The Learning Commons: Seven Simple Steps to Transform Your Library

ABC-CLIO

There's a revolution in today's libraries---how they are organized, the types of resources they offer, how they serve patrons, and even in the mindsets of library specialists. The learning commons paradigm dictates a new way of thinking that will require sweeping changes. Are you ready to embrace the future of your library?

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. This text is useful for library administrators in school settings (both public and private, K-12) as well as academic, public, and special libraries.
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About the author

Pamela Colburn Harland is librarian at Plymouth Regional High School in Plymouth, NH. She holds a masters degree in information science and has worked in public libraries, academic libraries, and at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston as a research librarian. Harland received the 2009 Intellectual Freedom Award from the New Hampshire School Library Media Association and is the recipient of the 2010 New Hampshire Excellence in Education Award for Educational Media Professionals.
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Publisher
ABC-CLIO
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Published on
Dec 31, 2011
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Pages
112
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ISBN
9781598845174
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Language
English
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Genres
Language Arts & Disciplines / Library & Information Science / Administration & Management
Language Arts & Disciplines / Library & Information Science / General
Language Arts & Disciplines / Library & Information Science / School Media
Language Arts & Disciplines / Reference
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