Our sources of information, and the practices we use to find it, are in a period of rapid flux. Libraries must respond by selecting, acquiring, and making accessible a host of new information resources, developing innovative services, and building different types of spaces to support changing user behaviors and patterns of learning. A Field Guide to the Information Commons describes an emerging library service model that embodies all three spheres of response: new information resources, collaborative service programs, and redesigned staff and user spaces.
Technology has enabled new forms of information-seeking behavior and scholarship, causing a renovation of libraries that revisits the idea of the "commons"-a public place that is free to be used by everyone. A Field Guide to the Information Commons describes the emergence, growth, and adoption of the concept of the information commons in libraries. This book includes a variety of contributed articles, and descriptive, structured entries for various information commons in libraries across the country and around the world.
Charles Forrest is Director of Library Facilities Management and Planning at the Emory University General Libraries in Atlanta, Georgia. Martin Halbert is Director of Digital Innovations at the Emory University General Libraries in Atlanta, Georgia. He is also president of the MetaArchive Cooperative, an international digital preservation collaborative service for cultural memory organizations.