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Park Crossing High School Library/Learning Commons 

What is a Learning Commons?

As we work to build twenty-first century learning skills...collaboration, creation, and communication, we need to look at how we can support this by creating an environment that meets that need. The Learning Commons concept takes libraries that one step further to support digital students and learning (Reierson and Davis, 2012). Loertscher, Loechlin, and Rosenfeld (2012) define a Learning Commons as a learning “space” that is both physical and virtual – a place to experiment, practice, celebrate, learn, work and play.

What are the differences between a Learning Commons and a traditional school library?

Traditional school libraries are seen as quiet places full of printed books, people reading and librarians ‘shushing’. A Learning Commons takes school libraries into the 21st century. Yes, we still have printed text, and there are still people reading, and there is still a librarian, however the Learning Commons has so much more! There is a hum of activity with students talking, learning, searching for information on a variety of devices, focusing on content creation and synthesizing of information. The Learning Commons becomes the hub and the heart of the school; a place for teachers and teacher-librarians to collaborate to build inquiry learning and critical thinking skills in students; a place for technology integration and experimentation; a place that is 'owned' by students and staff alike (Reierson and Davies, 2012).

MISSION STATEMENT

 The mission of Park Crossing High School's library media program is to support the curriculum by providing access to current and appropriate information resources and to ensure that all students, faculty, and staff are effective users of information. 

PCHS Vision Statement

Teach. Learn. Serve. Soar.

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