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IORG Resource Center Seeks New Innovative Content

The IORG Resource Center is a crowd-sourced directory of links and abstracts to articles and resources about Information Overload and related issues such as interruptions, multi-tasking, attention management, and similar information management challenges. For the past decade, IORG has been accepting relevant articles from all sources, including re-posts of someone else’s material that is readily available elsewhere on the internet.  […]

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Information Overload – Nature’s Voice

Nature’s Voice: Health and Humanities by Piero Formica is a deep and enlightening essay spanning the ages from Socrates to current day with an emphasis on the importance of the symbiotic relationship between humankind and nature. A gentle reminder that nature is a partner, we are guests on this planet. We learn from history that we do not learn from […]

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Zoom link for the IORG Virtual Bonfire on Tuesday, May 11

Interested in mitigating information overload? Let’s get together! The Information Overload Research Group’s Steering Team invites you to meet us via Zoom for a free-form conversation about managing Information Overload. No agenda, no PowerPoint… just friends exchanging views on a subject we all care about. The event will take place for an hour on Tuesday, May 11, at 11am EDT. […]

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Resource Name:  Are.na
URL:   Link to Source Article or Site

A collection of quotations, graphics, and links exploring the effects of information overload and other “pathologies of information”.

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Dealing with a deluge of email

Resource Author:  Teri Saylor
Resource Date:  2020-09-12
Resource Name:  Association of International Certified Professional Accountants
URL:   Link to Source Article or Site

After spending the last few days managing a massive volume of email, I decided to look online for some practical tips that can be practiced to be more efficient and effective in preventing email overload.
The attached article recently published in the AICPA online news provides several practical tips such as:
• Adopt an email folder system to organize your emails
• Use filters to automatically file or better yet delete unwanted emails
• Don’t use emails for conversation, try good old telephone or in person conversations
• Don’t allow emails to interrupt workflow or other planned activities
• Avoid “reply to all” when really not required
• Don’t skim and skip to come back later, handle once
• Think before you send, is the email important? would you want to receive it?
Read the full article and helpful insights when dealing with a deluge of email

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A Theoretical Conversation about Responses to Information Overload

Resource Author:  Amanda Lehman and Sophie Jo Miller
Resource Date:  2020-07-28
Resource Name:  MDPI
URL:   Link to Source Article or Site

In this study, information overload is viewed through the lenses of Library & Information
Science and Communication Theory in order to oer recommended solutions for individuals
experiencing overload. The purpose of this research was to apply LIS and COMM theories to the
pathologies and symptoms of information overload as experienced by individuals in an increasingly
digital world. Extant survey work was reviewed and updated with literature collected through
limited keyword searches.

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IORG  has done a tremendous job to raise awareness as well as provide well researched, practical resources to address the complex issues of information overload.  They were way ahead of the game and continue to lead in this arena.

Anne McGhee-Stinson Managing Partner & Director of Practice, Effective Edge

IORG’s work is extremely relevant and impactful in an age when people regularly suffer from information overload. I regularly use their work to get the latest high-level thinking on information overload.

Dr. Lawrence Ampofo Director & Founder, Digital Mindfulness

The costs associated with information overload are too high for this problem to be seen merely as an academic rhetoric… IORG helps us to not forget that this is a problem we face every day, despite the fact that it often goes unnoticed. In that sense, IORG was, for me, a “canary in the coal mine”, an advance indicator showing the imminence of a dangerous problem.

Rui Silva Founder - 2BePro

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