Information Commons

Who We Are

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.

Since its inception in 2009, the program has been committed to providing its student employees with experiential learning opportunities revolving around twenty-first century skills, self-development, and professional growth.

Services

Information Commons student employees undergo extensive training in circulation procedures, research skills, and academic technology skills. They are happy to offer the services listed below at either of our two service locations, by appointment, or via phone/email/live chat.

  • Assist with circulation of books and equipment (at the Irwin Library desk and in the Center for Academic Technology)
  • Help locate library items within the catalog or on the shelves
  • Answer research or technology questions in person and via phone/email/chat
  • Partner with individuals, classes, or organizations to offer specific training or instruction
  • Offer instruction and troubleshooting for Butler-supported academic tools, including Panopto, Canvas, Zoom, Recording & Editing Media, and more.

Locations and Hours

Information Commons Desk

Information Commons students staff the desk on the first floor of Irwin Library whenever the library is open.

Center for Academic Technology Offices

The other location of the Information Commons program is in the offices of the Center for Academic Technology on the third floor of Irwin Library.  Available Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM.

Employment

Since its inception in 2009, the program has been committed to providing its student employees with experiential learning opportunities revolving around twenty-first century skills, self-development, and professional growth.

Students will develop, apply, and promote twenty-first century skills:

  • Find, understand, evaluate, and use information, technology, and media ethically and legally
  • Communicate effectively to foster collaboration in a project-based environment
  • Apply integrative, critical, and creative thinking to address problems
  • Expand global and social awareness, particularly as related to the information ecosystem

Through reflective practice, students will progress in their professional and self-development:

  • Connect academic, personal, and career goals to work experiences to lay foundation for lifelong learning
  • Participate in a professional environment by embracing service expectations, respecting policy, and engaging in organizational and self-assessment.
  • Cultivate learning and skill development in others

Mission and 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.

Staff
Joel Atkinson
Joel Atkinson
Information Commons Librarian – Assistant Professor
Megan Grady
Megan Grady
Academic Technology Specialist
Diane Palguta
Diane Palguta
Information Commons Assistant