To learn more about the Learning Commons model in academic libraries, please browse these online resources:

Together for Learning: School Libraries and the Emergence of a Learning Commons
Toward a Learning Commons by Pamela Harland, Ontario School Library Association

Flip this Library: School Libraries Need a Revolution by David Loertscher, School Library Journal, 2008

Leading the Way in the Learning Commons by Carol Koechlin, The Teaching Librarian

Our Learning Commons: One “How To” for 21st Century Learning 
In this article, a Learning Commons is described as:

  • “A welcoming, service-oriented, tech-rich environment that is open for extended hours on a regular basis and that invites students and the community in to find resources and services that support their work.”
  • An information center of the school that is actively designed, used and supported by students.
  • Providing quiet and comfortable reading areas and access to books and other materials of interest that will promote a lifelong love of reading.
  • Including a variety of accessible working areas that allow for independent, small group and whole-class instruction and collaborative work.
  • Including a performance area, recording and production studio, teaching area, and professional development workshop space.
  • “Providing 24/7 access to digital resources and services as well as a pared-down but robust and dynamic collection of print resources all supporting curriculum and reading.”

The “Why” Behind A School’s Learning Commons
Author Gino Bondi stresses that the Learning Commons model is so important because “it’s where the collaborative dynamics of the school library and technology-rich labs meet.” The Learning Commons becomes a place to promote inquiry, discover knowledge, develop skills, engage in meaningful school work, and encourage participatory learning.

Positioning Collegiate Libraries for the Future: Creating a Distinctive Learning Commons to Meet Student Population Needs by Julie Villa, Bond Architects

From Library to Learning Commons, by Valeria Diggs, Chelmsford High School (slideshow)

YALSA National Teen Space Guidelines

Lamson Library & Information Technology Services, Guiding Text

Student Commons, National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities

Available in print:

Building the Learning Commons: A Guide for School Administrators and Learning Leadership Teams by Keechlin, Rosenfeld and Loerttscher

The Learning Commons: Seven Simple Steps to Transform Your Library by Pamela Colburn Harland

Learning Commons Profile (via Follett Challenge)

Learning Commons Examples

Thornton Academy – Mary Weymouth Hyde Library and Academic Commons

Berwick Academy – Jackson Library

SMCC Learning Commons

USM Learning Commons

Plymouth State University – Library and Learning Commons

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