Implementing the learning commons in a Middle Eastern University Library: The case of Zayed University

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The Global Librarian

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Librarians pursuing global stage opportunities find themselves facing challenges and situations that may not exist in their own home countries. As more young people are being given the opportunity to pursue higher education in the United Arab Emirates, librarians find themselves stepping back and rethinking their traditional approaches to information literacy, library services and hours of operation to meet needs of their patrons in the host country. Recently, more Middle Eastern Institutions of higher education have become interested in the Learning Commons (LC) Model that has been popular in North America, Europe and Australia. The collaborative culture of the people in the Middle East makes it interesting to see how the implementation of LC evolves. The United Arab Emirates has invited many expatriates who include librarians to boost personnel requirements in many sectors, including the academic. The result is a group of professional librarians from various cultures and backgrounds serving an almost completely homogenous group of patrons. They therefore have to learn and adapt to a new environment. This chapter explores the introduction of the learning commons model and its impact on the library’s importance to student success at the collegiate level.



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Library and Information Science


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