A Field Guide to the Information Commons by Charles Forrest, Martin Halbert

By Charles Forrest, Martin Halbert

Our assets of knowledge, and the practices we use to discover it, are in a interval of quick flux. Libraries needs to reply by means of identifying, buying, and making obtainable a bunch of latest details assets, constructing leading edge providers, and construction sorts of areas to help altering person behaviors and styles of studying. A box advisor to the knowledge Commons describes an rising library provider version that embodies all 3 spheres of reaction: new details assets, collaborative carrier courses, and redesigned employees and consumer spaces.

Technology has enabled new types of information-seeking habit and scholarship, inflicting a maintenance of libraries that revisits the belief of the "commons"—a public position that's unfastened for use by way of everybody.
A box advisor to the data Commons describes the emergence, progress, and adoption of the concept that of the knowledge commons in libraries. This booklet encompasses a number of contributed articles, and descriptive, based entries for numerous info commons in libraries around the nation and round the world.

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Our charge has been to create environments that provide long-term flexibility and act as catalysts in breaking down barriers to how students work and learn. The commons as a concept originated as much from the need to provide integrated functionality in a technological learning environment as it did from a desire to improve unpleasant, claustrophobic, and unattractive computing centers and run-down library facilities that exist on many campuses. Once computing technology reached a basic saturation level on campus, designers and academic leaders began to think differently about space.

2. html. 3. html. 4. : Association of Research Libraries, July 2004). Information Commons: Surveying the Landscape 31 5. Anita K. Lowry, “The Information Arcade at the University of Iowa,” CAUSE/EFFECT 17, no. 3 (1994): 38–44. 6. James M. Duncan, “The Information Commons: A Model for (Physical) Digital Resource Centers,” Bulletin of the Medical Library Association 86, no. 4 (1998): 576. 7. Donald Beagle, “Conceptualizing an Information Commons,” Journal of Academic Librarianship 25, no. 2 (1999): 88.

36. Creth, “The Information Arcade,” 23. 37. Creth, “The Information Arcade,” 22–23. 38. Joan K. Lippincott’s chapter follows after mine in this volume. “Information Commons: Surveying the Landscape,” in A Field Guide to the Information Commons, ed. : Scarecrow Press, 2009), 18–31. 39. : Council on Library and Information Resources, 2005), 10–24. 40. Malcolm Brown, “Learning Spaces,” in Educating the Net Generation, ed. Diane G. Oblinger and James L. edu/Learning Spaces/6072 (accessed August 18, 2006); Joan K.

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