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Learning Infused Libraries:  Honest Talk About What it REALLY Takes to Create a Learning Commons LOEX 2008 Laura Baker
Learning Commons <ul><li>Integrates  information ,  technology , and  writing  services– along with expert help – to creat...
Challenge “ To conceive of it as owned by learners …” Bennett, S. (2003)  Libraries Designed for Learning , p.45  Solution...
Top Learner Needs <ul><li>Computers and Technology </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>More workstations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul...
<ul><li>Technology enabled spaces </li></ul><ul><li>Pod design to facilitate group use </li></ul>
2.  Relaxed Intellectual Atmosphere
Art Gallery Positive work environment
Coffee bar conversation Casual seating
Old Ref. Desk … <ul><li>…  New Ref. Desk </li></ul>3.  Proactive service model
 
First Year Results <ul><li>Gatecount up by 34% </li></ul><ul><li>Research assistance up 15% </li></ul><ul><li>Technology, ...
 
Collaboration
Conversation
Community
Key Questions: <ul><li>User relationship </li></ul><ul><li>Partner with other groups </li></ul>
Key Questions: <ul><li>Library that says YES </li></ul>W E L C O M E
Is it worth it?
Contact Information <ul><li>http://www.acu.edu/learningcommons </li></ul><ul><li>Laura Baker </li></ul><ul><li>Librarian a...
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Learning Infused Libraries: Honest Talk About What it REALLY Takes to Create a Learning Commons

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Presentation given at LOEX 2008 conference. Discusses the architectural, service, and attitude changes required to implement a learning commons, and how all these changes are ultimately linked to learning.

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  1. 1. Learning Infused Libraries: Honest Talk About What it REALLY Takes to Create a Learning Commons LOEX 2008 Laura Baker
  2. 2. Learning Commons <ul><li>Integrates information , technology , and writing services– along with expert help – to create a learning environment that is more complete, more holistic, and much more exciting. </li></ul><ul><li>A new conception of library services </li></ul>
  3. 3. Challenge “ To conceive of it as owned by learners …” Bennett, S. (2003) Libraries Designed for Learning , p.45 Solution – Ask the User Architecture Interior Design Market Research Student and faculty surveys/ focus groups
  4. 4. Top Learner Needs <ul><li>Computers and Technology </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>More workstations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Configured for groups, not individuals </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Technology enabled spaces </li></ul><ul><li>Pod design to facilitate group use </li></ul>
  6. 6. 2. Relaxed Intellectual Atmosphere
  7. 7. Art Gallery Positive work environment
  8. 8. Coffee bar conversation Casual seating
  9. 9. Old Ref. Desk … <ul><li>… New Ref. Desk </li></ul>3. Proactive service model
  10. 11. First Year Results <ul><li>Gatecount up by 34% </li></ul><ul><li>Research assistance up 15% </li></ul><ul><li>Technology, writing, speaking centers show sustained increase </li></ul>
  11. 13. Collaboration
  12. 14. Conversation
  13. 15. Community
  14. 16. Key Questions: <ul><li>User relationship </li></ul><ul><li>Partner with other groups </li></ul>
  15. 17. Key Questions: <ul><li>Library that says YES </li></ul>W E L C O M E
  16. 18. Is it worth it?
  17. 19. Contact Information <ul><li>http://www.acu.edu/learningcommons </li></ul><ul><li>Laura Baker </li></ul><ul><li>Librarian and Interim Learning Commons Coordinator </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
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