Mission & History
Information Commons is a student employee partnership between Butler University Libraries and the Center for Academic Technology that promotes interactive dialogue and inquiry. Trained in research, circulation, and academic technology, student employees in the program provide assistance and instruction to the Butler community. The program, in turn, provides student employees with experiential learning opportunities revolving around twenty-first century skills, self-development, and professional growth.
The Information Commons program was established in 2009 as a partnership between the Butler's University Libraries and Center for Academic Technology. Student employees were hired into the program and cross-trained in research and academic technology. Students utilized their trainings as they offered 1:1 consultation at both the reference desk in Irwin Library and at the offices of the Center for Academic Technology. Student employees were also asked to support the Butler community by providing in-class training sessions and technology workshops. In 2014, Irwin Library merged the reference and circulation desks into once service point. Information Commons expanded considerably as its students assumed staffing of this service point. In 2015, the Center for Academic Technology was relocated from Jordan Hall to the third floor of Irwin Library. Information Commons students continue to offer service at two locations, now both housed in Irwin Library.