Subject: New report “Restoring Contemplation: How Disconnecting Bolsters the Knowledge Economy”

Jennifer Maurer contributed these comments to the Oregon Association of School Libraries listserv:

I highly recommend reading this informative and thought-provoking 9-page report by Jessie L. Mannisto on the importance of making time to process and reflect on information and the role libraries can play in encouraging that.

I started to pull out some excerpts to share, but the article is so information dense that I found myself copying and pasting bits from every other paragraph. Instead, I will say that I believe that library staff and other educators should consider the research and take appropriate action. For example, maybe help organize Disconnected Day when students and staff avoid distractions from digital devices. Or, you could ask for time to discuss the report with your principal, campus improvement team, PTA, etc. Those who emphasize critical thinking or meta-cognition skills with students (and those who don’t) can stress why it’s important to take time to process information and not just gather it. You can encourage teachers who assign research projects to build in more time for processing information or to emphasize that piece. Because, as Ms. Mannisto points out, “At its core, the distinction between gathering and processing is an issue of information literacy.”

 Article below from ALA District Dispatch:

Report from Office for Information Technology Policy:

Jennifer Maurer is the School Library Consultant for the Oregon State Library.