The impact of a student-designed learning commons on student perceptions and use of the high school library
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Students’ success in high school is enhanced through their connection with the library and the services offered there, as well as by viewing themselves as equal partners in their education. Librarians transforming the library into a learning commons support this mission. This study examines the impact of student-directed changes to a school library to transform a section of the library into a learning commons with these goals in mind. The study was conducted with senior students in a suburban high school. Students initiated all changes made to the library and were responsible for implementing the changes. Surveys were given before and after the changes were implemented to measure student use of and change in attitudes toward the library. The results of this study show that student-driven changes to the library encourage student use and foster a positive connection between the library and the student.