The New Learning Commons: Where Learners Win! 2nd Ed.

Loertscher, Koechlin, and Zwaan team up in this book to rethink everything about the function and role of school libraries and computer labs. It is often a case of 180 degree reconsideration. What does this mean? The profession has been on a command and control model: If we build it, they will come. We build a website and expect students and teachers to use it on our terms. They Google, instead. We expect teachers to appreciate the collections we build. They want classroom collections. We open our doors during the school day. Our patrons want 24/7-365 service.

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The Big Think: 9 Metacognative Stratagies That Make the End Just the Beginning of Learning

The typical research assignment might consist of a selection of a topic and the interception of information resulting in a product of some kind that is graded. The end. Next topic, please.


Author Profile: David V. Loertscher is a professor in the School of Library and Information Science, San Jose State University. He is a past president of the American Association of School Librarians and an international consultant.

Announcing QuickMOOCS*

(Participatory 2-3 short courses/professional development experiences for individuals or groups) Here is an online experience for you with a very different design. You are in command as you are offered a wide variety of resources, ideas, and experiences that you can select from to ask ques- tions, learn what you want to learn, participate with others, contribute what you know, do projects, get badges, or certificates of participation. And, you can stay in these communities as long as you want to share and learn. And they are affordable. $10! Our first two are now available and you can check for others as they are added. It is a whole new way of participatory rather than top down learning. Join us today!

Makerspaces in School and Public Libraries: An Introduction QuickMOOC

The Physical Learning Commons

Personal Learning Environments (free!)

* A MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course. A QuickMOOC is one part of an entire course that can be experienced online in 2-3 hours and are participatory rather than top-down learning.


For many years, our friends have known us as Hi Willow Research & PSYB001SybaSignsLOGOCS2ublishing, but with the new emphasis of our work being the creation and development of the Learning Commons in school and academic libraries, we have established a new imprint that is easier to remember: All our titles will continue to be distributed by LMC Source, with the exception of a new distributor for Australia and New Zealand, Syba Signs!

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Our newest titles:

Young Adult Literature and Multimedia: A Quick Guide 2015, 10th edition

Coteaching and Collaboration: Why Two Heads are Better than One

Collection Development Using the Collection Mapping Technique
A Guide for Librarians 2nd Edition

The Virtual Learning Commons: Building a Participatory School Learning Community

The New Learning Commons: Where Learners Win! 2nd Ed.

Knowledge Building in the Learning Commons: Treasure Mountain 17

Google Apps for Education: Building Knowledge in a Safe and Free Environment

Treasure Mountain Canada

Building a Learning Commons

Learning Commons Treasury

I Second that Emotion: Sharing Children’s and Young Adult Poetry: a 21stCentury Resource Guide for Teachers

The Big Think: 9 Metacognative Stratagies That Make the End Just the Beginning of Learning

Issues: Think Models for Collaborative Knowledge Building

People: Think Models for Collaborative Model Building

Places: Think Models for Collaborative Model Building

Connections: Papers of the Treasure Mountain Research Retreat, Nov. 4-5, 2009, Charlotte, NC

Treasure Mountain Treasury #1: Using Online Resources

Best Teen Reads 2010

A Painless Guide to Research Using Web 2.0 Tools: Under the Umbrella of 21st Century Teaching Skills

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Building a Learning Commons

As a companion to The New School Learning Commons Where Learners Win, this book is 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. Chock full of checklists, planning forms, an organizational suggestions, this guide is a handy tool. It begins with a brief explanation of what a Learning Commons is and its role in total school improvement and then step by step goes through  the aspects of program, physical facilities, changing technologies and ends with a variety of assessment tools to guage progress.

Learning Commons Treasury

In this third publication, the editors have gathered together 25 articles they have solicited about the Learning Commons idea over the past several years and published in Teacher Librarian. Articles lay the foundation of the Common, provide real examples from teacher librarians who have established a learning commons in their school, provide a glimpse into curriculum matters related to the Commons, the technology needed to make the Commons a success, a guide for the staff and role of specialists in the Commons, and finally several articles dealing with assessing impact on teaching and learning. This trio is a valuable collection for reinventing the nature of school libraries into a 21st century model.

Collection Development

The Virtual Learning Commons: Building a Participatory School Learning Community

This book is a companion to and an extension of, The New Learning Commons Where Learners Win 2nd edition, published in 2011. In that volume, we presented the idea that the school library and computer lab be merged into a single entity in the school, and that this new place be reinvented from the ground up in order to become a giant collaborative. 

In the past year, as we have watched Learning Commons develop around North America, we have discerned the need to elaborate on the virtual part of the  the Learning Commons that would replace the often bypassed school library website.

Collection Development Using the Collection Mapping Technique: A Guide for Librarians

2nd Edition

Laura Wimberley, David V. Loertscher, and Marc Crompton; Hi Willow Research and Publishing; 2014; ISBN: 978-1-933170-78-7; $33.00; ebook: $28.00

More than a decade ago, David Loertscher introduced the concept of collection mapping in two different books mostly to the audience of school librarians of the time. It received some attention at that time because it contained a simple method of dividing the collection into various segments that became a part of a visual representation of collection strengths and weaknesses. Much has happened in the last decade that has put into major question what it is libraries should own and what it should provide access to across a wide spectrum of information and for what types of devices.

Collection Development

Coteaching and Collaboration: How and Why Two Heads Are Better Than One

From both a theoretical and research perspective, coteaching is simply the most powerful foundational program element a teacher librarian can have to make a difference in teaching and learning. This collection of articles from Teacher Librarian bring together the power of coteaching between classroom teachers and teacher librarians. Thus, this collection can serve as a conversational piece of professional development or the basis ofof explaining and working with a school faculty on this powerful tool and strategy.

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