Part of the session "Planning & Realizing the "Fourth Place"". Session description: "With the rise of learning commons and collaboration laboratories (COLABs), people are using space differently in order to engage in learning. Rather than a third place as defined by Ray Oldenburg, these fourth places are becoming where people go to participate in specific learning activities. Signorelli discusses the difference between third and fourth places, and how this learning fourth place is different than the library settings we’re used to creating. Coleman and Hurst-Wahl outline how a library can create a fourth place using existing or recycled space (e.g., shipping containers) as well as the library services and resources that would support fourth place activities. Included is an interaction brainstorm about partnerships the libraries can pursue in order to bring this vision to reality."
Presentation to be given at Computers in Libraries Conference, Mar 23, 2011. (CIL11 / CIL2011)