By Charles Forrest, Martin Halbert
A box consultant to the data Commons describes the emergence of the concept that of the knowledge commons in libraries and its quick unfold and adoption, and features a number of contributed articles and descriptive, based entries for numerous info commons in libraries.
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Doris S. ” Searcher 5 (January 1997): 38–40. 33. Karen Commings, “Inside the University of Southern California’s ‘Cybrary,’” Computers in Libraries 14 (November/December 1994): 18–19. 34. Commings, “Inside the University of Southern California’s ‘Cybrary,’” 19. 35. Sheila D. Creth, “The Information Arcade: Playground for the Mind,” Journal of Academic Librarianship 20 (March 1994): 22–23. 36. Creth, “The Information Arcade,” 23. 37. Creth, “The Information Arcade,” 22–23. 38. Joan K. Lippincott’s chapter follows after mine in this volume.
If more than one administrative unit—for example, the library and information technology units—will jointly offer services, memos of understanding can be developed to delineate responsibilities and terms. Information commons are often planned primarily to address students’ needs. Faculty needs for support of teaching and learning or research are not as well addressed. Some facilities do incorporate a separate teaching and learning center, which assists faculty with incorporating technology and other pedagogical strategies into their courses.
To allow for flexibility in the future, no ceiling-height walls were used in the facility, including around the classroom areas. A second information commons was added on a separate floor, and it is designated as a quiet area. In a recently opened facility at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, a number of campus units, such as the career center and the writing center, offer services in the Learning Commons space. There is a central service desk staffed by library and IT staff. A reference desk staffed by reference librarians, with an adjacent office for in-depth, by-appointment consultations, is located nearby.
A Field Guide to the Information Commons by Charles Forrest, Martin Halbert