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Transforming Library Service Through Information Commons: Case Studies for the Digital Age
D. Russell Bailey and Barbara Gunter Tierney
Item Number: 978-0-8389-0958-4
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $72.00
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184 pages
8.5" x 11"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-0958-4
Year Published: 2008
The Information Commons (IC) strives to unite all the facts and figures of the world into a resource available to everyone. Many academic libraries are considering implementing an information commons model that reflects the contemporary way patrons use resources. Others plan on revitalizing their libraries through configurations that easily integrate research, teaching, and learning with a digital focus.

This invaluable guide provides the “how-to” information necessary for institutions considering the development of an information commons. Offering plain-speaking advice on what works, expert authors Bailey and Tierney provide comprehensive case studies from small and large academic libraries to help librarians implement, provide training for, market, and assess an information commons.

Each of the 20 case studies details
  • Lessons learned through the successes and mistakes of building an IC
  • Summary Data Charts for each library including annual budget and number of patrons
  • Common properties and characteristics of ICs across the nation, including staff needs
  • Physical descriptions, photos, and sample brand and graphics from other ICs
Readers will learn the historical context for Information Commons and understand what practicalities need to be part of the planning process.

Academic, public, and school librarians who are considering an IC or are looking for ways to improve their IC will find a wealth of information here.

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Table of Contents

Foreword, by Donald Beagle

List of Case Study Contributors


One    Definitions: Information Commons and Learning Commons
Two    History and Evolution of the Information Commons Concept
Three    Planning
Four    Implementation
Five    Assessment
Six    Information Commons Case Studies: Large Academic Libraries
Seven    Information Commons Case Studies: Small Academic Libraries
Eight    Lessons Learned

A    Sample Brand and Graphics
B    Sample Information Commons Survey



About the Author
D. Russell Bailey, Providence College, and Barbara Gunter Tierney, UNC Charlotte, are nationally recognized authorities on Information Commons. From 2001 to 2005, Bailey served as the Associate University Librarian of the Information Commons at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Currently, he is the Library Director at Providence College in Rhode Island. This author team has given programs on Information Commons, ranging from its planning, implementing, and assessing to the practical nuts and bolts. They have also written books together concerning Information Commons.
"Recommended for the full spectrum of its intended target group, namely library, information and other institutional administrators who are planning strategically and tactically how to improve library services, as well as library and administrative staff who are determined to energise and improve their library and information enterprises, library and information professionals who are seeking ways to become and remain more vital, and students of library and information science."
--Hi Tech

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