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What is an Information Commons?

 

The concept of the Information Commons has been evolving on college campuses for approximately a decade.  Many are located in the library as the central core of learning activity outside the classroom.  Alternative names for these spaces include Learning Commons, Learning Center and other variations specific to the institution.  Some common elements in information commons design include:

  • Workspaces for a variety of group learning activities in a technology rich environment
  • Access to resources and support that enable research, writing, and technology skills development
  • Comfortable study options for students who want to learn in social groupings
  • Inviting and colorful environments that attract students

Many institutions have developed or are planning an information commons on their campus, below is a selection of locations for further exploration:

Washington College

Washington College Information Commons

Washington College Information Commons

Hamilton College

Hamilton College

Hamilton College Information Commons

Daemen College

Daemen College

Daemen College Research & Information Commons

University of Delaware

University of Delaware

University of Delaware Multimedia Design Center

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara Collaborative Study Room

Santa Clara Collaborative Study Room

McGill University

McGill University

McGill University Info-Cafe

Jackson Community College

Jackson Community College

Jackson Community College - Atkinson Library

Other Colleges with an Information/Learning Commons:

Alleghany College

Denison University

Dickinson College

Westminster College