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The SDSS Library is making significant strides in becoming a Learning Commons. A “Learning Commons is a whole school vision of students, staff and community members learning collaboratively.  In a Learning Commons, learning is always happening - every day, with everyone, everywhere.  Understanding the Learning Commons is the focus of Together for Learning: School Libraries and the Emergence of the Learning Commons​,​ a vision document for school libraries written by the Ontario School Library Association (OSLA).” (BWW; What is the Learning Commons)​ 

Goals of the Library Learning Commons:
  • ​Centre of Intellectual Engagement
  • Whole-School Approach
  • Collaborative Learning Hub
  • Participatory Community
  • Build Learning Community
  • Drive Future-Oriented Thinking
  • Make many connections
  • Reflect equality, diversity and cultural identity
The SDSS Library Learning Commons supports student learning through:
  • literacy, including multiliteracies and creating and sustaining engaged readers
  • numeracy
  • knowledge, thinking, communication and application of learning
  • development of imagination, creativity, communication, and problem-solving as seen in authentic inquiry
  • equitable access to a wide variety of resources
  • seamless integration of technology into learning and
  • partnerships between staff, students, and the community 
  • engaging, differentiated, and safe spaces for learning and exploration
    • 8 spaces: Cozy Reading Nook, Quiet Reading Space, Pair Tables, Classroom/Small Group Work, Larger Group Work, Computer Lab, Seminar Room, MakerSpace
  • open, dynamic and fluid physical learning spaces for individuals, small groups, large groups and whole classes
  • 24/7 access to a variety of resources and information including books, digital resources, electronic databases, audio and video that are responsive to learners interests and needs
(adapted from BWW; What is the Learning Commons​)

 ​Links to documents to support the research surrounding Learning Commons:

SDSS Library Learning Commons Staff Team:
  • Mrs. Bocking 
  • Mr. Skubiski
  • Mrs. Taylor


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