Treasure Mountain Research Retreat
Las Vegas, NV 

A Summary and Invitational

by David V. Loertscher

What is the Treasure Mountain Research Retreat? Treasure Mt. is a group of school library researchers and practitioners that met beginning in 1989 In Park City, UT at the base of Treasure Mountain in conjunction with the AASL National Conference in Salt Lake City. This group has met irregularly, usually in conjunction with AASL national conferences almost 20 times over the years and has usually been organized by David Loertscher and Blanche Woolls, although Danny Calison has organized several.  You can read a more detailed history in the sidebar.

Treasure Mt. Research Retreat

#22 (The Last Treasure Mt.)

Start a Revolution in the Learning Commons

David Loertscher and Blanche Woolls, C-Chairs

Registration is free. (We will ask for a donation for food) 

Nov. 4-5, noon to noon

William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library (11th floor) 
1858 Neil Ave, Columbus, OH 43210

Sponsored by INFOhio, Learning Commons Press, Libraries Unlimited,  and Teacher Librarian Magazine

Details for Attendees

Sponsors:  Special thanks to members of the Ohio education, library and information technology community for assistance with sponsoring Treasure Mountain 2015.
Management Council of the Ohio Education Computer Network
Martha Holden Jennings Foundation
The State Library of Ohio
School of Library & Information Science, Kent State University
Teacher Librarian  Magazine
Libraries Unlimited
Hi Willow Research & Publishing and Learning Commons Press


Call For Papers and Presentations

  • Papers should center on major theories, ideas, and research that help transform traditional library practices into a dynamic learning commons that contributes to teaching and learning across the school (20 min. with 5 min. Q&A)  Paper deadline October 1, 2015) (Papers will be peer reviewed and published in a proceedings)
  • Presentations need not have papers attached but center on practices, research and ideas that push the Learning Commons concept forward in major ways. (3 min. "TED Talk" followed by a 20 min. table conversation)
  • Send your paper or presentation idea of David Loertscher at reader.david@gmil.com.


  • David Loertscher, San Jose State University
  • Carol Koechlin, Toronto, Canada
  • Ross Todd, Rutgers University
  • Joyce Valenza, Rutgers University
  • Debbie Abilock, San Francisco, CA
  • Ned Hill, Business and organization expert, Ohio State University
  • Fran Kompar, Greenwich, CT
  • Blanche Woolls, Glendale, CA
  • Margaret Sullivan, facilities design expert
  • And, many others who have experience in creating learning commons in their schools and districts.
  • Bill Derry, Director of Innovation, Westport, CT Public Library

Topics will include implementation of the Learning Commons Concept in various schools and school districts, makerspaces, self-directed learning, architectural design of learning commons spaces, The Virtual Learning Commons, high level learning experiences, collaboration and coteaching, organizational changes, and solutions to problems during transformations.

Registration (free with donations for food accepted)

Please fill in the following form:

Tres. Mt. Columbus Registration

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