Monthly Archives: May 2011


It’s very quiet here at MPOW.  The semester has ended and the students have fled for the summer.

I’m finding that, at least for the moment, I’m enjoying the quiet.  I will no doubt be craving people interaction in a week or so.  But in the meantime, the quiet is delicious.

I’ve been reading articles lately that are mourning the dearth of quiet in our lives. The relief that comes with a quiet space is noticeably missing of late, and the proliferation of hand-held technology is making the lack of quiet almost constant.

Perhaps one of the services that a library can offer is that peace and quiet. Libraries traditionally held that distinction, but of late we’ve been wringing our hands at the old stereotype of a shushing librarian and have been encouraging people to talk, game, and generally be loud at our libraries.

A library should be an oasis of calm in a frenzied world. We need a bit of quiet in order to think, to gather ourselves and prepare for the next onslaught.

Maybe that shushing librarian thing needs to be revived, for sanity’s sake.



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