Every other year, when AASL comes around, I get excited about the idea being able to think and grow with our people. Though Minneapolis is a couple of months away, no need to wait.
Start Conference early by joining the AASL Conference Ning and by joining the discussion on the provocative OneBookOneConference selection, Pulitzer Prize finalist Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brain.
The ALA press release notes that Carr’s book asks the question:
As we enjoy the Net’s bounties, are we sacrificing our ability to read and think deeply?
how human thought has been shaped through the centuries by “tools of the mind” — from the alphabet, to maps, to the printing press, the clock and the computer. Our brains, the historical and scientific evidence reveals, change in response to our experiences. The technologies we use to find, store and share information can reroute our neural pathways.
Join AASL President Carl Harvey, who just initiated the 10-week book discussion group. The plan is to cover one chapter each week, culminating in a live discussion with the author in Minneapolis on Friday, October 28, 2011.