2014 Information Fluency Workshop

Information Fluency in Classics: A Workshop for Undergraduates

July 8-17, 2014

information_fluency_workshopThe Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, DC offers a workshop to introduce undergraduates to important sources of information for the study of classics and develop their ability to access, evaluate, and manage resources in a variety of formats. Workshop participants will also explore the broader landscape of scholarly communication and how it is currently evolving. As a practical application of their information fluency in classical studies, the participants will develop research guides for use by other undergraduates in a variety of academic contexts.
Over the course of the workshop, students planning to write a senior thesis in the fall or considering library science as a career option will learn skills essential for any researcher or librarian. Sessions will include:

  • What is Information Fluency
  • How Libraries Organize Information
  • Resources for Citation
  • Zotero: Nuts and Bolts
  • Research Process and the Critical Assessment of Sources
  • Using (Print) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
  • Digital Resources
  • Indexes: L’Annee Philologique and Dyabola
  • JStor, Google Scholar, and Full-text Searching
  • Perseus and Working with Digital Texts
  • Wikipedia and Crowdsourcing
  • Using WordPress
  • Linked Open Data
  • Images and Copyright Basics
  • Social Media and Scholarly Research

Taking advantage of the setting in Washington, DC, participants will visit the Library of Congress and the National Archives. The workshop will also feature contributions from guest speakers. The 2013 workshop included conversations with Deanna Marcum, the managing director of Ithaka S+R, and Tim O’Reilly, the founder of O’Reilly Media.
Phoebe Acheson, who maintains Becoming a Classics Librarian, will lead the workshop. She has worked at the University of Georgia Library as a Reference Associate and liaison to the Classics department. Phoebe has an M.A. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Cincinnati and an M.L.S. from North Carolina Central University. She is currently the Grants Resource Librarian at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
Participants will receive housing on the CHS campus, located near Dupont Circle and Embassy Row in Washington, DC. Participants should plan to arrive Tuesday, July 8. The workshop will begin on Wednesday, July 9. Departures are Thursday, July 17.


Applicants should be rising juniors or seniors majoring in Classics, Classical Studies, or related fields. They should have at least some college-level research experience and be planning to write senior/honors theses.


The application deadline is Wednesday, April 30, 2014.
Applicants will need recommendation letters from both a faculty member and a librarian. The references should be able speak to the applicant’s academic work and evaluate the applicant’s plans for participating in the workshop. The CHS will contact references directly for their recommendations.
Students interested in applying should complete the online application. The application requests PDF copies of the student’s transcript and resume as well as contact information for two references, as described above.