UMD Learning Commons Opens To Support Student Success

Matt Rosendahl, Library Director
Champ

An open house with the theme "Be a Learning Champ" will celebrate the completion of a new Learning Commons on the second floor of the Library on Thursday, September 19, from 3 to 4:30 pm. After introductory remarks by Chancellor Lendley Black and Executive Vice Chancellor Andrea Schokker, the Bulldog mascot "Champ" will be on hand to lead tours and pass out grab bags to visitors.

The UMD Learning Commons was designed to be a dedicated space for integrated services that support student learning—providing convenient access to tutoring, a writing center, library research and information services, as well as multimedia technology and expertise.

Rather than students having to go to numerous service areas around campus, they can now find key components that will support their academic success all in one location.

Faculty and staff, who often use campus services such as research, writing, and multimedia assistance, will also benefit from the centralized Learning Commons staff and resources.

"It is really exciting to see the Learning Commons space become a reality," said Liz Benson Johnson, Assistant Library Director. "The vision for the Learning Commons is a place where students can find information, learn through discovery, get support with creative projects and transform existing knowledge into new knowledge."

Providing a learning commons has been a goal of the Library for a long time, and last year, campus partners, library personnel, and the local architectural firm TKDA drafted a plan and budget for the second-floor project.

Remodeling over the summer created defined spaces for the various services, and new furnishings were purchased to facilitate collaborative study. Students can now find the help they need in the Library's comfortable and productive learning environment.

According to Johnson, the Learning Commons partners (UMD ITSS, Library, SSP and the Writers' Workshop) are looking forward to offering their services in the Learning Commons and working together to develop new services that support student learning.

Come to the open house and check it out. You, too, can be a Learning Champ!




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