Don’t Read this Sign



Don’t Read this Sign, originally uploaded by kenleyneufeld.

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  1. 1. “Computers are for library research and class related activities only (e-mail computers are located on the upper level). Limit your computer use to 20 minutes when others are waiting”.

    What’s the difference between the lazy researcher and the serious researcher? Did you picture a difference? If we controlled for certain variables, the bet is that you couldn’t tell the difference, between a “scholarly researcher” and some other type of researcher. Some of you disagree I’m sure. Carnies guess weight wrong too; just saying you know a “real” researcher when you see one is not a reliable measure. Are we valuing one type of researcher more than the other? Why? Both will take breaks -at their computer and away from their computers; both will wander serendipitously; both will seemingly cruise around the internet with no point; both will seem to want their research right now.

    What about all our methods to interact with these researchers? Reference is regularly helping researchers through chat or instant messaging by answering questions or aiding researchers in their moment of need. Hence the instant part. Saying do not use IM doesn’t sends the message that this is possible. Especially when it could be to exchange an idea about a group project.


    2. Not so good:
    “We appreciate your help in maintaining a library environment that everyone can use in a productive and enjoyable way”

    Here’s a better version if you’re going to right that much:
    “We understand your need to use the library environment in a way that works best for you.

    Please remember though, we work to encourage behaviors for shared, public spaces. Depending on the type of activity you want to engage in you may find another space more conducive. We do hope you find it here though.

    If we are to truly understand how research is conducted in its myriad forms, we can allow for a much large range of seemingly non-productive behaviors and understand that independently observing patterns for creating new knowledge requires a lot of work.

    That does not happen often when you are engaged in the research process -but rather when you step away from your research allowing yourself to see connections that were staring you right in the face. Resting your brain is good. Playing is good. Relaxing a bit is good. Talking is good. While you don’t have to be mute, it is kind to respect someone in deep thought. Be courteous of your fellow researchers.

    A shorter better version:

    Please respect others and your library space. This may mean we have to advise you on certain matters while you are here. Above all else, we are here to help, at all times.”

    Now I’m wondering what the “Best” version would be and wondering why there isn’t a standard code of conduct much like the standard library bill of rights:
    http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/oif/statementspols/statementsif/librarybillrights.cfm

    Certainly libraries around the world have to deal with enough of the same problems that we could jointly come together and produce a document that can be a starting point for all in designing user policies?

    ~TTW: Lee~

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