Noise to a Minimum

Paper Radio: AM: Non-fiction show

Summary: Once the home of the ubiquitous KEEP QUIET sign and the archetypal shushers, libraries now serve as repurposed meeting places, infotech zones, and speakeasies. The contemporary hum of incidental noise we make in libraries is considered acceptable, unavoidable, and sometimes even outwardly encouraged – the paper rustle, the machine whirr, the echoing cough. <br> In the midst of all these sounds, Jon Tjhia and Oslo Davis ask: how can we still think of libraries as ‘quiet’?<br>