Friday, March 15, 2013

U. of Iowa, Early Adopter, Takes the Next Step

Way back at the dawn of the Commons Era, before Phil Tompkins dubbed it so, the University of Iowa rolled out the Information Arcade in 1992.  Now UI is engaged in a new enterprise: the Learning Commons:

"In the fall of 2013, University of Iowa students will discover a tech-infused, 24-hour, comfy study space and one-stop academic help center…with good coffee.
Designed with significant student input, the new Learning Commons will provide an “intellectual hub” with room for 500-plus students. The 37,000-square-foot facility in the Main Library is the product of a unique partnership among Information Technology Services (ITS), University Libraries, and the Office of the Provost.
“The Learning Commons is focused, first and foremost, on furthering the academic success of students,” says Nancy Baker, university librarian. “The staff will provide students with a ‘concierge’ experience. They’ll answer common academic, library, and technology questions and point students to the resources they need to succeed, like help with their research, writing, or tutoring.”  

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