Sometimes trying to maintain order and discipline feels like your bashing your head against a brick wall repeatedly. Often that brick wall also feels like it has glass sticking out of it. Not to sound superior or stuck up but I can't really empathise with the students in my college as I was never an unhappy teenager. I was quiet yes but I didn't experience the angst that I see here on a daily basis. Maybe not being able to understand them is one of the problems. But what else contributes to poor behaviour in the library. Well here's what I've got so far:
- Students don't see the library staff as figures of authority
- Students are often bored
- The library is too small to cope with the large numbers of students and we have to keep them quiet because the silent area isn't a seperate room.
- Poor line of sight/poor library design
- Bad weather
- Students don't see the library as an extenstion of the classroom
- Library is unsure of it's function and the students react to this
Any other ideas?