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. As we move out of that phase of the project, I’m […]

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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. Growing Our Team The Knowledge Commons team recently welcomed our newest Alumni Fellow, Abby Hanus (They/Them/Theirs), who will work with the Center […]

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Knowledge Commons Members

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. Student Success Alumni Fellow, Sasha Conley (She/Her/Hers, They/Them/Theirs), is working with the library and […]

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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. CLICK HERE to download a PDF of the Knowledge & Wellness Commons Study (March, 2016.) Following that visioning process, Bruner/Cott is […]

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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. Strategic Planning led the campus to identify the library and connecting Crown center athletic facilities as key for improving student, faculty […]

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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. The heart of the Library Commons is the Center for Academic Excellence & Center […]

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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. At UMass Amherst, our team met with librarians and technologists to see the Learning Commons, IT Computer Classrooms, Microclimates, the Team Based Learning Classroom, Digital Media Lab and Teaching Commons.  See photos […]

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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) Planning for kickoff call with Brightspot: Identifying partners – draw from LLC Proposal Service workshop Determine which partners will be engaged in Feb/March service workshops — two 2-3 […]

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