Leveraging Academic Library Information Commons for the 21st Century

By LiLi Li.

Published by The Technology Collection

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With the rapid development of modern sciences and technologies, all kinds of data and information from heterogeneous resources can be dynamically accessed, converted and disseminated in the digital world. To meet the challenges of today's information delivery and dissemination activities driven by the Internet and the World Wide Web, more and more academic libraries around the world are seeking new innovative ways of enhancing and integrating their specific academic library information resources, services, and instructions for academic learners and instructors – Information Commons – a new innovative approach to assist academic learners and instructors to dynamically and interactively access, locate, synthesize, and transform information in service-oriented and user-centered academic learning environments. To review impacts of cutting-edge technologies and emerging technologies on dynamic, interactive, and scalable academic learning environments in the digital age, this paper explores key issues how to effectively and efficiently design, develop, enhance, maintain, support, and utilize academic library information commons to meet high expectations and demands for today’s academic learners. This paper emphasizes practical solutions how to leverage academic library information commons for the coming years of the 21st century.

Keywords: Academic Library, Cutting-Edge Technologies, Emerging Technologies, Information Commons, Reference Services, User Services, Web-based Information Technology

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 3, Issue 5, pp.83-90. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 531.367KB).

Prof. LiLi Li

Assistant Professor / E-Information Services Librarian, Zach S. Henderson Library, Information Services Department, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia, USA

Mr. LiLi Li is the Assistant Professor/E-Information Services Librarian at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia, United States. He has master degrees in Management of Information Systems (Nova Southeastern University) and Library Science (University of Southern Mississippi). Under IT and academic environments, he has worked as a software engineer and an academic faculty. In his current position at Georgia Southern University, he is playing his leading role of promoting academic library web-based information resources, services, and instructions, including distance learning and virtual reference services for the university library information commons. He also uses HTML, XHTML, DHTML, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), JavaScript, PHP, ColdFusion, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Camtasia, Impalica, and Access2003/MySQL to develop and enhance web-based academic library bibliographic instructions. His research interests range from e-information, e-learning, information literacy, instructional technology, life-long learning, and web-based academic library information technology. He has published and presented his papers at different state, regional, and international conferences.

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