By D. Russell Bailey
The knowledge Commons (IC) strives to unite all of the evidence and figures of the area right into a source on hand to each person. Many educational libraries are contemplating imposing a knowledge commons version that displays the modern method buyers use assets. Others plan on revitalizing their libraries via configurations that simply combine examine, educating, and studying with a electronic focus.This valuable advisor presents the how-to details priceless for associations contemplating the improvement of a data commons. providing plain-speaking suggestion on what works, specialist authors Bailey and Tierney offer finished case stories from small and big educational libraries to assist librarians enforce, offer education for, industry, and examine a data commons.Each of the 20 case experiences information * classes realized during the successes and blunders of establishing an IC * precis facts Charts for every library together with annual price range and variety of buyers * universal houses and features of ICs around the country, together with employees wishes * actual descriptions, pictures, and pattern model and images from different ICsReaders will research the old context for info Commons and comprehend what practicalities must be a part of the making plans process.Academic, public, and faculty librarians who're contemplating an IC or are trying to find how you can increase their IC will discover a wealth of data the following.
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Extra resources for Transforming Library Service through Information Commons
Three photocopiers are located in the Commons. What’s on the Desktop All 160 full-function computers provide Internet access (including access to library subscription resources) and a large collection of application software packages (MS Office suite, word processing, presentation, graphics, spreadsheet, database, desktop publishing, mathematics/statistics, programming, integrated development environments, simulation, CAD, project management, statistical analysis, and file transfer utilities). Most of the software is licensed campuswide and is available on computers in other student computing facilities.
For example, one library combined tradition and the commons in a name—“Library + Commons”—and used the traditional black-white institutional logo and the color-and-icon-branded commons logo to “brand” all commons resources and serÂ�vices, both physical and digital (see appendix A); all marketing and promotional materials use this unique brand to communicate to patrons. Another library uses library RSS feeds to promote dynamic commons activities and materials. Still another library uses remote digital signage on monitors throughout the campus to market and promote its commons resources and serÂ�vices.
This provides helpful statistical data and facilitates more effective monitoring of space usage. Marketing and Promotion Although it is true that a well-planned and wellimplemented commons will draw patrons via the informal, grassroots network, marketing and pro- Implementation motion enhance popularity and success, which breed satisfaction and greater success. As Murray pointed out, it is important “to identify someone who is going to be your marketing lead person. . 4 Marketing and promotion should be created for various purposes (for openings, expansions, added serÂ�vices and hours) of various types (brochures, table-top, mail-outs, serÂ�vice menus), and various media (paper, web-based files, looping PPT files).
Transforming Library Service through Information Commons by D. Russell Bailey