[Irtalk] The New Role of Librarians and Libraries: Removing the Silence Signs - New England Board of Higher Education : New England Board of Higher Education

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Fri Aug 21 20:39:24 SAST 2015

An increasing number of institutions are freeing up shelf space in their
libraries and moving in student services as well as a coffee shop and other
lures such as flexible seating arrangements. Librarians are taking down the
silence signs in all but the quiet study room and urging members of the
academic community to meet, talk, research and incubate new ideas
collaboratively as well as to engage in more traditional activities.

Of course, all of this change is jarring to traditional academics, despite
many good arguments about saving space, saving funds and drawing greater
numbers of thinkers to the library to create new knowledge. The question is
how to make the change and communicate the change successfully.* As more
libraries remove printed materials from shelves, few have shared their
successes and mistakes in doing so.*

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