Monday, June 29, 2009

The Learning Resource Center – Library as Learning Space

The learning resource center is now in “a central position as the heart of an institution – both symbolically and in terms of its physical placement” (Freeman, 2005, p. 1). The services now focus on pedagogical concerns, interactive learning, collaborative learning where “one can truly experience and benefit from the centrality of an institution’s intellectual community” (Freeman, 2005, p. 2). This shift does not imply that the physical library would be replaced. The addition of digital assets and technology “transforms the library into a more vital and critical intellectual center of life at colleges and universities today” (Freeman, 2005, p. 2).

The library’s primary role is to advance and enrich the student’s educational experience; however, by cutting across all disciplines and functions, the library also serves a significant social role (Freeman, 2005, p. 6).

The new perspective of the learning resource center has been impacted by changes in learning, teaching and technology (Norman and Siminitus, 2005). These changes will continue to focus on the mission of the institution and dynamically impact student learning. The library will evolve further and become “a ‘laboratory’ for new ways of teaching and learning” (Freeman, 2005, p. 9).

Reference List
Freeman, G. (2005). The library as place: Changes in learning patterns, collections, technology, and use. In Council on Library and Information Resources, Library as Place: Rethinking Roles, Rethinking Space (pp. 1-9). Washington, DC: Council on Library and Information Resources. Retrieved May 15, 2007 from http://www.clir.org/pubs/reports/pub129/pub129.pdf.

Norman, C., & Siminitus, J. (2005). Conversations with california community college librarians and deans of learning resources programs: Library and learning resource program issues and network applications. Community & Junior College Libraries 13(2), 17-35.

1 comment:

Character Education said...

Good post: library is always the source of learning.

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