Thursday, September 24, 2009

Awesome Library Survival Guide

In building our undergraduate commons, Indiana University was one of our primary models. As we start our planning for a faculty/graduate student commons, we are looking at their concept once again. Today my friend Sarah shared a link to their Survival Guide for students. This is another brilliant idea worth imitating.

Reminiscent of a Worst Case Scenario survival guide, this clever handbook is filled with tips from "How to finish your research so you still have time for fun" and "How to find a good place to study" to "What to do if you break your arm and you still need to type a paper" and "What to do if you are stuck in an elevator."

The guide is filled with wry humor and interesting factoids ("There are 166 steps from the first to the tenth floor of the East Tower") as well as practical advice ("Watch out for passing buses, too. When they speed through a puddle, use your body as a shield to protect your books, not the other way around. In the long run, it will be less expensive.")

When I saw the link, I intended to simply flip through it but ended up reading the entire thing. Somehow they have managed to provide useful information and yet be quite funny and engaging. Take a look at IUB's Survival Tips. Brilliant!

Images from IUB's Survival Tips

Monday, September 21, 2009

New Commons at Tulane

The new Learning Commons at Tulane University will have its dedication ceremony on Wednesday. The description of the space includes the usual collaborative work areas, wireless access, and so forth. I like how they describe their help:
Just as important as the technology and amenities, the Learning Commons is also the place to interact one-on-one with research librarians, technology experts, and media specialists. These professionals are on hand throughout the day and evening to assist students with their research and learning activities.
I found a number of photos of the space on flickr. I am actually headed to New Orleans next month--hope I'll have time for a quick visit!

Image from Howard-Tilton Memorial Library

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Zombies in the Commons

Here's a fun promotional video from Georgia State University's Learning Commons:

They've also posted a video tour of their commons.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Librarypalooza at CSU

Tis the season for welcome week events in academic libraries. Cardinal Stritch University's library just celebrated the start of school by hosting their Librarypalooza. I love the t-shirts! The above image is from their photo booth, which seems to be a universally popular activity. Check out more photos of their event.