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By Thomas H. P. Gould

Latest library remains to be on the middle of all college actions, aiding scholars and college develop into greater newcomers, academics, and researchers. in recent times there has emerged the formalizing of 1 or extra of those actions into an instructional Commons. those facilities of knowledge were classified variously yet all of them proportion a commonality: the empowerment of scholars and teachers.In growing the educational Commons: guidance for studying, educating, and examine, Thomas Gould supplies an in depth define of a few of the roles and actions that happen in commons situated in the administrative umbrella of the library. Gould offers a roadmap for libraries trying to identify their very own educational Commons, whole with feedback relating to actual constitution and software/hardware concepts. And to make sure new rules are tested, evaluated, and followed extensively, Gould indicates how the Millennial Librarian should be on the middle of this evolutionary library. together with information about the newest technological advances, this booklet might be a useful consultant for librarians.

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Indb 2 5/4/11 10:47 AM Chapter One The Learning Commons THE CHALLENGE TO LEARNING The crisis in education—whether it is worries over student assessment, course outcomes, or teaching standards—has generated a lot of heat, but not much light. The discussions surrounding education can be hyperbolic at times. The state of higher education in this country has been the topic of government committees, education seminars, and report after report. 4 But only some, if any, have talked about the role of university libraries as part of a potential solution.

In this chapter, we will explore the various goals for libraries that are addressing the needs of the new undergraduate. These include: 1. Opening up the library as an access point to the latest and best information via a rebranding campaign 2. Teaching students the best practices to using databases, but also how to create the search terms that will produce the best results, whether online or in the stacks 3. Positioning the library as a campus-wide resource available by inserting librarians into academic departments and dorms To meet these new goals, libraries will have to modify not only their physical environment, but also the traditional roles information specialists play in teaching.

Indb xxxii 5/4/11 10:47 AM Part One SUPPORTING STUDENTS AND FACULTY Millennial libraries will be active participants in the enhancement of university faculty research and teaching via new technologies, staff support, and specialized training. This is a major shift for most librarians, who have tended to be left in a passive role by university faculty unaware of the resources available in modern libraries. As part of this shift, more and more libraries have already established a commons area in which tools and data can be stored and shared.

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