Information Fluency Workshop to Focus on English and American Language and Literature

How can colleges help students become discerning life-long learners in the digital age? And how can colleges help students obtain a better understanding of the availability, reliability, and appropriate use of information resources in their upper-level courses in language and literature? These are among the questions that will be addressed in CIC’s 2016 Information Fluency in the Disciplines Workshop, which will focus on English and American language and literature.

In announcing the workshop, CIC President Richard Ekman noted that, “What might seem an easier project than in the past, with so much information available online, actually can bring new and more difficult challenges for the educational community. Information is not knowledge, and overwhelming amounts of information require careful judgment.” Since 2001, CIC has been addressing this issue with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through workshops on the future of the library and the changing concepts of information literacy and fluency. The current series of workshops focuses on the challenges faculty members and librarians face when working to develop information fluency in students within specific humanities disciplines.

The 2016 workshop, to be held in Louisville, Kentucky, March 10–12, 2016, will help campus teams develop comprehensive programs to provide students with a better understanding of relevant information resources typically encountered in upper-level courses in language and literature. The workshop will offer guidance and time for each team to create a realistic action plan that team members can take back to campus. Sessions will feature presentations by faculty members and librarians who have had success at their own institutions. Roland Greene, president of the Modern Language Association (NY), and Mark Pigott, KBE Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences and professor of English and comparative literature at Stanford University, will be the keynote speakers.

“These workshops foster faculty-librarian collaboration, which is proven to be a key component of student success in the information age,” Ekman said. “Although responsibility for teaching information fluency in particular disciplines lies principally with classroom faculty members, experience has shown that student learning is significantly enhanced when faculty members and librarians together focus on developing student sophistication in disciplinary research,” he added.

CIC will select up to 20 institutions through a competitive application process to participate in the program. Applications were due by December 4, 2015. For more information, visit