Here’s How to Cure Information Overload

information overload

Extract from article by Mike Elgan published by Baseline Magazine

What’s really going on in this scenario is that the most important knowledge is awareness that the information they need is in the reference books and they have the skill to find and use that information. Whether the answers are in the professional’s brain or on a nearby bookshelf is irrelevant. It’s all knowledge—or something like it.

What is knowledge? According to my favorite online dictionary, knowledge encompasses “facts, information and skills acquired by a person through experience or education.”

Here’s a question: When a doctor or lawyer consults reference books, is the information they look up “knowledge” before they look it up? The information is on a shelf in the office, and it’s probably something they learned during their post-grad education.