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Designing Information, Learning and Research Commons at NUST by Dr. Midrar Ullah

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Designing Information, Learning and Research Commons at NUST by Dr. Midrar Ullah

  1. 1. Designing Information, Learning and Research Commons at NUST Dr. Midrar Ullah Head, Central Library Establishment Committee, National University of Sciences Technology (NUST), Islamabad midrarullah2007@yahoo.com
  2. 2. The Library is not a Place, it’s a Concept.
  3. 3. Mission of the 21st Century Libraries  Provides access to print and online information resources.  Equipped with facilities, resources and services for learning and research.  To support self-learning, lifelong learning and critical thinking.  To connect students to technology, information, and co-curricular learning.  To support the teaching, learning, and research that are the core mission of the 21st century higher education institution as it continues to evolve.  Creating open, collaborative, versatile, and social spaces  Welcoming, warm, friendly, intuitive, safe and intended to support the “social aspects” of formal and informal learning.
  4. 4. Information Commons  A platform for innovation that has emerged in response to rapidly changing technological surroundings.  An Information Commons can comprise a variety of programs, services, and facilities  Placing oversized, comfortable chairs and couches near the entry of the library. Patrons used the space for reading, gathering, relaxing, and connecting to the campus high-speed Wi-Fi network.
  5. 5. Information Commons  Users use technologies to access information. Public Access Terminals Internet Access, Wi-Fi, Laptop points Information Portal, Mobile Apps Electronic Information Displays RFID Self Service Circulation E-readers  Information Desks  Cafe/refreshment areas  Study Park  Public Address System
  6. 6. Shelves for Print Resources
  7. 7. All-in-One Computers
  8. 8. UN Corner
  9. 9. Casual Study Area
  10. 10. Soft Seating
  11. 11. Learning Commons “Unlike information commons, learning commons are full service hubs for learning, research, engagement, and collaboration within the library” Teaching and learning relationship Seminar Hall for IL Instruction Small Group Meeting Rooms for Collaboration Individual Study: Study carrels with Electric Sockets Study tables of different designs (Square, Round, etc.) Information Consumption and Knowledge Creation offering users configurable areas with movable whiteboards and seating, and ample power outlets. This way, students could set up a space to work and study alone, or together, as they pleased.
  12. 12. Learning Commons  Academic Support Units: Computers, Software, support  Writing Centre  Language Labs  Makerspaces: Understanding and discoveries  Faculty development centers  Digital Training Classrooms With latest software  Immersive Media Labs: (of a computer display or system) generating a three-dimensional image which appears to surround the user.
  13. 13. Seminar Hall for IL Instruction
  14. 14. Group Study Rooms / Discussion Rooms
  15. 15. Conference Room
  16. 16. Study Carrels
  17. 17. Study Tables
  18. 18. Research Commons  it is a much more sophisticated space where library staff can offer specialized support in both specific subject domains and research skills, especially to the university's growing number of postgraduate students, many from underprivileged backgrounds.
  19. 19. Research Commons Reference books, Journals, Reports, etc Desk for Research Assistance HEC Digital Library and NUST Online Resources. Computers with Access to Endnote, Turnitin, SPSS, Stata, etc Research Cubicles. Plagiarism Checking Service Archive
  20. 20. Research Cubicles
  21. 21. Double Face Monitors

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