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


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.


  • Target one of the indicators of success to focus on.

  • Decide on the GROW measures you will examine - goals/objectives, resources, operations or worth/added value.

  • Now zero in on the level to be examined - learner, teacher, organizational.

  • Design your inquiry assessment measures and process.


Measuring the Learning Commons Impact

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Find out more in Chapter 14 of The Elementary School Learning Commons or The Secondary School Learning Commons publications from LMC Source