Common spaces, common ground: shaping intercultural experiences in the learning commons

Allison S. Bolorizadeh and Rita H. Smith

Walking through a contemporary academic library today, one may experience an environment vastly different than what existed only a few years ago. The movement by academic libraries to re-examine space use launched projects that often transformed more traditional environments in libraries to vibrant modern designs with open, welcoming expanses, mobile furnishings, and highly integrated technology. Frequently, the early goal in repurposed space was to centralize technology services, research services, and instructional support in a single convenient location that could be operated around the clock. Coinciding with ...

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