At Libraries, Quiet Makes a Comeback

Kendrick Brinson for The Chronicle

College libraries, like this one at Georgia Tech, are experimenting with so-called Walden zones, or deep quiet areas, designed to help students work free of the distractions of technology.
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The buzzing of smartphones, the clacking of computer keys, the chatter of study groups: Academic libraries aren't the quiet temples to scholarship they used to be. Personal portable technology takes some of the blame. So does the current pedagogical...

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