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Making the Library an Innovative and Engaging Learning Environment.

In the Library Commons, students develop interpersonal, academic and problem-solving skills while exploring new ways of learning. This combination is considered by leading educators to provide a richer and more dynamic learning experience for the students—an experience that has many parallels in today’s workplaces.

Combination is a recurring theme in the Library. As a learning environment, it borrows and combines concepts from many stimulating non-academic environments and re-purposes them to create a place that attracts students, makes them want to research, collaborate and interact. Then it provides the resources for them to put everything they’ve learned into action (often in the form of a poster, printed booklet or video).

The environments that successful Libraries draw from are diverse and dynamic. The best Library Commons have the laid-back feel of a coffee shop, expressed with comfortable lounge seating, café tables and plentiful connectivity for the students’ tablets and laptops. They stimulate group effort with collaborative areas that are reminiscent of contemporary architectural firms, design firms or interactive media developers: think large work surfaces, open areas and places where ideas and information can be easily accessed and shared.

Furniture considerations for the Library

Where to start? The Library is a working area, so practicality and aesthetics should be considered at the same time. A good starting place is to consider the kinds of study and activity that students will actually undertake in the Library and design areas within the space to accommodate them.

The two types of schoolwork that typically take place in the Library (or Library Commons) are collaborative learning projects and individual study. A third activity, graphics and video production, also often takes place within the Library Commons in a dedicated area. Each of these areas has its own requirements for furnishings.

Collaborative Area

    • Collaborative Areas

      Collaborative learning projects require group spaces where students can meet, exchange ideas and brainstorm in addition to individual study areas where students can research specific topics their parts of the report. For these areas, look for furniture that offers flexibility: Our Flexline™, Interchange™ and UXL™ lines have multiple collaborative desk offerings that allow students to work as different sized groups as well as individually. All can be fitted with casters for fast, easy and non-disruptive mobility.

      Smith System offers numerous seating options for the Collaborative Zone, including Flavors™ Seating which allows the student to comfortably face front, back and both sides to encourage interaction with his or her workgroup mates on either side. Its seat back also offers reduced resistance to the student who needs to twist to the right or left. Our Intuit™ Chair directs the students more forward, but when equipped with casters, students can easily orient themselves to face their mates. This is also true for our Plato™ Seating which allows the student to comfortably face front and either side without moving the chair and provides exceptional euro-spec lumbar support. Our highly customizable UXL line of seating offers many ways to achieve mobility.

      To provide power and connectivity for the students’ laptops and mobile devices, we recommend our I~0™ Post. Other power options can be integrated directly into Smith System tables.

Library Commons Chat Chair Configuration

    • Social Learning Areas

      This area is designed to promote student interaction by offering an informal and relaxing environment for students. Our Chat™ Chair combines generous, comfortable dimensions cushioned with wear-resistant padding to meet the demands of elementary and secondary students and schools. In addition, it has built-in casters for easy, instant mobility. Our Chat™ Wedge Table integrates perfectly with the Chat Chairs to create seating groups. And don’t forget connectivity in the Social Learning area. For powering laptops, choose the Chat Wedge Power Dome Table.

      Creating a second level of seating and interaction adds energy to Social Learning areas. A popular way to achieve that is with our Café Table, paired with fixed height stools from our Flavors or Plato Lines. Several power options exist for these tables, also.

Library Commons Quiet Study Area

    • Quiet Study Area

      The Quiet Study Zone provides an area for the student to perform research or study independently for regular academic subjects. Our Carrels provide excellent individual study/research environments by minimizing distractions and focusing the student’s attention. Another solution for keeping students focused in the Learning Commons is our Desk Fence. Seating options for this area can be taken from the same lines as chosen for the Collaborative Learning Zone.

      In this area, students will often access reference materials from printed sources as well as on-line. To meet this need, we strongly recommend our Nomads. They combine the stability of traditional library shelving with the mobility of a booktruck. They’ll need places to work alone gathering and evaluating information. They’ll also need places where they can share this information and thinking with others in their group, where students will also work together to create the narrative for their report.interchange_multimedia

    • Media/Graphics Production, presentation and Storage

      Often, the output of the students’ collaborative projects is either a video, multi-media presentation, a poster or document with enhanced graphics. The furniture needed to support the equipment needed to produce these end products can all be found in the Smith System portfolio. An obvious starting place is our UXL Line. It satisfies all the table/desking requirements, and can be customized to meet specific needs of a graphics/video studio. Storage of project materials can be achieved with products from our Cascade Line which also allows extensive customization to meet your needs.

