Quiet in the Library

When did the whole “being quiet in the library” thing die? I sit in the Spuyten Duyvil branch of the New York Public Library, and for some reason, all the librarians (are they still called that?) are constantly speaking at top volume.  The silence is broken every 5 minutes or so by a librarian near me answering somebody’s question about the local buses, or where they might find some video tape.  Everyone stops what they are doing, and looks up.   Maybe since the advent of earplug technology, they figure they don’t need to whisper anymore.  Anyone have any ideas?

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