Ever wondered why the Library has stoplights on the walls? I'm new to ADU this semester, and when I first went into the Library, I wondered about the stoplights too. Why would a library need stoplights? The lights were mostly green, but sometimes they flashed yellow or red. What did the lights mean?
Curious, I asked at the circulation desk, and Sylvia explained. The stoplights are Yacker Trackers. They monitor the noise level in the Library. When the noise level is good, the lights stay green. When the Library starts to get loud, the lights turn yellow. When the noise reaches a certain volume, the lights turn red to show that the Library is too loud.
Are the Yacker Trackers meant to stop people from talking in the Library? No. While the Library does have a Quiet Zone in the back where talking is prohibited, the rest of the Library is open to group study, and we encourage collaboration. But if the groups get too loud, no one will be able to hear their own group over everyone else. The stoplights make us aware of how loud we are talking and remind us to keep our voices down.