Slow information | Libraries | Mental health | Productivity
by Oleg Kagan | January 23, 2018
people would agree that the level of stress is high in our society; many
are worried about the present and the future. I posit that part of that
anxiety is stoked by the speed at which many of us feel we are expected
to absorb and respond to a panoply of information streams. A reaction
to this reckless acceleration is the “Slow Information Movement”
(SIM), founded by librarian Vanessa Kam, though the term “slow
information” has been around since at least 2009. Based on a synthesis
of my rudimentary research, “slow information” inclines towards the
poles of certain dichotomies:
Currency: Enduring over new
Latency: More time between inputs over “one thing after another”
1. Laurinda Thomas, Team Leader, Libraries and Community Spaces – Wellington City Council, New Zealand
I want 2018 to be the year that Libraries put a stake in the ground
about what they stand for and stretch their ideas about how we do tha
Hearing other voices in a world of fake news
While “fake news” isn’t a new idea, the awareness of the public about
mis- and dis-information is probably at an all-time high. More
libraries will step up to the plate on educating people how to be media
savvy, break out of their “media silos” to hear other voices, and help
people understand how to work and communicate in a digital world that
generally tries to reinforce our confirmation bias’ rather than expose
us to a range of ideas and experiences. Read more...
African-American writers | American novelists | Podcast
by Kathryn Schulz | January 29, 2018
William Melvin Kelley wrote about white people thinking about black people.
Photograph by Carl Van Vechten / Carl Van Vechten Trust / Beinecke Library, Yale
There were arrows, so we followed them. This was
one afternoon last summer; my partner and I had spent the day at our
local public library, working steadily through breakfast and lunch and
what the British would call teatime, until suddenly hunger clobbered us
both and we packed up and headed out to the car. Home was maybe four
miles away. In my mind, I was already constructing enormous sandwiches.
The arrows appeared two miles in, lining the side of the road where,
that morning, there had been nothing but marsh grass. They were
shin-high, wordless, red on a white background, pointing away from the
sandwiches. My partner, who is usually more hungry than I am but always
more curious, swung the car into the other lane and began to follow
The arrows led down a state highway,
across an interchange, onto a smaller road, past a barn and some grain
silos, then along one of the Chesapeake Bay’s countless tributaries. A
sign warned us that we were in a flood zone. My partner, who grew up one
county over, remembered the place from childhood—at seven or eight,
she’d had a memorable encounter in the area with a trailer full of
cockatiels—but she hadn’t been there since. The arrows ended at a large
gray shed with a red roof. A spray-painted sign indicated that it was
open twice a month, on Saturdays, in the summer only. We parked across
the street, next to a boat, and headed for the door. Read more...
This year’s Read Harder challenged is presented by Libby. Meet Libby.
The one-tap reading app from OverDrive. By downloading Libby to your
smartphone, you can access thousands of eBooks and audiobooks from your
library for free anytime and anywhere. You’ll find titles in all genres,
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Libby works on Apple and Android devices and is compatible with Kindle.
All you need is a library card but you can sample any book in the
library collection without one. In select locations, Libby will even get
your library card for you instantly. Learn more at https://meet.libbyapp.com/. Happy Reading. Read more...