Sunday, January 23, 2005

Drop it Like It's Hot? In the Library?

Just saw the article in the Record about the "party atmosphere" in Clemens. Noise levels have been going up since computers were added on the south side of the building, and in the last year or two cell phones have made their presence known as well. We've had a few complaints in our comment book, but not a huge outcry by any means.

So, what say you bloggers? Is the noise in the library and computing lab a problem? If so - any thoughts on what could/should be done?

JP

6 comments:

Matt said...

It seems like a campus computer lab shouldn't be *as* quiet as a library, but I've seen that lab get too noisy to even read a webpage. It's very rare, though. Maybe they should have more computers somewhere else on campus for those who want to just goof around. It seems like less girls have computers in their dorms than guys, so maybe the demand is there.

Tim said...

Call me old fashioned, but my experience growing up was that when I went to the libray I used a quiet voice. At the same time, a library is a public and some what social place, so conversations are fine, as long as they are quiet and not bothering people who are concetrating. If you need to talk loud and tell jokes, check out a study room or take the conversation over to mcglynn's. As for cell phones, if you have to use it in the library, the front entrance is useful--sometimes people don't realise how loud they can be on the phone. With respect to the Computing lab, that is kind of an enigma, no comment.

Anonymous said...

I work here at the desk and while Clemens is clearly not as quiet as Alcuin, I do not think the noise level in the South section has risen to a point of being a distraction. Perhaps I'm too busy making noise at the desk to notice, but aside form the occassional outburst from someone as they leave I don't think the noise level is a problem - I have never had anyone complain to me about it.

Anonymous said...

There's a reason I will make an extra trip to go over to St. John's if I need to get something done. There is no way I can anything accomplished in the computer lab at St. Ben's. But it isn't just the computer lab, the entire library is more of a socializing place compared with the library at St. John's.

melissa said...

When I was on an admission's tour long before I came here I was told by my tour guide that Clemens has been known for its social, cheery aspect and that if I wanted doom and gloom that I could always take a trip to St. John's. I like being able to see 4-5 friends on a pass through the computing center. I do agree it is much harder to work with a constant roar around me; however, I am willing to sacrifice a little time to have some fun too.

Anonymous said...

about the noise in the library. Why not come to the library earlier during the day? it is so much quiter and peaceful. Should you wait for crunch time and nearing the end of the night clearly you would experience too much noise!