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The Right Brain of Librarianship
Creative Connections and Innovation

Congratulations to our Super Conference planners. Thanks to them, you are in for another wonderful experience at Super Conference 2006. This year you are invited to wander into the creative side of librarianship. We, who work in today's libraries, are an enigma. We are surrounded by an ethos of tradition. Yet all of us are continually contributing to an extensive record of successful developments and innovations. Our Super Conference Planners have brought together an exciting range of speakers whose rich experience will encourage us to continue down our path of change, transformation and success.

Here is a quick test to assess how dominant your right brain may be.
  • Do you have more than one project on the go?
  • Do you skip reading the instructions on how to use a reference book?
  • Do you often make decisions on a hunch?
  • Do you remember faces more easily than names?
  • Are you constantly rearranging, rethinking, rebuilding, seeing things inside out?
  • Do you prefer a cat that retains its independence over a dog that obeys its owner?
The right brain answer is "yes".

"The concept of right brain and left brain thinking developed from the research in the late 1960s by Roger W Sperry. He discovered that the human brain has two very different ways of thinking. One (the right brain) is visual and processes information in an intuitive and simultaneous way, looking first at the whole picture then the details. The other (the left brain) is verbal and processes information in an analytical and sequential way, looking first at the pieces then putting them together to get the whole. Sperry was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1981, although subsequent research has shown things aren't quite as polarised as once thought (nor as simple)." (*)

OLA Media Designer Andrew Ryther's original drawings for this program pay tribute to some of the most visible right brain thinkers of the last century, Monty Python's Flying Circus. Terry Gilliam and The Pythons changed how the world viewed their craft forever. This conference invites you to explore the powers of our right brain and to consider how we can bring the same impact to the world's view of our craft in a knowledge hungry world.

It is not simple. It is a welcome challenge. And it is important to our future.

For the 2005 OLA Board of Directors,

Cynthia Archer, President.