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New Directions in Information Fluency conference April 4-5

March  28, 2014

Sandra Jamieson

Augustana College will host a conference, New Directions in Information Fluency, for librarians and college faculty and administrators, April 4-5 at the Thomas Tredway Library.

Those interested are invited to share and discuss approaches to teaching research-as-process, research writing, and primary source literacy.

College students are "digital natives," but while they may search quickly and productively, they have trouble sifting, sorting and ranking the results. They lack experience with print archives and the fundamental differences between encountering information digitally and in print. They need help with the research process: everything from research to evaluating sources' arguments to integrating sources into their own projects.

Conference-goers will discuss how can librarians and faculty can best teach these higher-level skills in a world of information overload.

Events begin Friday evening with dinner and tours in Augustana's new Center for Student Life.

The keynote address and presentations will take place Saturday. The keynote speaker is Sandra Jamieson, director of Writing Across the Curriculum at Drew University, Madison, N.J., and a principal researcher on the Citation Project.

Presenters will include librarians and faculty from Augustana, Wheaton College, Haverford College, Indiana University, Black Hawk College, Hope College, St. Olaf College, The Pennsylvania State University, Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan University, Wartburg College, Gustavus Adolphus College, DePaul University, Western Illinois University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Illinois, Grand View University, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Claremont Colleges Library, Pitzer College, College of Staten Island/City University of New York, and Trinity University. Librarians from Moline High School and United Township High School also will participate.

Conference schedule

Conference registration

Hotels and travel

For more information, contact Stefanie Bluemle,  309-794-7167; or Margi Rogal, 309-794-7823.