Designing an Academic Library Learning Commons: Students Have Their Say

Designing an Academic Library Learning Commons: Students Have Their Say

Designing an Academic Library Learning Commons: Students Have Their Say
Sue Reynolds @ University of Toronto Scarborough Library

Come talk with Sue about their research study with students on Thursday February 2, 2012 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Lower Lobby of the MTCC


This research study is a user needs analysis of the views and comments of potential student users as to what should be included in a learning commons, how the space should be designed and what services should be provided. Focus groups conducted with undergraduate student users of the existing Informatics Commons at the University of Toronto Scarborough Library showed that students appreciated convenient access to desktop computers and to staff help. In a future learning commons, students need spaces for quiet individual computer use, collaborative group computer use, and social activities. Service needs include improved technical, research and writing support.

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