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By Charles Forrest, Martin Halbert

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

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Information Commons: Surveying the Landscape,” in A Field Guide to the Information Commons, ed. : Scarecrow Press, 2009), 18–31. 39. : Council on Library and Information Resources, 2005), 10–24. 40. Malcolm Brown, “Learning Spaces,” in Educating the Net Generation, ed. Diane G. Oblinger and James L. edu/Learning Spaces/6072 (accessed August 18, 2006); Joan K. Lippincott, “Developing Collaborative Relationships: Librarians, Students, and Faculty Creating Learning Communities,” College and Research Libraries News 63 (March 2002): 3; Joan K.

Today, this information commons continues to thrive. It now includes classroom facilities and offers a practice presentation room, which is equipped with a podium, “audience” chairs, and a computer, projector, and screen setup so that students may practice their class presentations in front of their friends prior to a formal class presentation. A second floor of the Leavey Library has been reconfigured in the information commons style to accommodate more users. 5 The Arcade offers workstations, a technology classroom, multimedia production facilities, equipment loans, Information Commons: Surveying the Landscape 23 scanning, and a small-group room.

4 Many institutions are in the planning phase for developing information commons, generally as part of a library renovation or library renovation/expansion. In some cases, entirely new libraries are being planned that will incorporate an information commons as a key feature. There are so many variations of information commons that it is difficult to devise distinctive categories that describe identifiable types. However, when examining an information commons, some of the features that may distinguish types include: type of academic institution (or subunit such as an academic department); renovation or new construction; inclusion of services from information technology, writing center, and others; inclusion of multimedia production; and types of group space, including small-group rooms, informal seating, cafés, and classroom space.

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