Language Resource Center

Working Hours

  • Monday through Thursdays: 9am-10pm
  • Fridays: 9am-4:30pm
  • Sundays: 1pm-10pm

The Language Resource Center, located on the first floor of Hollander Hall, is an all-digital computer lab. The LRC design centers on the changing modes of student learning and remains up-to-date with format of materials available for language study, as well as advancements in digital technology. The LRC accommodates individual and group study with delivery of audio and visual materials in digital format. The workspace is primarily reserved for students who wish to perfect their language pronunciation, listen to passages in the original version, complete their language workbook exercises or write papers in any of the languages taught at Williams. Internet resources with educational content coexist with the more traditional media such as films, audio files and instructional CDs and DVDs. The extensive foreign language video collection has been replaced with DVDs in Sawyer Library.

Language pedagogy has embraced technological developments that facilitate access to language exchange and authentic cultural matter, and the Language Resource Center is an ideal place for making connections to various types of materials that are useful for language study. At LRC, spontaneous as well as directed communication with other cultures is made possible in all the languages taught at Williams.

The LRC provides…

  • Resources for classroom instruction and independent study.
  • Information and training for use of equipment and software.
  • Support for technology-enhanced curriculum development.

Services for Language Faculty

  • To teach students how to use software programs required for their courses.
  • Assistance with integrating technology into the language curriculum.
  • Digitizing and streaming of films and audio recordings for more widespread use.

Services for Language Students

  • Digital access to audio and video material required for language classes.
  • Region-free DVD players, multi-system VCRs.
  • Technical support for input and browsing of non-Western languages.
  • Software programs required for language courses.
  • Digital Video Cameras for use in creating multi-media projects.

Resources for use and loan

  • International Video players.
  • Scanners and assistance with scanning.


How to use the LRC

  • Save your document frequently. Do not type for an hour without saving your document. Use a file name that you can easily remember.
  • Sign out of the machine after your work is finished.
  • Do not leave a copy of your paper on the machine after you have printed and saved it. The machines will be frequently erased and you will lose all your work. Save your work on a cloud service such as Google Drive or save it on a flashcard.
  • An LRC employee is on hand to guide you through your work if you need any help. If you are not familiar with any application talk to a lab employee for assistance.
  • Computers #13 and #14 are set up for PAL (region 2) movies. They could be used for European movies.

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