Information Commons: Learning Space Beyond the Classroom
September 16th & 17th, 2004
SUPPLEMENTAL PAPERS AND BIOS
Don provided several items for the conference. The first is his "very brief thought piece" on the characteristics of a learner-centered commons and the distinctions between a "learning commons" and an "information commons." The other items are his postings to the INFOCOMMONS-L listserv about the September 16th and 17th presentations.
Shahla is the Head of Undergraduate Reference for USC's Information Services Division, and the Information Services Coordinator for the Leavey Library. She was member of the 1994 Leavey Library opening day team. As the Information Commons' first administrator, she established the original policies and operating procedures, handled hiring and training and set service levels. From 1996-2000 she was an Associate Professor at Iran University of Medical Sciences, School of Management, Library and Information Sciences. Since returning to the Leavey Library in 2000, Shahla has focused on the development of training programs for the student navigation assistants, and most recently, undertaken an assessment survey within the commons. Her presentations include "Information Commons 101: Nuts & Bolts Planning" an ACRL Pre-Conference offered at ALA, January and June, 2004. She is a co-author of "If You Build It They Will Come: Spaces, Values, and Services in the Digital Era", Library Administration & Management, 11(2), Spring 1997, 74-85. Shahla received her Ph.D. in Library and Information Management at USC.
Marianne has been with the University of Arizona for 4 years as an assistant librarian on the Science-Engineering Team. She has worked with improving reference services throughout the Libraries, including at the Information Commons. Marianne was team leader of the group that created a virtual reference service. I am currently the team leader for the Finding Information in a New Landscape (FINL) Team. This group is charged with assessing and improving information and referral services whenever and wherever it occurs throughout the Libraries. Prior to coming to Arizona, she worked at the University of Houston and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
As Assistant Director for Technology Services at Hardin Library, Jim leads information technology and academic technology service initiatives designed to impact the University of Iowa's five health colleges as well as the largest university-owned teaching hospital in the country. In addition, he has directed Hardin Library's Information Commons since its creation in 1996 and its expansion to 10,000 square feet in 1999. He is an active campus collaborator in technology-related teaching and learning initiatives throughout the university. Previously, Jim held professional positions at Thomas Jefferson University and at the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, both in Philadelphia.
Amos, a librarian in the Rosenfeld Management Library at UCLA, brings over 27 years of experience in academic library public service work. Amos developed and maintained a Management Information environment in the University of Waterloo Library, coordinated all internal and external reporting, and performance measurement activities. He led the development of the concept of Culture of Assessment in libraries and co-developed with Shelley Phipps (University of Arizona) the ARL "Creating a Culture of Assessment" Workshop. He and Shelley published the article "Creating a Culture of Assessment: A Catalyst for Organizational Change." Portal: Libraries and the Academy, 4:3, (July 2004), 345-361 (available through Project MUSE). Since 1999 he has been interested in how portals will affect libraries and librarian's work. Amos led the introduction of the concept of the Integrated Liaison Service Model at UCLA. As Head of the LITA Internet Portals Interest Group he organized and presented a full day Symposium on Portals in Libraries at the Annual ALA Conference in Orlando in June 2004. His current focus is on developing a students' portal at the Anderson School of Management at UCLA, research on information competencies for Graduate students and faculty, web usability, digital services and the impact of library portals on libraries. Further information - http://personal.anderson.ucla.edu/amos.lakos/
Joan K. Lippincott
Joan is the Associate Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), a joint project of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and EDUCAUSE. Joan previously held positions in the libraries of Cornell, Georgetown, George Washington University, and SUNY at Brockport as well as the Research and Policy Analysis Division of the American Council on Education and the National Center for Postsecondary Governance and Finance. She has written articles and made presentations on such topics as networked information, collaboration among professional groups, assessment, and teaching and learning in the networked environment. She is on the board of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD), secretary/treasurer of the National Initiative for a Networked Cultural Heritage and a member of the editorial board of C&RL News. Joan received her Ph.D. in higher education policy, planning, and administration from the University of Maryland, her M.L.S. from SUNY Geneseo, and an A.B. from Vassar College.
Michael D. Miller
Mike is Director of Arts and Engineering Libraries at the University of Michigan. He is one of the founding Directors of the Duderstadt Center, the University of Michigan's showcase for information and academic technology. Mike is the former head of the Undergraduate Library at Stanford University responsibility for which included campus media services and public computing sites. He was the founding director of the Johnson University Center Library at George Mason University, an innovative mixed-use facility, and was founding director of the Avery Fisher Center for Music and Media at New York University. Mike has a M.P.S. in Interactive Telecommunications from New York University and a M.S. in Library & Information Science from Long Island University. He teaches graduate classes in academic library issues at University of Michigan's School of Information.
Melanie is the Instructional Services Coordinator for the USC Information Services Division and has been a librarian at Leavey Library since 1999. She is a co-author of "Integrating Service in the Information Commons: Toward a Holistic Library and Computing Environment," Library Administration & Management, Vol. 16(4), Fall 2002, pp. 181-186. She was a panelist in "Information Commons Issues and Trends: Voices From the Frontline," ACRL 11th National Conference, April 2003. She currently is the Vice-Chair/Chair Elect, Southern California Instruction Librarians, 2004.
Ilene is the Manager of the Information Competence Initiative for the Office of the Chancellor of the California State University. She is the editor and contributing author of the new book, "Integrating Information Literacy into the Higher Education Curriculum: Practical Models for Transformation" published by Jossey Bass this year. She is also the recipient of the 2003 "Distinguished Education and Behavioral Sciences Librarian of the Year" award from the Association of College and Research Libraries.
Sara, Science and Engineering Team Leader, joined USC in July 2004. She has been a science and/or engineering library director in Illinois for the past 17 years. Tompson is Past Chair of the Engineering Division of the Special Libraries Association, and a regular reviewer of engineering texts for "Library Journal." She and her team are focused on expanding outreach and services to faculty and students in the sciences and engineering. In 2003 the Science and Engineering Library Task Force begin the process of envisioning a specialized information commons -- Tompson and Science Center Director Charlotte Crockett are expanding on that vision in discussions with key faculty and graduate students during the Fall 2004 semester.
Linda Weber has been a librarian at the University of Southern California for 25 years. Currently she is the Social Sciences Team Leader at USC. This is a new job that was created in 2003 when USC Libraries reorganized using a team approach. She is responsible for planning, organizing, supervising, and managing the collection development, reference, instruction, and outreach activities of a team of 14 social sciences librarians. She is also liasion to the Schools of Education and Communication. Prior to becoming a Team Leader, Linda was Head of the Stoops Eduction Library from 1989 until it's closing in 1998. Linda then moved into the School of Education working as a field librarian in a completely electronic environment. For the past three years she has been a member of USC's University Distance Learning Curriculum Committee.