Coppell High School

From Library to Learning Commons

Transformation of the Library Media Center into a Learning Commons

What is a Learning Commons?

"The learning commons, sometimes called an 'information commons,' has evolved from a combination library and computer lab into a full-service learning, research, and project space." -Educause

A learning commons is a "place of teaching and learning, group work, collaboration, creativity, change, inquiry, communication, and community." -ASLC

The learning commons model places a greater view on students, accessibility, cultivating community, project-based learning, flexibility, knowledge seeking, and exploration.

Key Action Steps

  • Complete the re-visioning of the library space
  • Create a makerspace
  • Expand student input
  • Improve overall ambiance with addition of quiet work space/reading area/study environment
  • Increase use of the library classroom with improved wireless

To enable Action Steps

  • Solicit input from student body on Makerspace activities/materials
  • Locate funding for Makerspace
  • Locate funding for furniture for new Quiet Reading Room
  • Minimize virtual/blended students' noise/off-task behavior
  • Improve wireless in Library Classroom
  • Purchase from BKM - new circulation desk, collaborative furniture for landing

Increase Student Accessibility and Flexibility of Space

Relocate portions of shelving

  • Increases visibility within the space
  • Increases classroom management potential
  • Allows students to work in a variety of group settings
  • Allows for variations of Learning Commons use
  • Creates space for programming and school-wide events

Genrefication of collection

  • Re-organize library collection by genre
  • Benefits: accessibility; it's intuitive; supports ELA standards
  • Empowers students to find books more easily
  • Much like reading large portions of text, or digesting new knowledge, it is easier to consume information when it is presented in "small, organized chunks"
  • We can instantly identify holes/gaps in our collection
  • Data shows that it greatly increases circulation
  • CMS students will become genre experts
  • Empowers student volunteers to better navigate re-shelving

Increase use of e-books in the library collection

  • Train PLC Teams on usage of eBooks, MackinVia

Create and install "laptop bar station"

  • Utilized for independent study
  • Install at window level by windows on the west side of the landing

Create a Makerspace

What is a makerspace?

  • "A place where young people have an opportunity to explore their own interests, learn to use tools and materials, and develop creative projects." -The Unquiet Librarian
  • "Makerspaces are collaborative learning environments where people come together to share materials and learn new skills." -MakerBridge
  • "Makerspaces, STEAM labs and fab labs are popping up in schools across the country. Makerspaces provide hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build and invent as they deeply engage in science, engineering and tinkering." -Edutopia

Steps to create a makerspace

  • Collaboratively plan with CHS students, staff, and parents to develop cohesive, streamlined makerspace plan and schema to support CHS student learning
  • Transform "cloffice" into a student-focused makerspace
  • Supply makerspace with innovative and everyday tools
  • Purchase 3D printer

3D Printer

Photo via John Biehler

Establish Learning Commons Advisory Board

  • Recruit students and conduct monthly meetings to inform programming ideas and continued updates to the Learning Commons

Integrate additional evening programming to include families/community
  • Literary movie nights
  • Poetry Slam
  • Maker Fair
  • Gaming Night
  • Student/Parent Book Group
  • Social Media 101

Expand current collaboration with community