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TO ALL:
PLEASE SHARE ANY RESOURCES AND/OR THE STYLE OF MANGEMENT YOU HAVE FOUND WORKS BEST IN THE LEARNING CENTER ENVIRONMENT? THANK YOU.



> From: beth kupper-herr <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: 2006/10/31 Tue PM 09:30:16 EST
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: Learning centers and libraries sharing space & resources
> 
> Dear Jane,
> This is an extremely, *shamefully* belated thank you for sending me the
> brochure and other information about your Library/Learning Center.  It
> really looks like a beautiful and well-furnished place that offers a great
> deal to your students and must be a tremendous source of campus pride.  Our
> own learning commons plans are on hold right now, but I'm keeping the
> materials you sent.  Once again, thank you so much for taking the trouble to
> send me this information.
> 
> Sincerely,
>         beth kupper-herr
> 
> 
>  > Hi Beth
> >  I'm going to send you a brochure of our new Library/Learning Center. We
> > opened the building in 2004.
> > One of the unique aspects of our setup is that we have 3 tutoring
> > centers on one floor. Each center manager maintains their own budget and
> > answers to a different dean under the Vice-President of Academic
> > Affairs. The Library Director also comes under Academic Affairs.
> > We knew we wanted all of the tutoring areas in one geographic location
> > for the student's sake.
> > We did have an architectural firm that was very instrumental in creating
> > a beautiful and functional building. It has become the showcase of the
> > campus and has had a huge impact on everything from Development, to
> > Advising and Registration.
> > This year we installed TutorTrac to help us gather consistent data. Our
> > tutoring numbers are up significantly.
> > I'll include more info with the brochure.
> > 
> > Jane Pickett
> > Learning Center Manager
> > Quinsigamond Community College
> > Worcester, Ma. 01606
> > [log in to unmask]
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals
> > [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of beth kupper-herr
> > Sent: Monday, May 22, 2006 8:13 PM
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: Learning centers and libraries sharing space & resources
> > 
> > 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
> > < http://www.dartmouth.edu/~collab/>), 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
> > 
> >  
> > )))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((
> > (((
> >  
> > Beth Kupper-Herr 
> > Professor 
> > Coordinator, Learning Resource Center
> > Leeward Community College
> > 96-045 Ala Ike
> > Pearl City, HI  96782
> > e-mail:  [log in to unmask]
> > phone/voice mail:  (808) 455-0413
> > 
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> Beth Kupper-Herr   
> Professor 
> Coordinator, Learning Resource Center
> Leeward Community College
> 96-045 Ala Ike
> Pearl City, HI  96782
> e-mail:  [log in to unmask]
> phone/voice mail:  (808) 455-0413
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