Summary: For Murray (2015) a learning commons is not just an abstract idea or future aspiration, it is a buzzing, active and vital process that is actually taking place. In her article “Piloting the Learning Commons” published in the journal, Teacher Librarian, Murray explores the process she underwent while piloting a learning commons at her school. Murray experiences a successful transformation, and makes recommendations for creating such a space. Murray claims that for her, it is not a learning commons unless she can look around and see the excitement, engagement and myriad of creative and inventive activities happening simultaneously.
Opinion: I was hoping to get a little more into the nuts and bolts of how a school goes from not having a learning commons to developing one. The article seems to imply that as soon as the learning commons is there that students just automatically love it. I would have liked to learn more about some of the teaching, learning and planning that went into making this learning commons a success. That said, Murray makes a great rationale for having a learning commons and outlines some of the wonderful things that can happen there.
Murray, E. (2015). Piloting the Learning Commons. Teacher Librarian, 43(1), 18–24. Murray, E. (2015). Piloting the Learning Commons. Retrieved from: http://libaccess.sjlibrary.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true &db=ehh&AN=110469425&site=ehost-live&scope=site