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Library Visioning Committee. December 3 rd , 2012. Today’s Agenda. Quick recap from last meeting – thoughts arising since then Digging into the Learning Commons concept – research sharing and looking at a definition of a learning commons Focus on Inquiry – how does this work for us

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Library visioning committee

Library Visioning Committee

December 3rd, 2012

Today s agenda

Today’s Agenda

  • Quick recap from last meeting – thoughts arising since then

  • Digging into the Learning Commons concept – research sharing and looking at a definition of a learning commons

  • Focus on Inquiry – how does this work for us

  • Key messages for communication to various stakeholders

  • Deciding on site tours and approximate dates

Quick recap

Quick Recap

Our Purpose:

  • Explore current research around contemporary libraries

  • Get people on board – consult and collaborate

  • Create a vision that:

    • Helps to guide schools in CESD to redefine the functions of their school library

    • Supports 21st century learning competencies

    • Promotes contemporary libraries that support student learning

      Guiding Question:

  • What does a quality learning environment look like in a contemporary library and how does this support tomorrow’s learner?

Thoughts arising

Thoughts Arising?

  • Round table

    • Learning commons concept…

    • Research to share…

    • Other thoughts…

  • Video from Elizabeth Rummel School


Digging into the learning commons concept

Digging Into the Learning Commons Concept

  • In partners, have a look at one of the research documents

    • Loertscher book, The New Learning Commons: Where Learners Win

    • The Start of the Learning Commons Approach article



    • Transforming Canadian School Libraries to Meet the Needs of 21st Century Learners report

    • Other

  • Be prepared to report back to the larger group

    • Focus on the tenets of a learning commons

So what is a learning commons

So What is a Learning Commons?

  • What are the major tenets?

  • What are the enabling conditions?

Focus on inquiry

Focus on Inquiry


  • A 2004 document from Alberta Education that promotes an inquiry approach to teaching outcomes in both core and options

Why inquiry

Why Inquiry?

  • Think back to your own experiences in school. Do you remember your favourite project? What was your topic? How did you share your information? What made the experience so special?

What is inquiry

What is Inquiry?

  • “Inquiry is the dynamic process of being open to wonder and

    puzzlements and coming to know and understand the world”

    (Galileo Educational Network, 2004).

  • Inquiry-based learning is a process where students are involved in their learning, formulate questions, investigate widely and then build new understandings, meanings and knowledge. That knowledge is new to the students and may be used to answer a question, to develop a solution or to support a position or point of view. The knowledge is usually presented to others and may result in some sort of action.

What does research say

What Does Research Say?

  • Research suggests that using inquiry-based learning with students can help them become more creative, more positive and more independent (Kühne, 1995). This is true for all students, including those with special needs who require more individual attention during the process.



  • Other academic research shows that inquiry-based learning improves student achievement (GLEF, 2001). Some of the research on this effect comes from studies of effective school library programs that are centres of inquiry-based learning. A school library program that is properly equipped and staffed can make a difference in terms of measurable gains in student achievement. School library factors alone can account for improvements of 2% to 9% in student achievement (Lance, 2001).

Focus on inquiry1

Focus on Inquiry

  • How does this connect to our work?

  • What is the role of the contemporary library in this process?

  • Does this support the 21st century learner?

  • Who are the key players?

Communication plan

Communication Plan

  • To whom do we need to communicate?

  • What key messages do we need to share?

  • How do we lay the groundwork for the February consultation?

Tour sites and dates

Tour Sites and Dates

  • A day in Calgary

  • Red Deer College

Next meeting and homework

Next Meeting and Homework

  • Potential timeline for the next meeting

  • Review the basic tenets and enabling conditions

  • Peruse the Focus on Inquiry

  • Review the collected research or find new articles

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