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Navigating our days in a culture of distraction

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Author(s): Tony Horava

Journal: Partnership : the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research
ISSN 1911-9593

Volume: 3;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: Information overload | distraction | memory | workplace | job performance

ABSTRACT
In the past decade or so, librarians' working lives have been transformed by digitalcommunication and information technologies. This has created an environment wheredistraction has become a normative state. We need to be cognizant of the impacts ofdistraction on our effectiveness. As library professionals working with information for amultiplicity of purposes, how do we adapt in ways that respect our human limitations?What are the implications of working in a state of continual distraction, and whatstrategies can we use to minimize this reality? This article reviews some of our dailydistractions and draws associations from the literature in cognitive psychology andneuroscience to highlight the problems and raise potential solutions.

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