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