In the MVTimes by Cathryn McCann – Dec 2, 2015:
Jay Litman of Fielding Nair International presented a conceptual design for the future Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) library at the school on Monday afternoon. Deemed the “next phase in transforming the school library into a dynamic, multipurpose, multidisciplinary learning space,” the proposed Global Learning Commons (GLC) will be a fully revamped space with concepts that will incorporate requests from library faculty, results from student and teacher surveys, and market-based research.
“We’re teaching in a way that’s in the 21st century, but not in a space that’s designed for the 21st century,” MVRHS librarian Kevin McGrath said of the current library.
He explained that previously, a library was used as a reference area and a place to store books and media. Now the space is used for upwards of 20 different teaching modalities, he said. For example, the library is used as an exhibition space for student projects; a space for public presentations, meetings, and other community connections, such as Adult and Community Education of Martha’s Vineyard (ACE MV). In effect, the library is a space for interdisciplinary work and collaboration, he explained.
That’s the thinking behind not just revamping the library, but creating a Global Learning Commons. The “global” aspect is about technology and online learning, the “learning” is about different usages and modalities for the space, and the “commons” refers to the collaborative aspect of the space as a place for the exchange of ideas among all generations and community members.