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2015 ALA Annual Information Commons Roundtable Discussion

Saturday, June 27, 2015
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm, US/Pacific

2015 ALA  Annual Information Commons Roundtable Discussion

The Learning Commons Now: Sustaining Innovation

Now that the learning commons (or information commons) model has become commonplace, how can those working in these environments sustain their position at the leading edge? Finding ways to keep up the level of excitement, resources, and funding we enjoyed at the start of our projects can be a challenge and, for those working in learning commons, an issue we must address or face obsolescence. In this roundtable discussion, we will generate ideas about how to keep innovating with technology, learning spaces, and programming once the initial shine of the new has faded.

As a space that relies on collaboration and community, we will share experiences and ideas about how we may enrich partnerships on campus to collaborate on new programming. We will discuss ways to find funding to implement new initiatives or refresh spaces and technology. We will also explore how we make decisions regarding policy and programming, including methods of surveying patron needs and assessing the learning commons’ impact on teaching and learning. During our discussion, we will work to problem solve common issues together. We will also learn about others’ learning commons to help us create benchmarks and goals for our own institutions.Participants will come away with creative, practical ideas in order to reinvigorate programs at their learning commons.


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  1. What top three innovations are you making (or planning) for your learning commons?
  2. How are you assessing the learning commons’ impact on teaching and learning?
  3. What methods have you found to fund new initiatives and/or what no-cost or low-cost programs are you trying?