Well designed spaces significantly enhance the delivery of library services to support learning and literacy outcomes in a school environment.
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What will tomorrow’s school libraries be like?
Concepts, scenarios and visions for school library spaces
What will be important elements of the design of school library space?
Who will be involved in imagining the scope and vision of the school library?
School Library as Learning Commons
In their article: School libraries building capacity for student learning in 21C (PDF) Lyn Hay and Collee Foley write: ” A school library that becomes a high-end production facility, builds capacity for student learning in the 21st century.” How that might that vision translate into library and learning spaces throughout the century ahead? There are many scenarios for future library learning spaces that are possible models for the future and there are certain concepts that will guide the development of visions for those spaces.
A primary goal of designing school libraries will be to maximise the educative value of available and emerging technologies, informed by the voices of learners and educators using human and other resources to create a place where real transformative learning takes place. How will we design such a space?
In this area of the website we will be adding content, links and resources as well as case studies to stimulate thinking and discussion about the future design of school libraries. We’ll pose questions and links to help librarians, principals and other stakeholders to imagine new library spaces that achieve their goals as they work develop their services and space.
All the many and varied stakeholders will be involved in the early planning process, brainstorming possibilities and ideas that can then be collated and sifted and shaped into a scoping document to which all stakeholders will have access.
As school libraries evolve, the term learning commons is being applied to reflect the participatory, collaborative learning environment where students and teachers are learning together. The learning commons concept embodies both a physical and a virtual learning space.
Joan K. Lippincott In her paper, Linking the information commons to learning (PDF) explores the concept of the information commons, focusing on the links between information commons and learning. She looks at the characteristics of the information/learning commons and its philosophy ‘to provide users with a seamless work environment where they access, manage and produce information on the same workstation,’ providing for students to work in groups, and allowing for collaborative learning and social interaction.
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