The Learning Commons exists to support the school and prepare our students for college and a lifetime of learning by providing free and open access to a variety of credible print and digital resources, and thereby assist them as they grow intellectually, culturally, and ethically.
The Learning Commons is a multidisciplinary literacy center, a space for research and instruction, and a center for technology and digital citizenship. To foster and facilitate the connection of ideas across disciplines and to explore knowledge outside of existing departmental silos, the Learning Commons will provide resources both to extend and support work in the classroom and to pursue individual interests and passions in privacy and safety.
The design of the Learning Commons includes an open teaching area, a computer lab, and an area for research and collaborative group work. In addition, the Learning Commons is home to a hands-on tinker space for students, which includes our 3D printer and portable maker cart.
Williams School Learning Commons Vision
Williams School Learning Commons Goals
The Learning Commons will help to shape our students to become critical and creative thinkers, discerning consumers and ethical agents of information, and increasingly active members in our vibrant and changing society.
• To select, purchase, and provide resources, both print and digital, in support of the school's curricula and to provide for the leisure reading interests of students
• To provide supplemental materials and support for teachers to plan, implement, maintain, and adjust their curricula (including training and assistance in new technologies as they arise)
• To plan and implement, in concert with classroom teachers, a comprehensive program (for grades 6-12) to teach and reinforce the skills needed to thoughtfully and discerningly access information in all formats, and to choose the most appropriate format(s) for each academic task
• To assist teachers and students in the appropriate citation of research resources
Collaboration with Shain Library (Connecticut College)
• To encourage and inspire students to read for leisure, through displays, personal recommendations, book talks, and social media outreach as appropriate
• To readily and cheerfully assist and support students in their research and reading endeavors
Juniors and seniors may obtain a card at Connecticut College's Shain Library
which enables them to borrow print books from the college. The cards are free and are valid for one year. To obtain a Shain Library card, students must check in with Mrs. Le May to arrange a preliminary visit; their Williams Learning Commons accounts must be in good standing as well (no lost, missing, damaged, or grossly overdue books). Additionally, classroom teachers can arrange for special research and training sessions at the Shain library via Mrs. Le May.