Nicholas Carr to Deliver Closing Keynote Address at SLA 2010 in New Orleans

Nicholas Carr surged to prominence earlier this decade with the publication of his controversial and celebrated Harvard Business Review article, “IT Doesn't Matter,” and his follow-up book, Does IT Matter? Information Technology and the Corrosion of Competitive Advantage. By arguing that information technology has evolved from a proprietary technology used by companies to gain a strategic edge into an infrastructural technology shared by all competitors, Carr ignited a worldwide debate on the value of IT.

Since then, Carr has solidified his standing as one of the world’s foremost voices on information technology and its impact on business and culture. Through his blog, “Rough Type,” his columns and articles in leading publications, and his books, he has focused attention on how the Internet is transforming the way we think, read, behave and interact with others.

For example, in his 2008 Atlantic article, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” Carr asserts that the Internet is eroding our ability to read deeply and absorb knowledge—the skills we develop from reading books. He writes, “My mind now expects to take in information the way the Net distributes it: in a swiftly moving stream of particles. Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski.”

Later this year, Carr will continue exploring this theme in his next book, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains. SLA members who want a preview of that book will want to reserve a seat now at his keynote presentation at SLA 2010.


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