- Quiet spaces for individuals and small groups
- Spaces and resources for differentiated learning opportunities
- Serves as a center for Web 2.0 tools
- Showcases student work
- Online 24 hour access to resources
- Wireless to allow for network access in the whole commons
- Cultural center with live performances
- Interactive OPAC
And then we hit a roadblock Or two. Or three.
It turns out, everyone didn't think the name change was a good idea. One concern, voiced by someone I respect, suggested that changing our name could potentially put our jobs at risk. Everyone knows the role of a "library," but they're far less familiar with a "learning commons." Board members, administration, and the public may have a much easier time eliminating something "superfluous" like a learning commons (what happens there, anyway?), than they'd have eliminating a library. The concerned individual also felt that the name learning commons suggested a space that could be staffed by whatever teacher happened to be using it at the time. It's a "commons," after all.
During our conversation, she wanted to know why it mattered. What was the purpose of changing our name? It's JUST a name. Couldn't we still do learning commons "things" and continue to call ourselves a library?