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2010 ALA Annual Conference.

2010 ALA Annual Conference.
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LITA BIGWIG Social Software Showcase.
June 28, 2010. Washington D.C.

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    • 2010 ALA Annual Conference
      LITA BIGWIG Social Software Showcase
      June 28, 2010. Washington D.C.
      Information Overload &Personal Information Management
    • @bohyunkim – Twitter
      bohyun.kim [at] fiu.edu –E-mail
      Bohyunkim.net - Website
      Bohyun Kim
    • How is you work-day spent?
    • E-MailPhoneMailboxBlogsReports, Documents, Quotes …IMWeb Memos, Notebook, Print-outs… CalendarSmartPhoneTwitter
    • Being Busy ≠ Productive / Efficient
    • Getting into the position to work ≠ Getting Work Done
    • Define Information Overload
    • Information 0verloadDeterioration ofdecision-making & productivity due toIPR > IPC (working memory) or,a resulting psychological state
    • StressAnxietyConfusionBeing Overwhelmed Being Unable to Concentrate
    • Why should librariescare about information overload ?
    • Information overload is the everyday reality of library users seeking information for decision-making /research.
    • 21,500,000 results from Google1,110 matching items from the library catalog372 Records found in a database10 page double-space paper
    • Literature SearchReading them allMaking a memoGoing back to sources – which file? which paper?Looking for ideas among different memosDifferent versions of draftsE-mails with an editorCorrespondence with a publishersBibliographiesRevisionsScholarly publication
    • Libraries tend to focus on…
    • Problem has changed…
    • The traditional approach focuses on casting a wide net &narrowing down toquality informationBut what aboutinformation fatigue?
    • Information Fatigue&Satisficing
    • Abundance of information + Too many devices, systems, tools, formats, communication channels + Information fragmentation+Constant interruption = Loss of Control
    • Whatcan you do?What can a library do?
    • 5 Factors in Info Overload
    • Information
      Technology
      Person
      Task/Process
      Organization Design
    • Environment
      Personal
      File or Pile?Organize by what scheme?How to find & re-find? Keep or Weed?Gather again or Re-use?
    • Information
      Technology
      Person
      Task/Process
      You
      Organization Design
    • Information
      Technology
      Person
      Library
      Task/Process
      You
      Organization Design
    • Systems that do not speak to each other&Tools that lack good search-find function/organization scheme make information management extremely challenging
    • How do library systems measure up?
    • Do the library systems facilitate or hamper users completing a project?Do they make users efficient and productive or frustrated and slow them down?
    • One-Time Access and Use of Informationvs.Life Cycle of Information
    • Are we, libraries, satisficing?
    • Thank you!