Learning Commons And The Campus Community

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Abstract Academic libraries have begun an evolution of new services to increase relevancy among the campus community. Some of the motivations behind the change include appealing to student, staff, and faculty to improve library usage and perception. Several academic libraries have adapted and taken the initiative to create learning commons or other services with space available within the library. Choosing how to utilize library space to benefit the library is an important consideration among academic libraries. For instance, space available in the library is one consideration in the adaption of new services. Recently, academic libraries have incorporated using information and learning commons. Libraries that have adapted a learning…show more content…
Choosing how to manage library space and services involves planning and budgeting to have the necessary resources to bring about a new service. Learning commons are one solution that some academic libraries have started to adopt in order to increase their usage and relevancy. By creating a learning commons, academic libraries can help solidify their place among the campus community. Relationship building, interdepartmental planning, and services such as tutoring, writing centers, and various other student learning services can be located within the library’s designated learning common area. This paper presents learning commons as a possible solution to increase library relevancy and usage in academic libraries. Literature Review In the early 2000s, there was a switch from teaching and to learning philosophies that lead to the creation of labeling and commons models within academic libraries (Turner, Welch, & Reynolds, 2013). Library space began to be allocated for new library services such as commons; a decline of users resulted with the increased reliance on electronic resources versus physical resources available to students and the campus community. While not having yet incorporated a learning commons into their system, some academic libraries have still begun to evolve and offer new services not traditionally offered. (Massis, 2010). Forrest (2012) argues: The academic library commons is a place where people and technologies
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