Task Force Plans a Learning Commons

The UALR Library Learning Commons Task Force has the charge of developing a plan to renovate Ottenheimer Library and create a technology-rich learning facility that serves as a one-stop destination for student research and technology support. The task force is soliciting student, faculty and staff input into what technology and services are needed for a learning commons.

What is a Learning Commons?

A learning commons is a collaboration between a library and a central information technology department to provide a central place for students to engage with information and technology. The learning commons concept arises from a recognition that for today’s students, information, research, study, and technology are tightly woven together and that having a common space to get assistance (with tech support and reference help), do creative work, and collaborate with other students is essential to student success.

These spaces go by a variety of names: information commons, learning commons, academic commons, library commons, media commons, research commons, and others. Each instance offers different services, features, and amenities that meet the needs of the students served by that commons. The connecting thread is a common space for students to engage in the stuff of college in the 21st century.

During April 2014, the task force solicited input via the flip charts on the 1st and 2nd floor of the library, as well as an online “Idea Wall” where library users could input ideas, copy and paste images, etc.

 

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