Thursday, April 20, 2006

Law Library Poll on Quiet/Talking Spaces for the Spring 2006 Exam Period

**Update (8:41 a.m.). Users have reported some difficulties accessing the poll from Firefox. For this particular survey tool, you may need to switch over to Internet Explorer to participate. Apologies for the difficulties.**

Due to the increasing number of complaints about noise in the library, we are considering temporarily modifying the talking/quiet designations for the upcoming exam period (May 2 - May 17, 2006). Since this is an issue which may directly impact you, I invite you to participate in a quick poll to express your preference :

Please vote only once. If there is evidence of widespread abuse (e.g. twice the number of votes than the number of students), I will discard the results. Any decision that the library makes will be distributed through email and posted on this blog.

The poll will close at midnight on Tuesday, April 25, 2006.

Two other important notes :

(1) If the voting shows substantial support (even if the number is still a minority of the total votes) for talking areas, the existing room designations will not be changed.

(2) Regardless of the vote, please remember that any "talking" areas of the library are intended for low-voiced talking, for primarily study purposes. Because of the floor layout of the library, sounds carry easily. Please be courteous of others by keeping voices low both in the "talking" rooms and while walking from one room to the next.

Thank you for your input.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat


Anonymous said...

Who ever heard of a library with "talking zones" anyway? And does it really matter if the talking zones are eliminated? Who is enforcing the no talking rule?? Let's hope that this year's 3L class improves its study habits and gets us back into the 2nd tier!

Anonymous said...

The idea of having a designated talking area, while well intentioned, only seems to permit talking to spill over into the supposedly quiet areas. And enforcement is almost non-existent. Also, the professors on the whole try very hard to be quiet, but you can't expect someone who is having a conference or taking a phone call to have to whisper.