Gallery Room 3: Types of Physical Spaces

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Introduction

In the last two decades, most libraries have made the switch from quiet spaces filled with books to vibrant meeting areas. Students and instructors think of the library as a central meeting space at the hub of campus. Endless rows of books have been moved to compact shelving or offsite to make room for study rooms, technology labs, and collaborative learning spaces. No two libraries are alike and library staff should plan for what works best in their space and for their campus. One of the challenges in the design of a Learning Commons is to try to think from the point of view of the client rather than trying to create a beautiful  space. It is important to think about function first and then allow the space design to make that function happen naturally. Here are some excellent examples of learning commons and makerspaces to help spark some creative ideas.

Screen Shot 2015-04-06 at 9.16.47 PMGroveland Elementary Learning Commons by Minnetonka Public Schools #276 (2015):  http://www.minnetonka.k12.mn.us/Schools/Groveland/Pages/Learning-Commons.aspx
The website offers an example of some initiatives taken a Groveland Elementary in Minnesota to update and modernize their old library space into a cutting edge modern library commons. Note the function/purpose of the various spaces and how the space makes this happen. (Santiago)

 

Get inspired; take a few tours

Popular Learning Commons and Library Videos
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG7W2MtX42IObmSPtWymwvg
This is a nice collection of videos and a good place to start. (–Scott)

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Take a look at the Learning Commons at the University of Iowa. Very good, highly recommend watching. This remodel has actually been completed (they used an old administration building that had been damaged in the 2008 flood).  It’s a nice contrast to some of the “virtual reality” tours others have done, so you can see how a plan actually comes to fruition.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKNEvFElFP8 (Scott)

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University of Oregon  Learning Commons. Very good, highly recommend watching. This remodel has actually been completed (they used an old administration building that had been damaged in the 2008 flood).  It’s a nice contrast to some of the “virtual reality” tours others have done, so you can see how a plan actually comes to fruition. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKNEvFElFP8 (Scott)

TOUR: University of Montana Learning Commons initiative:
http://www.lib.umt.edu/commons/
The University of Montana is currently pursuing a Learning Commons re-design at their Mansfield library, and I thought their “tour” had a bunch of things worth considering. (Scott)

TOUR:  New Learning Commons at Avila University
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hw-XSlh1Qqs
“As a key component of Avila University’s Transformational Learning Environment Initiative, Avila will renovate more than 17,750 square feet of our existing library into a Learning Commons. The new Learning Commons will provide the technology, support and environment allowing 21st century students to not only succeed, but excel — both as students and after graduation. The Learning Commons includes new technology and spaces designed to encourage small study groups, student collaboration and group projects, as well as quiet areas where students can study independently.” (Scott)

TOUR: Learning Commons Tour at Ridgewood High School
http://youtu.be/DDteGXMWQrU
This short clip focuses on the learning commons area. Although it is short the school uses the space wisely as well as making the space appealing for different students who would want to use the space. For example note the different kinds of chairs and tables, tending to individual study, group study, or just hanging out. (Adriana)

Libraries & Maker Culture A Resource Guide http://librarymakerculture weebly.com/makerspacesinlibraries.html This site is a resource guide that shows examples of Makerspaces in both academic and public libraries with descriptions and other information including a location for software. (Lucy)

Renovated Learning Building a Culture of Creativity and Discovery Education Makerspace Resources , by Dana Rendina (2014)http://renovatedlearning.com/makerspaceresources/
Diana Rendina, MLIS, is a media specialist/school librarian at Stewart Middle Magnet School in Tampa, FL. She is passionate about school libraries being a place for students to discover, learn, grow, create, connect and collaborate. In this documents she has compiled a variety of webinar Makerspace resources. (Lucy)

Library Learning Commons – by Jamie Johnson https://www.pinterest.com/daisynoodle/library-learning-commons/
The author has developed a Pinterest page showing pictures of various university library learning commons spaces.  Each photo tells where it’s found and how each learning commons is used. (Lucy)

From Commons to Classroom: Evolving Learning Spaces in Academic Libraries by Vickie Karasic and Sam Kirk
http://www.slideshare.net/WeigleCommons/pala-annual-conference-from-commons-to-classroom
An interesting slideshare about transforming learning spaces in libraries, what their purpose is, and what to take into consideration when designing a space.  (Sisi) 

From Commons to Classroom: Evolving Learning Spaces in Academic Libraries from Weigle Commons

TOUR: Syracuse University Learning Commons
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3438ZTev0s
This video showcases the Syracuse University Library Learning Commons in New York. The video displays a dynamic perspective of what the learning commons at Syracuse University feels on any given day and the array of services available to its users (eg. Cafe, Computer Consultant, IT Services & Tools). (Santiago)

From Library to Learning Common by Valerie Diggs
http://www.slideshare.net/valeriediggs/from-library-to-learning-commonsnyslideshare?next_slideshow=1
A comprehensive presentation of Chelmsford High School in Massachusetts that showcases the various states a library goes through in order to evolve into a functioning learning commons. (Santiago)

From Commons to Classroom: Evolving Learning Spaces in Academic Libraries from Weigle Commons

Case Study in Reinventing Learning Commons, Florida State University, Instructional Systems (2013)
“Originally intended to be a versatile computer and media lab for instructional systems courses with a specialization in digital production and dissemination, the space was found to be less than Before & Afternurturing in its support of the original vision. The room was, in effect, designed without understanding the needed intent. Our goal was to provide a space for developing systems to evaluate how people learn, providing systems to help people engage in this learning. The lab needed to be deconstructed, literally and figuratively, from its austere and semi-functional layout into a more highly interactive studio; not simply individualized, but a highly social, context-dependent and collaborative achievement.”
www.scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/ijdl/article/view/3702/3665
Dawkins, J., & Shute, V. J. (2013). Stars vs. Clouds: Creating a Collaborative Commons Learning Space. International Journal of Designs for Learning, 4(2).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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