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Transforming Carmichael Library2

  1. 1. Transforming Carmichael Library Creating the Learning Commons
  2. 2. http://picasaweb.google.com/rharneson/LibraryLearningCommons?feat=directlink
  3. 3. The Learning Commons Defined • Physically located in the library • Access to traditional library services • Technology-rich environment • Integrated resources • Productivity software • Collaborative learning and work spaces
  4. 4. • Owned and overseen by library staff • Continuum of service – information search and retrieval, packaging, presentations, and production in all media • Requires cross-training for most staff
  5. 5. An Environment that Engages Learners •Provides a range of services to support student learning •Atmosphere that facilitates debate, discussion, collaboration, exploration, and cooperation •Offers instruction and assistance in the use of technology and digital and print resources
  6. 6. Characteristics • Flexible • Comfortable • Convenient • Social • Quiet, sort of
  7. 7. Requirement • Learning Commons must be clearly and explicitly aligned with the institution’s vision and mission
  8. 8. Common Elements • High-touch and high-tech • Varied, adjustable, collaborative work spaces • Emphasis on the creation and construction of knowledge
  9. 9. Many Commons Include • Center for faculty development • Integration with course management system • Writing center, tutoring, other support services • Tech help integrated with library service point
  10. 10. Lessons Learned • The students will tell you where they want things to be • Be flexible • Consider retail models – Starbucks, Barnes & Noble • Planning must be collaborative • Expect high demand for services/spaces
  11. 11. Assessment • Begin planning with an evaluation program in place • Collect hard data, not anecdotes • Listen carefully to students
  12. 12. Design • FLEXIBILITY • Varied learning environments • Consider sound/sound-absorbing features • Plenty of wifi • Clear sightlines • Make the locations of important services obvious
  13. 13. Equipment • Modular furniture • Support wireless computing • Low sites • Loaner laptops • Multimedia creation • Heavy-duty printers
  14. 14. Other • Budget for replacement of equipment & furnishings • Develop clear governance structures • Be visible • Proactively recruit partners • Be tuned into what is new in students’ world
  15. 15. Theory/Concept • Recognize that the information commons is a building block for information literacy • The commons will change how the library is perceived and used • To produce the best service model, focus on user needs
  16. 16. Transforming Library Service through Information Commons: Case Studies for the Digital Age. D. Russell Bailey and Barbara Gunter Tierney. Chicago: ALA, 2008.
  17. 17. Next Steps • Learning spaces survey • See Studying Students for ideas on planning • Planning committee – must include students! • Governance issues – Sungard, Student Affairs, Writing Center, Malone Center
  18. 18. “Any building design imagines its users. A good design imagines them as they are, a great one as they hope to be.” Richard A. O’Connor. “Seeing duPont within Sewanee and Student Life.”

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