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We formed our Learning Commons in 2008 which included the Writing Studio, Tutoring, Office for Undergraduate Research as well as other services already available in the Library. Since then the entire first and second floors have been converted into different service areas.  The  second floor is now almost fully devoted to learning support.  It includes a large Math learning lab we call the SMART Lab and expanded areas for all other tutoring in Math, Physics, Chemistry, etc.  The benefits far outweigh the challenges.  The students use these areas extensively because they are so visible.  We do very little marketing on campus.  

As far as noise, the Library is now zoned and the first 2 floors are collaborative zones so they are somewhat noisy.  The furniture is very flexible, everything on wheels, so students can move things around to suit their needs.  The first floor has a Starbucks that plays music.  The 3 - 6th floors are increasingly more quiet zones and students seem to respect the various options.  

The Library staff have become great partners and it has provided opportunities for some wonderful collaborative projects such as a dissertation forum offered by our Writing Studio and Librarians.  

Feel free to contact me off list if you would like to know more about how we got started and how it has progressed.


Pat
 
Patricia A. Maher, Ph. D.
Director, Academic Success Center
University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Ave.
LIB122
Tampa, FL  33620
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From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Jimenez, Juan
Sent: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 9:06 AM
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Subject: Re: Learning Center question

Dear all,

We have just begun our discussions regarding remodeling our building to create a learning commons that combines the library with the math, writing, and science centers, as well as peer tutoring. I would be very interested in thoughts other have regarding this question. I am already beginning to see where having the tutoring center housed within the library would cause some concerns regarding the noise level in the area, and am trying to figure out the best model for handling this.

Thanks!

Juan

Juan F. Jiménez
NCLCA Certified Learning Center Professional – Level 2 Associate Dean – Learner Support and Transition Western Technical College
400 Seventh Street North
La Crosse WI  54601
Office: (608) 785-9544
Fax: (608) 789-6206
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From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Jennifer L. Briney
Sent: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 07:56
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Subject: Re: Learning Center question

Hello Barbara,
We have a Center for Learning Excellence housed in our Education building and are currently making the move to our library to combine our academic support services into a Learning commons located in the center of campus.  I would like to also hear from others regarding their experience with learning centers in Libraries.

Thanks!

Jenny Briney, M.A.
Director of the Center for Learning Excellence Developmental Education Specialist Certified Learning Center Professional-Level 2 Education Complex-RM #206 MacMurray College
447 East College Avenue
Jacksonville, IL 62650
217-479-7178
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From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Barbara Windom
Sent: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 7:25 AM
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Subject: Learning Center question

The University Tutorial Center at NC State University is currently investigating moving to a learning center housed in the main library. Our administration is interested to know what other institutions have a learning center, particularly ones housed in libraries.  We appreciate knowing how the model is working for others.

Thanks,
Barbie Windom

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tutorial.dasa.ncsu.edu <http://tutorial.ncsu.edu>

NC State University
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