Libraries designed for learning

    There are two competing visions for planning for academic libraries. One reflects the extraordinarily successful design paradigm employed for virtually all of the...

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Touchstone

Touchstone

Jeanne Narum illustrates the importance of starting with the right questions by pointing to the wrong questions that prompt many construction and renovation projects.

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Touchstone

Touchstone

John Seely Brown remarks that it is “the learning communities that universities establish and nurture that remove them from the realm of a delivery service, or from being mere traffickers of information,

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Touchstone

Touchstone

Craig Hartman,an architect with Skidmore Owings & Merrill, observes that “while there is a long tradition to draw on, there is no

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Our challenge is to think carefully and deeply about the relationship of students to staff, of novices to experts, of owners and visitors. The challenge is to think about communities of practice and how students are drawn into those communities, how they cross the thresholds of knowing, and how they learn how to do this over and over again.   Ultimately, the goal is for us to be in learning space without dominating it.

–Scott Bennett, Library Space Planning Consultant

 

My role is to help insure the success of your project by asking questions about the quality of the learning experience you want to achieve for your students and the way that experience enacts the mission of your institution.

Scott Bennett, Library Space Planning Consultant

 

 

Librarians can choose not to be what we have always been, but to become fully engaged members of the learning communities of our institutions. This will require many changes of us, but principally a shift of our professional identity away from that of a supportive service provider to that of a deeply involved educator.

–Scott Bennett, Library Space Planning Consultant