Planning for the Future of K–12 Libraries: Multifunctional Learning Commons

February 11, 2015

In this Demco-sponsored webcast, Janet Nelson, Demco’s Director of Library Engagement, and Angie Schoeneck, Demco’s Manager of New Business Development, explore how the future of the school library is in creating a dynamic learning commons, anchoring the entire school around knowledge, expression and collaboration, and developing both virtual and physical spaces. Current trends in education require school libraries to evolve from book warehouses to multifunctional learning resource centers in order to support these needs. Throughout the presentation, you will develop an understanding of how furniture and spaces can be designed to create a variety of zones to support multiple learning activities and the needs of the students, staff, parents and the community.

Learn to:

  1. Explain how shifts in teaching strategies and learning styles impact educational environments; in particular the school library/media center
  2. Understand the current functions of a 21st century library (learning commons) and the space requirements for supporting these functions
  3. Describe how flexibility, adaptability and variety should be incorporated into these environments
  4. Identify ways to incorporate different zones within an environment to support Thornburg’s Primordial Learning Metaphors

Ideas and examples will be shared to spark even more ideas for you to consider in your library.  In addition, there will be an opportunity to ask questions and gain insight into what has worked for other libraries across the country.


Janet Nelson

Janet Nelson

Janet is the former Director of Library Engagement and Solutions at Demco. She managed and developed relationships with key industry leaders to understand changing library trends and services.


Angie Schoeneck

Angie Schoeneck

Growth Strategy Manager at Demco, Inc.
Angie is the Growth Strategy Manager at Demco. She focuses on the evolving needs and trends in education and library environments, their patrons and communities, and translating these into relevant products and services. She has an extensive background in new product development, product management and business process improvement.