InfoCommons at Riyad Nassar Library

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  • The University of Sheffield, UK
  • The University of Sheffield, UK
  • The University of Sheffield, UK
  • For list of standards and codes refer to slide 19
  • InfoCommons at Riyad Nassar Library

    1. 1. Cendrella Habre, Director, RNL Feb. 24, 2010
    2. 2. Inauguration Sept. 19, 2005Feb. 24, 2010 RNL_LAU 2
    3. 3. OUR STUDENTS TODAY MILLENIALS• DIGITAL NATIVES:2. Totally dependent on technology3. Different (for example: new language for texting, enforced new terminology in the English language, i.e., to Google, to Facebook, etc.), smart, successful, confident, team-oriented, full of unshakeable opinions, etc.4. Social/Active learners5. Love to be engaged in the teaching and learning process, etc.Feb. 24, 2010 RNL_LAU 3
    4. 4. THE MILLENIALS STUDENTS How do they think?• In a study conducted at the University of Rochester in 2007 whereby undergraduate students were totally engaged in the design of an “ideal library space”, many of the designs had “creative” elements, such as: massage tables, fountains, gardens, game tables, fireplaces, sofas, beanbags, ottomans, food delivery service, etc.Feb. 24, 2010 RNL_LAU 4
    5. 5. LIBRARY MISSION• “CHANGE” is the main issue here• Understand Millennials• Keep up with them• Thus, direct impact on Learning Spaces design and functionsFeb. 24, 2010 RNL_LAU 5
    6. 6. RNL The RIGHT BUILDING @ the RIGHT TIME• Open for fresh thinking• Nice internal and external views• Natural lighting• Variety of study environment• Different colors• Informal and formal furniture (yet ergonomic)• Wired furniture• Comfortable and cozy (a family room kind of feel)• ADA (or similar) compliantFeb. 24, 2010 RNL_LAU 6
    7. 7. RNL Public Areas The Library is 13 floors1. Study places: big enough to enable students to use print and electronic resources together, take notes, accommodate pencil cases, iPods, water bottles/coffee, snacks, etc. (fl. 8 – 13)2. Group study areas (fl. 4 – 6, 12 & 13)3. Quiet/Silence area (fl. 10 & 11)4. Multimedia Room (fl. 8) Feb. 24, 2010 RNL_LAU 7
    8. 8. RNL Public Areas5. Smart classroom (fl. 8)6. Conference/Videoconferencing Rooms for public use (fl. 13)• Open stacks• Show cases (Art Gallery) (Lobby area)• Desktops, Printers, scanners, photocopy machines on ea. floor• Laptops (Lending via Circulation Desk – Lobby area)Feb. 24, 2010 RNL_LAU 8
    9. 9. RNL -- EntranceFeb. 24, 2010 RNL_LAU 9
    10. 10. RNL – Open StacksFeb. 24, 2010 RNL_LAU 10
    11. 11. RNL – SerialsFeb. 24, 2010 RNL_LAU 11
    12. 12. RNL – Lounge SeatingFeb. 24, 2010 RNL_LAU 12
    13. 13. RNL -- ShowcasesFeb. 24, 2010 RNL_LAU 13
    14. 14. RNL – Natural LightingFeb. 24, 2010 RNL_LAU 14
    15. 15. RNL – Comfortable/CozyFeb. 24, 2010 RNL_LAU 15
    16. 16. RNL – Individual StudyingFeb. 24, 2010 RNL_LAU 16
    17. 17. RNL – Group StudyingFeb. 24, 2010 RNL_LAU 17
    18. 18. RNL – Conference RoomsFeb. 24, 2010 RNL_LAU 18
    19. 19. What is an Information Commons/Learning Commons/Student Commons• “In its most general sense, the Information Commons is a one-stop service center, a teaching and learning environment designed to become the heart of the university library. Surrounded by the most comprehensive repository of print and digital information resources on campus, the Information Commons draws together students, faculty, technologists, librarians, writing tutors, instructional designers and other key stakeholders. Duncan & Woods, “Creating the Information Commons” internal document: Pace University, June 5, 2004: p3.• In plain words, the “common” is an active student-centered learning environment, where students are able to complete their research in one area, from the initial stages of resource retrieval to the final stage of producing their papers or projects of course with the help of experts, i.e., reference, IT and research librarians.Feb. 24, 2010 RNL_LAU 19
    20. 20. QUESTION? Is the computer lab in a library considered an information/learning commons?• Perhaps we are getting into the age when learning commons = library and library = learning commons ....• HUB: where all the excitement exists in a library, i.e., computer center, classroom, café, research help, IT help, writing center, Information literacy, etc.Feb. 24, 2010 RNL_LAU 20
    21. 21. RNL InfoCommons Area or HUB (fl. 8)• 83 Desktops ( including 10 dedicated to Graduate Students, & 17 in classroom)• All Desktops have Office, Adobe Professional, SPSS, & Internet access• 1 Scanner, 8 Printers (B&W, Color), 1 Photocopy machine• Online Resources Help• Reference Help• No café; yet snacks and drinks are allowed in all floors Note: 124 desktops, 3 scanners, 24 printers, 9 photocopy machines distributed in all floors + 13 Laptops for lendingFeb. 24, 2010 RNL_LAU 21
    22. 22. RNL – Computer CenterFeb. 24, 2010 RNL_LAU 22
    23. 23. RNL – Computer Center/ReferenceFeb. 24, 2010 RNL_LAU 23
    24. 24. RNL -- ClassroomFeb. 24, 2010 RNL_LAU 24
    25. 25. RNL – Research AssistanceIn-Person/Training Sessions/Live Chat/LibGuidesFeb. 24, 2010 RNL_LAU 25
    26. 26. RNL – Circulation Statistics Fall 2009 Fall 2010 Percentage Attendance 144498 182693 34% Outgoing books 14026 13743 -2% Circulation transactions 31454 28763 -6%Feb. 24, 2010 RNL_LAU 26
    27. 27. RNL – Serials Statistics 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013Print/RNL 692 502 402 (-16%) 322 (-18%) 250 (-19%)Print/Byblos 614 455 380 (-20%) 310 (-20%) 250 (-22%)Print to E/RNL 61 173Print to E/Byblos 38 157Feb. 24, 2010 RNL_LAU 27
    28. 28. Additional Resources• http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/library/aic/g• http://ic.indiana.edu/gallery.html• http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=university%20of• Etc.Feb. 24, 2010 RNL_LAU 28
    29. 29. Questions?Feb. 24, 2010 RNL_LAU 29

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