Presentation on theme: "SUSH NO MORE: ACCOMMODATING NOISE IN TODAY’S LIBRARY Darla Bressler & Kathryn Yelinek."— Presentation transcript:
SUSH NO MORE: ACCOMMODATING NOISE IN TODAY’S LIBRARY Darla Bressler & Kathryn Yelinek
Why this topic? BU Librarians noticed increased noise levels and changes in student behaviors LibQual results in 2006 & 2009 indicated unhappiness with noise levels Prompted research and library changes
Situation at Andruss Library Original library design wasn’t working
So we started to make changes… Moved Reference Desk to 1 st Floor Soft seating, tables, carrels in strategic locations
… And noise levels changed Complaints about noise on all floors are down Librarians have noticed significant decrease in noise levels
What we learned from the research Perfect storm of technology, changes in librarians, and changes in students has created increased noise levels
Changes in librarians... Efforts to change stereotypical image Efforts to become more adaptive and patron- friendly
Changes in students... Millennials—a new generation of students Student expectations: “Digital natives” Multi-taskers Demand personalization/customization Spaces to study alone OR in groups Spaces for quiet AND for talk
Ways to work with noise Common sense No one-size-fits-all Buy-in from those involved Be willing to admit mistakes
Ways to work with noise Zoning Furniture arrangement
Ways to work with noise Zoning Furniture arrangement Written policy
Ways to work with noise Zoning Furniture arrangement Written policy Signage
Ways to work with noise Zoning Furniture arrangement Written policy Signage Student self-monitoring
We’re still learning We still get complaints Do we need additional soft seating? What causes students to self-monitor? What will students want ten years from now?
Your turn What have you experienced in your library?
Discussion points How has noise affected your library? Have your attempts to address the noise issue been successful? Have you found other successful ways to address the noise issue? What causes students to self-monitor?