Library FailAugust 15th, 2008 by infomancy
Gen Con has been wonderful. It was very interesting to walk around the floor and see all the game exhibits as well as all the creative costumes. Cosplay at ALA next year anyone? After the hubbub and craziness of the exhibit hall, however, my wife and I decided to retreat across the street to the hotel where they had an anime and manga area complete with screening rooms for new movies and a manga library for browsing.
Imagine our surprise, however, when we entered the manga library to be welcomed with this sign that fails on so many levels. Leaving aside the quite horrific fail, we still have to deal with the unfortunate fact that this sign maker’s perception of libraries is that they are mainly quiet. What made this more sad was that the day before I had been one floor up in the same hotel talking about the fact that libraries are not just about being quiet anymore. That we have learned to change and meet user expectations; that we have adopted gaming and the idea of having a YA friendly social space. And then there was the sign.
Couldn’t it have just said “Quiet Atmosphere” or “Respect the Readers” or “Be Noisy Elsewhere” or (since this is Gen Con) “Stealth Check Required: Roll a 21 on 1d20 to be allowed to make noise.” Go forth and destroy dated stereotypes!