Open Stacks - Reserve Area AND Learning Commons at USask
At the University of Saskatchewan I had the opportunity to visit the Main Library, in particular the reserve area and the Learning Commons.
Use this link to view pictures, my comments, and links to add comments
Check out the pictures and my comments, but basically there are several ideas that we may want to discuss:
- Weeding of reference - Susan Murphy (Reference Coordinator) told me that a year or so ago they weeded their reference collection by half, and they plan on halving it again in a year.
- Learning Commons style computing - most computers on this floor can be used for anything (research, word processing, email et cetera). At the panel on Learning Commons at the workshop that was the case for most COPPUL libraries (straw poll), but was certainly the case for the panelists (from Malaspina University College, University of Calgary, University of Victoria, and Simon Fraser University).
- Reserve stacks open to the students - there is a separate area for Reserve Readings that is open to the students with a separate security gate. Students can use the material in the area, or check it out and leave the area. All material is self serve (with the exception of a few things like computer discs - I don't think they had many videos though).
- Electronic Reserves are not duplicated in print
Please add your comments to the photographs and this posting.
Posted by hunt-k at December 2, 2005 1:18 PM