Academic Libraries as Information Commons Common Resources & Information Common Ground for students and faculty
Information Commons What does it offer? One Convenient Location for varied needs Expert Help Access to Technology Collaborative Learning Information Literacy Knowledge Management
Traits Compatibility between all hardware and software Meeting the needs of all users Convenient central hub for all information needs Access to newest technologies Evolving and changing to meet needs Community space for collaboration Information literacy expertise
“Academic libraries are a refuge for those who live in noisy dorms or need a place conducive to study... libraries are natural gathering places for groups to study and provide social space for students to meet between classes. These features will be more important in the future as remote access to information isolates users and students seek learning and social spaces where they can interact with others.” MacWhinnie, L. (2003). The Information Commons: the academic library of the future. Portal 3, 241-257.
Layout Quiet computing space Quiet “clickless” areas possibly in stacks Loud group computing space with multiple chairs and ample work space for small groups Flexible groupings of furnishings Loud group space without computing
Services New service model Integration of technological and research assistance Student assistants Integrated assistance for all needs available at one “desk” http://www.allthingscrm.com
Bonus 24/7 hours possible Coffee bar and/or snacks welcome and available Cell phone use in “loud” areas Showers Information screens White boards for groups cooplamaisonverte.com
Sources Loyola University Chicago. (n.d.) The Information Commons at Loyola University Chicago. Retrieved from http://libraries.luc.edu/about/ic The University of Sheffield. (2010). Information Commons. Retrieved from http://www.shef.ac.uk/infocommons/visitors/history.ht ml Seal, R. A. (2005). The Information Commons: New Pathways to Digital Resources and Knowledge Management. The Third China/U.S. Library Conference, (pp. 67-76). Shanghai.