Queen's Learning Commons


Learning Commons

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History of the Queen's Learning Commons

The Queen's Learning Commons was opened in September 2005 on the ground floor of Stauffer Library. This enriched learning environment brings together support and resources to facilitate and advance the academic experience of Queen's students.

Work began on what would become the QLC in April of 2003, and by December of that year a concise conception of a 'Learning Commons'  was developed.

An Executive Summary, published in March 2005, outlined the final composition of the QLC: five partners including the Library, Learning Strategies, Library Services for Students with Disabilities, the Writing Centre and ITServices.

Phase One of the Learning Commons Project was successfully completed as of September 1st 2005 with the relocation of Learning Strategies Development and the Writing Centre to Stauffer Library. In addition, this phase saw the initiation of the QLC Student Assistant Program where students introduce their peers to the services provided by the QLC, and the creation of new, interactive study areas with more computers.

Phase Two included the IT Support Centre walk-in help was relocated to the redesigned information desk in Stauffer alongside the reference librarians and the QLC Student Assistants. Special Readers' Services was renamed 'Adaptive Technology Centre' and relocated to the former ITServices space on the ground floor of Stauffer. The IT Support call centre was moved to the lower level.

Since 2014, several changes have occurred in the QLC. The IT Support Centre relocated to MacIntosh-Corry Hall (September 2016), the Writing Centre and Learning Strategies formed SASS (Student Academic Success Services) and the Adaptive Technology Centre became part of the Library.