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Planning for Higher Education Journal

September 1, 2005

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Positioning the University Library in the New Learning Environment

Libraries must be designed to promote and sustain the development of the learning communities that are emerging in universities. This article describes an attempt at Australia’s largest university to reinvigorate the role of the central library and to make it more pedagogically relevant through the provision of spaces designed to facilitate the creation of communities of learners.

From Volume 34 Number 1 | September–November 2005

Abstract: Universities worldwide are reconfiguring their campus environments to respond to the emerging pedagogy within higher education with its emphasis on self-directed, collaborative, and problem-solving approaches to learning. In particular, there is an emphasis on forming “learning communities.” In this context libraries are increasingly required to accommodate learning that is more active, collaborative, and that involves considerable use of communication and information technology (CIT) in spaces previously consigned to passive, individual learning. Drawing on the author's involvement as a member of the design team, this article examines the approach at one Australian university library to align its spaces and facilities to meet the emerging pedagogy within higher education.

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