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Welcome to Today’s Totally Modern Library: No ‘Shushing’ Allowed!

“Cards in pockets. Bookmarks keeping pages. The sound of date stamps: Clunk. Ka-chunk. Shhhhhhhhhh! This is the library. Or, well, so I thought. Thanks to a newly-published children’s book of mine, I’ve been spending more time in libraries, both school and public, than I have in years. I do not think that Mr. Dewey, inventor of the classic decimal system for book catalogs, would recognize these places. Long a refuge for quieter adults and kids who like the company of an engrossing page, the libraries I’ve been visiting lately are awash in almost as much noise and activity as a busy Starbucks. When I asked about some loud talking at a neighborhood branch in Providence, where I live, the staffer at the desk looked me up and down. “I don’t ‘shush’ people,” she told me. “That went out with sharpening pencils.” (via Huffington Post)

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British Library hush is broken by a row over reading room rules

“A fierce debate on the British Library’s policy of admitting undergraduates is playing out on the pages of the London Review of Books. But should librarians throw out the ‘intruders’?” (via guardian.co.uk)

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Seattlest – “It’s been ages and ages since we thought of the library — any public library — as a temple of silence. Not noisy, of course (except for the wide-open concrete sounding booth that is downtown), but a pleasant hubbub. A place to hammer out your campaign against vampires or an evil mayor.”

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