Learning Commons, The: Seven Simple Steps To Transform Your Library, 1st Edition

  • Pamela Colburn Harland
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  • ISBN-10: 1598845187
  • ISBN-13: 9781598845181
  • DDC: 027.8
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 112 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2011 | Published/Released August 2011
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2011

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The goal of THE LEARNING COMMONS strategy is to provide a centralized, "go-to" location for all users seeking help on the complex issues of teaching, researching, and being a global citizen in our changing world. A library organized around the learning-commons construct fosters collaborative work and social interaction between users during research and learning. This paradigm also encourages use of innovative technologies and information resources. Transforming a traditional library into a thriving learning commons does take some planning and effort, however. Each of the seven chapters in this book explains a simple step that a librarian can take to improve their facility. Photographs and concrete examples of the suggested strategies are included; checklists at the end of each chapter serve as indicators for measuring progress.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Step One: User-Centered.
2: Step Two: Flexible.
3: Step Three: Repetitive Questions.
4: Step Four: Join Resources.
5: Step Five: Remove Barriers.
6: Step Six: Trust Your Users.
7: Step Seven: Publicize.
8: Conclusion.
Appendix A.
Appendix B.
Appendix C.
Appendix D.
About the Author.