The value of a good shush?

This post is a little late to the game–but that’s okay! I already made some noise on the topic on Twitter when it was actually relevant.

As some of you may know, there was a little bit of drama about whether or not libraries should be quiet a few weeks ago. Sparked by the Pew Research Center’s report on “Libraries in the Digital Age,” Salon writer Laura Miller spoke out against the emerging library atmosphere that is “lively as a cafe, street corner, park bench or the Apple Store” in her article “Bring back shushing librarians“. While Miller makes some great points (especially about the value of a quiet space for those of us who can’t afford the luxury at home or work), she misses some of the most critical arguments for loud spaces.

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