I’m turning into a cranky librarian.
I know there is a lot of information out there about how libraries are changing, how we’re not shushing patrons anymore, how the libraries are filled with joyous teens playing Guitar Hero and having a wonderful time.
There is a value in having a Quiet Space. There is value in having a contemplative space. There is value in having a space where you can sit in a comfortable chair and just think.
We have some students that seem to understand this. And then there are the students who don’t seem to have an “inside voice.” They are loud. Just in general conversation, they’re loud.
I find myself getting increasingly irritated with these types, and would dearly love to stride up to them and shush them. I don’t, unless there’s a student taking an exam.
But boy, I really, really want to.
How do I create a contemplative study space without being the Crankypants Librarian?