The Commons concept, developed in the early 1990’s, has evolved over time, taking different shapes and involving different resources and services as it has evolved, including the Information Commons, the Learning Commons, the Library Commons and the Research Commons. There are numerous similarities among the various iterations of the Commons and some clear differences.
This presentation describes the basic foci and components of the Commons, found in most all iterations.
The presentation then delineates and describes the variations among the different types of Commons as they move from library-centric and tactical initiatives to institution-wide and strategic.
The Information-, Learning- and Library-Commons are designed primarily with students (mostly undergraduate) in mind. The Research Commons is designed with upper-level graduate students, faculty and researchers in minds.
Examples of each type of Commons will be provided, as well as links to collections of Commons implementations, resources and bibliographies.
Dr. D. Russell Bailey is currently Library Director at Providence College. He formerly served as Associate University Librarian for Information Commons, University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Dr. Bailey is a contributing author to The Information Commons Handbook (October, 2006). He is also co-author of the forthcoming Information Commons Case Studies (Spring, 2008) and co-authored (with Barbara Tierney) "Information Commons Redux..." JAL, 2003.
Dr. Bailey served as convener and moderator of Information Commons and Learning Commons panels and workshops for ACRL/ALA 2003-2006.
For further information on his publications, other professional activities, and his academic background, please see his profile at Providence College.