Information commons planning: Strategic and operational considerations.
In: National Seminar on Information Technology in the Library, 3-5 August 2010, Bayview Hotel, Penang, Malaysia.
This session will introduce you to planning issues and operational elements that you will need to consider
when implementing an Information Commons. The planning process, service models, collaboration issues
and relationship building will be discussed in context of a case study of the University of Auckland Library’s Information Commons Group. The Information Commons Group consists of the large purpose built Kate Edger Information Commons (established in 2003) on the City Campus, the smaller Grafton Information Commons (established in 2004) on the Medical Campus and the library-based Epsom
Information Commons (established in 2006) on the Education Campus. The group comprises three models of co-location, collaboration, integration and innovation successfully operating within the same IT, service and staffing infrastructure. These student-centered learning facilities provide proactive integrated learning support in a collaborative, interdisciplinary physical and virtual learning environment.
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