Learning Standards & Program Guidelines Implementation Toolkit

Transforming the Physical Space of the Library

standards coverImagine the library of your childhood. Quiet and designed for individual learning, perhaps, chock full of print materials? Say goodbye to that paradigm. To create an L4L library means a revolution in the physical space of the library. Study carrels make way for collaborative learning spaces. Data projectors replace overheads, and it's not unusual to find Sumatra in the stacks and java in the graphic novels. Books are still available, to be sure, but now iPods are where encyclopedias once were. Furniture on wheels helps the library accommodate all kinds of learning modalities: small groups, literacy circles, video production, and more. The library is more social than ever before, and a productive buzz replaces the "Shhh!" atmosphere of the past.

Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs discusses program and facilities management. Consider how realigning your program management goals and transforming your physical space will accommodate the robust new learning model.

Online Resources

Additional Resources

  • Cicchetti, Robin. 2010. “Concord-Carlisle Transitions to a Learning Commons.” Teacher Librarian 37, no.3 (February), 52–58.

  • Loertscher, David V. 2008. “Flip This Library.” School Library Journal 54, no.11 (November), 46–48.

  • Loertscher, David V., Carol Koechlin, and Sandi Zwaan. 2008. The New Learning Commons Where Learners Win! Reinventing School Libraries and Computer Labs. Salt Lake City, Hi Willow.


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