Since the BCTLA conference in October, I have had many phone calls and e-mails regarding our “wall words” in the Fraser Heights Learning Commons. At least once a week I am replying to an inquiry about them. Sorry, everyone! I really should have just written a quick post explaining the why, what, where and how of our “words” and directed everyone to it, rather that replying to several individual e-mails and calls. So here it goes, better late that never….
Three years ago when we were making the transition from Library to Learning Commons, I wanted to “redecorate” to reflect the change and describe what a Learning Commons was. What goes on in a Learning Commons?
So, my Student Advisory Committee and I met and brainstormed verbs that described the activiities that take place in our Library Learning Commons. Words like: READ, APPLY, EVALUATE, DISCOVER, IMAGINE, CREATE, COLLABORATE, SHARE etc.
I had a local sign shop create 12 inch high vinyl letters of the verbs we chose. Once the words were made the guy at the shop tried to explain how to apply them. That did not work. I am a visual learner, especially when it comes to this kind of thing. So I went home and “Youtubed” it. I watched a few videos on how to apply vinyl letters and, voilà, with help from my Library Team, I applied the letters myself.