Mindful Tech: Establishing a Healthier and More Effective Relationship with Our Digital Devices and Apps

Tuesday, 6/7/2016
  • 2:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM (Pacific)
Tuesday, 6/14/2016
  • 2:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM (Pacific)

Mindful Tech book coverThis two 90 minute webinars series will introduce participants to some of the central insights of the work Levy has been doing over the past decade and more. By learning to pay attention to their immediate experience (what's going on in their minds and bodies) while they're online, people are able to see more clearly what's working well for them and what isn't, and based on these observations to develop personal guidelines that allow them to operate more effectively and healthfully. Levy will demonstrate this work by giving participants exercises they can do, both during the online program and between the sessions.


  • Learning to observe (to become more mindful of) one’s immediate experience
  • Learning to observe one's immediate experience WHILE operating online
  • Discovering how to create personal guidelines based on one’s observations
Primary materials will be taken from the book, "Mindful Tech"
There will be two mindfulness exercises:
Mindful Breathing and the Mindful Check-in.
Participants will also be instructed in performing two mindfulness exercises using their devices and apps:
The Cellphone Meditation and the Email Observation exercise.

Who Should Attend

Library personnel at all levels.


David Levy

David Levy

David M. Levy is a professor at the Information School of the University of Washington. For more than a decade, he has been exploring, via research and teaching, how we can establish a more balanced relationship with our digital devices and apps. He has given many lectures and workshops on this topic, and in January 2016 published a book on the subject, "Mindful Tech: How to Bring Balance to Our Digital Lives" (Yale).  Levy is also the author of Scrolling Forward: Making Sense of Documents in the Digital Age (rev. ed. 2016).

Additional information is available on his website at: http://dmlevy.ischool.uw.edu/



Total pricing is for both webinar sessions.  Both sessions will be recorded and made available to registrants afterwards.

  • LITA Member: $68
  • Non-Member: $155
  • Group: $300

Adobe Connect login info will be sent to registrants the just prior to the start date.

How to Register

Register Online  page arranged by session date (login required)


Mail or fax form to ALA Registration

OR call 1-800-545-2433 and press 5

OR email registration@ala.org

Tech Requirements

Live, synchronous lectures will require attendee participation via internet audio. Attendees will need a wired, high-speed internet connection, and a headset or speakers.  It is recommended that attendees use headsets connected to their computers (VOIP) during an Adobe Connect session. All attendees are muted and should use the built in chat function to communicate with presenters.  The use of computer speakers with a mic is not recommended, as it may cause echo. The recommended browser is Mozilla Foxfire although other browsers should work adequately for attending.


For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration:  call 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email registration@ala.org.

For all other questions or comments related to the course, contact LITA at (312) 280-4268 or Mark Beatty, mbeatty@ala.org.