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By Charles Forrest, Martin Halbert

ISBN-10: 0810861003

ISBN-13: 9780810861008

A box advisor to the data Commons describes the emergence of the concept that of the data commons in libraries and its speedy unfold and adoption, and contains a number of contributed articles and descriptive, based entries for varied details commons in libraries.

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Returning to the issue of names, it is noteworthy that there is not consensus regarding the nature of the information commons and the nature of libraries. On the one hand, the term “information commons” was born of necessity, to mark spaces that offered a new and digitally centered research experience. As a product, generally, of collaboration among libraries, IT personnel, and others, there was also a need to mark this space as distinct from the library proper. Consequently, as the information commons concept has gained greater currency and popularity, it has not always carried with it an association with libraries.

Some of these services include the campus writing center, tutoring programs, adaptive technology units, career services offices, academic computing units that focus on research support for faculty, computer sales, and centers for teaching and learning 26 Chapter 2 that support faculty efforts to improve their teaching through the use of technology. The University of Massachusetts, Amherst, the University of Arizona, and Indiana University are examples of institutions that have incorporated a number of campus services into their information commons.

The situation at Georgia Tech exemplifies an ideal asserted by librarian Donald Beagle and realized in only a small number of institutions: “The Information Commons creates a synergy between the user support skills of computer staff, the information skills of reference staff, and production skills of media staff. ”7 Other types of services typically offered in information commons include laptop loan, digital and video camera loan, and supply sales (usually through a vending machine). Food and coffee are often sold in a café setting within or near the information commons.

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