A Field Guide to the Information Commons


A Field Guide to the Information Commons



Edited by Charles Forrest, Martin Halbert.

Includes a chapter by former College at Brockport faculty member Joan K. Lippincott: Information commons : surveying the landscape.

"Our sources of information, and the practices we use to find it, are in a period of rapid flux. Libraries must respond by selecting, acquiring, and making accessible a host of new information resources, developing innovative services, and building different types of spaces to support changing user behaviors and patterns of learning. A Field Guide to the Information Commons describes an emerging library service model that embodies all three spheres of response: new information resources, collaborative service programs, and redesigned staff and user spaces."

"Technology has enabled new forms of information-seeking behavior and scholarship, causing a renovation of libraries that revisits the idea of the ‘commons’ -- a public place that is free to be used by everyone. A Field Guide to the Information Commons describes the emergence, growth, and adoption of the concept of the information commons in libraries. This book includes a variety of contributed articles, and descriptive, structured entries for various information commons in libraries across the country and around the world."--Jacket.



Publication Date


Publication Information

Plymouth, U.K. ; Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2009.

xv, 197 p. : ill., plans ; 26


Databases and Information Systems | Education




Located in Drake Library at: [on order]

CONTENTS: Origin and development of the information commons in academic libraries / Elizabeth J. Milewicz -- Information commons : surveying the landscape / Joan K. Lippincott -- Breaking down barriers to working and learning : challenges and issues in designing an information commons / Carole C. Wedge, Janette S. Blackburn -- Technology in the information commons / Richard Bussell -- Case study in customizing information commons environments : Hardin Library / James Duncan -- Field guide -- Introduction to the Field guide entries -- Afterword / Crit Stuart -- Field guide entry survey form -- Time line of information commons developments.

A Field Guide to the Information Commons