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A 21st century learning commons

26 June 2010

American Library Association annual conference, Washington, DC

Loretta Parham, Director, Robert W Woodruff Library
Gail McClenney, Deputy Director, Robert W Woodruff Library

American Libraries highlights AUC’s Woodruff Library

Monday, 5 April 2010

The renovated Robert W. Woodruff Library at Atlanta University Center was among the projects celebrated in American Libraries magazine’s 2010 Architecture Showcase, published online this month.

A 24-hour area (shown at right), with group learning spaces and an e-café, is separated from the rest of the Library by a series of automated glazed panels that secure the collections when the Library is closed without the use of a security grill. The inviting and dynamic main floor, with its media creation and presentation space and robust digital resources, is visible through the panels, which are ...[more]

New learning commons for University of Alabama

Monday, 11 January 2010

The University of Alabama today announced plans for an “extreme makeover,” implementing recommendations from Shepley Bulfinch’s recent library study to create a collaborative technology-rich learning environment for Gorgas Library. The redesign will integrate flexible seating, new lighting, and the creation of variety of individual and group learning spaces as part of the new Gorgas Library Learning Commons.

“We’re creating a communal space in a library where students and faculty come together to work, to do research, to get help from librarians, to get coffee,” aid Gary Wasdin, assistant dean for the Library’s access and information services.

The library’s first floor, which is currently closed for renovation, is expected to re-open in mid-February.

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An integrated learning commons for collaborative learning and academic support services

4 November 2009

Educause - Denver, Colorado

David Dodd, CIO. Xavier University
Robert Cotter, Associate Vice President, Xavier University
Kandi Stinson, Associate Provost, Xavier University

Kanbar Campus Center wins design excellence award

Monday, 16 April 2007

The Kanbar Campus Center at Philadelphia University was one of four student centers to receive the 2007 Facility Design Award of Excellence at the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) annual conference in Atlanta last month.

Entries were judged not only on the basis of the facilities’ appearance, but also on the process used to arrive at the design and how the new or renovated facility has impacted the campus.

The 75,000 s.f., $17 million Kanbar Campus Center opened in September 2006. Designed as a “campus street,” the building connects the university’s academic precinct with its recreation and athletic facilities. Its design, with a wall of windows, captures the natural setting and ...[more]

If we build it…

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

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If we build it, will they come? This was one of the many questions posed this spring at the Learning Spaces Collaboratory Forum. Shepley Bulfinch, along with other national design and academic leaders, was invited to participate in a series of roundtables, concluding with a national forum in Washington, D.C. The challenge was lofty: to discuss and determine what is “now and next” in classroom design and instruction.

Of particular interest to us was the idea of institutions experimenting with learning spaces, essentially testing, what works today and what will be flexible enough to evolve with changing pedagogies. Experimenting with learning ...[more]

Revolution in the library

2 April 2011

Assn of College & Research Libraries Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA

Janette Blackburn AIA, LEED AP