I came upon this article today which talks about the Brooklyn Public Library. It talks about how the new director wishes to shake up some preconceptions about what libraries are like. So what does she do? She invites rock bands to play, tells librarians to stop their "shushing", and says that talking in the library is alright. Dionne Mack-Harvin, the new director says,"We've moved away from what some consider the 'shushing library' model of the past, from being a sterile, educational place that's somewhat elitist...to being a community space where everyone walking in the door can find a place for themselves". In fact, the article reports that she "is so determined to end the shushing that librarians from all 60 branches have been attending training sessions to get the word out about her approach"
So what do you think about this? Are libraries sterile places that should be quiet and serene? Do you feel as if you want to be in a community center or in a museum? I think there are limitations and definite differences between academic and public libraries, but it all depends on who your audience is, right? Right?! Check out this article from the New York Daily News and let us know what you think an academic library in the future should be like.
SHELBY, JOYCE. "LIBRARIES FIND NEW VOICE. They're community centers, says chief who bans hushing." DAILY NEWS New York 23 Sep. 2007, sports final ed.: 1. LexisNexis Academic Universe. Roosevelt University. 11 Oct. 2007