Subject Area

Library science


Fall 2006 saw the opening of the Learning Commons at Lamson Library at Plymouth State University. Almost immediately, gates counts jumped and the once traditional library was abuzz with activity. By doing a minor remodel of the 10-year old library structure and utilizing existing staff, a dynamic partnership was created.

This presentation covers the 16 month-long project that saw a unique marriage between two key departments, the Library and Information Technology Services, with additional collaboration of other student services areas. It discusses how PSU, was able to build on current trends in Libraries, Technology and Higher Education and make our Commons uniquely Plymouth.


June 2007









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This presentation was given at the NorthEast Computing Program (NERCOMP) Event "Uncommon Commons" held Tuesday, June 5, 2007, at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center, Norwood, MA. Event organizer/hosts: Beatrice Pulliam, Providence College, and Lisa Wiecki, Brandeis University.

Workshop introduction: "The term Information or Learning Commons has been used to describe a wave of integrated service environments cropping up in libraries around the globe. These collaborative learning spaces are a place where information seekers have ready access to services and resources. Each institution seems to have its own special interpretation or spin on what a "commons" is or does. For some libraries the ideas and concepts surrounding the "commons" translate into something unique, unusual… uncommon. In this session we will showcase examples of creative use of existing space, staff, and resources in the implementation of a "commons" environment. Models of smaller, informal, inexpensive common spaces in libraries and other information service environments will also be highlighted."

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