  • Librarian’s Space

    In the Library Commons, librarians won’t be confined behind the reference desk. That’s because, along with the evolution of the Library into today’s Library Commons or Learning Commons, the role of the librarian has also changed. Along with this change comes a changed set of furniture needs. Today’s “blended librarian” needs equipment and furniture to support the multi-faceted job of librarian, technical advisor and educator.

    In the Library Commons, the librarian will serve as a resource for students, and will need a workspace that can support one or more desktop monitors. UXL Desks are designed to be joined together in bays that both support the computer equipment and provide teaching space. Several great mobile options can be found in the Acrobat line. These desks are adjustable in height and can be raised so they accommodate work while standing.

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Cascade Spiral Noteboard
Cascade Spiral Noteboard
Utility Cart
Utility Cart
Cascade Two-Sided Whiteboard Unit
Cascade Two-Sided Whiteboard Unit
Cascade Nomad Cart
Cascade Nomad Cart
Sit Stand Lectern
Sit Stand Lectern
Interchange Crescent Table
Interchange Crescent Table
Sit Stand Student Desk
Sit Stand Student Desk
Interchange Engage Multimedia Table
Interchange Engage Multimedia Table
Multimedia Cafe Tables
Multimedia Cafe Tables
Interchange™ Squiggle Table
Interchange™ Squiggle Table
Planner Makerspace Giant Table - 48" Deep
Planner Makerspace Giant Table - 48" Deep
Interchange™ Half Boat Multimedia Table
Interchange™ Half Boat Multimedia Table
Flavors Stack Chair
Flavors Stack Chair
Intuit Stack Chair
Intuit Stack Chair
Plato Stack Chair
Plato Stack Chair
Interchange Rectangle Multi-Media Table
Interchange Rectangle Multi-Media Table
Interchange Medium Sized Multimedia Table
Interchange Medium Sized Multimedia Table
UXL Crescent Table
UXL Crescent Table
UXL Rectangle Tables - 42" Deep
UXL Rectangle Tables - 42" Deep
UXL Rectangle Tables - 36" deep
UXL Rectangle Tables - 36" deep
Interchange Half Moon Activity Table
Interchange Half Moon Activity Table
UXL Two-Student Diamond Desk
UXL Two-Student Diamond Desk
UXL Nest and Fold Table - Half Round
UXL Nest and Fold Table - Half Round
Planner Cluster Work Center
Planner Cluster Work Center
UXL Adjustable Nest and Fold - Half Round
UXL Adjustable Nest and Fold - Half Round
UXL Adjustable Nest and Fold - Rectangle
UXL Adjustable Nest and Fold - Rectangle
UXL Nest and Fold Table - Rectangle
UXL Nest and Fold Table - Rectangle
Acrobat Carrels
Acrobat Carrels
Plato Mobile Stack Chair
Plato Mobile Stack Chair
UXL Power Bar
UXL Power Bar
UXL Table I~O Post End Cap
UXL Table I~O Post End Cap
Interchange Multimedia Table
Interchange Multimedia Table
Planner Lab Station - 30" Deep
Planner Lab Station - 30" Deep
Planner Rectangle Activity Table - 42" Deep
Planner Rectangle Activity Table - 42" Deep
Planner Rectangle Activity Table - 36" Deep
Planner Rectangle Activity Table - 36" Deep
Planner Rectangle Activity Table - 24" Deep
Planner Rectangle Activity Table - 24" Deep
Planner Rectangle Activity Table - 20" Deep
Planner Rectangle Activity Table - 20" Deep
Chat Coffee and Side Tables
Chat Coffee and Side Tables
Chat Wedge Table
Chat Wedge Table
Interchange Rectangle Activity Table - 42" Deep
Interchange Rectangle Activity Table - 42" Deep
Interchange Rectangle Activity Table - 36" Deep
Interchange Rectangle Activity Table - 36" Deep
Standard Activity Tables - 30" Deep
Standard Activity Tables - 30" Deep
Flavors Sled Chair
Flavors Sled Chair
Flavors Mobile Stack Chair
Flavors Mobile Stack Chair
Cascade Mega-Tower
Cascade Mega-Tower
Cascade Mega-Cabinet
Cascade Mega-Cabinet
Cascade Mega-Case
Cascade Mega-Case
Cascade Powered AV Mega-Case
Cascade Powered AV Mega-Case
Cascade Makercart
Cascade Makercart
Cascade Mid-Tower
Cascade Mid-Tower
