The Learning Commons in Academic Libraries as a Response to Meeting the Dynamic Needs of Millenials
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Britto, M. (2011). The Learning Commons in Academic Libraries as a Response to Meeting the Dynamic Needs of Millenials. In Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2011 (pp. 1072-1078). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
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With the demand for virtual libraries and library services in the e-learning world, the presence of the Learning Commons has been growing steadily in academic libraries in the past decade primarily due to rapid technological changes in society and the need to meet evolving student expectations. Ultimately, the idea of the Learning Commons re-conceptualizes the traditional librarian roles, services, resources and the physical space of the academic library. “Blended librarians” and “roving librarians” change the traditional role of public service and reference librarians. Flexible and modular learning spaces, digital and mobile access to resources and services are also important tenets of a Learning Commons. In addition, a well-designed and student-centered Learning Commons necessarily integrates a range of campus partners to offer students centralized access to all of their academic needs. Student input and involvement are essential in the planning stages to help inform the design of the Learning Commons.
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