1991). Women’s and multicultural voices across the curriculum. Hemingway Foundation, $18,000.

Selected Presentations

  • Hansen, C. (2013). Purchasing strategies of academic libraries for digital content. Panelist at Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
  • Hansen, C. (2013). Leadership and best practices in developing information literacy programs: Changing roles and new technologies. Plenary leader at Special Libraries Association, Arabian Gulf Chapter, Abu Dhabi, UAE. 
  • Braun, B. & Hansen, C. (2011). Readers’ theatre: A collaborative language and information literacy learning strategy for students in the Arabian Gulf.  Presented at Information Literacy Network of the Gulf, Doha, Qatar, and Abu Dhabi, UAE. 
  • Hansen, C. & Hanson, D. (2011). Cultural literacy across the disciplines: Observations, practices, goals and questions. Presented at TESOL Conference in Qatar: Putting Research into Practice, Doha, Qatar.
  • Braun, B. & Hansen, C. (2009). Readers' theatre: A collaborative language learning strategy for students in the Arabian Gulf and beyond. Presented at the International Conference on Foreign Language Learning and Teaching, Bangkok, Thailand.

Selected VCUQatar University Service

  • Teaching with Technology Task Force, Chair
  • Academic Administrators Council
  • Chairs and Directors Council
  • VCUQatar Faculty Research Grant Committee

Selected VCUQatar Libraries Service

  • Web Team, Chair
  • Collection Development Team
  • Instruction Team

Professional Organizations 

  • Qatar Foundation/Education City Library Directors Council
  • Information Literacy Network of the Gulf, Steering Committee

VCU Libraries

James Branch Cabell Library Monroe Park Campus
901 Park Ave., Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-1111
All Libraries
Tompkins-McCaw Library MCV Campus
509 N. 12th St., Box 980582
Richmond, VA 23298-0582
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-0636

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