The district I work at is trying something different. After flagging test scores we’re looking to create spaces where quiet study is a norm. For us, the library will be that place in 2017-2018. Classes that come in to work with faculty will be there to collaborate and use flexible work space as need be. During our flexible learning periods (opposite of lunch and at the end of the day) the library will be the quiet sanctuary for learning. This is a 180 that I’ve been fighting against since 2003, but we need to try something new. When wifi is ubiquitous, each student has a device and flexible learning spaces are everywhere, the library isn’t the sole gate keeper of technology and collaboration. From my PoV the library needs to new differentiate.
The only thing I know for sure, if there is an issue the organization has to try something different. Insanity is expecting different outputs form the same old inputs. Maybe some in libraries will think I am in insane for going along with it, but we’re going to see how it goes.