Knowledge Commons Service Model Working Group

Why have a Knowledge Commons?

The Knowledge Commons will be a vibrant, user-centred learning facility integral to the academic lives of McMaster students. The Commons will:

  • integrate scholarly resources, information technology, software, expertise, instruction and study space
  • provide a stimulating learning environment that fosters innovation
  • develop students' ability to access and organize information to succeed at McMaster... and beyond
  • develop lifelong learners and knowledge workers
  • integrate expert research, writing and technical assistance in a state-of-the-art facility
  • showcase the Library's wealth of electronic and print resources
  • facilitate a variety of student learning opportunities to support the full range of the discovery process: from identification and collection of information to creation of the final essay, spreadsheet or presentation
  • build an inclusive community through a shared purpose in discovery and learning
  • be a gathering place for students and researchers
  • enhance McMaster's reputation for innovation, creativity and excellence