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Michael Wirtz

Head, Research and Library Technology, VCUQatar

Assistant Professor
VCUQatar Library

VCUQatar Library, Room 106-Q


  • M.A. Information Resources and Library Science, University of Arizona, 2008
  • M.F.A. Painting, Arizona State University, 2004
  • B.F.A. Fine Art - Painting and Printmaking, University of Wyoming, 2000
  • B.A. Journalism, University of Wyoming, 1998

Previous professional experience

  • Design Research Librarian, VCU Qatar, 2009-2011
  • Library Supervisor, Arizona State University, Polytechnic Campus, 2007-2009
  • Adjunct Art Instructor, Arizona State University, 2005-2007
  • Senior Library Specialist, Arizona State University, Polytechnic Campus, 2006-2007
  • Adjunct Art Instructor, Mesa Community College, 2006

Teaching experience

  • Design Research Methodologies
  • Interdisciplinary Design Seminar

Selected presentations

  • Wirtz, M. (2013). Deeply embedded: Library studio partnerships in the development of a graduate design curriculum. Presented at Art Libraries Association of North America.
  • Wirtz, M. (2012). Information literacy by design: An integrative partnership in the graduate studio. Presented at Information Literacy Network of the Gulf Region.
  • Wirtz, M. (2011). Discovery by design: A wayfinding approach to browsing. Poster presented at Art Libraries Society of North America/ Visual Resources Association.
  • Wirtz, M. (2010). We’re not that smart: How our brains fools us and what it means for information literacy. Presented at Information Literacy Network of the Gulf Region.

Selected publications

  • Erickson, M., Klein, J., Wirtz, M. (2011). Objective-driven evaluation: A collaboration between studio foundations and art educations. FATE in Review, 32.
  • Wirtz, M. (2006). Artwork featured in: Ellin, Nan, and Edward Booth-Clibborn. Phoenix: 21st Century City. Booth-Clibborn.
  • Wirtz, M. (2006). Featured artist in: New American Painting 66. Open Studios Press, Boston, MA.

Current VCUQatar committee work

  • VCUQatar Tasmeem Journal Committee, Co-Editor

Current VCUQatar Libraries committee work

  • Systems Team, Chair
  • Instruction Team
  • Collection Development Team

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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