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  • 1.
    • Fiji Library Association
    • Host Evening
    • Theme: “Learning Commons”
    • Mr. Sonny Vikash Chandra
    • CLIB, DLIS, B.A. M.App Sci (LIM),AALIA, IFLA
    • Principal Librarian
    • Fiji National University
    • Recipient of the
    • 2010 Endeavour Executive Award
    • 1 st September, 2010
  • 2. Acknowledgement
    • Sponsors
    • Austraining International
    • Fiji National University
    • Fiji Library Association
  • 3. Acknowledgement
    • Host Institutions
          • Deakin University
          • Central Queensland University
          • Murdoch University
          • Edith Cowan University
          • University of Notra Dame
          • Curtin University
          • University of Western Australia (Group of 8)
          • University of Adelaide (Group of 8)
          • University of South Australia
          • Central Institute of Technology
          • TAFE Western Australia
          • State Library of Western Australia
          • State Library of South Australia
  • 4. Overview
    • Introduction
    • What is Learning Commons /  Definitions
    • Why is there a need for Learning Commons?
    • What services have been integrated in this model
    • Application of how this concept has been adopted in Australian Libraries.
    • What we can learn from this model / concept
  • 5. Introduction
    • Learning Commons is a new concept for the Libraries and Librarians in Fiji
    • It is very popular in developed countries such as Australia
    • In Australia, Learning Commons is very popular in Academic Libraries, Public Libraries and State Libraries.
  • 6. Introduction
    • Learning Commons is a value added library service (“one stop shop model”)
    • Learning Commons concept is taking the library service to the next level
    • The idea of this presentation is to raise awareness of learning commons in Fiji so that other Libraries and Librarians are able to learn and incorporate this new paradigm
  • 7. What is Learning Commons / Definitions Combining social and study space, an information commons includes areas for students who want to work in group or need to use digital technology, either alone or with classmates. --W. Lee Hisle, Reference Questions in the Library of the Future. CHE September 30, 2005
  • 8. What is Learning Commons / Definitions
    • Learning Commons is a dynamic, collaborative environment on campus, often physically in the library, that provides assistance to students with information and research needs.
    • It combines individual and group study space, in-depth reference service, and instruction from a variety of sources, including librarians and information technology staff. 
    • Some of its key concerns are learning, writing, technology use, and research. Its main purpose is to make student learning easier and more successful.
    • (York University Libraries)
  • 9. Why is there a need for Learning Commons
    • Shift towards Integrated services model
    • One stop shop concept (Library, computer facilities, student central, student services, adaptive technology etc)
    • Library to act as the “hub” on campus
    • Makes library the centre of teaching and learning system
    • Raises the profile and status of Libraries
    • Provides convenience of service for the Library users
    • Provides library services to people with special needs
  • 10. Why is there a need for Learning Commons
    • shift towards life long learning and peer learning
    • ability to provide to a blended library service (information literacy classes, assignment writing, computer literacy etc)
    • ability to market services to all library users (including potential library users)
    • ability to reach more people in an effective manner
    • ability to target more library users due to the welcoming environment
  • 11. Why is there a need for Learning Commons
    • huge preference for:
        • group discussions
        • personal study space
        • collaborative work
        • social space
        • rehearsal for presentations
  • 12. Types of Services integrated into Learning Commons
    • Library services
    • Computer labs
    • Adaptive technology (people with special needs)
    • Student services (student central)
    • Writing centre
    • Coffee shops
    • Bookshops
    • Galleries
    • Service Bureau (printing, photocopying, laminating, binding etc)
  • 13. Types of Services integrated into Learning Commons
    • Different libraries have different partners
    • This is based on the needs of the University (partners include: disability services, student services, computer services, writing centre etc)
  • 14. How Learning Commons concept is used in Australian Libraries
    • Libraries in Australia are presented as:
        • a Social space
        • a Classroom
        • a Meeting room
        • a Computer lab
        • an Office space
        • a Trendy cafe
        • a 24 / 7 library computer lab
  • 15. How Learning Commons concept is used in Australian Libraries
    • The libraries provide:
      • a wide range of furniture (lounge suites, easy chairs, bean bags, modular workstations, etc)
      • Movable furniture
      • Interactive whiteboards
      • wi-fi connectivity for usage of personal laptops
      • Powered workstations (access to powerpoints)
      • Powered lockers for laptop charging
      • Presence of faculty staff to assist with writing skills etc
      • Provision of multimedia and ID services
  • 16. How Learning Commons concept is used in Australian Libraries
    • Blends information and reference desk services at a single service point
    • Adds collaborative and personal study areas
    • Integrates other campus services within the library
    • Offers a variety of seating arrangements / configurations
  • 17. Lessons to learn
    • Learning commons adds value to the library services
    • Raises the profile and status of libraries
    • Provides library staff an opportunity to learn new technology and skills
    • Ability to introduce new library services and facilities
    • Ability to provide a wide range of services to the library users (including potential users)
    • Ability to contribute towards enhancing the patrons Library experience.
  • 18. Examples
    • The preceding slides will illustrate of how the Learning commons concept has been used at the Host Institutions that I was attached to as part of my skills and career development.
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    • Thank you for listening
    • Questions and Answers Session
    • Evaluation Questionnaire