Interactive Mindfulness Technology
Date: Wednesday, April 2
Time: 7:00 a.m.
Sponsor: University & College Division (UCD)
Digital tools are a constant source of cognitive fatigue. Scientific studies, including one at the OU library, support mindfulness tools – specifically, meditation labyrinths as a solution.
Janet Croft, Associate Professor, Head of Access and Delivery Services, University of Oklahoma Libraries
Janet Brennan Croft is Head of Access Services and Associate Professor of Bibliography at the University of Oklahoma libraries. She earned her Master of Library Science degree at Indiana University in 1983. She is the author of War in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien (Praeger, 2004; winner of the Mythopoeic Society Award for Inklings Studies) and several book chapters on the Peter Jackson films; has published articles on J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, Terry Pratchett, Lois McMaster Bujold, and other authors, and is editor or co-editor of four collections of literary essays. She has also written widely on library issues, and is the author of Legal Solutions in Electronic Reserves and the Electronic Delivery of Interlibrary Loan (Haworth, 2004). She is the book review editor for Oklahoma Librarian and contributes a regular column on library copyright issues. She edits the refereed scholarly journal Mythlore and serves on the board of the Mythopoeic Press.
Matthew Cook, Circulation Supervisor, University of Oklahoma Libraries
Matthew Cook is a circulation supervisor for University of Oklahoma libraries and also researches topics ranging from spatial cognition to digital-tool use. Matt has given talks on these subjects (and others) throughout the US and abroad. The Sparq meditation labyrinth, an invention of Matt's, finds its origins in a research project whose goal it was to counteract the negative effects of computer use, which has become an increasingly common problem among library users.