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  1. Function Before Form: Designing the Ideal Library Classroom Diane Dallis Carrie Donovan LOEX 36th National Conference Librarian as Architect: Planning, Building, & Renewing Oak Brook, IL May 3, 2008

  2. Function & Form

  3. Outcomes • Think about how you teach • Envision classrooms that will facilitate your teaching • Establish shared criteria for ideal library classroom • Design the ideal library classroom floor plan • Create a community of experts

  4. How We Got Here • IU Libraries Instructional Space Committee • Charged in 2007 to review library classrooms and identify needs for improved teaching spaces

  5. Step 1: Gather Info • Identify current use/location of classrooms • Survey librarians’ instructional space needs • Consider campus guidelines for designing classrooms • Review of the literature

  6. Step 2: Discuss/Design • Determine ideal scenario • Considerations, limitations, etc • Realize realistic option • Reconsider, repurpose, redesign

  7. Step 3: Make Recommendations • Needs/wants • Reuse/Recycle • Knock down/drag out • … the results: • Awareness • Expectations • Consequences

  8. Library Classroom Paradigm • Our teaching is different • Library instruction is a mystery to many • The ideal classroom depends on your perspective • Experts often lack realistic solutions

  9. Embrace Your Inner Expert • Librarians as design experts – have no fear!

  10. Classroom Contradictions • Big expectations for small spaces • Doing too much with too little

  11. Classroom Therapy (discussion) • What do you love about your classroom? • What do you struggle with when you teach? • What is missing from your classroom?

  12. Thinking Moment • Describe the teaching style(s) would you adopt for the following scenario: Students in a magazine writing course are asked to explore web 2.0 technologies and write a paper explaining and justifying the usefulness of these technologies for reporters. • Consider: • what you want to communicate • what you want students to learn • how you want to move • how you want students to interact with each other, you, sources, etc.

  13. Activity Together with your group of fellow experts, use the packet provided to design your ideal teaching space.

  14. Unanswered Questions • Budget • Technology • Shared Space • Physical Constraints • Pedagogical Differences

  15. Continuing the Conversation www.libraryteachingspace.org • Diane: ddallis@indiana.edu • Carrie: cdonovan@indiana.edu