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

By Charles Forrest, Martin Halbert

A box advisor to the data Commons describes the emergence of the concept that of the data commons in libraries and its fast unfold and adoption, and contains a number of contributed articles and descriptive, dependent entries for numerous info commons in libraries.

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Opening an information commons in a library often requires the library staff to rethink some of their existing policies. Many information commons allow food and drink in their facilities as one means of enhancing the social nature of the space. The ramifications of this policy are the need for increased maintenance and trash pickup, which should be planned in advance of the opening of the facility. At some institutions, the noise level in the information commons disturbs some users. At Indiana University, the staff addressed this issue of students needing advanced technologies in quiet settings by opening a second information commons, designated as quiet space, on a different floor.

59. 0,” Library Journal 129 (April 2004): 33. 2 d Information Commons: Surveying the Landscape Joan K. Lippincott, Coalition for Networked Information A cademic institutions are building or renovating many types of learning spaces, including libraries, computer centers, classrooms, centers for teaching and learning, and multimedia production studios, and they are creating new types of social spaces for student interaction. All of these spaces are relevant to the consideration of the development of information commons in libraries, a phenomenon that began more than ten years ago.

Lewis quotes John Sack, who spoke during a panel discussion at the Seminar on Academic Computing Services held in Snowmass, Colorado, 1986. 27. Don Doucette, “The Community College and the Computer: Behind Widespread Integration into Instruction,” Academic Computing 4 (February 1990): 12. 28. Tompkins also helped develop the Information Commons that opened with the new Leavey Library at the University of Southern California in 1994. 29. ” 8. 30. See, for example, Brookdale Community College librarian David Murray’s oft-cited directory of information commons sites, listed by Carnegie Classification.

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