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  1. 1. Is There Anything Common about the Learning Commons? The Evolution from Library to Learning Commons Jayne Germer, Doane College jayne.germer@doane.edu Valerie Knight, Wayne State College vaknigh1@wsc.edu Ron Wirtz, University of Nebraska-Kearney wirtzrl@unk.edu
  2. 2. A little background information Information Commons: provides technology and services for students to access information Learning Commons: provides technology and supporting services for students to encourage collaborative knowledge creation Bennett, S. (2003). Libraries designed for learning. Council on Library and Information Resources. http://www.clir.org/pubs/reports/pub122/pub122web.pdf
  3. 3. Shining stars NCSU Libraries Learning Commons Penn Libraries Weigle Information Commons Utah Knowledge Commons UIC IDEA Commons Learning Space Toolkit, 2014. http://learningspacetoolkit.org Penn NCSU UIC
  4. 4. Some resources Beagle, D. R. (2006). The information commons handbook. Neal-Schuman. Bennett, S. (2003). Libraries designed for learning. Council on Library and Information Resources. http://www.clir.org/pubs/ reports/pub122/pub122web.pdf Learning space toolkit. (2014). North Carolina State University. http://learningspacetoolkit.org/
  5. 5. Doane College Learning Commons Jayne Germer Collection Development Librarian
  6. 6. Main campus in Crete NE Approx. 1100 students at Crete; College total FTE=2230 Perkins Library is the only library for all 4 campuses
  7. 7. Why are we doing it? Trustees Ad hoc Committee on Technology & Learning recommendation Students want 24/7 access to computers & study space Building identified as most in need of attention on campus Frankly, funds became available!
  8. 8. Whos involved? Library IT Helpdesk Writing Center Art Gallery
  9. 9. Opportunities Librarians can support Writing Center staff with student research questions Students will have on-the- spot help with IT More group study areas Updated technologies available to students Art gallery will be showcased in hall across from auditorium
  10. 10. Whats happening? Entrance moves upstairs All service points & offices upstairs Almost every physical item housed downstairs 24/7 computer lab incorporated
  11. 11. Timeline 2010-2011: ad hoc committee study 2012-2013: weeding! Spring 2013: funds became available Summer 2013: architectural plans drawn Jan. 2014: offices demolished; archives workroom constructed; compact shelving installed Feb.-Mar. 2014: periodicals, reference & computers moved Mar.-Apr. 2014: shelving & general collection moved to ground floor May 19: construction begins Aug. 25: Learning Commons opens!
  12. 12. Outcomes Students will have IT support where they work Writing Center will be more centrally located Art Gallery will have increased visibility Information literacy classroom will help library in its mission
  13. 13. Lessons learned No such thing as over- informed faculty Know who needs to be in the loop Students are accommodating with mid-semester changes Student workers can be trusted to move books Fire marshal has final approval Design needs to match tasks
  14. 14. Wayne State College Learning Commons Valerie Knight Reference Librarian
  15. 15. About WSCs Conn Library WSC FTE = 2,951 1956 Constructed original 40, 880 sq ft building 1970 Built a 27,988 sq ft addition Interior Improvements: 2006 - Jitters Coffee Shop 2011 - Nordstrand Art Gallery Original Addition
  16. 16. Current Integrated Services Writing Help Desk (WHD) First Level Tutoring Services (limited subjects) First Level Teaching Resource Center (TRC) & Multimedia Lab Lower Level (now displaced) Instructional Resource Center (IRC) Second Level
  17. 17. Library Program Statement Developed in 2011-12 Involved library staff, Network & Technology Services, Holland Academic Success Center, Art Gallery personnel, VP for Administration & Finance, architect, library consultant Determined the Purpose/ Objectives of a Library Remodel: 1. Infrastructure Renovation 2. Impact on Student Learning 3. Iconic Function This is a resolve that the library will function not only as a key academic resource but also as a fully engaged partner of the classroom faculty in fostering learning excellence and student success (Conn Library Program Statement, p. 7). Paradigm Shift: We [now] choose to treat students as self-directed learners rather than as consumers; view the library building as one of the chief places on campus where students take responsibility for and control over their own learning; and employ library staff to enact the learning mission of the college through being active educators. Planning for the US Conn Library aims at this choice and a design practice strongly centered on learning (Conn Library Program Statement, p. 10).
