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By Charles Forrest, Martin Halbert

A box consultant to the knowledge Commons describes the emergence of the idea that of the knowledge commons in libraries and its fast unfold and adoption, and contains a number of contributed articles and descriptive, established entries for numerous info commons in libraries.

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7. Donald Beagle, “Conceptualizing an Information Commons,” Journal of Academic Librarianship 25, no. 2 (1999): 88. 8. Barbara Dewey and Brice Bible, “Relationships and Campus Politics in Building the Information Commons” (paper presented at Academic Libraries 2005: The Information Commons. NY3Rs Association and the Academic and Special Libraries Section of NYLA. html. 9. Joan K. Lippincott, “Linking the Information Commons to Learning,” in Learning Spaces, ed. Diana G. edu/ LearningSpaces. 10.

The library staff may include librarians, nonlibrarian full-time or part-time staff, and students. Information technology staff may include full-time or part-time staff (who have experience in staffing help desks or similar units), and students. In some cases, libraries retain separate reference desks; in others, all reference work is centralized in the information commons service desk. In some information commons, library and IT staff are Information Commons: Surveying the Landscape 25 cross-trained to answer common questions.

Computer games or business operations). Involving campus leaders, such as members of student government, in the establishment of policies for information commons is a useful strategy for gaining student input into issues. Since information commons are, by nature, technology-rich environments, they need regular refreshing. The budget should provide for regular equipment and software upgrades, and staff members must have access to regular training. By design, most information commons accommodate relatively easy reconfiguration of the physical space and service points to allow the library to respond with agility to changing needs.

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