We have loosened the “no cell phones” rule in the library because, well let’s face it, it was a losing battle! So, please feel free to use your cell phones while you are in the library, but friends, please use common sense and follow some simple rules that will keep your library staff calm.
- Don’t use your cell phone while you are conducting business at the public service desk (asking a question, checking out material, returning material).
- Use your inside or library voice while on the phone. The library “shhhhh” rules apply to everyone, whether you have a phone in your ear or not. Being loud is disruptive to others who are trying to study and that is just plain rude, and we can’t tolerate that.
- Keep your conversations short and sweet. If you have to make frequent or long or loud conversations, please take them outside the library.
Most Aggravating to Librarians:
Do NOT use your cell phones when you are in a library instructional session. The librarian who is conducting this session is there to teach you how to use our resources. He or she has spent a lot of valuable time and expertise preparing for your session and has designed it according to what your professor has assigned for you—and has chosen the exact resources that you need to complete your research and/or assignment. So, if you are on your cell phone, you are not getting the information you need to complete your assignment and you will, more than likely, be one of those students who says they didn’t get anything out of the library session, and will not understand why you can’t find the resources you need in Google.
We appreciate your thoughtful consideration for your fellow students and for the library staff when you use common sense regarding the use of your cell phone while in the library. Stay tuned for next month’s installment on things that aggravate your librarian(s).