Thursday, March 31, 2011

U. Denver - Penrose Library Plans for Academic Commons

Still in the planning stages, the Academic Commons at Penrose Library project is gathering feedback and ideas from the community through a variety of surveys and focus groups. Check the progress on the project blog. Construction should start mid-July, 2011, with a timeline of 18-24 months to completion.

From the project's FAQ:
"Some highlights of the new building project include:
>Increased seating on the upper and lower levels
>Addition of deep quiet study areas
>More group study rooms in a variety of sizes
>ADA compliant book stacks and elevators
>Enhanced technology in all areas
>A new multimedia software support service
>A larger café with patio seating
>An academic events space
>Increased number of power outlets throughout the building
>Increased natural light
>Energy efficient lighting and mechanical systems"

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Terrapin Learning Commons at U. Maryland, College Park

"Bigger than 3 basketball courts."

The 2nd floor of McKeldin Library is home to the new Terrapin Learning Commons.

And the university's HR website is advertising for someone to provide "leadership and vision in developing and
expanding the university’s new learning commons into a series of premier learning spaces for students and a showcase for the campus."

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Renovation/Expansion at San Joaquin Delta College

Belated congratulations to the folks at Goleman Library for the renovation celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on December 7, 2010.

Old Dominion U. Seeking Learning Commons Manager

The Norfolk, VA institution seems to be doing it right.  Early in the planning for an expansion of Perry Library, the learning commons concept was developed, tested and marketed through a series of campus presentations, forums and surveys.  A Learning Commons Governance Team was formed in 2009 made up of representatives from University Libraries, Computing Services and University College, which will staff the Student Success Center in the new building.  ODU is advertising for Learning Commons Manager to oversee "the daily operations, services and staffing" of the LC.   You can follow the Wiki that documents the progress of the project, or read the fairly detailed press release from April, 2010.  Projected completion date is October, 2011.