Members of the Learning Commons Advisory Committee (LCAC) are visiting other high schools in New Hampshire to learn about their transformation from traditional library to a learning commons. This learning commons is located at Sanborn Regional High School and was the result of an architectural redesign.
As Sanborn librarian Pam Harland (second from left) explains to Ashley Jones, Mike Wozmak and Rachael Bowman, students and teachers no longer need a library only for access to archived printed materials. Instead, they require a place that encourages participatory learning. Flexible space design, including easily configurable, mobile bookshelves, and the reorganization of the library collection from the 19th century Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) to a genre-last name system are some characteristics of a fully implemented learning commons.