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USM Opens the Learning Commons in Gorham and Portland Libraries

After a year of study, planning and renovation, the University of Southern Maine Libraries are opening Learning Commons, a one-stop-shopping academic resource for students that combines library research consultation with peer assistance in writing, math, technology, and other disciplines.

USM’s Learning Commons in Gorham and the Glickman Family Library also feature group study rooms, seminar rooms, and comfortable furniture.  Glickman also offers a small recording room where students and faculty can record and edit projects for projects and online courses.

The first thing a visitor to the Learning Commons notices is the hum of students in deep conversation, making it clear this is not the library of the past. University Librarian David Nutty explains that, “Academic libraries are evolving from book warehouses to active learning spaces as more and more materials become digitized.” According to Nutty, there are fewer than 200 Learning Commons nationwide but these kinds of centers are becoming the wave of the future in helping university students achieve academic success.   

The media is invited to Learning Commons open houses in the Glickman Library, Portland and USM’s Gorham Library in Bailey Hall where students will get tours of how to use the facilities and will enter drawings to win prizes. 

What:  University of Southern Maine Libraries Learning Commons Open Houses in Gorham and Portland.

When: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Wednesday, February 1 in the Gorham Library, Bailey Hall.

10-6 p.m., Thursday, February 2 in the Glickman Family Library Learning Commons on the second floor of the library, Forest Ave., Portland.

RIBBON CUTTING AT 12 NOON.

For more information, contact University Librarian David Nutty at 780-4276 or Learning Commons Coordinator Paul Dexter at 780-5577.