Libraries as happiness engines
Catchy title? – I enjoyed this session.
* I’m in a bit of a rush to get some of this down before going camping for a week, but wanted to get down a few of my notes on another keynote from Information Online 2009 – ‘Libraries as happiness engines”.
I’ve been thinking a bit about happiness the last week or so after a conversation while walking with a friend. Kerry had just heard a replay of a radio interview with a Harvard Professor of Psychology who has been studying happiness. I haven’t read or listened to the transcript/podcast yet – but interesting to note that people perceive they will be happier with children…but happiness levels do go down when you have children…and I think there are lots of good reasons for that (lack of sleep, body in total shock…). Even more interesting as Liz recommended a book, ‘Stumbling on happiness’ – Daniel Gilbert, the same person as in the radio broadcast.
Liz Lawley – Director of the The Lab for Social Computing at the Rochester Institue of technology. Gamer. mamamusings.net – all slides will be there in the next week or so.
Elements of happiness:
- satisfying work to do
- the experience of being good at something
- time spent with people we like
- the chance to be part of something bigger than yourself
*** “for many people today – in terms of perceived quality of life, virtuality is beating reality” . Liz described the growth of wii bowling leagues in retirement homes in US as an example… “Wii bowling knocks over retirement home…”
Games as ‘gateway drugs’ – play Guitar Hero and then start playing guitar for real (more complex)
Games – “in place of the grind”
- Liz has “chore wars” so that her kids do their jobs
- seriosity – ‘attent’– a game for email – – tags your emails with a money value to prioritise them!
- ravelry – social software, social objects – 270,000 registered users – knitters, crocheters, spinners – keep track of yarns, tools, patterns – all user-driven community. I saw Liz crocheting quite often in sessions and at the last panel session she was wearing her red crocheted shawl.
- see also 42entertainment
*** So how do libraries fit into this – immersive social spaces??? happiness places??
Make your work fun, a game, strive for happiness. 🙂
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