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Learn about the Learning Commons

My name is Anusheh Fawad and I’m a student ambassador at Scott Library. As a student ambassador, my job is to raise awareness about the various academic services for students offered by Learning Commons. To keep students more engaged and interested, I thought I would get a little creative, so I decided to interview the library staff as well as the Learning Commons partners. Uploading the interviews on the Learning Commons homepage allows students who are interested in using our services to watch the videos and find out who the wonderful people are behind the desks and closed doors. As students watch the interviews they will be able to recognize the staff and feel more comfortable approaching them for help. What I wanted to capture while conducting the interviews was how the different partners of the Learning Commons all come together in one space. The integrated approach is what makes the Learning Commons so unique and user-friendly you can get research help at one hub, walk across the room and get writing help at the next hub- it’s that simple.

Anna St.Onge
Archivist, Digital Projects and Outreach

Anna St.Onge works as an archivist at the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections at York University. She graduated from the University of Toronto with a double major in Celtic Studies and History. Her duties as an archivist range from arranging and describing 1970’s country music to promoting the archives online. Anna loves to connect a researcher with the perfect resource: it is a hugely rewarding part of her job. As an archivist and scholar, Anna knows that primary resources are the building blocks of knowledge.

Ron Sheese

Ron Sheese is a faculty member in the writing and psychology departments. He was also the undergraduate program director in the writing department. Ron is a proud champion of the Learning Commons and is one of its founding members.

Mark Robertson
Associate University Librarian

Mark Robertson is the Associate University Librarian for Information Services. One of Mark’s many responsibilities is handling matters related to the Learning Commons. He really enjoys planning and evaluating services provided in the LC because it is a very student centred and collaborative endeavour. The collaboration among the library, Writing Centre, Learning Skills and Career Centre ensures an integrated approach to student learning and success. Wondering how the Learning Commons originated? Watch the video and find out how Mark and his colleagues worked on the Learning Commons project to bring you all the necessary academic tools (in one spot) to be successful at York University!

Mona Frial-Brown
Learning Skills Specialist

Mona is one of the two Learning Skills Specialists here at York University. The Learning Skills Specialists offer a wide range of services such as workshops, one-on-one sessions and drop-in help at the Learning Commons located on the 2nd floor of Scott Library. Workshop topics include study skills, note-taking skills, time-management skills and exam preparation. The best part of the job for Mona is helping students achieve academic success.

The Learning Commons launches “Access to Success” videos

When asked to write a research essay, find credible and accurate scholarly sources, or balance academic responsibilities effectively, students often don’t know where to begin.

The Learning Commons – a collaborative partnership between The Writing Department, York University Libraries, Learning Skills Services, and Career Services – hopes to significantly increase students’ awareness of the wide range of academic supports on campus, and has produced a series of five, fun informational videos highlighting specific resources.
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