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People First. Machines Second. L e a r n i n g Commons. Melody Burton & Cory Laverty. Learning Commons. What services and facilities do you expect to see in an Information or Learning Commons?. Dalhousie Learning Commons. Dalhousie Mission

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l e a r n i n g commons

People

First

Machines

Second

Learning Commons

Melody Burton & Cory Laverty

learning commons

Learning Commons

What services and facilities do you expect to see in an Information or Learning Commons?

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Dalhousie Mission

.. combines information resources with advanced technology and brings together expertise and resources necessary to help students, faculty and staff successfully integrate information with technology in their academic careers.

  • Dalhousie Services
  • Reference and research
  • Desktop support
  • Geographic information services
  • Statistical computing
  • Math and stats satellite office
  • Writing workshop (no info)
  • Group study rooms
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Calgary Mission

… core facility for provision of information resources and information technology

… services and technology to support the effective identification, acquisition and use of information resources

… development of information literacy skills in the University Community, especially undergraduate students, is a key mission of the Information Hub. Competency in the identification and evaluation of information, the extraction and manipulation of data, analysis, and presentation, are core research skills.

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Calgary Services

  • Instruction on productivity (MS Office – ITS)
  • Bibliographic software (Library)
  • Health Science Library instruction (accessing electronic journals, using Reference Manager)
  • Information Commons instruction:
    • library tours
    • basic research skills
    • using the Internet for research
    • using article indexes
    • search techniques: advanced tips and tricks
  • Course-integrated instruction
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Experience in One Library

  • Reference librarians involved in planning for a Learning Commons in a large Humanities/Social Sciences Library.
  • Our goals:
    • Support for information literacy development.
    • Transform reactive reference desk to a proactive learning environment.
    • Create strategic relationships with complementary campus groups (Teaching Assistants, Writing Centre, Learning Strategies, Special Needs, ITS).
focus group feedback

Focus Group Feedback

  • Not a sea of computers.
  • “If this is about computers, don’t do it!”
  • View library as service-intensive facility.
  • Want help and ongoing support.
  • Faculty want traditional library environment retained.
  • Focus on people and learning … not computers.
components of learning commons

Reference and Instruction Services

Virtual Commons

Liaison with Faculty and TAs

Partnerships with Support Groups

Collaborative spaces

E-classroom

Workstations – Wireless -- Laptop lending

Components of Learning Commons

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Instruction Services

Reference Services

Peer Mentors

ITS

Liaison with

Faculty and TAs

Information Literacy

Components of Learning Commons

Partnerships

Writing Centre

Learning Strategies Group

Special Needs

research continuum

Assignment

Interpretation

Resource Selection

Tool Choreography

Information Collection

Information Management

Analysis

Evaluation

Writing

Faculty, TAs

Librarians

Faculty

Writing Centre

Research Process

Learning Partners

Research Continuum

information literacy development

Curriculum Design

Assignment Mapping

IL Objectives

Scaffolding

Resource Selection

Tool Choreography

Tracking

Information Collection

Information Management

Synthesis and Reflection

Evaluation

Writing

Faculty

TAs

Learning Strategies

Librarians

Librarians

Peer Mentors

Faculty

TAs

Writing Centre

Learning Partners

Research Process

Information Literacy Development

present scenario

Learning session

for librarians

Workbooks

Strategies

Evaluated

research strategy

Reserve articles

In- class

presentations

Handouts and website

TA sessions

Small group

presentations

  • Sociology 122
  • 800 - 1,000 students.
  • Research essay requiring 3 scholarly articles including Canadian content and government documents.

Present Scenario

learning commons scenario

Curriculum Design

  • Advance consultation with faculty on assignments.
  • Map resources to assignments across program.
  • Scaffolding
  • Learning Strategies addresses time management and process.
  • Reference Desk support; peer support groups within the class.
  • TAs / librarians: hands-on sessions (tools, RefWorks, plagiarism)
  • Tracking
  • Students keep research diary.
  • Targeted online tutorials.
  • Synthesis and Reflection
  • Writing Centre addresses thesis, argument, citation style.

Learning Commons Scenario

staffing model

Staffing Model

  • Serving humanities and social sciences (7,000-10,000).
  • 5.5 core librarians, one ITS student, one reference assistant.
  • Draw librarians from other units for desk shifts.
  • Includes Head of Reference/LC Coordinator.
  • Peer mentors to cover longer hours for basic questions and trouble shooting.
  • One library technician to oversee computers and technology.
governance

Governance

  • Discussion of LC coordinator as coming from partner groups with no reference responsibility
  • Learning Commons replaces reference department
  • No person in charge of programming for information literacy and ensuring service quality and integration
  • Longer hours required with existing staff led to student peer program
  • Debate over technology run by library vs. ITS
learning commons1

Learning Commons

What elements would you want to take priority in your Learning Commons?