About the Learning Commons


Introduction

The Learning Commons supports learning at the University of Miami through the co-location, coordination and enhancement of existing academic services. Complementing the classroom experience, the Learning Commons helps students in all disciplines pursue their own intellectual goals in conversation with peers and experts and with access to scholarly and creative resources. By increasing the accessibility of services, it optimizes library space at the center of the Coral Gables campus. We are striving to create an inviting new learning environment that is symbolic of the University’s common purpose: to transform lives through teaching, research, and service.

The University of Miami Libraries’ Learning Commons is the result of collaboration with campus partners including the Camner Center for Academic Resources, Academic Technologies, Writing Center, and Math Lab. The planning process for designing the vision, mission, and service model for the Learning Commons was facilitated by Brightspot Strategy in 2015. This process resulted in two reports: a User Research Report and a Service, Staffing and Space Strategy Brief.

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Vision Statement

Help students become effective and independent learners with the ability to identify, critically analyze and apply relevant information and technologies as well as the skills necessary to communicate across disciplines and cultures.

Mission Statement

Offer opportunities to work individually and collaboratively, learn from peers and experts, discover and explore resources and ideas, and create and experiment. Provide an inviting, comfortable, and technology-rich environment.

Steering Committee

  • Leonidas G. Bachas, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Charles D. Eckman, Dean of Libraries
  • Jennifer Ferris-Hill, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences
  • William Scott Green, Senior Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education
  • Allan Gyorke, Chief Academic Technology Officer and Associate Vice President for Academic Technologies
  • Juan Rodriguez-Vela, University Architect
  • Andrew Williams, Executive Director of Space Management