Editorial Thoughts: Rise of the Innovation Commons

Patrick Tod Colegrove


That the practice of libraries and librarianship is changing is an understatement. Throughout their history, libraries have adapted and evolved to better meet the needs of the communities served. Framed against the historical development of the library commons and technological support, this piece introduces the concept of an innovation commons as a natural evolution for libraries, from information through learning commons, to the organic development and incorporation of library makerspaces.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.6017/ital.v34i3.8919


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