I really liked reading the articles about the library as a classroom. I remember growing up it seemed like every time I was part of a group project we always went over to someone’s house to study rather than go to the library. Going over to a group member’s house was generally seen as just as good if not better than the library after all everyone had a computer and there was always one group member that had a mom that would make us snacks. Going to the library meant hoping a study room was open and then being in a small room with a table, if you needed a computer you had to sign up for one and huddle around it while trying not to disturb others around you. Libraries and students are changing, now in group setting you will generally find at least one, if not all, of your group members has a laptop eliminating the need to crowd the banks of library computers and the meeting spaces are becoming cooler, “The central unit is frequently a generous space furnished for informal face-to-face gatherings; other areas can include meeting rooms, writing centers, tutoring venues, advisor offices, and nearby access to food and drink. To reinforce that this is a student-centric area and to inspire the creativity of others, physical areas in the commons may also prominently display and promote student efforts” (Lippincott, 2011). I love seeing how libraries are transforming to spaces that encourage meeting and creativity. When I tell people that I am studying to be a librarian many people seem to think I’m just learning the Dewey Decimal system and how to Shush people. It will be interesting to see how the perception of what librarians do changes as library spaces change. I doubt anyone in these modern meeting spaces would claim that a librarian is there to Shush people.
Lippincott, J. K., & Greenwell, S. (2011, April). 7 things you should know about the modern learning commons (Report). Washington DC: EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI). Retrieved from http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELI7071.pdf