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Rae Helton Learning Commons Coordinator Ekstrom Library University of Louisville


Creating an LC with Existing Space How We Did It

Renovation Rethink Space Partnerships Collaboration


Why Partners? Continuous Improvement Achieve More with Less Collaborative Advantage Synergy


Events Timeline  New Wing – Completed 2006  Phase I Completed – August 2007  Hired LC Coordinator – October 2007  Phase II Completed – April 2008  Digital Media Suite Dedication – 9/30/08


Ekstrom Library Learning Commons

•REACH Computer Resource Center •Classrooms •Group Study Rooms •Café and 24-Hr Study Area •Workstation Clusters •Laptop Loans •Wireless Access •Meeting & Event Spaces

•Learning Commons Computer Lab •Digital Media Suite •Green Screen Studio & Viewing Room •Writing Center •Quiet Study Lounge •Flexible Seating •Rolling Dry Erase Boards •Flexible Seating


Collections Lili P. Segal Memorial Theater Collection Commonwealth Center for the Humanities & Society The Criterion Collection Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Video Collection American Sign Language Appalshop Art Library Video Collections Audiocassettes Library of African Cinema


Movies Anyone?  SGA Funded DVDs  Circulates to students,

faculty and staff  New releases, feature films, television series, documentaries


“If students aren’t taught the language of sound and images, shouldn’t they be considered as illiterate as if they left college without being able to read or write?” --George Lucas


Why Video?

1. Replace traditional research paper 2. Multimedia complement to oral presentation 3. Multimedia complement to research paper 4. Video to show mastery of subject matter


Digital Media Suite A Shared Vision


Digital Media Suite •Four Apple

Workstations •Camera Loans •Two 50” HDTVs •Apple TV •Green Screen Studio •REACH Tutors


DMS Benefits Stronger Relationship with Partners Created a Niche in LC Collaboration Model Pool Funds and Expertise Good Synergy


Our Successes •Lights, Cameras … Ideas to Action • weRock iMovie Festival •John Lennon Bus


Lights, Cameras ‌ Ideas to Action i2a Day 2009


Lessons Learned  Maximize partner expertise & resources  Collaborate + share = strong relationships  Be flexible & adaptable  Be patient  Respect partner differences  Keep an “idea” file  Listen (especially students & partners)


Questions?


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