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ALA/ACRL/INFORUM: Information Commons Documents

Directory to selective ALA, ACRL, INFORUM conference resources by leading information commons authorities. Compiled by Dr. Russell Bailey, Associate University Librarian for Information Commons, University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Last updated 2006.


Information Commons: a directory of innovative services and resources in academic libraries http://www.brookdale.cc.nj.us/library/infocommons/bibliog2.htm

A directory of information commons at colleges and universities in the U.S. and internationally. Includes “planning documents and mission statements detailing different approaches to integrating library and computer application services.” With annotated webliography to key articles and books, and link to the INFOCOMMONS-L list. A sabbatical leave project by David Murray, Brookdale Community College, New Jersey. This site was last updated Dec. 2004.


Information Commons Study Leave

A report on the state of information commons, based on site visits during 2004-05 to ICs in U.S. and Canada. .By Joanne Henning Head of Reference Services McPherson Library, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.


The Information Commons
(ARL SPEC Kit 281, July 2004)

Executive summary of survey of the status of information commons at ARL libraries. Provides an overview of IC creation and promotion, funding, facilities, and personnel issues.


The Information Commons: A Public Policy Report

Discusses “information commons” in the broadest sense—as places where “communities with common interests and concerns gather” Examples given include public domain/open access resources, digital repositories, as well as library facilities.

By Nancy Kranich, Senior Research Fellow, 2003-04, Free Expression Policy Project, NYU and ALA past-president.


Library as Place: Rethinking Roles, Rethinking Space
(CLIR Publication, no. 129, February 2005).

A visionary collection of essays about the rapidly changing role and place of the library, with a focus on academic libraries. Authors include an architect, librarians, and a professor of art history and classics. Part of the Council on Library Information Resources (CLIR) series, Perspectives on the Evolving Library.


Next Gen Learning Space Design Resources

Annotated, selective list of current sources, focusing on user-centered design of library/learning spaces. Compiled and annotated by Christopher Sean Cordes, Assistant Professor. Instructional Technology Librarian
Iowa State University. Published Feb. 16, 2006.


Simon, Matthew J. “Redefining the facilities of community college libraries and learning resource centers in the 21st century.” Community & Junior College Libraries, Vol. 12(2), 2004. 

Discusses how the “perception of diminished use” is triggering the redesign of community college libraries. Cautions about the significant challenges to plans for new library configuration and the negative consequences of such redesign.