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  • 1. Transforming Carmichael Library Creating the Learning Commons
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  • 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. • 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. 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. Characteristics • Flexible • Comfortable • Convenient • Social • Quiet, sort of
  • 7. Requirement • Learning Commons must be clearly and explicitly aligned with the institution’s vision and mission
  • 8. Common Elements • High-touch and high-tech • Varied, adjustable, collaborative work spaces • Emphasis on the creation and construction of knowledge
  • 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. 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. Assessment • Begin planning with an evaluation program in place • Collect hard data, not anecdotes • Listen carefully to students
  • 12. Design • FLEXIBILITY • Varied learning environments • Consider sound/sound-absorbing features • Plenty of wifi • Clear sightlines • Make the locations of important services obvious
  • 13. Equipment • Modular furniture • Support wireless computing • Low sites • Loaner laptops • Multimedia creation • Heavy-duty printers
  • 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. 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. Transforming Library Service through Information Commons: Case Studies for the Digital Age. D. Russell Bailey and Barbara Gunter Tierney. Chicago: ALA, 2008.
  • 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. “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.”