My contribution to the American Library Association’s Washington Office blog

August 9, 2011

Check out the ALA District Dispatch! Libraries can help users who want to connect — and those who want to disconnect Please contribute thoughts there if you have any. I’d love to hear your opinions, whether you agree or not! Share

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Attention Curation?

July 15, 2011

I have a question for all of you. How do you decide what information to consume? More specifically, let’s focus for now on news. How do you decide which news stories to read? Do you read what flows by on your Google Reader or what your friends post to your Facebook news feed? Do you [...]

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Contemplation space and paper books

June 29, 2011

I just wanted to share an observation: I spent the past two hours in the ALA’s library room, with my printed articles and highlighers and Sherry Turkle’s Alone Together. (I highlighted pretty much the entire chapter on our “tethered self.”) While I read the articles and book, my brain was churning in a way that [...]

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See, that’s why I liked WordPerfect 5.0.

June 28, 2011

I’ve had a web page (as I always defensively remind people who mistake me for a Luddite) since 1996 and the age of 13. Back then, we had recently gotten a new Microsoft Windows machine, which was the latest cool new gadget, so of course I switched to that from our old Amiga 2000.1 One [...]

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Researching Contemplation

June 14, 2011

I’m blogging to you today from the American Library Association Office of Information Technology Policy in Washington, DC, where I have been finding, downloading, and reading articles related to the issue of “contemplation,” or space to think away from connections and distractions, why we should promote it (the easy question) and how to do so [...]

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Crisis Info / Info Crisis

March 13, 2011

“OH, NO,” I shouted when I heard on NPR Friday morning about the 8.9 earthquake that hit Japan. Less than an hour later, still feeling shaky, I was blatantly violating my rule against computers in class. We had a guest speaker that day, and I think it’s pretty rude to be staring at your computer [...]

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New York Times and my comment

November 21, 2010

The New York Times has a great article on the very subject matter of this blog. I managed to get at comment in there before they stopped accepting them. Check out my comment if you’re so inclined! Oh, and here’s the original article, too. :) Share

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Follow-up on laptops in class, and comments on comments

October 8, 2010

In which I respond to your thoughts on computers in college classrooms, and share more of my own, including observations from Information and Public Policy classrooms.

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Oh, and also, I stopped bringing my laptop to class.

September 26, 2010

I feel almost guilty about it, because I’m losing “valuable” multi-tasking time, but I’m not bringing my computer to class this semester. But in exchange for that multi-tasking, I seem to actually be (gasp) learning the material.

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Why, despite the digital revolution, I spent over $200 on textbooks this term

September 15, 2010

I must be crazy to have spent $200 on textbooks when I can get the materials for free on-line. Or is there still something that paper offers that digital documents do not?

And possibly that, on the course we’re on now, they never will?

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