Creating Best Learning Environments
To the visitor, the change in the physical facility will be the most noticeable transformation to a Library Learning Commons, but in fact, the Virtual Learning Commons, a replacement for the Library website will actually be as or more powerful than the physical changes.
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Webinars Library 2.011
Creating a School Learning Commons by David V. Loertscher and Carol Koechlin for Library 2.011 Worldwide Conference. Find the webinar recording here.
Knowledge Building Centers in the Library Learning Commons by David V. Loertscher and Carol Koechlin for Library 2.011 Worldwide Conference. Find the webinar recording here.
Instructional Design and Collaboration
Traditionally, teacher librarians have performed two major program elements in the library. The first is encouraging the love of reading and the second is the teaching of information literacy. The later usually means helping students do reports or term papers and teaching them how to use databases to locate information. Some have expanded their role to include the use of various technology tools.
In the learning commons these roles are expanded greatly with coteaching being the central element into which they embed a wide range of information, reading, technology, various literacies and making. Thus, teachers can expect teacher librarians to be extensions of their classrooms and joint partners in instruction whenever possible.
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Measuring and Sharing the Impact
How do we use evidence to demonstrate that the work of the learning commons is making a difference and has a positive impact on school improvement?
The following model illustrates the GROW approach for measuring the impact of the Learning Commons.
Measuring the Learning Commons Impact
Find out more in Chapter 14 of The Elementary School Learning Commons or The Secondary School Learning Commons publications from LMC Source
Making it Work
The Learning Commons has the potential to drive the changes needed to bring schools into the future, improve student achievement, and thus sustain whole school improvement. The New Learning Commons; Where Learners Win! Loertscher, Koechlin and Zwaan 2011