New York State School Library Program Rubric (SLMPE)

The School Learning Commons Knowledge Building Center

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  • Pamela Colburn Harland. The Learning Commons: Seven Steps to Transform Your Library. Libraries Unlimited, 2011.
    • This simple guide provides valuable insights for transforming an out-of-date public, school, or academic library into a thriving, user-centric learning commons
      • Includes usable surveys, sample newsletters and library reports, research paper formatting guides, and a highly useful website
      • 38 figures and photographs of actual resources, user-centered design, students utilizing resources, and web design
      • Index facilitates quick reference to specific examples on demand
      • This text provides a roadmap any librarian can follow to adapt their facility to the emerging and increasingly popular learning commons library paradigm
      • Provides documented, valid information and practical suggestions presented with a dash of humor, unlike most texts on librarianship

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  • David V. Loertscher, Carol Koechlin and Sandi Zwaan; The New Learning Commons Where Learners Win! Reinventing School Libraries and Computer Labs ISBN: 978-1-933170-40-4; Hi Willow Research and Publishing; 2008; $25.00 (available at:


  • Building a Learning Commons
Carol Koechlin, Esther Rosenfeld, and David V. Loertscher; Hi Willow Research and Publishing; ISBN: 978-1-933170-59-6; 2010; $30.00 (available at: A planning guide for administrators and those interested in establishing a Learning Commons that reinvents the role of the school library and computer labs in the school.

Nancy Keane, Rundlett Middle School, Concord, NH

Changes due to student responses:

Flickr page:

Rundlett Middle School LibGuides

Library Helpers Club: more student input and student created multimedia.

From Library to Learning Commons video: Imagine your Library, Anita Brooks Kirkland

Your "To-Do" List!

From The Learning Commons: Seven Simple Steps to Transform Your Library by Pamela Colburn Harland. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2011.