Cascade Mid-Cabinet
Cascade Mid-Cabinet
Cascade Mid-Case
Cascade Mid-Case
Cascade Powered AV Mid-Case
Cascade Powered AV Mid-Case
Cascade Mini-Tower
Cascade Mini-Tower
Cascade Mini-Cabinet
Cascade Mini-Cabinet
Cascade Mini-Case
Cascade Mini-Case
Acrobat Crescent Desk
Acrobat Crescent Desk
Chat Scooter
Chat Scooter
Cascade Free Standing Drawer Pedestals
Cascade Free Standing Drawer Pedestals
Cascade Teacher Wardrobe Cabinet
Cascade Teacher Wardrobe Cabinet
Acrobat Three-Student Desk
Acrobat Three-Student Desk
Acrobat Two-Student Desk
Acrobat Two-Student Desk
Acrobat Rectangle Instructor Desk
Acrobat Rectangle Instructor Desk
Everything Cart
Everything Cart
Acrobat Bullet Workstations
Acrobat Bullet Workstations
Flexline Technology Desk - 30" Deep
Flexline Technology Desk - 30" Deep
Interchange Flower Activity Table
Interchange Flower Activity Table
UXL Mobile Stack Chair
UXL Mobile Stack Chair
UXL Stack Chair with Arms
UXL Stack Chair with Arms
UXL Rectangle Table - 20"D
UXL Rectangle Table - 20"D
UXL Round Table
UXL Round Table
I~O Post End Cap Table
I~O Post End Cap Table
UXL Table 3/4" Round End Cap
UXL Table 3/4" Round End Cap
UXL Square Table
UXL Square Table
UXL Trapezoid Table
UXL Trapezoid Table
Chat Chair
Chat Chair
UXL Nest & Fold Chair
UXL Nest & Fold Chair
UXL Nest and Fold Chair (Arms)
UXL Nest and Fold Chair (Arms)
UXL Adjustable Chair
UXL Adjustable Chair
UXL Adjustable Stool
UXL Adjustable Stool
UXL Stack Chair
UXL Stack Chair
Planner Rectangle Activity Tables - 30" Deep
Planner Rectangle Activity Tables - 30" Deep
Planner Trapezoid Activity Table
Planner Trapezoid Activity Table
Planner Square Activity Table
Planner Square Activity Table
Planner Round Activity Table
Planner Round Activity Table
Planner Half Moon Activity Table
Planner Half Moon Activity Table
Planner Contour Activity Table
Planner Contour Activity Table
Planner Breakaway Conference Table
Planner Breakaway Conference Table
Acrobat Contour Instructor Desk
Acrobat Contour Instructor Desk
Acrobat Peninsula Instructor Desk
Acrobat Peninsula Instructor Desk
Booktruck, Six Sloping Shelf
Booktruck, Six Sloping Shelf
Booktruck, Three Sloping Shelf
Booktruck, Three Sloping Shelf
Booktruck, Three Flat Shelf
Booktruck, Three Flat Shelf
Gorilla Booktruck, Six Sloping Shelf
Gorilla Booktruck, Six Sloping Shelf
Interchange Contour Activity Table
Interchange Contour Activity Table
Interchange Kidney Activity Table
Interchange Kidney Activity Table
Flavors Adjustable Chair
Flavors Adjustable Chair
Flexline Technology Desk - 24" Deep
Flexline Technology Desk - 24" Deep
Interchange Rectangle Activity Table - 24" Deep
Interchange Rectangle Activity Table - 24" Deep
Interchange Square Activity Table
Interchange Square Activity Table
Interchange Round Table
Interchange Round Table
Interchange Trapezoid Activity Table
Interchange Trapezoid Activity Table
Plato Fixed-Height Stool
Plato Fixed-Height Stool
Standard Rectangle Activity Tables - 24" Deep
Standard Rectangle Activity Tables - 24" Deep
Standard Square Activity Table
Standard Square Activity Table
Standard Round Activity Table
Standard Round Activity Table
Standard Trapezoid Activity Table
Standard Trapezoid Activity Table
Standard Kidney Activity Table
Standard Kidney Activity Table
Standard Half Moon Activity Table
Standard Half Moon Activity Table
Standard Clover Activity Table
Standard Clover Activity Table
Standard Flower Activity Table
Standard Flower Activity Table
Plato P-Tablet Arm Chair
Plato P-Tablet Arm Chair
Intuit Adjustable Chair
Intuit Adjustable Chair
Intuit Adjustable Stool
Intuit Adjustable Stool
Plato Adjustable Chair
Plato Adjustable Chair
Plato Sled Chair
Plato Sled Chair
UXL 48" Half Round End Cap
UXL 48" Half Round End Cap
UXL 48" Corner Table
UXL 48" Corner Table
Booktruck Top, w/ Poles
Booktruck Top, w/ Poles
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