Tag Archives: learning commons

April 28, 2010, 1:32 pm

Introducing the post-library commons world: wild speculation on the future of computing and what it means for the learning environment

I’ve been thinking a lot about computers in libraries
lately.  I’m talking about
hardware, not web 2,0 stuff. I’m really hopeful that my library is able to
upgrade its public computers and move to
thin clients this summer,
but enough systems talk. 


The topic of computer access comes up regularly in my
Next Steps
interviews. Directors in all types of libraries seem to be pondering the same
thing: reducing the number of desktops and move to something else. Interest in
mobile devices continues to rise and it is very possible that we’ll move to
purely wireless machines such as laptops and iPads.
Studies
show
that people don’t typically carry their laptops around with them, so
it seems logical that libraries will need to beef up the lending of these devices. This appears to be the natural progression ahead of us. It also allows
patrons more flexibility in terms of where they can work…

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February 20, 2010, 9:49 pm

The Facebook Learning Commons (a real place)

I was flipping through the current issue of Fast Co and I stumbled upon this photo of the Facebook workspace:

Facebook_commons
 

Watch the video here and pay attention to the physical workspace. It seems strangely familiar… like something I have seen before:

GT_West_Commons

And here too:

CSUCI

Maybe Facebook learned something from the evolution of academic libraries? 

Collaborative workstations. Comfortable sitting areas. Cafe. Inspiring environment. Watch the video, it reminds me a lot of Georgia Tech. Same tone, energy, and clientele.  Their spaces look a lot like a modern academic library.