Space can have a powerful impact on learning; we cannot overlook space in our attempts to accomplish our goals.
Torin Monahan used the term "built pedagogy" to refer to "architectural embodiments of educational philosophies." In other words, the ways in which a space is designed shape the learning that happens in that space. A room with rows of tablet arm chairs facing an instructor's desk in front of chalkboards conveys the pedagogical approach "I talk or demonstrate; you listen or observe." A room of square tables with a chair on each side conveys the importance of teamwork and interaction to learning.
The area is equipped with electronic indexes, CLAS (the on-line public access catalog), and microform reader-printers for the various forms of microtext.
The periodicals collection houses (1) a comprehensive ERIC collection on microfiche; (2) an extensive college catalog collection on microfiche (representing over 3,000 catalogs from over 2,900 institutions, both domestic and foreign); (3) a comprehensive business collection on microfilm of over340 business journals, local, regional, national and international.
The Technical Services Department is responsible for obtaining and processing all books and other resources for the Library.
These learning scenarios occur whether we arrange the spaces or not.
Periodicals/Government Documents are non-circulating. For convenience, a copy machine and microform reader-printers are available for duplicating material.
This department houses the main print and electronic reference collection, including, encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, indexes and bibliographies. Materials in this collection are non-circulating , however, a copying machine and microfiche reader-printers are available.
Materials are checked out for 2 hours, overnight, or weekly, as designated by the professor.The Camille Shade Collection, contains books and other resources by and about African-Americans. Materials from this collection must be used within the reading room, where both microform and photocopying machines are available.Located on the first floor, the Circulation department is where materials are checked out and returned.One renewal is granted if the book is not in demand. The Library Learning Resource Center is a state-of-the-art computer center located on the second floor of the Library.Fines are charged beginning the day after the due date. The center is comprised of several sub-units, including Macintosh and IBM computer systems, Typing Center, and Multimedia Center.We can facilitate deeper and richer learning when we design spaces with learning in mind.Learning takes place everywhere on a college campus.The field of environmental psychology explores such topics as place attachment, psychological comfort with space, and the motivational and inspirational effects of space.Those who study space from a physical viewpoint are interested in the effects on activity of light, temperature, and physical closeness.In fact, learning arguably happens everywhere—on city sidewalks, in airplanes, in restaurants, in bookstores, and on playgrounds.Human beings—wherever they are—have the capacity to learn through their experiences and reflections.