What do you need to “know” in order to be happy? Productive? Successful? Is it about beating the competition, meaning friends on social media, to learn (and share) breaking news before anyone else? Keeping current regarding a topic or specific commentator? Connecting to the evolution of important ideas in your profession in real time? Not wanting to be blind-sided by new developments that might impact important decisions?

Or is it the pursuit of online information for its own sake? What’s the difference between hoarding books and checking email every three minutes? And how might your involvement with the online universe, including email, social media, websites, and databases, be interfering with your real world work and relationships?

Topics include the information audit, balancing accumulation versus action, evaluating quality, weeding virtual resources, setting goals, priorities, and limits, seeking new ideas, and making room for people and ideas that don’t live online.


– Eliminate unnecessary information “overhead”, meaning the cost in time and money in maintaining datastreams and archives.
– Improve the quality of the online resources you choose to follow
– Free more time for acting on existing data.
– Be better prepared to unplug and smell the roses. The Real Roses.


Original broadcast October 30, 2019

Biography ~ Pat Wagner

Pat Wagner has been a trainer and consultant for libraries since 1978 using e-mail, platforms, and now social media to serve clients across the United States (and the solar system) who she has never met face-to-face.. She presents at state and national library conferences as well as working with libraries of all types from Alaska to Florida. She has been a frequent visitor to Florida libraries and was a facilitator for the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute for several years. Pat focuses on skills needed to support better productivity and workplace relationships, from personnel issues to strategic planning. She is known for her practical and good-humored programs.