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Christina's LIS Rant
Tuesday, June 15, 2004
  The Backlash Against Power Point
The most recent issue of American Libraries is one of many places I've seen articles lamenting presenters reliance on Power Point. (Steven J. Bell, "End PowerPoint Dependency Now!" American Libraries v. 35 n.6 (Jun/Jul 2004): 56-60. Available through Academic Search Premier for subscribers at http://search.epnet.com/direct.asp?an=13347884&db=aph.) To this I have to say, FINALLY! Ever sit in a session with someone reading their slides word for word from the screen and not even turning around to look at the audience? Ever been so caught up in all the movies and animations that you forgot what the presentation was about? I'm pretty sure that some people hide behind their slides to get over the fear of public speaking. Read this article and others on the subject and learn how to talk to your audience with occasional references to the slides.
(edit) Here are some other valuable discussions relating to scientific/technical information and powerpoints: Michael Nielsen (see the comments, too), Doron Zeilberger, Aaron Swartz, all pointed out by Sean Carroll.
*Aside: why can I only find the article through a paid database? Why is the ALA access to ebrary 2 issues behind?
 
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This is my blog on library and information science. I'm into Sci/Tech libraries, special libraries, personal information management, sci/tech scholarly comms.... My name is Christina Pikas and I'm a librarian in a physics, astronomy, math, computer science, and engineering library. I'm also a doctoral student at Maryland. Any opinions expressed here are strictly my own and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer or CLIS. You may reach me via e-mail at cpikas {at} gmail {dot} com.

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