Learning Commons Task Force submits Final Report

Carleton’s Learning Commons Task Force recently submitted its Final Report, including recommendations and expected outcomes, to the University Librarian, Martin Foss, and Provost and Vice-President (Academic) Alan Harrison.

“The Learning Commons initiative is a long-term project, that involves many people from across campus,” says Associate Librarian and Task Force Co-Chair, Linda Rossman. “It will play a large role in Carleton’s pursuit to constantly improve the student experience. We’re trying to enhance the Library as a learning space and a learning place.”

The report outlines a number of recommendations related to implementation and IT support, provides options for three potential models, and the desired outcomes and advantages for students, librarians, faculty and those staff members directly involved with learning support.

Some of the recommendations include increasing group study areas, installing additional printers, scanners and other technological resources such as wireless network capabilities, and a laptop lending program. Also of great importance is ensuring that the Library’s collection, and the research disciplines that depend on it, are fully supported through the transition.

“The Learning Commons goes way beyond architecture and physical space,” says Rossman. “It’s not simply about renovating the Library, although that is an important aspect. It’s really about creating a community of learners, and centralizing key elements for learning support. That’s why this report is so important, because we have thoroughly examined different models, pedagogical approaches, and have outlined what we believe to be the best possible plan, taking into account the specific needs of the Carleton community, and students in particular.”

The entire report can be viewed on-line on the Library Web site.

From – http://www.now.carleton.ca/2005-04/753.htm

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