Notebook: College Libraries
Once, the college library was a quiet refuge - the place where you went to cram for finals, surrounded by stacks of books, soaking up the "sounds of silence" when you had to pull an all-nighter.
But in the Internet age, more libraries are social centers, with kids huddled around computers working on projects together. And that's turning university libraries into elaborate internet cafes.
Cal State in Long Beach, California, is the latest to add a coffee house to the library. Many schools have lifted prohibitions on food in the libraries - and one college even used a million dollar grant to create a snack-and-study area.
The good news, I guess, is that college students nowadays have more reasons to go to the library and actually use the resources around them.
The bad news is that they may get the idea that the "classics" aren't Socrates or Homer…but Kenya Dark Roast and Decaf Machiato.
That's a page from my notebook.