Monday, October 3, 2011

"Uncommon Learning in the Information Commons" Conference Report

“Uncommon Learning in the Information Commons” was the theme of the  Ohio Private Academic Libraries 2011 Annual Conference last August.  Chad Boeninger, reference librarian at Alden Library, Ohio U., was a presenter, and he has a good summary of all the presentations at his blog Library Voice.

Some quotes to whet your appetite:

"Information Commons is not just about the building.  With the changing of the library environment, student expectations of service will change."

"Someone asked ... about the noise level in Learning Commons environments... When the floor is packed with people, all of the voices together make a nice “hum” that drowns out individual voices pretty well."

"We no longer have a food policy. Long story short, if you don’t have a food policy to enforce, then you can’t get in trouble with custodial services for not enforcing your food policy."

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