Background Information

The Library Learning Commons is an engaging and flexible learning environment designed for our students as digital learners. Collaborative teaching and learning are the heart of this transformation, and inform the design of both the library media program and the space.

Cobb schools can earn Library Learning Commons Certification through examining the three specific areas of Library Learning Commons transformation: services, resources, and intentional spaces.

Principals and library media specialists will complete the application below and include evidence of Library Learning Commons philosophy and practice, as well as a letter of principal endorsement. Applications will be evaluated by the Library Learning Commons Advisory Board, which consists of CCSD staff and community representatives.

​Through this process, schools are poised to apply for the state of Georgia Judy Serritella Exemplary Library Media Program Award and the National School Library Media Program of the Year Award.

A Library Learning Commons:
  • Represents a philosophy of flexible learning in programming and design, centers on collaboration, encourages innovation, and incorporates the unique culture of the local school community.
  • Is student-centered and provides informational resources, productivity tools, and services to support and accelerate student learning (Pressley, 112).
  • Continues to support teaching and learning, but also provides space for “experimenting, playing, making, doing, thinking, collaborating, and growing” (Loertscher, E3).
  • Includes instructional leadership and collaborative work of the Library Media Specialist (LMS), allowing students to learn digital literacy skills, engage in creative thinking, and prepare for their futures.
  • Functions on a flexible schedule, rather than fixed, at least 75% of the school day.

Loertscher, David V., and Carol Koechlin. "Climbing to excellence: Defining characteristics of successful learning commons." Knowledge Quest 42.4 (2014): E1.  Link.

Pressley, Lauren. "Charting a Clear Course: A State of the Learning Commons." ACRL. N.p., 22 Mar. 2017. Web. 9 July 2017. Link.
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