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  • The first libraries appeared five thousand years ago in Southwest Asias Fertile Crescent, the agricultural region reaching from Mesopotamias Tigris and Euphrates rivers to the valley of the Nile in Africa. Known as the cradle of civilization, the Fertile Crescent was the birthplace of writing, sometime before 3000 BCE. (Murray, 2009, p. 7)

  • The scribe was highly regarded for superior, almost magical, reading and writing skills. His words were a link to the ancestors, to the future, even to the gods themselves (Murray,p. 14). It is clear that the information that humans record is seen as valuable and worth saving. It was not long after the creation of writing that it was understood by these early civilizations that these writings should be collected and stored. Thus, the library was born.

  • Is the library more than a place that store information?

    Who has access to the information?

    Only in recent human history has there been widespread agreement that people have inherent rights deserving of universal respect. The idea that every person should be educated is an even more recent and radical one. And the idea that society should provide its members with the means to continue their education independently was more radical still. (Lerner, 2009, p. 125)

  • The term social library here is mainly used as a general term for a library that is a social place where information access is open and communal space is comfortable and encouraging of collaboration.The phenomenon known as the social library flourished during the 18th and 19th centuries with its period of greatest popularity occurring from about 1725 to 1875. Most thoroughly developed in Northern Europe and North America, social libraries had earlier antecedents and were largely succeeded by the free public library movement, in their many forms they played a major role in the transition from elite private libraries to popular public libraries. (Davis, 1994, p. 582)The historical social library, however is important to this definition.With greater access to more people the library becomes a social place

  • To describe the library and to emphasize it particularly as a social space is to suggest that the library is inherently different in community value than other social spaces, like a bar or a mall. It is different because of what is at the heart of the mission of a library; the library is a place where a community can grow together and share in learning collaborations that benefit the quality of life of all those participating in community. The history of the library and its development into a social place attests to this notion.

  • The point is that the social library is more than just a type of library. The history and evolution of the library is one that has moved towards greater accessibility for greater amounts of people. The social library is a way of thinking about who should have access information and how those individuals use that information in their communities.

  • Specialists:LibrariansProfessional StaffPeer HelpersIn order to:DevelopLocateRetrieveOrganizeUtilize

  • Comfortable seatingInteractive work spacesWireless accessCollaboration spacesEasy access to helpFriendly atmosphereFood and Drink FriendlyPrinters, Scanners, Computers and other equipment


  • With the changes that happen so rapidly, a librarian has to change with themBe flexibleWork with new technologyBe up-to-date with new media

  • Lippincott (2010) defines millennials as students that: are joined by a set of common practices, including the amount of time they spend using digital technologies, their tendency to multitask, their tendency to express themselves and relate to one another in ways mediated by digital technologies, and their patterns of using the technologies to access and use information and create new knowledge and art forms. (p. 28)Estimated as being born between 1982 and 1991Represents a large portion of who academic libraries are serving today

  • Lippincott (2006) reminds us that todays students mix academic and social activities, and that this is not because of lack of concentration, but that these students grew up in a world with media in many formats at their fingertips 24 hours a day (p. 7.5). There is a great need to create functional spaces where the millennial student can excelCan be facilitated by providing the technology they need, they are used to, and feel comfortable withShould promote collaboration between classmates which creates positive trends throughout and beyond their education

  • Lippincott (2006) discusses the need of the Information Commons:Given their inherent connection to technology, information commons will need to continually change as hardware, software, and networking configurations evolve. Also, as more faculty incorporate technology into the curriculum, and particularly as they encourage student use of technology in their academic work, the use of information commons will increase and change. (pp. 7.8-7.9)Promotes healthy development in education to both student and teachersEncourages multi-media usage in both studying and in classroom instruction

  • Develop a vision related to learning.Conduct a needs assessment.Develop goals.Design an assessment plan.Determine appropriate partners.Define and gain resources.Determine the location.Define what you want users to be able to do.Define services to offer.Determine staff needs.

    and thenDevelop the floor plan.Plan the technology (network, hardware, software).Choose furniture. (p. 7.16)

  • What is the purpose of the information commons?What faculty and student needs will be addressed?What programs will we put into place that will emphasize a link to learning?Which campus units will be involved, and how will they work together?What kinds of hardware, software, and seating configurations are needed?What kinds of staff are needed?How will we promote the link of the information commons to learning?How will we measure success? (p. 7.16)

  • Loertscher and Koechlin (2012a) look at the continuance of the social library in an encouraging way: The future of learning is so exciting. Technology for learning and new approaches to knowledge building and creation are reforming education as we have known it. There has never been a time when leadership and expertise has been needed more. (p. 51)By incorporating the Learning Commons, Information Commons, or Social Library in todays academic environment, it enables students to pursue academic achievement without limiting them to one standard way of studyLoertscher and Koechlin (2012b) also make plain that it become evident that traditional concepts of school librarian ship as developed over the last 50 year must transform to stay relevant and that the future is now (p. 51).

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