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 …

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. Learning Infused Libraries: Honest Talk About What it REALLY Takes to Create a Learning Commons LOEX 2008 Laura Baker
  • 2. Learning Commons
    • 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.
    • A new conception of library services
  • 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. Top Learner Needs
    • Computers and Technology
        • More workstations
        • Configured for groups, not individuals
  • 5.
    • Technology enabled spaces
    • Pod design to facilitate group use
  • 6. 2. Relaxed Intellectual Atmosphere
  • 7. Art Gallery Positive work environment
  • 8. Coffee bar conversation Casual seating
  • 9. Old Ref. Desk …
    • … New Ref. Desk
    3. Proactive service model
  • 10.  
  • 11. First Year Results
    • Gatecount up by 34%
    • Research assistance up 15%
    • Technology, writing, speaking centers show sustained increase
  • 12.  
  • 13. Collaboration
  • 14. Conversation
  • 15. Community
  • 16. Key Questions:
    • User relationship
    • Partner with other groups
  • 17. Key Questions:
    • Library that says YES
    W E L C O M E
  • 18. Is it worth it?
  • 19. Contact Information
    • http://www.acu.edu/learningcommons
    • Laura Baker
    • Librarian and Interim Learning Commons Coordinator
    • [email_address]