The Learning Spaces Collaboratory describes its work as "collaborating in translating findings from contemporary research and practice in the field into roadmaps for shaping and assessing built environments for learning in the undergraduate setting." LSC recently published a long-awaited and comprehensive learning spaces planning guide, Planning for Assessing 21st Century Spaces for 21st Century Learners. A wealth of additional resources, a selection of which appears below, is openly available through its website.
Innovation in learning space design is being modeled on campuses across the country, and a few initiatives have achieved particular distinction.
Steven J. Bell and John Shank introduced the concept of the blended librarian in 2004, defining it as, "an academic librarian who combines the traditional skill set of librarianship with the information technologist’s hardware/software skills, and the instructional or educational designer’s ability to apply technology appropriately in the teaching-learning process." The role of the academic librarian in leading and furthering change, notably including the design of learning space campus-wide, continues to evolve.