VALA2006 Session 3 Anderson

VALA2006Internet café or learning environment? The University of Newcastle’s Information Common after the first 18 months

VALA 2006 CONCURRENT SESSION 3: Teaching and Learning Environments
Wednesday 8 February 2006, 11:55 – 12:30
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VALA Peer Reviewed PaperGreg Anderson

University Librarian, University of Newcastle

Alison Rigby

Senior Librarian, Client Services, University of Newcastle

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The Information Common is becoming a standard feature within the Australasian academic library landscape. In 2004, the University of Newcastle implemented an Information Common to provide a learning environment which provides access to software, infrastructure and scholarly information resources on a 24-hour basis. This paper will examine the operation of the Information Common in the first eighteen months of service, focusing on activities (recreational and study), and its impact on the study and learning experience of clients and staff.