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Tech&Innovation: Commons

  1. 1. Colleen S. Harris Summer 2012
  2. 2.  “a cluster of network access point[s] and associated IT tool[s] situated in the context of physical, digital, human, and social resources organized in support of learning” (Beagle, 2006, xviii) Campus-wide collaboration opportunities “allow for access to library resources and reference assistance with productivity software and technical support, allowing students to research and produce final projects in a one-stop shopping environment.” (Church, 2005, p. 75) Social learning (Bandura, 2006)
  3. 3.  Initiation:  Agenda-Setting  Matching Implementation  Redefining/restructuring  Clarifying  Routinizing
  4. 4.  Rogers (2003): “agenda-setting occurs when a general organizational problem is defined that creates a perceived need for an innovation.” (p. 422) Barnes & Noble, Borders, Joseph-Beth Booksellers Informal vs monastic Knowledge Delivery vs Knowledge Creation Recognition of need for partnerships
  5. 5.  “the stage in the innovation process at which a problem form the organization’s agenda is fit with an innovation, and this match is planned and designed.” (Rogers, 2003, p. 423) U of Iowa (1992) & U of SoCal (1994) Diffusion: conference papers, presentations, and professional networks Other libraries followed early examples by renovating/redesigning physical spaces to create information/learning commons areas (Caniano, 2010; Shill & Tonner, 2003)
  6. 6.  where the org modifies the innovation to suit its needs, & restructures itself to accommodate the innovation (Rogers, 2003) UNLV: locale to diffuse UTC Library design to accommodate more media-based and interactive assignments UTC Library staffing & restructuring  (Learning Commons, Media)
  7. 7.  The organization defines the relationship between itself and the innovation more clearly (Rogers, 2003) Information vs. Learning Commons Deeper partnerships with university writing centers, tutoring centers, and other services (Schmidt & Kaufman, 2005) Example: U of L lack of clarity
  8. 8.  When the innovation becomes an ongoing element in the organization’s activity (Rogers, 2003) Innovation loses its identity as a novelty and becomes a part of the normal planning processes of the organization. Area of Struggle  Mercer – failure to plan  U of L – failure to clarify  UTC – Commons still pending
  9. 9.  Model of innovation decision-making a useful frame to contextualize decision making in organizations Implementation stages most likely to be barriers to diffusion/success
  10. 10.  Bandura, A. (2006). On integrating social cognitive and social diffusion theories. In A. Singhal & J. Dearing (Eds.), Communication of innovations: A journey with Ev Rogers, pp. 111- 135. Beverly Hills, CA: Sage Publications. Beagle, D. (2006). The information commons handbook. New York, NY: Neal- Schuman Publishers. Caniano, W. T. (2010). Academic library design: A commons or an Athenaeum? Library Philosophy & Practice (e-journal), 428. Retrieved from Church, J. (2005). The evolving Information Commons. Library Hi Tech, 23(1), 75-81. Rogers, E. M. (2003). The diffusion of innovations (5th ed.). New York, NY: Free Press. Schmidt, N., & Kaufman, J. (2005). Learning commons: Bridging the academic and student affairs divide to enhance learning across campus. Research Strategies, 20(4), 242-256. Shill, H., & Tonner, S. (2003). Creating a better place: Physical improvements in academic libraries 1995-2002. College & Research Libraries, 64(6), 431-466.