I’m guessing this might have been spurred on by the events in Maplewood, NJ. Curious to see what a bunch of people (including just a few librarians) are saying about the noise levels in libraries? Here’s a question that appear on AskMetafilter today:
There’s plenty of good fodder about cellphones, signage, people’s expectations, and the differences between academic and public libraries. A few interesting responses include:
…in my experience group projects have become more and more the norm in both education and industry. This alone necessitates more group work areas in the library; group work somewhat naturally bounces between staying on-topic and becoming (loudly) social. The physical limitations of Your Local Library affect its ability to effectively offer both low-talk and quiet zones.
Jessamyn gives her summary of the situation, and there’s a link to a recent article titled “Quiet libraries morphing into busy community hubs” from the Seattle Times.