Evolution of the Traditional LibraryBy Antonio Naylor
Enlightenment Loggia Plaza Inception Workshop Studio
Enlightenment LoggiaLibraries have traditionally been a book depositoryfor knowledge. The means to deliver knowledge hasevolved beyond books and the physical location tocontain it. Our concern today isn’t the safekeepingand locale of knowledge but more about the Studiodissemination of it. The next logical step is forlibraries to become a place to impart knowledge.The Enlightenment Loggia is an attempt to providelearning for all utilizing a variety in approach forthree distinct spaces. The three spaces are asfollows; a Studio where knowledge is presented andbrought into focus with instructors’ guidance. an Inception WorkshopInception Workshop for collaboration and peer topeer learning and a Plaza for large groups andindividual reflection . The progression is fromlearning, to application and then tocommunication/manipulation of their knowledge.The major connection for students is through mobile Plazadevices and the wireless backbone to drive it.
StudioIn this space, we provide for thedispatching of knowledge. Instructorsguide the flow of information andmonitor the discussions amongstudents. To help facilitate this flow,the layout has small groups ofstudents at tables. Tables are locatedin four quadrants of space with threelocations for video projection. Two The instructor has front wall for lecture and a small table in the middle for small grouptables have mobile monitors while the discussion. Instructors are fitted with aother two have the video projector. wireless microphone connected to speakers inTransitions from lecture to group ceiling for sound reinforcement. Studentsdiscussion are fluid and occur without have tablets or laptops connected wirelesslymoving the furniture. The idea is to to interact. Studio sessions are recorded and can be accessed by students when required.implement a seamless environment Grants are available to add soundthat flows with instructional needs. reinforcement to classrooms.
Studio (3) Video Projection Locations (4) Small Instructor’s Group Table Tables
Studio Swivel chairs allow students to be mobile and turn, as necessary, in the direction of lecture or small group discussion. Each table has a mobile marker board for jotting down important information or learning goals. The idea is this board can beOne wall has been reserved for taken into the Inception Workshop toglazing. It provide day lighting and reference items from Studio. Threeoffer visual connection to the walls have more marker board to writecourtyard, as well as glass door to down topics and ideas. Students startaccess. LED lighting has dimming everyday in the Studio getting morecontrols to provide daylight harvesting instruction and continuing discussion.with constant illumination levels The foundation for their knowledgeduring night conditions. takes shape and prepares them for application.
Inception WorkshopIn this space, we provide an environmentfor application of knowledge throughcreation. Students can apply knowledge toprojects using problem solving, decisionmaking, investigative skills, and reflection.The mobile marker board from Studioserves as a reminder of rubrics set bystudents and teacher. This is primarily a A work bench with ergonomic stoolsstudents space. It is not governed by the promotes standing and movement duringtime of day as for rest of classes. Your creation. The idea is to keep this areaproject can be stored under the bench . active to engage students. Glass partitionsStudents are be encouraged to work on it serve as separation from the Plaza allowingwhen ever they have time or feel inspired. high visibility. Monitors are mounted onThey can go back to the studio to engage tackable wall surface for students to postin more small group instruction or get ideas and continue to display researchmore instruction from teacher. from tablet or other source of media.
Inception WorkshopSerpentine clouds were utilized for a variety ofreasons relating to sound, lighting, and atmosphere.In regards to sound, the serpentine clouds dampenthe acoustics of this area and help define this spaceoff the plaza. We have limited sound reinforcementin this area so that we can minimize the distractionsand the ability for others to disturb students whenthey are working on projects. In the Loggia, we haveoverhead lighting, but the lighting in this space ismore task intensive and must be providedaccordingly over each bench area. This promotesflexibility in the spaces because the individual tasklighting can be easily modified depending on thelearning style of the student working in the area.Lighting can be task driven, but when lighting ispaired with learning styles, and students are able towork in a space that promotes their learning andacquisition of knowledge; that creates an addedbenefit. Lighting, be it task or otherwise, alsoaffects the mood and atmosphere of the spacewhich indirectly impacts student learning. TheInception Workshop is connected to Plaza by loungespaces. These lounge spaces will give the studentsthe opportunity to break from projects to reflect orunwind.
