MSLA SIG 2011 Transition to Learning Commons


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MSLA SIG 2011 Transition to Learning Commons

  1. 1. Transitioning to a Learning Commons
  2. 2. Why talk about a new model? <ul><li>Managing systemic transition </li></ul><ul><li>Clear signal </li></ul><ul><li>Support </li></ul><ul><li>Expectation </li></ul><ul><li>Central to mission </li></ul><ul><li>Student and faculty centric </li></ul><ul><li>Reorient thinking </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is a library?
  4. 4. Cultural associations
  5. 5. Telephone
  6. 6. Telephone?
  7. 7. What it is, what it isn’t <ul><li>Teaching space </li></ul><ul><li>Doing space </li></ul><ul><li>Performance space </li></ul><ul><li>Communications space </li></ul><ul><li>Digital space </li></ul><ul><li>Social space </li></ul><ul><li>It isn’t a quiet space </li></ul><ul><li>It isn’t a storage space </li></ul>
  8. 8. Library Learning Commons <ul><li>Books on shelves </li></ul><ul><li>Reading in diverse formats </li></ul>
  9. 9. Library Learning Commons <ul><li>Silent individuals </li></ul><ul><li>Active groups </li></ul>
  10. 10. Library Learning Commons <ul><li>Developing print literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Developing multiple / transliteracies: print, auditory, visual, digital </li></ul>
  11. 11. Library Learning Commons <ul><li>Term papers </li></ul><ul><li>Multimedia and collaborative projects as well as term papers </li></ul>
  12. 12. Library Learning Commons <ul><li>Teaching how to find information, books as sources </li></ul><ul><li>Locating and evaluating information from diverse and global sources </li></ul>
  13. 13. Library Learning Commons <ul><li>Information gathering as a solitary pursuit </li></ul><ul><li>Information gathering as a collaborative and interactive activity conducted with global partners </li></ul>
  14. 14. Library Learning Commons <ul><li>Having program goals </li></ul><ul><li>Helping students and faculty meet their goals </li></ul>
  15. 15. Library Learning Commons <ul><li>Faculty retrieve information </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty center for professional development </li></ul>
  16. 16. Library Learning Commons <ul><li>Organizing information by a set of rules and tools </li></ul><ul><li>Helping users organize information and tools in ways that make sense to them </li></ul>
  17. 17. Library Learning Commons <ul><li>Serves patrons in finding resources </li></ul><ul><li>Supports patrons in the digital world, and in building understanding of their place in the digital world </li></ul>
  18. 18. Library Learning Commons <ul><li>Librarian as copyright enforcer </li></ul><ul><li>Librarian as intellectual property counselor </li></ul>
  19. 19. Library Learning Commons <ul><li>Order, rules and policies </li></ul><ul><li>Comfort, service and meeting individual needs </li></ul>
  20. 20. Library Learning Commons <ul><li>Bricks, mortar, tables, shelves </li></ul><ul><li>Online services, digital resources </li></ul>
  21. 21. Library Learning Commons <ul><li>Directed by professional librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Developing whole-school ownership guided by professional librarians </li></ul>
  22. 22. What is a library collection? <ul><li>A new mission </li></ul><ul><li>Skills in finding, evaluating and transforming information to deepen understanding and knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Information is global, comes from diverse sources and represents diverse points of view </li></ul>
  23. 23. Benefits to students
  24. 24. Benefits to faculty <ul><li>Resistance to change </li></ul><ul><li>Implied expectation </li></ul><ul><li>Mourning </li></ul><ul><li>New skills </li></ul><ul><li>Professional development </li></ul><ul><li>Valuing risk </li></ul>
  25. 25. It is not a popularity contest
  26. 26. Evolving information technologies
  27. 27. The Transition 2007 - 2011 <ul><li>Ripe for change </li></ul><ul><li>Supportive administrations </li></ul><ul><li>Occasional bumps </li></ul><ul><li>Long term planning </li></ul>
  28. 28. Priorities <ul><li>Space - clearing square footage </li></ul><ul><li>Staffing </li></ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Space usage analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Student centered mission </li></ul><ul><li>Policies - social media </li></ul><ul><li>Program </li></ul><ul><li>CURRICULUM </li></ul>
  29. 29. Staffing <ul><ul><li>Head librarian and generic support staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evolved to: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information Specialist / Librarian </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student Accounts Specialist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Media Production Specialist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teen Services Specialist: Reader’s Advisory and Social Media </li></ul></ul>
  30. 30. Technology
  31. 31. Space <ul><li>1st - social/tech/instructional </li></ul><ul><li>2nd - group study </li></ul><ul><li>3rd - silent study, Media Lab, instructional </li></ul><ul><li>Space hierarchy </li></ul>
  32. 32. Student Centered <ul><li>Students see themselves reflected in the space </li></ul><ul><li>More activities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wii Game Days </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teen Tech Week </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Media Projects </li></ul></ul>
  33. 33. Collaboration and Social Media
  34. 34. Before / After 3rd floor
  35. 35. Before / After Media Lab
  36. 36. Before / After Reference
  37. 37. Data
  38. 38. Today
  39. 39. Credits <ul><li>Brandy night ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>The Whole World in My Hands ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>Southland Paper Mill, 1943( ) </li></ul><ul><li>Timken Roller Bearing Co., 1950 ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>Its Future is in our Hands-Live Earth ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>Theology books, Bristol Library ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Ecosystem ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>Through a Child’s Eye ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>Getting ready for OLED Technology ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>Community Virtual Library ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>Shhh ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>Universe in a magic drop ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>Hands ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>Library books - shelving stacks ( http :// ) </li></ul><ul><li>Angry @ the Terrorists ( ) </li></ul>