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
And more... <ul><ul><li>Not library centric </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emphasizes the inclusion of patrons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Connects patrons with information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides collaborative spaces </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A common point for information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A hub of activity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emphasizes the creation and construction of knowledge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integrates the library with the community </li></ul></ul>http://www.library.illinois.edu/ugl/lc/more.html
What are the motives to create an ideal commons?
Physical <ul><li> </li></ul>D.H. Hill Library http://www.flickr.com/photos/ncsulearningcommons/2388033846/sizes/m/in/photostream/
Nazareth College http://www.flickr.com/photos/nazarethcie/5204493529/in/set-72157625335970633/ Essential component of the computer workstation environment
The HUB at William T. Young Library http://staceygreenwell.blogspot.com/2010/07/happy-birthday-uncommon-commons.html Students/Patrons need both research and technological assistance
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thehubatwts/3292428219/sizes/m/in/photostream/ 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
http://www.kcl.ac.uk/about/structure/principal/cio.html 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 http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarspri/4267162439/sizes /z/in/photostream/ Manage everything from face to face to digital communication
Sinclair Community College Library Library Instruction Classroom http://www.flickr.com/photos/sinclairlibrary/1894236862/sizes/z/in/photostream/ Teachers
Hennepin County Library "bookspace" http://www.hclib.org/pub/bookspace/ Work easily in online spaces
The Librarian In Black Blog http://librarianinblack.net/librarianinblack/ Develop a strong online presence
Michael Stephens on Twitter @mstephens7 http://twitter.com/#!/mstephens7 Be where students are
http://ucblibraries.colorado.edu/systems/learnCom/buffalo.htm 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 <ul><li>How do we get the word out? </li></ul><ul><li> -Paid advertisements </li></ul><ul><li> -Word of mouth </li></ul><ul><li> -Partnerships with schools and community organizations </li></ul>
Feedback & Measuring Success <ul><li>How do we know we are serving our patrons needs? </li></ul><ul><li> -Watching how people use the commons </li></ul><ul><li> -Suggestion and feedback boxes </li></ul><ul><li> -Unsolicited feedback and complaints </li></ul><ul><li> -Usage numbers and trends </li></ul> Frequent feedback is key!