THS Library Three Year Plan
From Library to Learning Commons
Transformation of the Library Media Center into a Learning Commons
What is a Learning Commons?
"The learning commons has evolved from a combination library and computer lab into a full-service learning, research, and project space." -Educause
Students and teachers no longer need a library simply for access. Instead, they require a place that encourages participatory learning and allows for co-construction of understanding from a variety of sources. In other words, instead of being an archive, libraries are becoming a learning commons. -Edutopia
The learning commons will look and feel different in every school, it must be the center of inquiry, digital citizenship, project-based learning, collaborative intelligence, advanced literacy, as well as the center of creating, performing, and sharing. -ALA Knowledge Quest
The learning commons model places a greater view on students, accessibility, cultivating community, project-based learning, flexibility, knowledge seeking, and exploration.
Key Action Steps
- Create a collaborative learning space
- Increase student accessibility and flexibility of space
- Expand staff and student input and programming
Let's Get Students Collaborating
Student Design Ideas
Pierce Middle School and Thurston High School
South Redford School District