Tag Archives: Jessie Mannisto

Disconnection: Part of a Balanced Information Diet

After reading The Thinking Life: How to Survive in the Age of Distraction (Forni, Pier; St. Martin’s Press, 2011), I started thinking about the impact of technology on both my personal and working life. Like many people today I am seldom far from my computer, email or Droid. Even while reading for relaxation, I have a computer at hand to ... Read More »

New report outlines power of disconnecting in knowledge economy

The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) recommends that you improve your information diet. In a new report, Restoring Contemplation: How Disconnecting Bolsters the Knowledge Economy, author Jessie L. Mannisto outlines future directions for libraries and other social institutions to improve our capacity for thoughtful endeavor. These changes, the report argues, are essential for success in ... Read More »

OITP appoints its first research associate

In 2007, the Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) established the OITP Fellows Program. OITP appoints distinguished scholars and practitioners to work on varied aspects of the OITP portfolio. Professor David Lankes of Syracuse University served as the first fellow, focusing on his research stream on libraries as conversation. Today, we are establishing the OITP Research Associates Program in the ... Read More »

GUEST BLOG: Libraries can help users who want to connect — and those who want to disconnect

By: Jessie Mannisto 2011 Google Policy Fellow, ALA OITP One day, when I was working as a reference assistant at an academic library, something went wrong with our wireless router.  While most students were understandably frustrated, one looked pleased.  “I’ve already downloaded everything I have to read,” she said. “Now I might actually be able to read them without feeling ... Read More »

ALA lunch with Google Fellows sheds light on libraries’ active role in information policy

On July 28, I invited my colleagues from the Google Policy Fellowship program to  the ALA Washington Office to learn about the work of ALA and explore how that work connects to their own projects. Google’s fellowship brings undergraduate and graduate students seeking to shape the future of the Internet to Washington, DC (as well as San Francisco and Ottawa), ... Read More »