Case Study: Learning Commons (Team 6)


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5th Annual Library Leadership Institute @ Xiamen (11-15 May 2007)

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Case Study: Learning Commons (Team 6)

  1. 1. “ Disaster & Rebirth: Tomorrow’s Library Today” Case Study Topic 1: Learning Commons presented by Team 6
  2. 2. Factors to consider in this case <ul><li>Interim vs Future Library 5 years later </li></ul><ul><li>25% of space devoted to LC </li></ul><ul><li>New wineskin needs new wine? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More collaboration & resource sharing? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creeping Google-ism: Doing it right vs. doing what’s right </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning Commons: Physical vs. Virtual? </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Are you sure there’re no ZOMBIES hiding in the basement? Source: Source:
  4. 4. ‘Learning Commons’? <ul><li>Characteristics: </li></ul><ul><li>Informal interaction, collaboration & learning </li></ul><ul><li>self-direction in learning </li></ul><ul><li>interleaving of research, teaching and learning, e.g. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>faculty members actively engaged in research into effective online learning practise & delivering instruction online. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>creation of knowledge </li></ul>Source:
  5. 5. <ul><li>Underlying concepts: </li></ul><ul><li>Collections of Digital, Print, and Multimedia Materials </li></ul><ul><li>Access to materials both virtual and physical </li></ul><ul><li>Space in which to deliver and showcase digital and multimedia resources </li></ul><ul><li>Guidance in the effective and efficient use of resources </li></ul><ul><li>Learning of information literacy skills and abilities </li></ul><ul><li>Community of learners working together on research projects </li></ul>‘Learning Commons’? Source:
  6. 6. LC Service <ul><li>Services during office hours (0830-2300) </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-lingual zone </li></ul><ul><li>Course resource (books . Web . Databases . Etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Laptops for loan / rent </li></ul><ul><li>Information Counter </li></ul><ul><li>24-hour zone (similar to bank auto-lobby) </li></ul><ul><li>REST ZONE: Café (vending machine) + phone-zone + lounge chairs </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion areas </li></ul><ul><li>EXCHANGE: bulletin (physical / digital) for students to exchange info & interact </li></ul><ul><li>Ask-a-Librarian service (email only) </li></ul><ul><li>Wireless network </li></ul><ul><li>Vendors sponsor free hardware & software @ technology showcase </li></ul><ul><li>TV / media players </li></ul><ul><li>Exhibition space </li></ul><ul><li>Re-configurable furniture </li></ul><ul><li>Some of these can appear in the Interim LC; the rest in 5 years. </li></ul><ul><li>Usage of 24-hour services to be monitored for long-term feasibility </li></ul>
  7. 7. LC Space Utilisation <ul><li>University President wants 25% of library space devoted to LC? Sure! </li></ul><ul><li>Utilisation of space: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Workstations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Activity / collaborative areas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Print & media resource area </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Administration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Output services (printer, scanning, binding, etc) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Instructional </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Specialised digital (e.g. media production studio) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lounge & recreational area </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Miscellaneous </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. LC space utilisation 24-hr Security >> LC remains open 24/7 Rest Zone Exhibition panels EXCHANGE + TVs + Tech Showcase Multi-lingual Zone Discussion Zone Bayview University Info Counter + Gate 25% of entire library’s space
  9. 9. LC space utilisation Rest Zone EXCHANGE + Satellite TVs + Tech Showcase Multi-lingual Zone Discussion Zone Bayview Trailer Camp (Interim) Info Counter @ Gate Collections stored in lockable containers Marquee tent used as REST ZONE Study rooms housed in air-conditioned tents. Mobile Info Counter Ice Cream booth PC stations not feasible. To be replaced by wireless network & sponsored laptops
  10. 10. How will the future LC look like? <ul><li>Disclaimer: The images above are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change without prior notice. </li></ul>Café @ Courtyard Workstations Learning Commons overview Discussion Area TV / Lounge area Multilingual Zone
  11. 11. LC: Co-operation . Connection . Collaboration <ul><li>Tap on linguistic experts from various faculties / universities nearby for multi-lingual instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Aggregated purchases of e-resources & print resources amongst the 5 university libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Vendors can provide free IT / application training </li></ul><ul><li>Tap on Open Archive Initiative to link up resources with the other 4 university libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Rotate lecturers between the 5 universities to share expertise </li></ul>
  12. 12. LC Business Model <ul><li>LC won’t replace the Library; it will complement it. </li></ul><ul><li>Free or fee? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Most of the basic LC services & facilities will be free to users </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Value-added services to be fee-based, e.g. rental of laptops, printing </li></ul></ul>