I went to a library today to do some research and some writing on my laptop. The internet browsing librarian informed me that I wasn’t allowed to plug my computer in to the outlet. I asked why and he said it was “library policy”. This wasn’t an answer–he was just being redundant. I prodded a bit more and found him even less helpful–probably because I was infringing on his valuable web surfing activities. I gave up and just used my battery.
Most libraries are trying to redesign themselves to attract people. I’ve been to some where they added rows and rows of tables with Ethernet and power jacks for people with laptops. This one seems to be concerned that patrons might actually come to the library. Has anyone else run into this at a library?