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Whenever I spend time in the library, inevitably people start
talking. Whether it's a whisper or a full group discussion, it's
rather annoying -- especially because an area may be
designated a "Quiet Study Area." How does one go about
getting them to be quiet?? It's a little embarassing to
and ask them to be quiet, plus then you're "that guy who's
trying to study." I have come up with two options to solve
In the first, the studious person could go to the front desk
(or to the bathroom even) and indicate in which part of the
library the disturbance was taking place. Then, after a few
minutes (so you can return to your seat and look
inconspicuous again), a sign lights up that says "Please Be
The second option simply has an omnidirectional
microphone that detects sound levels in its vicinity. (There
would be many mics throughout the library.) Whenever the
sound level got above a set deciBel threshhold, a similar sign
lights up, thus telling people to be quiet without
(?) Conan the Librarian
Baked - Mac plug in yells "Shaad App" when noise level passes preset threshold. Best installed surreptitiously on machines belonging to paranoid computer neophytes. [lsenater, Sep 21 2001, last modified Oct 04 2004]
(?) Anti-Noise Generators
Instead, drop a couple of these in and let eveybody scream their heads off... [lsenater, Sep 21 2001, last modified Oct 04 2004]
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||This would also be nice for the symphony. The only thing
more annoying than people making noise during the music
is the guy who stands up to tell them to be quiet.
||Some libraries have talking and no-talking rooms, and this
seems to solve the problem rather well too.
||Some people would try to get the sign to light up. You need something more, something between a sign and a giant anvil. How about an automatic crossbow that fires a toilet plunger onto the noisy person's face?
||Duh, obviously you hook it up to a really big loudspeaker. And a siren.
||i think you have forgotten how to simply ask for what you want. just say: "Can you please be quiet, this is a public place!" it works for me, I just say it so everyone can hear.
||As a long-suffering librarian I can assure you that "Can you please be quiet" will do *nothing* to lessen the noise, at least not in the case of truculent Further Education students. We find that menacing glares work best - something we librarians pride ourselves on.
||During our many discussions on how best to deal with this situation, a recurring suggestion is the arming of library staff with baseball bats.....
||Most ideas are looking weird. What about a kind of farting sound near to the chatters perhaps some smell too... disgusting noise makers are treated more disgusting then.....