Brimmer Library Learning Commons Newsletter October 2017

We had some exciting renovations happen this summer as the culmination of a year long planning effort to improve our space. This involved researching how other public and peer school libraries were utilizing spaces to meet the needs of today’s learners as well as utilizing best practices to deliver targeted services. Students are responding positively to the changes to a learning commons and are especially enjoying:

  • Improved access to in-house academic support for middle and upper school students.
  • Dedicated spaces for both group and individual work.
  • Furnishings that facilitate current social, learning, and library program trends and maximize the use of the space.
The writing center and math lab are attracting more customers with their highly visible locations.

Schedules for the Writing Center, Math Lab, and Middle School Learning Commons are below.

The middle school learning center provides tailored support in a welcoming place for grades 6-8.

Question: What makes it a learning commons as opposed to a library?

Answer: Unlike a traditional library that focuses on individual quiet work and is staffed by librarians alone, a learning commons is staffed by a variety of resource professionals and focuses on multiple ways of learning and working, both individually and in groups.

We've transitioned to electronic checkouts for books. Please see library staff for help.

Despite the changes and updates to our space and program, we are very pleased to continue to offer all the same services we provided in the past. Stay tuned for updates on research lessons collaborations, reading promotion, and a variety of digital and print resources.

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