PlazaIn this space, students experience cognitive concepts invarious modalities to strengthen and reinforce theirlearning. We provide for the communication andmanipulation of the applied knowledge from workshop.Students can utilize this social hub for presenting theirprojects on a main collapsible stage equipped withprojection behind it. An added benefit is that studentscan peer into the workshop to see projects in progress.There are side marker boards mounted on glasspartitions that allow students to display informationabout their projects. The flexibility of the collapsiblestage is beneficial because it can be divided andpositioned for display of projects at marker boards. Thedesign of this pace is conducive for self-paced walkingtours or to convening for small solutions and/or criticsgroups. Because feedback is encouraged for thestudents, we invite the general population of the schooland community to experience the plaza. This providesan added dimension by allowing social interactionbetween the students and the community; by increasingopportunities for communication of their ideas; byrequiring students to increase their complexity ofthought from defending or explaining their project; andby exposing students to situations that will enable themto readily make the transition from the schoolenvironment to the workplace.
Plaza Spaces for Collapsible Stage Individual with large Reflection Projection Screen. Marker Board for Chess/Checker Display on Glass Board Pattern for Partition Social Activity
PlazaIndividuals can retreat to reflect on what theyhave learned or break for casual socialinteraction. Students are provided areas tolounge and recharge themselves with fruit orother snacks. Federally funded afterschoolsnack programs could supplement . Thelounge areas are carved out of theinterconnected spaces between the InceptionWorkshop and Plaza. The boundaries aremade invisible so students can pass througheach applying and communicating theirfreshly learned knowledge.
PlazaCourtyards are provided on both sidesof the Plaza and are accessible from Courtyard andboth studios. Any function of the Basketball CourtEnlightenment Loggia can be movedoutside for change of scenery and toadd variety. The Basketball Courtserves as a place to work off excessenergy and allow students to resumetheir work more focused. Thecheckered pattern on the floor can bea social exercise with students playingthe role of pieces while other studentscall out the moves. The plaza has thesame wireless microphones andspeaker sound reinforcement of studiobut on a larger scale and ability to be Chess/Checkerszoned for the (4) markerboard/displayareas. Pattern on Floor
SummaryStudio: Inception Workshop: Plaza:Physiological: Some Physiological: More Physiological: MostMobility in Swivel Chair Mobility Standing and Mobility Walking andPsychological: Both flexible time of day. snacks at loungesGlobal and Analytic Psychological: Analytic Psychological: GlobalSociological: Sociological: No Sociological: SomeAuthority, Large and Authority & Small Authority, Variety,Small Groups Groups Alone, Pair, Large &Environmental: Sound, Environmental: Sound, Small GroupsLighting, Temp & Seat Lighting, Temp & Seat Environmental: Sound,Perceptual: Auditory, Perceptual: Visual Lighting, Temp & SeatVisual Picture, Visual Picture, Visual Text, Perceptual: Auditory,Text & Auditory Verbal Auditory Verbal, Visual Picture, VisualEmotional: Structure, Tactual & Some Text, Auditory Verbal,Task Persistence, Kinesthetic Tactual & KinestheticMotivation & Emotional: Little Emotional: MoreConformity Structure & No Structure & Some Conformity Conformity
SummaryClosing:The traditional model of a library has not changed a lot when viewed through the eyes of educators. Themodel has continued to represent their concerns and perspective on what needs they feel should be met withina library. What if, along with advances in technology, we moved from an administrator based model to a clientside model? I believe the Enlightenment Loggia shows how, through advancements and research in cognitivelearning and technology, a library can transform to a space that is conducive to student centered learning.We can provide an environment with 24/7 access to an endless array of global information; knowledge andresources that are limitless, and resources that extend beyond the covers and spine of hardback books.Flexible spaces in layout and function provides the instructors/ facilitators ease of access to move in and aroundthe students to monitor and assist, or simply observe and allow the students to work independently,depending on task and or/ learning style. The design allows for multi- faceted collaboration between studentsand between students and instructors. That collaboration can extend to between several instructors and theResource Administrator and Instructor, giving students example of how it can work. In the EnlightenmentLoggia, the Resource Administrator is a redefined role for the Librarian. Through collaboration and research,students will develop real world skill sets that are growing in demand among the workforce. Being equippedwith real world skill sets enhances learning and minimizes instances where rote memorization is required. Theoverall benefit is the student/individual is considered and involved in the learning process, and is allowed theopportunity to take ownership of their learning. Multiple pathways to learning that is hands on, rigorous,relatable, and relevant would increase our chances to graduate students who are ready to work in a global,multicultural and diverse society. Our diversity has been a strength we have forgotten to exploit. I’ll close withthis quote. “We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give eachother space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing,and inclusion.”Max de Pree
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Evolution of the Traditional LibraryBy Antonio Naylor
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