Usually we are pretty lax about the decibel levels in the first floor Information Services area of the LRC. You know, the place where all the TA’s hang out, groups like to gather, and couples discover love or break up, sometimes in the same week. It takes a lot for us to request a timeout, but it happens on occasion. Now that it is time for serious review and studying, the noise level has begun to drift into the higher registers for acceptable library auditory experience.
But now read this from The Wired Campus in today’s Chronicle of Higher Education:
Flashing Lights Warn Library Visitors to Be Quiet
To tamp down the noise level in their libraries, some colleges are considering installing a warning system that looks like a traffic signal. Called the Deluxe Yacker Tracker, the device flashes a yellow light to indicate when the noise exceeds a certain level. When it exceeds the level by at least 15 decibels, the red light illuminates and a siren can go off, too.
Now that sounds tempting to us, since we hate to be the Shush! Patrol. But remember the study needs of your fellow students in the LRC — wherever you may be — and keep the noise down to a quiet roar.