We are in a new building with the Library, Black Box Theatre, and
Performing Arts Pavilion.  The Academic Center (ALC) moved from 1200
square feet to 7600 square feet on the first floor of the building.  We
are centrally located on campus and we collaborate by giving joint
workshops introducing students and faculty to our services.  We call the
Library and the ALC the Learning Resource Center.

I would hesitate to break down too many walls between the library
functions and the learning center functions.  Tutoring can be noisy.  I
do not think librarians will want to design individual lessons for
students for computer-based instruction or sit down at the computer to
teach a subject matter. 

The Library will and does provide space for us when and if the ALC must
be closed, and we have tutors available for tutoring.

Also, students who come to the learning assistance center need and want
privacy.  They do not like everyone knowing that they use the tutoring
services although we know that the smart students use the services. Many
students wear the invisible blemish that there is something wrong with
them that they did not get it in the classroom and need to go for
additional help.

We have a close working relationship as we form one division--Learning


-----Original Message-----
From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals
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Sent: Monday, May 22, 2006 8:10 PM
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Subject: Re: Learning centers and libraries sharing space & resources

Beth, you might take a look at the book _Centers for Learning:  
Libraries and Writing Centers
in Collaboration_ edited by Jim Elmborg and Sheril Hook.  The link to  
the publisher's page is

Good luck!

Neal Lerner

On May 22, 2006, at 8:13 PM, beth kupper-herr wrote:

> Aloha from Hawaii,
> My community college is starting to look at the possibility of  
> reconfiguring
> space to create a new type of learning environment that would  
> include the
> LRC, Library, and some IT services.  The LRC and Library are  
> currently on
> different floors of the library building (we take up part of the  
> ground
> level, the Library is on the next two floors) and operate quite  
> separately.
> The idea seems to be to combine and renovate our facilities in some  
> way to
> enable us to share some costly resources (i.e. technology) and make it
> easier for students to use all the services, without changing our
> organizational structure.  Terms I've been given that are supposed  
> to be
> relevant to this concept are learning commons, learning spaces,  
> learning
> environment, etc.  I've read some information (including perusing the
> Dartmouth collaborative facilities site
> <>), but find that the majority  
> of these
> spaces seem to be focused on combining libraries with IT, with much  
> less
> involvement of learning/tutoring centers.
> It looks like this change would probably involve moving the LRC  
> upstairs,
> something which I'm not sure would be in our best interests unless  
> it gave
> us more space (perhaps our scarcest resource).  While I feel  
> uncertain, I
> feel I need to learn more, since if funds are available for this  
> project, it
> would be a unique opportunity to upgrade our ageing facilities (our
> buildings are 38 years old).  After this lengthy preface, here are my
> questions:
> - Do you have any experience with combining a learning center and  
> library?
> If so, how did it work out?  What were the challenges and rewards?   
> Was an
> architect involved in design and planning?  How much student  
> involvement was
> there in planning? How much faculty (instructional) involvement?   
> Is the
> space integrated with classroom instruction in any way?  (From my  
> limited
> reading, one of the goals seems to be to have a more seamless  
> connection
> between in-class and out-of-class learning.)
> - Can you recommend any colleges that have exemplary spaces that we  
> could go
> to look at -- preferably on or near the west coast?  (Suggestions for
> relevant websites and publications would be great, too.)
> BTW, our campus does not yet have wireless access.  We all know  
> it's needed,
> but so far the funds are not available.
> Thanks in advance for any information you can share with me!
>   beth

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