Future Learning and School Libraries

Teacher Librarians and school libraries have a pivotal role to play in 21st century education. With the increasing impact of digital technologies, the role of librarians in implementing new technologies  and the changing learning environment – libraries are no longer the quiet reading zones from decades gone. They are vibrant learning spaces for both students and teachers and are becoming the central hub of every school.

Along with modern design and increased activities come acoustic challenges. Acoustics need to be addressed so that these spaces to not becomes hives of noise but rather zones within where students and teachers can collaborate as well as have the quiet to study and reflect. Mumble™ has a range of Acoustic solutions for all types of school libraries.

School Library Acoustic Challenges

  • Reducing sound levels in a large open plan space filled with a wide variety of different student activities.
  • Preventing sound from bouncing around throughout the space
  • Ensuring speech clarity
  • Reducing background noise created with the use of certain technologies such as ipads, computers, 3D printers and projection screens.
  • ability to create the more traditional quiet zone when required.

Possible Acoustic Solutions for School Libraries

  • Use a sound-absorbing ceiling with exceptional absorption qualities for all speech frequencies.
  • Add wall absorbers next to as many group seatings as possible. Wall tiles  can be used as pin boards too so as to allow for the walls still to be used for notices and other materials. ( we understand wall space is a premium in education facilities)
  • Make use of free standing acoustic screens to sub divide the room as required. These flexible sound absorbing screens can be stored out of the way when not in use and can create smaller collaborative spaces within larger space to assist in sound control.
  • Have Screen-ED™ screens available to those student who need to zone out for study time or preparation time. These sound absorbing screens can easily be stored behind the librarians work desk and issued out to students who require to set up a study carrel at one of the desks in the library.