Queen's Learning Commons


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Friday, June 18, 2010

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Location - Biosciences Complex - room 1101

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM          Breakfast  
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM        Theme: Future Directions

CONVENOR: Jackie Druery, Learning and Research Services, Stauffer Library, Queen's University

8:30 AM – 9:00AM          From Access to Success

PRESENTERS: Michele Chittenden and Michael McNeely, Adaptive Technology Centre / Library Services for Students with Disabilities, Queen’s University

In 2005, the Adaptive Technology Centre (ATC) became a partner in the Queen’s Learning Commons. The Adaptive Technology Centre offers a range of services, software, state-of-the-art technology and assistive devices enabling students with disabilities to read, write and research more effectively. The move into the Learning Commons created numerous opportunities for collaboration and greatly enhanced services for students with disabilities.

It has been four years since the move. Are we still meeting the technological, academic and emotional needs of the students? With assistance from the student group, Accessibility Queen’s, the Coordinator of the ATC developed a service quality assessment survey and distributed it to all Queen’s students with disabilities. The goal of the survey was to determine future priorities for the Adaptive Technology Centre. Survey results were surprising and instructive.

This session will examine our past successes and discuss future endeavours as the ATC continues to create an accessible and equitable learning environment for all students.

9:00am – 9:30am 
From Information Commons to Learning Commons: Planning the Evolution 
PRESENTERS: Darlene Warren and Susan Beatty, University of Calgary

The Taylor Family Digital Library (www.tfdl.ucalgary.ca) at the University of Calgary is scheduled to open in fall 2010. This 21st century facility will enable an expanded vision of support for learning, research and scholarly communication based on integrated discovery, increased access to primary resources, state-of-the-art technologies and support for knowledge creation. In preparation, Libraries and Cultural Resources (LCR) undertook a strategic review and will implement a converged organizational structure prior to opening. Of strategic importance to the evolution of the 21st century Learning Commons is our goal to more fully integrate primary resources into our support of research and learning.

In preparation for the new library, five implementation teams worked to develop service plans for the new facility. One of these teams focussed on learning services and included staff from the library, archives, and museum as well as colleagues from Information Technologies, the Teaching and Learning Centre and Student Success and Learning Services. This presentation will review our planning with a focus on the recommendations of the Learning Services Implementation Team paying particular attention to services to be offered by the Learning Commons and the Centre for Student Success. In the next generation Learning Commons, there will be a significant enhancement of services through the integration of libraries, archives, museum and press enhanced by the collaborations among various campus services to support knowledge creation.

9:30am – 10:00am 
Learning Commons 2.0: Rethinking your Learning Commons and Implementing Change 
PRESENTERS: Simon Neame and Julie Mitchell, University of British Columbia

Learning Commons are known for providing innovative learning spaces, critical learning support services, and access to leading edge technology. But with continual changes in curriculum, library services, digital media, and the way students learn, how can your Learning Commons continue to be relevant and meet the needs of your users?

In May 2009, the Chapman Learning Commons at the University of British Columbia implemented a significant change in its service model in response to a number of external and internal factors. By examining the process of rethinking our Learning Commons and implementing changes to our service model, this presentation will address key factors driving the change; outline assessment and data collection strategies used to inform the change and insure ongoing relevance; and describe our approach for implementing changes given financial constraints.

Whether you have a well established Learning Commons or are in the midst of planning your new space, this presentation will provide practical solutions for rethinking and continually evolving your Learning Commons service model in order to be responsive and relevant to your user community.

10:00 AM – 10:30AM Break

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM - Keynote Speaker: Jesse Hirsh

W eb 3.0 and the Challenge to the Commons: The death of the open web? 

While we are still in the midst of web 2.0 euphoria, it is important for us to explore and understand the impact of the next generation of the web, often referred to as the "semantic web" or web 3.0. Driven by artificial intelligence, this emerging world uses language as the basis for organizing information, while also building upon the interaction and social profiles developed by web 2.0.

Yet our use of language hints at the insular nature of this emerging culture and the need to foster the concept and physical role of the Commons. Political rhetoric in the United States clearly demonstrates how divisive and loaded the use of language is becoming, emphasizing it's not just the tools we're developing that matter, but also the culture that determines their use. The only remedy is an open and free web that we will have to actively define and defend, itself an extension of the concept of the Commons.

This session is sponsored by Apple Computers                                                                                         

12:00PM – 1:00PM       Boxed Lunch

1:00PM - 2:00PM       Wrap-up and plans for future CLC conference (Biosciences 1101)