Tuesday, April 26, 2011

UPDATE Brody Learning Commons at Johns Hopkins U.

"The newest of the Sheridan Libraries, the Brody Learning Commons opened in August 2012. Connected to the Eisenhower Library on all floors, the Commons is open 24/7 and features a large quiet reading room, 16 group study rooms, teaching and seminar rooms, and a cafĂ©. The Commons is also home to the Department of Special Collections and the Department of Conservation and Preservation." 

Named for a former JHU president, Brody Learning Commons will open in July 2012 as an extension to the Milton S. Eisenhower Library. Designed by Sheply, Bullfinch, Richardson and Abbott to LEED silver certification, it will feature group study rooms, smart technology classrooms, atrium and cafe. The Rare Books and Conservation/Preservation departments will also get new research facilities and conservation labs.

Friday, April 22, 2011

7 Things You Should Know

EDUCAUSE has been running a series of briefs on emerging learning technologies.  The latest is 7 Things You Should Know About the Modern Learning Commons.  Authors are Joan Lippincott (Coalition for Networked Information) and Stacey Greenwell (U. of Kentucky).  Stacey was Head of the Information Commons (aka The Hub) at U.K. before she was promoted to Assoc. Dean for Academic Affairs and Research.  Her Uncommon Commons blog has tons of good ideas for innovative services and promoting same.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

University of Michigan - Tech Deck

University of Michigan - Tech Deck
Originally uploaded by McEntegart Library

U. of Michigan's Shapiro Undergrad Library styles its collaborative tech learning space as The Tech Deck, specializing in providing "you and your group with both the equipment and the expert and friendly assistance you need to create effective and media-rich class and group projects."