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  • Loyola – carpet is carpet tiles – easy to pull up to add or relocate electrical outlets – heat came through the floor too.   It needs to change as the students' needs change
  • Group Study Rooms – equipped with computers, tables and whiteboards Digital Media Labs - Media checkout Hard drives Camcorders Cameras Laptops
  • Have 30 of them. Got bigger tables to make room for student's stuff. Have white boards and computers. Can reserve rooms online.
  • Want to practice a presentation or share notes with classmates? The Library’s third floor Commons area has flat screen televisions available for use with a laptop. Stop by the library’s circulation desk and check out the cables and instructions needed to get connected, rooms are available on a “first come” basis.
  • Moveable furniture. Where students can create group and individual study areas
  • Tables, lighting and room for stuff

Information Commons Information Commons Presentation Transcript

  • The Commons Elizabeth Flannery Julie Keaty Allison Mennella Lee Sigman
  • What is the information commons?  
  • A place for collaboration, connectivity, and community  
  • Loyola Information Commons
  • Integrates the social and the academic
    OSU Information Commons
  • Heart of the Campus
    U of I Quad
  • Accommodates patrons lifestyles
    Loyola Cafe
  • And more...
      • Not library centric
      • Emphasizes the inclusion of patrons
      • Connects patrons with information
      • Provides collaborative spaces
      • A common point for information
      • A hub of activity
      • Emphasizes the creation and construction of knowledge
      • Integrates the library with the community
  • What are the motives to create an ideal commons?  
  • Physical
    D.H. Hill Library
  • Technological
  • Environmental
    Green Roof
  • Needs of the patrons!!  
  • Planning Process  
  • Before...
    Cudahy Library at Loyola
  • ...After
    Loyola Information Commons
  • Partnerships in the Information Commons
  • Why is partnership essential?
  • Nazareth College Essential component of the computer workstation environment
  • The HUB at William T. Young Library Students/Patrons need both research and technological assistance
  • Offer different perspectives for improving service
  • Other Reasons:     Help resolve problems more quickly Allow for more accurate referrals     Remove barriers between departments with different cultures and values to meet the needs of a combined user audience
  • What Kind of Partnerships are Needed in the Information Commons?
  • Basics:   Reference Librarians   Information Technology Staff   Students/Patrons   Administration/Board Members   Key Community Members   Stakeholders   Support Staff                               Key community members/Dono rs
  • Other Ideas...
  • Sinclair Community College Library Tutoring and Learning Center
  • University of Tennessee Library The Writing Center
  • Sinclair Community College Library Academic Resource Center
  • The HUB at William T. Young Library "GRUB AT THE HUB"
  • University of New Haven Library Library Cafe
  • How do you create these partnerships?
  •   Sinclair Community College Library   Integrated Desk Service at a single desk
  •     The HUB at William T. Young Library Service at two separate, but co-located desks
  •   What are some challenges partnerships face?
  • #culturaldivide Collaboration
  •   The creation of a "CIO" helps combat these problems
  • What is the Role of the "Reference Librarian" in the Information Commons?
  • Monterey Institute of International Studies Text-A-Librarian Service /z/in/photostream/ Manage everything from face to face to digital communication
  • Sinclair Community College Library Library Instruction Classroom Teachers
  • Hennepin County Library "bookspace" Work easily in online spaces
  • The Librarian In Black Blog Develop a strong online presence
  • Michael Stephens on Twitter @mstephens7!/mstephens7 Be where students are
  • Actual jActual job
  • How Marketing & Outreach How do we find out what our users want out of the information commons?         -Needs Assessments          -Surveys         -Focus Groups         -Feedback and suggestion boxes         -By talking to our patrons!
  • Marketing & Outreach
    • How do we get the word out?
    •     -Paid advertisements
    •     -Word of mouth
    •     -Partnerships with schools and community organizations
  • Feedback & Measuring Success
    • How do we know we are serving our patrons needs?
    •         -Watching how people use the commons
    •         -Suggestion and feedback boxes
    •         -Unsolicited feedback and complaints
    •         -Usage numbers and trends
      Frequent feedback is key!
  • The Ideal  Information Commons  
  • What is a library? A place to learn outside the classroom. Leslie M. Haas, Director, Klarchek Information Commons, Loyola University
  • An Information Commons is…
  • a place for collaboration, connectivity and community University of Dayton in Ohio
  • designed to support continued learning opportunities… University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
  • promote impromptu gatherings …
  • provide individual places for quiet reflection …
  • to provide a focal point on campus… Loyola University’s Information Commons
  • where the elements of meeting, collaboration, and discovery come together…
  • What does the ideal commons  need to have?
  • Flexibility
  • Collaborative work area Connecticut College
  • Technology
  • YOUMedia Center at Harold Washington Library
  • Access to Information and Resources YOUMedia Center at Harold Washington Library
  • Loyola University's Information Commons
  • University of Toledo Information Commons Information Desk
  • Variety of Spaces A conceptual drawing of the Collaboratory area in York’s new learning commons
  • Loyola University’s Information Commons Group Study Room
  • LSU Health Sciences Commons A/V room
  • Learning Commons Santa Clara University
  • Red River College Commons
  • Convenience and Easy Access
  • Loyola University's Information Commons
  • Loyola University's Information Commons
  • Access to Coffee!
  • Loyola University’s Information Commons Cafe