Library Planning Research,  Social Library Issues,  Space Planning

Learning Pods: Library User Needs

Value the Present.
After hundreds of years of delivering physical educational, we are now increasingly transforming education into online collaboration environments. The public library as well as educational institutions still provide story time and reference, but it is not so simple. We need to be aware that individual learners need services based on collaboration. Not having a plan for the individual learner can lead to a decrease in student success. OK. Let’s parse that – creating a library plan for the individual learner ensures a stronger educational response and improves outcomes for students.

Bring Your Whole Self, Not Just the Best Plan
Like many others caught in our current circumstances. You must have high standards for your learning engagement platform and be ready for extra scrutiny. You can shine by putting the spotlight on safe individual learning and a magnifying glass on adaptive strategies to encourage library use. These can be both physical and online services.

According to Mitchel Resnick (MIT media Lab) and Brian Silverman (Playful Invention Company), the following principles for constructing a learning kit are:

  • Low Floor and Wide Walls
  • Make Powerful Ideas Salient – Not Forced
  • Support Many Paths, Many Styles
  • Make it as Simple as Possible – and Maybe Even Simpler
  • Choose Black Boxes Carefully
  • A Little Bit of Programming Goes a Long Way
  • Give People What They Want – Not What They Ask For
  • Invent Things That You Would Want to Use Yourself
  • Iterate, Iterate – then Iterate Again

They studied gaming to support learning and making things. (Reflections on Designing Learning Kits)

Learning Pods & Masks
Having a strategy for your library user is a start. In the hybrid world, we need to understand the risks in your physical environment and provide strategies to support learning activities. We need to examine the potential needs and build solutions to support learning behavior, interactions and interactivity.

Given that online education is often not suited to support the individual learner here are some guidelines that can be used to support your library planning.

1. Create an Online or Physical Library Environment that encourages safe access (low floor)
2. Create an Online or Physical Library Environment that encourages expert users to create their own research (high ceiling)
3. Create an Online or Physical Library Environment with Wide Walls – i.e. provide cultural exchanges that enhance personal experiences
4. Create Open Windows to facilitate the sharing of collections, partnerships, social media programs and communications


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