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Featured: Building a Learning Commons

eNews Edition: Winter 2012

A 21st century pedagogical and technological model in the heart of CSUN’s campus.

The Oviatt Library is embarking on a number of initiatives that will change the face of our facility and our services. Perhaps our most ambitious endeavor is the new Learning Commons which is due to begin construction in June 2013. The introduction of the Learning Commons will be the first phase in our state-of-the-art transformation to meet the growth of internet-based research and instruction, facilitate an increase in student collaborative projects, and integrate the Library's resources and services into campus wide partnerships to further student learning and respond to faculty needs. The Learning Commons, which will extend throughout the 1st floor of the Oviatt (including the Core and both Wings), will integrate the new skillsets of librarians with 21st century technologies; provide students with ergonomic, portable, and flexible furniture; create a light and open space; be food friendly with an expanded Freudian Sip cafe; and facilitate a teaching and learning dynamic. We have high hopes for the Learning Commons as a new pedagogical and technological model for the 21st century academic library.