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- ItemTRANSFORMING AN ACADEMIC LIBRARY TO A LEARNING COMMONS MODEL: STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS(2018-05) Barton, CarolinaThe rise of technology and a new generation of learners have profoundly influenced the learning and teaching principles in the twenty-first century. Academic libraries, as an intrinsic part of the students’ educational journey, are increasingly embracing these developments by morphing into a new model of service termed as the learning commons. This study sought to investigate strategies that contributed to the success of transforming a traditional library into a learning commons model, as well as factors that hindered the change process. The goal of this mixed method of inquiry was to elicit a clear picture of the participant librarians’ viewpoints on the research topic. The study’s sample consisted of three academic library directors or deans. The study sites included three independent university libraries located in Orange and Los Angeles counties in Southern California. The quantitative segment of the research comprised of an initial survey. The qualitative inquiry utilized three types of instruments for collection of data: (a) individual semi-structured interviews with librarians, (b) on-site observations, and (c) information from online and print resources. The resulting data was analyzed using an inductive approach. The most significant findings that contributed to the success of the transition comprised of technology, understanding students’ needs through regular surveys, support of administration, library staff collaboration, cafe, and policy changes regarding food and noise in the library. The analysis also suggested that funding, resistance to change, building partnerships with all stakeholders, and forming an effective working team were some of the foremost challenges to adapting the learning commons model of service. The overall findings of this study showed that careful planning of the transformation and identifying factors that influenced the change process were essential for the successful implementation of the learning commons concept.