Nanyang Technological University – Learning Commons
Another day in Singapore and another thunderstorm, but fortunately, another university designed in such a way that movement between buildings can be undertaken easily and in the dry.
The Lee Wee Nam Library is Nanyang Technological University’s (NTU) flagship Library. It houses the Engineering and Science Collections
|Library image from NTU website|
The Librarian’s Offices have recently been refurbished and include a new multi media boardroom and Library Training Room.
|New multi-media board room|
|Input plates beneath table top|
The room also has video conference capabilities.
The recently upgraded Library training room has been upgraded with 30 fixed PCs for library training and other workshops. The layout has been changed from straight to curved rows.
The side walls are glass to provide additional writing surfaces.
A black strip runs down the wall to denote the presence of a step to prevent accidents, the chairs have wheels and are stackable
|The Lee Wee Nam Library|
The Library is a 5 story building, with many of the study facilities located around the perimeter of the building.
|Study spaces on the mezzanine floor|
Using the “Cool Campus Budget”, the Library identified a small (300 square metres) space to create an experimental Learning Commons.
The space was transformed to provide: Learning Pods, Multi-media PCs, a recording room, video wall and digital newspapers.
6 Learning Pods have been created, 3 of which are located close to the IT Help Desk.
|IT Helpdesk with pods 1 to 3 behind|
|Learning Pods 1 to 3 have fixed tables and movable stools|
Learning Pods 4 to 6 are located by the Recording room and are equipped with 48 inch Smart Boards
|Learning Pods 3 to 6 with Smart Boards|
|Tables designed by library staff|
When booked, the students check in at the Help Desk and are issued with a pack which includes writing pens and equipment use instructions.
Multi-Monitor and Touchscreen PC Workstations
PC workstations have been set up in 3 different configurations:
4 stations have 2 screens, 4 stations have 3 screens and 3 stations have touch screen PCs
The multi-monitors provide a bigger screen surface and the option to open up more applications all at one go. The PC workstations are equipped with ‘Pinnacle’ software for video editing.
This is a small room providing students with access to audio and video recording facilities quickly and conveniently.
The Recording room is fully equipped with recording equipment, a green screen and chroma key software.
The video wall is located in between the learning pods. It comprises of 4 x 46 inch LCD monitors
Displays include information about the digital resources and facilities provided by the library.
|Digital Newspaper station|
|Topical, a page from the Straits Times!|
The results show overwhelmingly that the Learning Commons, although small, has had a huge impact upon student behaviour, and as a result the Library is now seen as the first destination for study facilities.
In view of this success, and, taking into account the student feedback, the Library has created a second, and larger, Learning Commons in the Business School Library.
The Business Library Learning Commons.
|Entrance to the Business Library|
The design of the space is meant to mirror that of a railway carriage.
The Business Lounge
Immediately inside the entrance can be found the Business Lounge. This is a small space set up in an informal manner for students to access Bloomberg resources that are not freely available on the internet.
Students are able to come here and work and/or met with others over a drink as tea and coffee facilities are available to them.
|Informal business lounge|
|View into the Learning Commons from the upper level|
|New, larger Learning Pods|
The Cinema Room
Next to the study pods is the Cinema room, used by students to both create and view their presentations and videos.
This is quite a “cool” room with some nice features.
This space is sound proof and can be used for larger groups to study if not in use for video related activities
New Student Services.
An area, the Careers Research Corner has been created to enable students to have access to a wide range of resources when considering their career choices
|Careers Research Corner|
Also in this area is a Language Learning Centre
|additional resources for self paced language learning|
The library will continue to monitor and evaluate the use of these spaces in order to ensure that they continue to meet the student’s needs both now and in the future
|View from the Learning Commons to the upper levels|
Again, there are many more interesting things to talk about here at NTU, but space and time don't allow!