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Clarke Receives CIC Grant to Study Information Fluency in Literature

posted on February 12, 2010

A recent grant from the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) will make it possible for a team of Clarke College faculty and staff to study information fluency in literature at a national workshop on the topic this spring.

In March, the Clarke team will travel to New Orleans, La., to collaborate with higher education professionals from across the nation at the “Information Fluency in the Disciplines Workshop in Literature.” Clarke’s contingent will consist of team leader Evelyn Nadeau, Ph.D., associate professor of Spanish; Joan Lingen, BVM, Ph.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs; Gary Arms, Ph.D., professor of English; and Becky Alford, MLIS, reference and information literacy librarian. Nadeau and Katherine Fischer, MFA, chair and professor of English, were the primary authors of the grant.

According to the CIC, the workshop will help teams develop programs for upper-level English and literature students obtain a better understanding of the availability, authority and uses of relevant information resources in their major field of study.

For literature majors, information fluency includes efficient use of search engines and bibliographical and literature databases, critical thinking, and the ability to analyze the quality and credibility of research. When it comes to sharing research, information fluency also incorporates the ethics of fair use, accurate reporting, and engaging in the exchange of information as scholars yearning for truth. 

“This grant will allow us to respond to changes in how information is accessed and it complements the College’s work in using the most current technology to enhance teaching and learning,” said Nadeau. “The information and resources we gain will advance the research of both our faculty and students, especially in light of the College’s recently developed English writing minor and redesigned Spanish program.”

For more information, contact the Clarke College Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318.

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