Report: The Library as Distraction Barricade

We often think of the library as a service, space, and resource provider but could there be value in the library serving as a withholder? The recent report by Cornell University librarians, published by Ithaka S+R, “A Day in the Life of a (Serious) Researcher,” makes the bold suggestion that libraries could help patrons by ensuring that they are free from digital distractions when they work, such as by creating Wi-Fi-blackout areas, offering check-in services for phones, or renting out laptops with internet blockers or other related applications.

Read full report here.