Massey University library just completed a user survey and the comments make very interesting reading. The main issues seem to be
- lack of computers
- students spending too much time on said computer on Facebook/Bebo, etc and not studying
- not enough electrical outlets for laptop users
- lack of study space
- too noisy
The third one is indicative of the age of library buildings. When they were built there were no computers or any need for lots of power outlets.
But is this last one the result of libraries becoming too PC and creating a more sociable environment? Students are uncomfortable with telling others to ‘shut up’ so they can study in peace. Yet librarians are reluctant to become ‘law’ enforcers. What’s the answer?
Just my thoughts on a Friday afternoon. It’s been a long week.
Have a good weekend!