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(Dec 8/08) Hi, I have a mjor concern with the learning commons centre at Mills Library on the second floor. While I do appreciate that the centre is larlgey group-work focused and that there will be chatter; my concern relates to the over-use of computers for patrolling facebook, chatting online, watching videos and listening to music. It is still a learning commons and while I am not sure what the solution to this concern would be, I feel as though the people accessing the learning commons for academic reasons are at a disadvantage. I constantly have to listen to someone playing music, or sports games on their computers with the sound on. Not only is it distracting, but I feel as though it is a misuse of the equipement and the centre. Is there anyway that more attention could be paid to the work that is being completed at the commons? I have noticed this issue since I graduated from McMaster a year ago. The centre appears to be more of an entertainment grounds than a space for learning!. Thank you for the consideration.

Library response:

Thank you very much for your suggestion.  You're right that this space is meant to be an area where people can be a bit louder than in other areas of the library.  However, you bring up some good points about the noise created by people watching/listening to music and videos.  We are going to look into some ways to encourage people to use headphones in these situations so that their activities do not disturb others.

We also encourage you to let a staff member know if you are being disturbed by noise and they will ask those creating the disturbance to keep the noise level to a minimum.

(Dec 15/08)
Answered by: Catherine Baird (Marketing, Communications and Outreach Librarian)

Follow-up Comments:

If you are looking for computers in a quiet area try the computer labs on the second floor of BSB! (2009-01-21)

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