  18. 18. Library Design Phase Occurred from 2012-2013 Finalized December 2013 Major Redesigns - A Complete Overhaul!! New Entrance Addition New North Entrance near Studio Arts & Peterson Fine Arts Art Gallery Enlarged & Moved Jitters Moved, Enclosed & Enlarged Red Mango Yogurt! Basement Opened Up and Compact Shelving Installed More Study Rooms! Both Individual & Group Addition of Classroom in IRC Addition of Archives Learning Factory on 2nd floor Holland Academic Success Center moves to library Academic Commons
  19. 19. Learning Factory Previously Hidden in Basement Will Move to Second Level Featuring: Two Pedagogy Labs Multimedia Lab Video Studio/ Presentation Room Nearby Staff Offices
  20. 20. Academic Commons Previously Some services spread out New plan places support services to the side of student- owned spaces Featuring: Writing Help Desk Tutoring Access Interchangeable Service Desk (Reference, IT, etc) Flexible, movable furniture intermixed with technology
  21. 21. Construction Progress Pre-Phase (Mar-May 2014) Network Distribution Rooms built in Basement & Attic Phase I (May 2014 Apr 2015) Original Basement Renovation, Jitters Relocation, New Main Entrance Addition, New North Entrance Phases II & III (2015-16) Original Building Remodel of 1st and 2nd floors including the development of the Learning Factory and the relocation of the art gallery Phase IV (2016-17) Addition Building Remodel (all floors) including Academic Commons and addition of Holland Academic Success Center
  22. 22. Challenges & Opportunities Furniture Modern vs Classic How Long will it Last? Changing Technology Needs Printing? Keeping it Open & Usable Phased Construction Noise vs Access Changes Keep Flexible, Expect the Domino Effect & Prepare Ahead Testing it Out Start Collaboration Early Unexpected Impacts Removing the Silos in Website Design, News
  23. 23. The UNK Library & Learning Commons Ron Wirtz, Ph.D. Coordinator of User Services Assistant Director for the Library, UNK Learning Commons
  24. 24. Strategic Focus & Foundation
  25. 25. The UNK Learning Commons combines a Place
  26. 26. The UNK Learning Commons combines a Place with People
  27. 27. The UNK Learning Commons combines a Place with People and Programs Subject Tutoring UNK Subject Tutoring offers student-to-student assistance for most General Studies (100 and 200 level) courses on a walk-in basis. Subjects tutored include: Accounting, Art, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Finance, French, German, Management, Math, Physics, Psychology, Spanish, and Statistics. Like most other college tutoring programs, our greatest demand falls in mathematics and the natural sciences. All tutors prepare for their work through College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) certified training. Tutor selection requires faculty recommendations and a formal interview. Supplemental Instruction is an international program that provides peer-facilitated academic support outside the regular classroom. SI Leaders plan and lead three hours of SI sessions each week in partnership with the course instructor Learning Commons Language Tables help many UNK students, faculty and staff to enhance their language skills in a casual academic environment through games, activities and conversation.
  28. 28. The UNK Learning Commons combines a Place with People and Programs for a unified Purpose. The UNK Learning Commons was initially the product of a serendipitous conversation between the Dean of the Library and the Dean of Student Affairs, to create a one stop shop for all student academic support services. Since that time, planning has become much more purposeful, with a longer- range proposal in the University master plan to bring more student services (counseling, advising, even student health) into the shaded area on the main floor of the Library. A formal Advisory Board has been constituted, and strategic planning sessions, including a SWOT analysis, is currently under way.