Information Fluency in the Disciplines Workshops

CIC's Workshop in Information Fluency: English and American Language and Literature will be held March 10–12, 2016, in Louisville, Kentucky. It is part of a series of workshops intended to help institutions move beyond information literacy in general education to information fluency in humanities majors. Additional workshops, each focusing on a core discipline of the humanities, will be offered over the next few years for campus teams of faculty members, librarians, and the chief academic officer.

These workshops are made possible through the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Read an article about the workshop in the Independent.

 About the Workshop

This Workshop will guide teams in the creation of a comprehensive program to assist students in obtaining a better understanding of the availability, authority, and uses of relevant information resources in their upper-level courses in language and literature, including both print and online materials. The Workshop will provide guidance and time for each campus team to create a realistic and appropriate action plan that it will take back to campus. To this end, participants will learn about topics such as:
  • Best practices in faculty-librarian collaboration in helping students acquire information fluency;
  • The role of chief academic officers in promoting the teaching of information fluency across the campus;
  • New, online, and traditional resources relevant to the study of English and American language and literature;
  • Methods of evaluating the success of an information fluency program;
  • Effective uses of physical space and budgets to promote information fluency; and
  • Strategies for implementing change on campus.

 Application Information

Institutional teams should consist of (a) the chief academic officer or another appropriate senior academic officer, (b) the library director or a librarian with specialized training in English and American literature, and (c) two full-time faculty members. All four team members should be motivated and well-positioned to promote information fluency programs when they return to campus. All independent colleges and universities are eligible to apply, with preference given to CIC member institutions. Approximately 20 institutions will be selected to participate. The application deadline is December 4, 2015.

 Date and Location

The Information Fluency Workshop on English and American Literature will be held March 10–12, 2016, in Louisville, Kentucky.


There is no fee to participate and, thanks to a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, each participating institution will be reimbursed up to $2,000 to offset travel and hotel expenses for each team of four people.


For more information about these workshops please contact CIC Senior Advisor Susanne Woods, provost and professor of English emerita, Wheaton College (MA) at