By Peter Deekle, Dean of University Library Services
Located within the Roger Williams University Main Library, the Learning Commons is an active, collaborative environment that integrates information resources, services and expertise offered by several academic and central service departments in a single location – each focused on the support of successful teaching and learning. In addition to University Library operations, it currently includes several partners – each contributing to the academic support of students and faculty: University Advising Center, Instructional Design Department, Media Services/MediaTech, Student Accessibility Services, Student Advocacy, and Tutorial Support Services.
The newly created Learning Commons Partnership Council (through its monthly meetings and ongoing communication) recognizes and reinforces three over-arching principles: Connecting, Collaborating, and Creating, among students and faculty at the University. The Council’s members foster an ongoing (1) communication among partners, (2) consultation and advice toward the overall goals of the Learning Commons, and (3) coverage and scheduling of services to optimize access for its student and faculty users.