While reading The Productivity Project, I learned that our obsession with media and screens is sneakily reducing our productivity, even while it makes us feel more productive. It all has to do with the limbic system, which is extra-stimulated by our devices, and how engaging that portion of the brain tends to reduce our focus while releasing hormones that make us feel satisfyingly productive even though we’re really not. I have two words for that:
And despite efforts to reduce my own screen time as part of my personal productivity project, I still find myself hungrily devouring bits and pieces of information gleaned from a variety of scrollable sources. The good news is that I now have plenty to share with you. So without further ado, a grab bag of library- (and not-so-library-) related links:
- Fan fiction gets a lot of flak, but amongst the drivel lies shiny nuggets. For example, the author of The Martian has written Ready Player One fan fiction. Apparently, it is so good it is being included in the latest edition of Ready Player One, printing in time to promote the upcoming movie. I can’t wait to check it out.
- After discovering a playlist that inspired Eleanor‘s author while he toiled on that novel (Read about it in my review of that title), I’ve been mildly obsessed with playlists. So I was amused to discover that blogger Christian Lauersen had created his very own “The Library Mixtape,” packed with songs that reference libraries and librarians. What we’ve learned: There are a surprising (or not-so-surprising) number of songs out there bout sexy librarians or sex in a library.
- In less exciting news, libraries took a massive hit in the United Kingdom this week. According to BBC News, libraries lost a quarter of staff after hundreds closed.
- To end on a better note, the Library of Congress has retired its “illegal aliens” subject heading. Why is this good news? As the LoC said in a statement accompanying the announcement, the term has come to have pejorative connotations. Language is fluid and always evolving. It is nice to know that LoC is willing to roll with the times. Of course, that throws a bit of a burden on catalogers nationwide as they update their own systems. I still think it is a net positive!