Although the learning commons approach to learning is a whole school philosophy, teacher librarian expertise leads and facilitates the collaborative work. We suggest a learning commons committee with representation from staff, students and community to plan transformations and advance school improvement goals. As well as the teacher librarian, various specialists in the school also make the learning commons their home base for making a difference across the school. Teacher technologist, reading coaches, and other specialist find natural partnership opportunities in the learning commons. Other library staff and adult volunteers are a welcome addition to keeping this busy learning hub running smoothly. In addition to the adults, we have noticed that successful programs rely on students as members of an iStaff, an iTeam, a Geek Squad, a Mouse Squad, or some other club name whose responsibility is not only to keep the learning commons humming such as staffing a Genius Bar, but also to test and spread their expertise in information and technology across the school. Teachers can rely on these students to be expert coaches and assist as new information or technology tools are incorporated into learning experiences. Below, you will find a few articles describing the roles and responsibilities of the staff of the learning commons. Please contribute your own views, experiences, and other valuable sources either at the bottom of this page or on the blog.
- Teacher librarian Roger Nevin takes pity on Cynthia Sargeant and provides her office space in the learning commons. Suddenly, they discover a whole new collaborative program.
Cynthia Sargeant and Roger Nevin
- Kelly Czarnecki answers questions about how the tech staff and librarians lead the way to Web 2.O.
- Steve Hargadon provides his recommendations to teacher librarians who want to succeed in the world of the learning commons.
Students and Volunteer Staff
- Sue Kowalski describes the contribution of her iTeam to her middle school in Syracuse NY
- Susan Schwartz and Meredith Summs describe their MOUSE squad and their invention for a fellow blind student in a New York City high school.
Susan Schwartz and Meredith Summs
- Karen Ramsey describes her high school Tech Squad who are invaluable to the school in Alberta, Canada.