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Anderson Learning Commons & Resources

Student reading a book in the Anderson Learning Commons

The Anderson Learning Commons offers a space for students to access information in various forms and collaborate or work independently to create knowledge.  The Commons combines the traditional library with state of the art technology for creating recordings, videos, presentations and written works.  There is ample room for students to collaborate on projects or find a comfortable place to read for leisure.

Within the Learning Commons, students can gain support from adult experts who will help students gain skills needed for success in college and use the resources available to support their learning.  Services and resources available include an audio-visual production studio, meeting rooms, printers, numerous work spaces, and access to a wealth of scholarly information.

Our students live in a world where video has become an integral part of communication in virtually every area of the society in which we live.  Students are many times assigned or have the option to create videos.  The Digital Studio allows students to develop the ability to create and share knowledge in an increasingly relevant form with the help from the Audio Visual Coordinator.

The librarian and English Department recognize that boys are less likely to read for pleasure beginning in adolescence.  As such PAGERS offers an optional reading program ever quarter that is available for all grades through the library and English Department. Another option is the recommended reading list that comes out every month with suggestions from babies to adults.

With a focus on college preparation, learning how to approach a research project is important for college success.  The librarian teaches an informational literacy elective and is available for one-on-one student instruction.  More than adequate resources are offered through access to middle school, high school and college level databasesinterlibrary loan from public and university libraries, and the library's own print and digital collection.

Recommended Reading Lists

four students working on their computers in the Anderson Learning Commons