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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

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  • 1. The Commons Elizabeth Flannery Julie Keaty Allison Mennella Lee Sigman
  • 2. What is the information commons?  
  • 3. A place for collaboration, connectivity, and community  
  • 4. Loyola Information Commons
  • 5. Integrates the social and the academic
    OSU Information Commons
  • 6. Heart of the Campus
    U of I Quad
  • 7. Accommodates patrons lifestyles
    Loyola Cafe
  • 8. 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
  • 9. What are the motives to create an ideal commons?  
  • 10. Physical
    D.H. Hill Library
  • 11. Technological
  • 12. Environmental
    Green Roof
  • 13. Needs of the patrons!!  
  • 14. Planning Process  
  • 15. Before...
    Cudahy Library at Loyola
  • 16. ...After
    Loyola Information Commons
  • 17. Partnerships in the Information Commons
  • 18. Why is partnership essential?
  • 19. Nazareth College Essential component of the computer workstation environment
  • 20. The HUB at William T. Young Library Students/Patrons need both research and technological assistance
  • 21. Offer different perspectives for improving service
  • 22. 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
  • 23. What Kind of Partnerships are Needed in the Information Commons?
  • 24. Basics:   Reference Librarians   Information Technology Staff   Students/Patrons   Administration/Board Members   Key Community Members   Stakeholders   Support Staff                               Key community members/Dono rs
  • 25. Other Ideas...
  • 26. Sinclair Community College Library Tutoring and Learning Center
  • 27. University of Tennessee Library The Writing Center
  • 28. Sinclair Community College Library Academic Resource Center
  • 29. The HUB at William T. Young Library "GRUB AT THE HUB"
  • 30. University of New Haven Library Library Cafe
  • 31. How do you create these partnerships?
  • 32.   Sinclair Community College Library   Integrated Desk Service at a single desk
  • 33.     The HUB at William T. Young Library Service at two separate, but co-located desks
  • 34.   What are some challenges partnerships face?
  • 35. #culturaldivide Collaboration
  • 36.   The creation of a "CIO" helps combat these problems
  • 37. What is the Role of the "Reference Librarian" in the Information Commons?
  • 38. Monterey Institute of International Studies Text-A-Librarian Service /z/in/photostream/ Manage everything from face to face to digital communication
  • 39.  
  • 40. Sinclair Community College Library Library Instruction Classroom Teachers
  • 41. Hennepin County Library "bookspace" Work easily in online spaces
  • 42. The Librarian In Black Blog Develop a strong online presence
  • 43. Michael Stephens on Twitter @mstephens7!/mstephens7 Be where students are
  • 44. Actual jActual job
  • 45. 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!
  • 46. Marketing & Outreach
    • How do we get the word out?
    •     -Paid advertisements
    •     -Word of mouth
    •     -Partnerships with schools and community organizations
  • 47. 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!
  • 48. The Ideal  Information Commons  
  • 49. What is a library? A place to learn outside the classroom. Leslie M. Haas, Director, Klarchek Information Commons, Loyola University
  • 50. An Information Commons is…
  • 51. a place for collaboration, connectivity and community University of Dayton in Ohio
  • 52. designed to support continued learning opportunities… University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
  • 53. promote impromptu gatherings …
  • 54. provide individual places for quiet reflection …
  • 55. to provide a focal point on campus… Loyola University’s Information Commons
  • 56. where the elements of meeting, collaboration, and discovery come together…
  • 57. What does the ideal commons  need to have?
  • 58. Flexibility
  • 59. Collaborative work area Connecticut College
  • 60. Technology
  • 61. YOUMedia Center at Harold Washington Library
  • 62. Access to Information and Resources YOUMedia Center at Harold Washington Library
  • 63. Loyola University's Information Commons
  • 64. University of Toledo Information Commons Information Desk
  • 65. Variety of Spaces A conceptual drawing of the Collaboratory area in York’s new learning commons
  • 66. Loyola University’s Information Commons Group Study Room
  • 67. LSU Health Sciences Commons A/V room
  • 68. Learning Commons Santa Clara University
  • 69. Red River College Commons
  • 70. Convenience and Easy Access
  • 71. Loyola University's Information Commons
  • 72. Loyola University's Information Commons
  • 73. Access to Coffee!
  • 74. Loyola University’s Information Commons Cafe