• Flexible, User-Influenced Spaces
• Classrooms, Workshops, Instruction
• Galleries, Art, Exhibits, Performances, Events
• Tutoring and Peer Support
• Cafés and Refreshment
• Presentation Practice Facilities
Collaborations with Campus Partners
A considerable number of survey respondents alluded to having campus partners in their
learning-space enterprises. Library partners are chosen for their capacity to deliver
valued services and support within or adjacent to the convening ground. Collaborators
come from campus IT units, tutoring services, advisement, writing and multimedia
support, academic departments in the case of specialized or subject libraries, and
education technologists. Digital centers are staffed with subject and data specialists who
may come from other campus units.
A pair of student and faculty commons sharing a large space in Ohio
University’s Alden Library rely on support from the Center for Academic
Technology, the undergraduate college, Dining Services, the Center for Teaching
Excellence, the Center for Writing Excellence, and the Office of the Provost.
These spaces and the services they contain continue to evolve as the partners
gain insight and experience over time.
University of Pennsylvania Libraries’ Weigle Commons is sponsored jointly
by the libraries, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the Office of the Provost.
“Central to the Commons’ mission are support services provided by the
Program Partners, a group of administratively disparate services that have
joined forces to collaboratively support undergraduate education. Here students
and faculty benefit from various campus specialists and units that provide
support for writing, presentations and public speaking, multimedia creations,
project management, research methodologies, and technology training for
faculty to support new forms of pedagogy.” An ambitious and richly varied
training series separately targeting students and faculty is synched to their
needs for upcoming projects and improved instruction.
Learning and Research Spaces in ARL Libraries: Snapshots of Installations and Experiments
C O N T I N U E D
JUNE 2009 RESEARCH LIBRARY ISSUES: A BIMONTHLY REPORT FROM ARL, CNI, AND SPARC