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:

Did libraries (public and university) stop requiring people to be quiet in the last few years, or is it just me?

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:

Anything that makes libraries more inviting to the kids today is fine by me.

Libraries are becoming community centers with some bookshelves.

…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.