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Creating a Learning Commons


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Foreword by Donald Beagle Preface Acknowledgements Chapter 1. Learning Commons Library Spaces Chapter 2. Building Your Foundation Chapter 3. Partnerships and Strategies for Successful Programming Chapter 4. Architects, Designers, Contractors, and Budgets Oh My! Chapter 5. Strategic Planning for Learning Commons Technology Chapter 6. Choosing What Technology Goes into a Learning Commons Chapter 7. Marketing and Promotion Chapter 8. Teaching and Learning in a Learning Commons Space: Reference Services, Instruction, and Outreach Chapter 9. Assessing Learning Commons Spaces and Reviewing Lessons Learned Chapter 10. Successful Learning Commons Partnerships Chapter 11. The Future of Library Learning Commons Spaces Appendix A. Learning Commons Survey Appendix B. Marketing Action Plan

About the Author

Lynn D. Lampert is the coordinator of information literacy and instruction at California State University (CSU)-Northridge. Lynn served as a key member of the Oviatt Library's Learning Commons Planning Team, which managed the $2.5 million learning commons renovation project. Lynn also helped develop and design the learning commons's new makerspace area, which opened to students in the fall of 2014. Coleen Meyers-Martin is coordinator of outreach services at the California State University (CSU)-Northridge's Oviatt Library. In 2013, she coordinated a multifaceted marketing campaign that promoted the Library's $2.5 million learning commons renovation to students, faculty, staff, and community members.


Whether you are remodeling an existing space or creating one anew, this well-written and detailed book is a tremendous resource of practical advice, filled with successful examples and grounded in the literature, that will ensure the success of your project. -- Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, Professor/Coordinator for Strategic Planning/Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction, University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Drawing on survey data, in-depth interviews, and their own experiences, Lampert and Meyers-Martin emphasize the importance of collaborative partnerships and strategy to create library learning spaces to meet the needs of students in each unique campus environment. The result is a concept of the learning commons that is vibrant and relevant! -- Jennifer Fabbi, Dean of the University Library, California State University, San Marcos
This book offers practical guidance for starting resilient learning commons in contemporary academic libraries. Original survey results and interview findings support high impact vision setting and inclusive partner planning activities, with and for students. A post occupancy assessment tool ensures relevance for the full commons life cycle - from start to finish. -- Mary M. Somerville, University Librarian, University of the Pacific
Creating a Learning Commons provides a comprehensive outline of the issues to take into consideration whether your library is renovating an existing space or embarking upon a new building project. The strength of the book lies in the variety of real-world examples and advice drawn from the authors' own institutional experience, as well as surveys and interviews with experts such as project managers and architects. -- Cinthya Ippoliti, Director and University Librarian, Auraria Library, University of Colorado, Denver

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