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)
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