I was just perusing the Times Higher website when I came across this article:
It reflects a growing concern in libraries (as previously mentioned), balancing the quiet spaces that many users enjoy using with the needs of modern social spaces other users require.
It is interesting to read the opinion of an academic when the majority of libraries focus on student needs for study rather than the academic staff. The content of libraries serves both but the buildings themselves are usually student focussed.
Certainly this is going to be an issue for years to come.
On the BBC’s Have you Say board yesterday there was a discussion entitled “Do you still use your library?”
It reflects very much the range of opinion about what a library should do. Should it still be the quiet temple of books or to survive does it need to move forward and include multimedia and computer services which in turn bring a certain degree of noise.
I think it will probably be a long time before either public or academic libraries resolve the needs of both traditional library users and more modern ones.