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KC Open Positions

Are you a recent graduate of Hampshire College? Are you looking for exciting job opportunities? Consider applying to the Knowledge Commons Alumni Fellow and intern positions!  

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Inquiry Center

Construction starts on Wednesday to create a Knowledge Commons Inquiry Center on the first floor of the library. The Inquiry Center will connect Media Services to the Airport Lounge, and the newly renovated space will be a flexible and accessible space for students to connect with peer mentors for research, instructional technology, speaking, writing, quantitative […]

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From Vision to Reality: Part I

Three years of planning culminated in 2016 with a vision for a library-based “Knowledge Commons” that would strengthen existing services and resources at Hampshire and help guarantee a significant and sustainable future for a reimagined library that meets the needs of 21st century learners.

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Knowledge Commons Update

As we start off the academic year, the Knowledge Commons team is hard at work piloting services, planning spaces, and getting the word out. Read on for the latest updates on our progress.

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Hampshire’s Knowledge Commons Team

The library is thrilled to welcome and introduce our growing Knowledge Commons team. With funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the library has recruited and hired a team that will connect our campus to resources to support teaching and learning.

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K W Commons – March 2016 Vision and Plans

The Knowledge and Wellness Commons planning continues to make great progress. In February 2016, Bruner/Cott architects and planners and Brightspot, strategy consultants, consulted with more than 100 Hampshire students to conceive the Wellness Commons.

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Update on LLC: Knowledge and Wellness Commons

In May 2015 the Library Learning Commons Service Strategy Report was finalized. In December 2015 the library received a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for implementation of a Learning Commons 3.O.

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Learning Commons on the Road, part 2: Occidental College

Spring Break 2015 continued with a trip to the Academic Commons in the Occidental College Library. The Commons is a nexus of transformed spaces, resources, services and programs focused on sustaining an intellectual teaching and learning community at Occidental for the 21st Century.

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Learning Commons on the road: first stop Colorado College!

It’s spring break, 2015 and a small team from Hampshire flew away from the snow and mud to visit the Colket Center for Academic Excellence and the Tutt Library at Colorado College. Our Hampshire team included Jennifer King (me), the Director of the Library; Laura Wenk, Dean of Curriculum and Assessment; Rachel Rubenstein, Dean of […]

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What do services LOOK like in the Learning Commons? Work-shopping the model.

With generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, planning for the Library Learning Commons is moving forward. Our consultants, Brightspot Strategy visited Hampshire twice to conduct workshops with Learning Commons Partners (the Writing Center, Transformative Speaking Program, Qualitative Resource Center, Center for Academic Support and Advising, Center for Teaching and Learning, Information Technology, Center […]

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Field Trips and Workshops

On Friday, 1/31, the Library Learning Commons Steering Committee took field trips to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and to Williams College.

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Dec. 18, 2014 Minutes

Present: Jennifer King, Anne Downes, Marjorie Hutter, Bob Crowley, Jason Tor, Carla Costa, Jeff Wallen, Ira Fay (by phone, and then suddenly, in person!), Alana Kumbier (notes)

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LIBRARY LEARNING COMMONS UPDATE – AIRPORT LOUNGE PILOT PROJECT

We are excited to announce that this spring the Harold F. Johnson Library will be able to try out a few key ideas from the Library Learning Commons (LLC) proposal in the Airport Lounge. This project, a collaboration between the Library, the Creativity Center, Hampshire Student Union, Rehamping, IT and Facilities and Grounds, will make […]

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Learning Commons, 12/5/2014 Minutes

Learning Commons Minutes Hill Urbina Friday, 12/5/2014, 12:00-1:00 pm

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Learning Commons, 11/13/2014 Meeting Minutes

Present: Jennifer Gunter King (chair), Karina Rosenstein, Asha Kinney, Bob Crowley, Carla Costa, Jeff Wallen, Marjorie Hutter, Laura Wenk, Jason Tor, Anne Downes, Alana Kumbier (notes), Ira Fay (telephone)

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Learning Commons Steering Committee

Our updated committee roster for 2014-2015 includes:

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Learning Commons, 10/10/2014 Meeting Minutes: Phase 2 Planning

Library Learning Commons 10/10/2014 Hill Urbina Present: Kristen Luschen, Daniel Kojo Schrade, Karina Rosenstein, Jennifer Gunter King, Alana Kumbier, Asha Kinney (notes), Bob Crowley, Marjorie Hutter, Anne Downes, Carl Weber Absent: Laura Wenk, Jeff Wallen, Carla Costa, Thom Long, Byron McCrae Proposal for the Library Learning Commons was submitted in January, prioritized in March, and […]

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Learning Commons September Updates

How fast fall falls!  As we get our new academic year underway, it is a great time to share updates on where library learning commons planning stands. The Library Learning Commons Ad Hoc Steering Committe, with input from many students outside of the committee, submitted to the President a prioritized list of the Library Learning […]

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Library Learning + Community w/Joan Lippincott – Sept 8

 LIBRARY LEARNING + COMMUNITY w/ JOAN K. LIPPINCOTT of the Coalition for Networked Information View a recording of Joan Lippincott’s presentation online, courtesy of Library Media Services.

