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ERIC Number: ED399964
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 14
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The Endless Picnic: Changing Food and Drink Policies in Academic Libraries.
Davis, Marc; Boyer, Janice
The problem of food and drink in libraries and the potential damage to library materials that may occur have always been troublesome issues. Most attempts to totally eliminate food and drink have produced mixed results at best and libraries have expended precious staff time trying to enforce such rules. The food and drink issue is particularly difficult for academic libraries because students and faculty members often spend long hours studying or doing research in the library. Students with little time to spare have found the need to carry nourishment with them and consume it while doing their work in the library. Traditional bans on food and drink consumption in academic libraries are gradually giving way in some institutions to more tolerant policies and practices. Factors influencing this change include changing expectations of library patrons, new customer service and quality philosophies, new pest control technologies and continuing pressures to maximize the productivity of library staff. The University Library at the University of Nebraska at Omaha modified its policy toward food and drink with positive results. The Library's experiences demonstrate the pressures leading to change and the practical aspects of communicating, implementing, and enforcing a less restrictive food and drink policy. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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