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Learning commons presentation september 2010

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

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