Information Fluency in Classics | A Workshop for Undergraduates

Information Fluency Workshop

July 7-16, 2015

The 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.

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.

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.

CHSParticipants will receive housing on the CHS campus, located near Dupont Circle and Embassy Row in Washington, DC. The CHS will also provide breakfast and lunch everyday (except on the free day) and two dinners. Participants should plan to arrive Tuesday, July 7. The workshop will begin on Wednesday, July 8. Departures are Thursday, July 16.

There is no program fee or cost for housing on campus. Participants are responsible for their transportation costs and for some meals.


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 May 1, 2015.

Applicants will need two brief recommendation letters from faculty members or librarians. 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.

For more information, visit the CHS website.