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  • information overload Jason Eiseman Librarian for Emerging Technologies Yale Law School
  • it’s not information overload it’s filter failure photo: jeremybrooks on flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeremybrooks/2294396074/
  • “One of the diseases of this age, is the multitude of Books, that doth so overcharge the worlde, that it is not able to disgest the abundance of idle matter that is every day hatched and brought into the world, that are as divers in their formes, as their Authors be in their faces.” Barnabe Rich - 1610
  • “We have reason to fear that the multitude of books which grows every day in a prodigious fashion will make the following centuries fall into a state as barbarous as that of the centuries that followed the fall of the Roman Empire. Unless we try to prevent this danger by separating those books which we must throw out or leave in oblivion from those which one should save and within the latter between what is useful and what is not.” Adrien Baillet - 1685
  • attention problem
  • continuous partial attention
  • continuous partial attention vs. multitasking
  • attention economy
  • attention economy game created by professor ulises mejias at SUNY Oswego at http://blog.ulisesmejias.com/2008/02/22/attention-economy-the-game/
  • your attention is a valuable resource
  • your attention is a finite resource
  • you can’t pay attention to everyone/everything so stop trying
  • return on investment (roi)
  • who, what, where, when, why (and how) of information sources
  • who?
  • coworkers professional colleagues colleagues I know colleagues I don’t know friends (real or online)
  • what?
  • industry news tutorials case studies product updates sales information
  • where?
  • professional journals listservs blogs news sites social media
  • when?
  • real time daily weekly monthly
  • why?
  • interesting critical to your job support the organization’s mission
  • how
  • choose your home, where you’ll live
  • email google reader twitter
  • continuous process
  • make information come to you
  • filtering information
  • scanning vs. reading
  • choose a system
  • store for later
  • tools
  • desktop search
  • email
  • saving to the cloud
  • RSS rss icon pillow on etsy at http://www.etsy.com/listing/25954942/rss-icon-pillow
  • google reader
  • twitter & other social networks
  • discovery tools and aggregators
  • further reading
  • questions? http://slideshare.net/jeiseman jasoneiseman@gmail.com @jeiseman