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Learning Commons Priorities

3/27/2014 Library Learning Commons Executive Summary Learning Commons Vision In The Making of a College, the Harold F. Johnson Library at Hampshire was envisioned to be the “educative aorta of the College.” Creating a Learning Commons is in keeping with this vision of a library that serves as the intellectual, cultural and social hub of […]

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Learning Commons Proposal

Library Learning Commons Proposal  Jan. 31, 2014 Background In 1968, the Harold F. Johnson Library at Hampshire College was imagined as the “educative aorta of the College,” critical to Hampshire’s interdisciplinary, experimental program. In 2014, we have the opportunity, thanks to the Portal Building project and the bookstore’s impending relocation, to re-envision a library that […]

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Learning Commons Proposal – campus presentation

If you missed the Learning Commons proposal presentation on Friday, 1/24/2013 in the Main Lecture Hall, you can check out the powerpoint presentation of the proposal here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/16jMkSkEoRtCKLXhVFPJkr24wiSjl9XXoJuDqS0FcHZ4/edit?usp=sharing The presentation was recorded, and a link will be made available soon. Please check back. Meantime, please direct any questions to Jennifer King at jking@hampshire.edu. Thanks!

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environmental scanning, workshop, and 1/24 open campus forum

A few notes from the Library Learning Commons (LLC) Ad Hoc Steering Committee as we kick off the new year. The committee is preparing a conceptual proposal to deliver to the President on January. 31. Our work to date has involved gathering data and feedback regarding library services and spaces now, reaching out to campus […]

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First LLC Meeting in 2014: Planning for Focus Groups & Visioning Workshop

Happy New Year! The Library Learning Commons Steering Committee is excited for the new year, and the Learning Commons visioning we are undertaking this month. Today we met. Here is the gist of the meeting. As always, please get in touch with the committee if you would like to know more. Brief introduction by JGK […]

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Library Learning Commons Open Meeting

Library Learning Commons Project Friday 12/6,1:00-2:00 p.m. FPH East Lecture Hall Note from first Campus Open Forum: Hampshire plans to renovate parts of the library and significantly modify the library first floor to create a Hampshire College Library Learning Commons. Some of you were able to join us to learn more about the project and […]

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We Want to Hear From You!

From Monday, Dec. 2 – Dec. 13, the library will be covered with butcher-block paper. Please use one of the markers we have placed, and answer these questions: 1. What do you think are currently the BEST things about the library? 2. What do you think are currently the WORST things about the library? 3. […]

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LLC Meeting Minutes 11/22/2013

Library Learning Commons Ad Hoc Steering Committee 11/22/2013 1-2:30, FPH 108 Present: (Guests) Max Byck, Tim Stiles;  Byron McCrae, Steve Roof, Zena Clift, Asha Kinney, Jeff Wallen, Thom Long, Laura Wenk, Kristen Luschen, Oliver Martinez, Cole Cateneo-Ryan, Jennifer King (chair/minutes) Meeting Agenda Hampster coffee – Max Byck Tim Stiles on Maker Spaces – 15 minutes […]

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Service Design Bootcamp in New York!

Representatives from the Library Learning Commons Ad Hoc Steering Committee (Alana Kumbier, CSI/Digital Pedagogy Librarian; Laura Wenk, Dean for Curriculum and Assessment; Jennifer King, Director of the Library; Bob Crowley, Director of Information Technology) attended a one-day Service Design Bootcamp: Partnerships in Higher Education last Friday 11/15. The bootcamp was hosted by Brightspot, an integrated […]

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LLC Meeting Minutes 11/8/2013

LLC Agenda 11/8/2013 Present: Asha Kinney, Bob Crowley, Cole Cateneo-Ryan, Zena Clift, Marjorie Hutter, Byron McCrae, Steve Roof, Carl Weber, Laura Wenk, Jennifer King (minutes) Timeline for proposal extended to Jan. 31 to give the committee 4 more weeks to develop the proposal. Brightspot Proposal – reviewed proposal submitted to the committee by Brightspot Strategies. […]

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LLC Meeting Minutes 11/4/2013 – Brightspot Strategy Consultants

Library Learning Commons Ad Hoc Steering Committee/Advisors 11/4/2013,FPH 107 Present: Elliot Felix (Brightspot Strategy), Ashley Thorfinnson (Brightspot Strategy), Jennifer King (chair, minutes), Marjorie Hutter, Laura Wenk, Kristen Luschen, Cole Cataneo-Ryan, Alana Kumbier, Bob Crowley, Daniel Schrada, Asha Kinney, Thom Long, Jeff Wallen, Steve Roof, Oliver Martinez, Carl Weber Meeting Agenda: Welcome Brightspot Strategy Overview of […]

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LLC Meeting Minutes 10/29/2013

Learning Commons Ad Hoc Steering Committee Agenda & Minutes 10/29/2013 Hill Urbina Present: Asha Kinney, Bob Crowley, Jennifer King (chair), Thom Long, Laura Wenk, Alana Kumbier, Oliver Martinez, Marjorie Hutter, Jeff Wallen, Cole Cateneo-Ryan, Carl Weber, Zena Clift, Daniel Shrada, Byron McCrae, Tatjana Mackin (notes) Absent:  Kara Lynch, Ira Fay, Kristen Luschen; Steve Roof Introductions […]

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LLC Ad Hoc Steering Committee & Advisors

Steering Committee and Timeline: The Library Learning Commons Concept will be developed by an ad hoc steering committee, convened and chaired by Library Director Jennifer King, and based upon broad input from students, faculty, staff, and affected programs. Cole Cateneo-Ryan, Rehamping Student Zena Clift, Associate Dean of Advising Bob Crowley, Director of Information Technology Marjorie […]

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Library Learning Commons: Charge from President

Library Learning Commons Charge from President, October 14, 2013 Hampshire plans to renovate parts of the library and significantly modify the library first floor to create a Hampshire College Library Learning Commons. The library will partner with the Academic Program to create a robust and energized space for both study and access to academic support […]

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