October 27-29 Monterey Marriott
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Is Technology Changing Our Brains?

8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Josh Hanagarne, Salt Lake City Public Library, & Author, The World’s Strongest Librarian, Level 3, Salt Lake City Public Library

“For nearly 20 years I had read between 200 and 300 pages a day. There was nothing I’d choose over reading. Nothing. In 2008 I enrolled in a distance program to earn my MLS degree. I spent more time online that year than probably in all my other years combined. When I finished my degree, I found that my reading—pleasure reading—felt more difficult. I couldn’t focus. It felt like more work. As I began to read books like Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains—I realized that it WAS more work than it used to be.” Hear our popular Internet Librarian 2013 keynote speaker, Josh Hanagarne, discuss how our brains have changed with the internet, whether we should be concerned about the changes, and, if so, what can be done, if anything.

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