“ A scenario gaining increasing currency is that the arrival of information superhighways, together with the development of ever more user-friendly software and cheaper hardware spells the end of the need for libraries and librarians. It is an endless debate — unless it eventually happens.”
“ A library could take shape within a computer where users literally enter through the doors of a virtual building, see stacks and books on the shelves, browse the catalogue, select a volume, open and read a text, converse with a librarian at a remote location and finally check out their chosen material.”
“ The idea of a learning commons…is pretty mainstream now. But if you had suggested such a thing four or five years ago, people would have said ‘You want to do what with my space?’ Today, you’re in trouble if you don’t have one.”
-Joseph Branin, April 2008
That Said… Academic Library Survey, National Center for Education Statistics -Via Martell 2008 Year Circulation Reference 1996 231,500,000 1,900,000 1998 216,100,000 2,100,000 2000 194,000,000 1,600,000 2002 189,248,000 1,508,000 2004 200,204,000 1,423,000 %Change -14% -25%
That Said… Academic Library Survey, National Center for Education Statistics -Via Martell 2008 Year Circulation Reference Gate Count 1996 231,500,000 1,900,000 16,500,000 1998 216,100,000 2,100,000 16,200,000 2000 194,000,000 1,600,000 16,500,000 2002 189,248,000 1,508,000 16,927,000 2004 200,204,000 1,423,000 19,369,000 %Change -14% -25% +17%
Cognitive theory: emphasis on “active construction of knowledge by the learner”
“ Environments that provide experience, stimulate the senses, encourage the exchange of information, and offer opportunities for rehearsal, feedback, application, and transfer are most likely to support learning.”
“ In places they see the best support for their way of working, they feel safe and so return frequently, knowing they can move through material and concepts on their own terms. In places where they feel discomfort, a lack of connection to space and infrastructure, they leave.”
18 hours per week online for school, work, and recreation
Characteristics of Students Type of Device Males Females All Simple cell phone 85.3% 86.6% 86.1% Personal desktop 66.3% 57.0% 60.6% Personal laptop 73.1% 74.0% 73.7% Electronic music/video 77.0% 76.1% 76.4% Electronic game 73.5% 45.6% 56.3% PDA 15.9% 9.4% 11.9% Smartphone 14.9% 10.4% 12.0%
Characteristic of Students Almost All Students Engaged Median Frequency Create, read, send e-mail 99.9% Daily Write documents for coursework 98.6% Several times/week Use library on university/college Web site 94.7% Monthly Create presentations 91.7% Monthly
Characteristics of Students Most Students Students Engaged Median Frequency Create spreadsheets or charts 87.9% Monthly Online shopping 86.4% Monthly Create, read, send instant messages 84.1% Daily Use course management system 83.0% Several times/week Online social network 81.6% Daily Play computer games 78.3% Weekly Download Web-based music or videos 77.8% Weekly Create graphics 72.3% Monthly
Characteristics of Students Some Students Students Engaged Median Frequency Access or use wikis 41.7% Weekly Create audio/video 32.6% Once per quarter/semester Create Web pages 29.1% Once per quarter/semester Blogging 27.8% Monthly
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Photo References Red River College Learning Commons http://www.flickr.com/photos/ext504/423402911/ Boatwright Memorial Library http://www.flickr.com/photos/boatwrightlibrary/2919605928/
Photo References Toronto Public Library http://www.flickr.com/photos/kev_walsh/2144556982/ Georgia Tech Library East Commons http://www.flickr.com/photos/seventime/314387119/ in/set-72157594292330772/
Photo References Georgia Institute of Technology http://www.flickr.com/photos/jiscinfonet/447054738/ University of Kentucky http://www.flickr.com/photos/tomspix/2900984036/
TOM IPRI HEAD, MEDIA AND COMPUTER SERVICES LIED LIBRARY [email_address] HTTP://WWW.SLIDESHARE.NET/TOMBRARIAN Learning Commons: The In in CIL