I just finished reading Maggie Jackson’s book, Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age.  It’s an incredibly well researched book about how our “culture of diffusion, fragmentation, and detachment” is shaping our world.  “In this new world, something crucial is missing: attention–the key to recapturing our ability to connect, reflect, and relax; the secret to coping with a mobile, multitasking, virtual world.  Distracted vividly shows how, day by day, our hyper-mobile, cyber-centric, interrupt-driven lives erode our capacity for deep focus and awareness.  The long-term implications for a healthy society are stark.”

Distracted is essential reading for librarians who teach as it will give them insight into how multitasking is eroding our students’ abilities to learn.  If  students are surfing the Web during class, perhaps the method of teaching could be more student-centered and engaging.  I don’t pretend to be an expert on designing student-centered and engaging library sessions, but I’m continually thinking about what constitutes good teaching.

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