Quiet in the Library: Q&A with Joanne Vogel | SLU LAW
Quiet in the Library: Q&A with Joanne Vogel
Submitted by Law Library on Tue, 12/03/2013 - 1:52pm
Exams are here, and we can feel a hush fall over the library. Students are frantically reading, outlining, and writing. And they all want a quiet place in the library. Joanne Vogel, Head of Access Services, addressed some of the questions about quiet hours and how they will work in the new building.
5&6: When do quiet hours start?
Joanne Vogel: They start Monday, December 2, and will be in effect until Monday, December 16 when exams end.
5&6: Where are the quiet zones?
JV: The 5th floor is a “Quiet Zone.”
5&6: Is the 6th floor a quiet area?
JV: Yes and no. The 6th floor is our patron services floor which automatically means there will be noise. The Circulation and Reference Desks, computer and print stations, staff offices, elevators, and the area by the staircase are active locations. Loud talking is discouraged, however, and group discussions should be limited. During exams, the 6th floor is usually fairly quiet after 6 p.m.
5&6: What should I do if someone else is talking in the quiet area?
JV: The best way to handle talking in the quiet areas is to politely remind the person or group that this is a quiet area. The new law school has plenty of soft seating areas, study rooms, classrooms, lounges, and tables for group study and conversations. If the problem continues, contact a full-time staff member at either the Circulation or Reference desk.
5&6: What can I do to make sure it stays quiet?
JV: Here are some ways to lower your own noise:
1. Turn off cell phones or turn off all ringers and notification alerts. Take a walk to one of the other floors to take or make a call. Cell phone use is one of our top complaints during exams!
2. Eat meals somewhere else in the building. Beverages in covered containers and quiet, non-crunchy snacks are ok, but eating can be a very noisy business.
3. Wear headphones if you are using audio or video. The law library also provides disposable ear plugs, so pick up a set at the Circulation Desk.
4. Silence your computer. Noisy pop-up messages or unexpected videos frequently occur when using the Internet – no need to let everyone know you are shopping, taking a break, and checking your email or Facebook.
5. Most importantly, be considerate of your colleagues and classmates!