Noise levels change within library
Published: Sunday, September 19, 2010
Updated: Sunday, September 19, 2010 23:09
Silence, the tapping of pens and pencils, studying and chemistry books turning pages are among activities associated with the ISU Cunningham Library. Students who enter the library are now subjected to the new rule changes, which have been implemented to better serve students who want to study in the library.
The library has now designated the lower level and second level for group studies. The third levels also have quiet rooms in which students must turn off cell phones and other electronic devices, such as an iPod and other MP3 players.
"The library surveyed students last year and students desired more space to study in a group. The first floor was not sufficient to meet everyone's needs," said Alberta Comer, dean of library services. "Therefore, we are allowing a group study on the second and lower level."
Although the new rules have only been implemented for a week, students say the changes have made an impact on their study habits so far this semester.
Sophomore communication major Ashley Wells said the new changes in the library levels make it more enjoyable for her to study in the library.
"Last year it was really hard to focus in the library because so much was going on, from students talking on their cell phones, talking to friends and even playing their iPod's," Wells said.
While some students are enjoying the new changes in the library, other ISU student's say things appear to be the same in the library.
Communication major Shanelle Elicke said she hasn't noticed a change in the library because of constant movement.
"Every time I come into the library, I see the signs about the new changes but some students fail to follow the rules," she said. "Some students still choose to play their music, talk on the phone and not consider the study habits of other students trying to study in the library.
"For the most part, I am glad the library has implemented new rules. It also shows that school officials actually listen to students and their academic needs," she said.
Comer suggests that students should report their complaints about noise levels to a library staff member and encourages students to visit the quiet rooms located on the third floor in the library.
She also said she believes the new policy implemented in the library is helping. The library will also continue to monitor the new rules and the noise levels, Comer said.
For students who want to make suggestions to better serve the library population, they are encouraged to voice their opinions.
"As always, the library's policies remain flexible to meet the changing needs of our users," Comer said. "Just as the additional space for group study is in direct response to student feedback, we will always solicit student input to improve the library's environment."