Workshop Overview

*Note: This conference has already taken place.

The workshop is designed to explore ways of incorporating information literacy into the study of languages through collaboration between language faculty and librarians in the development of problem-based activities that explore issues and questions which are authentic to the cultural context under study.

Workshop Goals

  • Articulate the benefits of incorporating information literacy into language study
  • Consider best practices and innovation in collaborative settings
  • Develop skills and specific projects to support student learning


5:00 p.m. Friday, September 24 through 5:00 p.m. Saturday, September 25, 2010


  • Before the workshop - develop a personal inventory of questions you wish to discuss, projects you can contribute as examples, and collaborative projects you would like to develop during or after the workshop
  • During the workshop - participate in sessions, develop networking contacts, and form groups of collaborators for projects
  • After the workshop - begin or continue working with your collaborative groups on projects, share information about your collaborations and student learning activities on home campuses, and work with workshop conveners to add activity descriptions to this web site


For participants traveling with their institutional team and willing to be housed with a roommate, there will be no cost for up to 36 individuals. Participants who request single occupancy accommodations should expect to pay the difference in rate. Meals from Friday dinner through Saturday lunch will be provided by the workshop or the hotel. Local participants will have their meals paid. There is no registration fee.

Application and Selection Criteria

Institutional teams of up to three people are encouraged to contact their Dean for nomination. Teams are encouraged to include at least one person from two or three of the following categories: language faculty, information literacy librarian, and academic media specialist, however these are designated and defined at your institution. Individuals from an institution may be considered as space permits.

Deans should contact Laurel Whisler ( with the names, e-mail addresses, and titles of the nominated team or individuals.

Nominated teams/individuals will be sent a registration form that is due by September 7, 2010. In the case of more nominations than space permits, selections will be based upon stated goals, interest, expertise, and collaborative fit with other institutional teams.


All sessions will be held on the campus of Cornell College. Most concurrent sessions will be conducted in The Commons, the College's student union, in classrooms equipped with computers, multimedia equipment including digital projectors, and internet capability. A computer lab and smaller meeting space will be available in Cole Library. The Keynote Address will be held in a small lecture room. Meals will be provided in a private dining room. Accommodations will be available at the Sleep Inn in Mt. Vernon, which is within easy driving distance. A limited number of rooms are available at Brackett House, the bed and breakfast located on the college campus.

For More Information

Questions should be directed to Laurel Whisler ( or 319-895-4260).