One of the most frequent comments on our question board on the first floor is about noise in the library. This is an issue we struggle to tackle – both in terms of logistics (how can we always be there at the right time in the right place to address the noise) and philosophy (how we maintain the right balance of quiet without creating an environment of strict, unfriendly rules).
Many libraries struggle with this issue. I recently found a library blog about this issue and responses to it. Many believe that students should take a role in maintaining quiet, asking their fellow students to maintain quiet and setting an example for others to follow.
We’re curious to know how you feel? How would you rate Langsdale on the noise meter? What can we as librarians do to and what should students and others do? How can we all make Langsdale a place that encourages both individual and group learning? We encourage your comments!