Jovanne Irenio, Alvie Chen Saldana, Sergio Luis Villanueva, Norman Clent Garcia, Jhun Larry Escrupulo – BSBA Marketing
Did you know?
What is the true purpose of our school library? Some people forget the true essence and use of our University Library. So to put it to proper and good use, we will be reminding all of you the TRUE PURPOSE of our library:
- A catalyst for literacy and reading and for teaching and scaffolding inquiry learning.
- Make a difference to students’ understanding and achievement and provide support for teaching and learning throughout the school.
- Provides information and ideas that are fundamental to functioning successfully in today’s information and knowledge-based society.
- Equips students with lifelong learning skills and develops the imagination, enabling them to live as responsible citizens.
In other words, the study habits and learning common of 2016 is going to look much different than what we’ve seen on the previous year up to the present. Here are some interesting facts and statistics that show where we are today.
The JRU Library learning commons started when the time that the library was remodel in 2010 and finished it on 2012. The original plan of the renovation of the library was taken from the concept of transforming reading facilities to collaborative activity facilities, with the intention of promoting the welfare of every student specially those who like to study in work groups. The plan of renovating the library was divided in two phases namely: (1) physical infrastructure to showcase the library along the busy streets of Shaw Boulevard, thus the reason behind having a showroom-like type of view from the outside that everything can be seen. (2) interior development to best fit in the advantage of the students, having improved facilities, acoustic panels which lessen the noise produced by the students while they are silently discussing their agendas and started to put up the learning commons.
The Learning commons is not part of the original plan, however, when the staff saw a group of students having a hard time studying with all the noises around, they decided to create a room with a minimum capacity of 4 and a maximum capacity of 8. The students, who were having a hard time having what we called nowadays as “GROUP STUDY”, became the inspiration of the staff to further develop the creation of the learning commons.
The main purpose of the learning commons wherein the library provides the Rizalians a collaborative learning activity and promote flexibility that can help the students to perform effectively and efficiently. It is also a social space for the student’s academic, brainstorming of ideas and other information’s needed.
The library itself can be considered a learning commons, but having students who forget the true purpose of our library, which is sometimes being abused, we also have students who still see our precious library as a catalyst to help them improve their knowledge and further enhance the capacity of their minds. Having a private room to learn with a group isn’t going to bite you off that much.
We would be showing you how often students visit the library and how often they use the learning commons allotted for them to learn either by group or individually.
It only shows how effective the learning commons to our students, they preferred to use it aside using the open space in the library. Because it is more conducive for learning and they can easily collaborate with each other.
According to the university librarian Ms. Bugarin, they we’re planning to put other equipments like white board and small speaker for music purposes. This will help the students to enlighten and relax mind when reading and looking for peaceful place.
While it is too early to set standards or even memorialize best practices in using our library, specifically the Learning Commons Room. These include taking simple steps in the course of discipline, assessing progress and change, and increase the knowledge of Rizalian Community on the proper usage of library.